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7:50 AM ET, February 10, 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 …
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.
Zengestrom:
The Buzz is out  —  This morning Google switched on real time conversations on Gmail, mobile, and Google Profiles.  The product got the name Google Buzz.  —  As the former product manager and someone who made the decision to sell a startup and move his family halfway around the world to build said product …
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 …
Brad Fitzpatrick:   Want to connect your blog or some other feed to Google Buzz?  This is a guide.
Louis Gray:
How Google Buzz Validates but Marginalizes FriendFeed
Discussion: Guardian and Technologizer
Opera Press Room:
Opera Mini for iPhone sneak peek  —  Exclusive press and partner preview at MWC 2010  —  Opera Software, maker of the world's most popular mobile Web browser, plans to reveal Opera Mini for iPhone in an exclusive press and partner preview during the 2010 Mobile World Congress (MWC).
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:   Opera Mini for iPhone to be revealed next week, available never
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.
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
HTC Legend makes an encore appearance, this time with specs  —  The race is on to see how many angles of HTC's upcoming Legend can be snapped before the phone's official debut, so here's our next submission.  As you can see, the hard-edged aluminum theme continues to wrap its way around …
Dave Caolo / TUAW:
iPad pre-orders overwhelm Norwegian stores  —  Who's got low expectations for the iPad?  Not the Norwegians, as one local store can't keep up with pre-orders.  —  Late last week, retailer Eplehuset (Apple House) suspended pre-orders all together when they sold out.
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
Jolie O'Dell / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook Debuts XHP: More PHP Enhancement  —  Last week, we were chasing our tails in giddiness over HipHop, a newly open-sourced PHP runtime developed in house at Facebook.  —  Today, amid the rabid excitement over Google Buzz, Facebook quietly pumped some more code into the world.
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.
Simon Walker / AndroidSPIN:
HTC Scorpion Leaked.  Maybe 1.5Ghz Processor.  Android 2.2.  Is it real?  —  Is the HTC / Google Nexus one the king of the crop anymore?  —  Not if the following rumor has any validity.  —  More and more rumors appear everyday about new devices coming from HTC and this latest leaked build file looks …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Google makes biggest gain in smartphone market share  —  US mobile users are increasingly getting into text messaging, Internet browsing, and social networks as they continue to shift to more capable devices.  Additionally, Apple's and Google's share of the smartphone market is inching …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AOL Integrates Facebook Chat Into AIM  —  AOL Instant Messenger is integrating Facebook Connect to allow AIM users to chat with their Facebook friends.  The image to the right shows how the initial sign up will look.  —  We expect AOL and Facebook to make an announcement on the product on Wednesday …
Discussion: AOL Mail Blog
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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.
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.
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 …
Dancho Danchev / Zero Day:
Reports: SQL injection attacks and malware led to most data breaches  —  With millions of personal records and payment card information stolen on a regular basis, several recently released reports independently confirm some of the main sources of breaches.  Not surprisingly, that's not zero day flaws …
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
Blog of Rights:
Cybersecurity is Not Your Gig, NSA!  —  The news that the NSA and Google are working on a deal for the military agency to help protect the information giant's data networks comes at a time when the NSA is angling to get a major piece of cybersecurity action.
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
What Do We Want?  Our Data.  When Do We Want It?  Now!  —  Predictions about the appeal of cloud computing were on the money.  We increasingly share, communicate, socialize and entertain ourselves with software and media on remote servers rather than on our own computers.
 
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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
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Jesse Stay / Stay N' Alive:
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Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
ESPN Plays Up the Web
Discussion: Digits and paidContent
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Macworld Expo Prelude
Discussion: Macsimum News
Nick Bilton / Bits:
An Annual Report on One Man's Life
Thanks:atul
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Why former employees say Microsoft can't innovate
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Microsoft, Google split over browser bug bounty
Discussion: ZDNET.com.au
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Granted a Huge Patent Win for 3D Virtual Apple Store
Discussion: Pocket-lint, ReadWriteWeb and MacRumors