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10:25 PM ET, February 9, 2010

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Todd Jackson / The Official Google Blog:
Introducing Google Buzz  —  We've blogged before about our thoughts on the social web, steps we've taken to add social features to our products, and efforts like OpenSocial that propose common tools for building social apps.  With more and more communication happening online …
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Gmail Blog:
Google Buzz in Gmail  —  Posted by Edward Ho, Tech Lead, Google Buzz  —  Five years ago, Gmail was just email.  Later we added chat and then video chat, both built right in, so people had choices about how to communicate from a single browser window.  Today, communication on the web …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Slams Google Buzz  —  “Busy people don't want another social network, what they want is the convenience of aggregation.  We've done that.  Hotmail customers have benefitted from Microsoft working with Flickr, Facebook, Twitter and 75 other partners since 2008.”  - Microsoft statement on Google Buzz.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
If Google Wave Is The Future, Google Buzz Is The Present  —  See our live notes from today's Google Buzz event here.  —  Google has a problem.  Despite having their hands in just about everything online, they've never been able to tackle what is a key part of the fabric of the web: social.
Nick Saint / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo: We've Had Our Own Google Buzz For Over A Year (YHOO, GOOG)  —  Yahoo (YHOO) didn't wait for Google's (GOOG) press conference announc Google Buzz to end before sending us an email on Yahoo Updates — the Yahoo product that does almost exactly the same things, and has been around for over a year.
Kevin Rose:
Changes/Feature Requests for Google Buzz  —  Google announced Buzz today, a photo/videos/link/status sharing service.  The big news here isn't really the functionality of Pownce Buzz, but that Google is boldly integrating this directly into their Gmail product - essentially taking the product …
Louis Gray:
How Google Buzz Validates but Marginalizes FriendFeed  —  When FriendFeed debuted on the scene in late 2007, it was one of the simplest ways to aggregate all of my updates from the social outposts I have all over the Web, see friends' updates and have a discussion around their shared items.
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple seen extending exclusive iPhone deal with AT&T  —  Two new analysts said Tuesday that the iPad-AT&T deal suggests Apple may extend its exclusive iPhone agreement through 2011, leaving the wireless provider as the sole carrier of the handset in the U.S. this year.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Book Publishers Beware!  At iTunes, Expensive Music Equals Slower Sales.  —  After years of complaints, last year the music labels finally got what they wanted from Apple-the ability to raise prices on their songs.  Last April, iTunes introduced a “variable pricing” scheme …
Matt Rosoff / Digital Noise:
Microsoft on iTunes in 2003: ‘We were smoked’  —  There has been a lot of commentary following last week's New York Times op-ed by Dick Brass, a former Microsoft executive who claims that the company is bogged down by process and infighting, and has hence lost its ability to innovate.
Discussion: PC World and Electronista
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
January Search Results In!  Bing Keeps Gaining Share, Everyone Else Loses (GOOG, YHOO, MSFT)  —  The January search share numbers are in.  —  The big story is that Microsoft's Bing continues to gain share, jumping another half-point to 11.3%.  We think Bing is buying these share gains …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and paidContent
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
YouTube Will Kill Flat-rate Mobile Broadband Pricing Forever  —  Video is driving the projected increase in both mobile and wired broadband — but it's not the proliferation of video that's the problem for mobile operators so much as the relative ease with which consumers can now access it.
Discussion: P2P Blog, Thanks:atul
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Yes, there's a Google Street View Snowmobile now  —  Iterating off the Street View car and the Street View “tricycle”, Google has built another contraption to record the physical world for the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.  —  They'll be driving a Street View Snowmobile around the Games for maps.
comScore, Inc.:
comScore Reports December 2009 U.S. Mobile Subscriber Market Share  —  Nearly Two-Thirds of America's 234 Million Mobile Subscribers used Text Messaging in December 2009  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released data from the comScore MobiLens service …
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Why former employees say Microsoft can't innovate  —  By many measures, Microsoft is simply too big.  The bigness is in the gut, like a middle-aged man who drinks too much beer and eats too many classic potato chips.  In computing years, Microsoft most certainly is a middle-aged company.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Macworld Expo Prelude  —  Macworld Expo 2010 kicks off tomorrow in San Francisco.  Is it going to fly without Apple?  I don't know.  I don't think anyone does yet.  Apple's traditional presence at Macworld was so large, both figuratively (with the attention paid to their keynote address) …
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
T-Mo's HSPA+ Upgrade to Hit the Coasts First  —  T-Mobile may end up having one of the fastest mobile broadband networks in the country — at least for a short time, as it rolls out HSPA+ upgrades across its network this year, which will offer theoretical speeds of 21 Mbps down.
Discussion: TmoNews
Don Reisinger / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Facebook rolls out photo slide show feature, but says goodbye to Lexicon  —  Anyone who has spent time clicking through large photo albums on Facebook knows how tiring the experience can be.  But with the help of a recently launched Facebook prototype called Slideshow, users can cut down on click fatigue.
Discussion: Geekword and The Next Web
Russell Adams / Digits:
AP Stories Reappear on Google News  —  New articles from the Associated Press have quietly started rolling out on Google's news site in the past hour, ending a nearly seven-week absence stemming from contentious negotiations between the two parties. … The AP and Google have been negotiating …
Discussion: paidContent, Mashable! and The Wire
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Granted a Huge Patent Win for 3D Virtual Apple Store  —  The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 9 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today in addition to two design wins and an interesting Reexamination patent which suggests that some third party was challenging Apple's GUI based patent.
Nick Bilton / Bits:
An Annual Report on One Man's Life  —  At the end of 2005, Nicholas Felton decided to publish a report that would chronicle his life over the previous year.  He looked through his music archives to see how many songs he had listened to.  He checked his airline ticket stubs to see how many miles he had flown.
Thanks:atul
Electronista:
Seagate reveals 10,000RPM 600GB hard drive  —  Seagate said on Tuesday it is now shipping its Savvio 10K.4 enterprise-grade hard drives.  The series is the first to feature a model with 600GB of capacity and a 10,000RPM speed in a 2.5-inch form factor.  The drives are said to offer twice …
Sco / Gowalla:
Announcing the Gowalla API  —  Today we are excited to release the first public version of the Gowalla API.  Starting now, developers can build applications that use Gowalla data in fun and interesting ways.  All of the technical details can be found by browsing the API Explorer …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Disney's Iger Takes Big Swig Of iPad Kool-Aid  —  Bob Iger wasn't on stage for the iPad launch last month, but the Disney CEO just gave a demo spiel Steve Jobs, the company's largest shareholder, would applaud about a “really compelling” device that could be a game changer.
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
ESPN Plays Up the Web  —  Sports Network Adding Features to Expand Distribution, Viewers  —  In a high-profile push to make money from online video, sports broadcaster ESPN is putting new muscle into a Web site that shows live events for paying subscribers.
Associated Press:
Micron to buy Numonyx in $1.3 billion stock deal  —  Buzz up!  —  BOISE, Idaho - Micron Technology says it plans to buy fellow memory chip maker Numonyx in an all-stock transaction the companies value at $1.27 billion.  —  Micron plans to issue 140 million shares to Numonyx shareholders …
Discussion: PR Newswire, MarketWatch and Reuters
Jotham Sederstrom / New York Times:
New Jersey, Home of the Servers  —  The boxy three-story building at 5851 Westside Avenue in North Bergen, N.J., attracts as much attention from passing motorists as a cornfield by the side of an interstate in Iowa.  —  No signs proclaim its occupant, and its generic off-white facade …
 
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Agence France Presse:
Baidu profit surges nearly 50 percent in fourth quarter
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and paidContent
Laurie Burkitt / Forbes:
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Elinor Mills / CNET News:
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Discussion: ZDNET.com.au
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A Veteran of Big Music Explains Why Big Music Is Doomed
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