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3:25 PM ET, February 10, 2010

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The Official Google Blog:
Think big with a gig: Our experimental fiber network  —  Imagine sitting in a rural health clinic, streaming three-dimensional medical imaging over the web and discussing a unique condition with a specialist in New York.  Or downloading a high-definition, full-length feature film in less than five minutes.
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Your new ISP?  Google launches 1Gbps fiber-to-the-home trial  —  People have wondered for years what Google might be up to with all that dark fiber it had bought up around the country.  Now, we may have an answer: delivery of open-access, fiber-to-the-home Internet service at speeds of 1Gbps.
Discussion: BBC, CNET News, Google and Electronista
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Google dabbling in broadband service, Seattle intrigued
Discussion: dailywireless.org
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
Discussion: mocoNews, DailyTech and InformationWeek
AT&T:
AT&T Selects LTE Equipment Suppliers  —  Agreements with Alcatel-Lucent and Ericsson Extend Existing 3G Relationships to Cover Planned Deployment of Next-Generation LTE Mobile Broadband Network
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
AT&T starts vendor selection for LTE trials; Picks Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson  —  Updated: AT&T has picked Alcatel-Lucent and Ericsson as its two equipment suppliers for its planned wireless broadband upgrade in 2011.  —  AT&T will roll out field trials of Long Term Evolution (LTE) …
Discussion: PR Newswire, MobileCrunch and Gizmodo
Ian Youngs / BBC:
Warner quits free music streaming  —  Record label Warner Music has said it will stop licensing its songs to free music streaming services.  —  Companies like Spotify, We7 and Last.fm give free, legal and instant access to millions of songs, funded by adverts.
Mia / YouTube Blog:
Safety Mode: Giving You More Control on YouTube  —  Diversity of content is one of the great things about YouTube.  But we know that some of you want a more controlled experience.  That's why we're announcing Safety Mode, an opt-in setting that helps screen out potentially objectionable content …
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
YouTube's New Parental Control Feature Disappoints
Discussion: VatorNews and Lifehacker
Punit Singh Soni / Google Mobile Blog:
Introducing Google Buzz for mobile: See buzz around you and tag posts with your location.  —  Today we announced Google Buzz, a new product that integrates with your Gmail inbox and makes it easy to start rich conversations about the things you find interesting.
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Brad Fitzpatrick:
Want to connect your blog or some other feed to Google Buzz?  This is a guide.
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 …
Kevinweil / Twitter Blog:
Super Data  —  My name is @kevinweil and I'm on the analytics team at Twitter.  The convergence of sports, brands, and culture around the Super Bowl makes for a particularly fascinating set of tweets to follow.  Fans of the @NFL watch the Super Bowl for the football and others enjoy the spectacle for the commercials.
David Reiss / Facebook Blog:
Facebook Chat Now Available Everywhere  —  We believe you should be able to connect with your Facebook friends everywhere.  We're happy to announce that now you can with Facebook Chat.  Starting today, the more than two billion chat messages sent on the site every day can be sent from your favorite desktop instant messaging client.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Live From Yahoo SearchSpeak 2010  —  We're here at Yahoo's Sunnyvale, CA headquarters for an event the company is holding called “SearchSpeak” to talk about, you guessed it: their search product.  —  Speaking here are:  — Shashi Seth, Senior Vice President of Search Products, Yahoo!
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Demos Cool Etch-a-Sketch Mobile Search App and Also New Search Dude Shashi
Discussion: Technologizer
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
As Predicted, a Not-Terrible Quarter for the New York Times: Print Ads Shrink Less, and the Web Actually Grows  —  As predicted, a nice Q4 for the New York Times, at least by newspaper standards: Revenue shrank, but not as badly as in the past, and operating costs continued to come down.
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Gillian Reagan / Silicon Alley Insider:   Who Is The New York Times Hiring To Build Its Paywall? (NYT)
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
iPad Costs Leave Room for Price Cuts  —  Apple may pay as little as $219.35 for the new tablet's parts, says iSuppli.  That leaves room to cut the price of a device that analysts say may be too expensive  —  Apple's (AAPL) iPad tablet computer, introduced Jan. 27, may have component costs …
Chamath Palihapitiya / Facebook Blog:
Facebook Mobile: 100 Million and Growing  —  We want as many people as possible to be able to access Facebook all the time, regardless of where they live or what device they carry.  Today, we hit another milestone toward that goal, with more than 100 million people actively using Facebook from their mobile devices every month.
Royal Pingdom:
Twitter: Now more than 1 billion tweets per month  —  Over the past few months there has been plenty of speculation around the Web that Twitter's growth has stalled, but if we look at activity on Twitter in terms of the number of tweets, this is far from the truth.
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Hacker ‘Mudge’ gets DARPA job  —  Peiter Zatko—a respected hacker known as “Mudge”—has been tapped to be a program manager at DARPA, where he will be in charge of funding research designed to help give the U.S. government tools needed to protect against cyberattacks, CNET has learned.
Discussion: Global Nerdy
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 …
Jeff Kunins / The Windows Blog:
Windows Live Messenger - a short history  —  Hi, my name is Jeff Kunins, and I am the Group Program Manager (GPM) for social networking across Windows Live.  In other words, I'm totally focused on partnering with and connecting to social networks and other web services that you already love …
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
Game Rental Service Gamefly Files For IPO; Up To $50 Million Raise  —  So Gamefly finally does file for an IPO, after flirting for years with a possible sale: The Los Angeles-based videogame rental-by-mail subscription service has filed its S-1, and intends to raise a smallish up-to-$50 million through it.
Farnaz Fassihi / Wall Street Journal:
Iran Authorities Brace for Protests  —  BEIRUT—Iranian authorities deployed in force across Tehran Wednesday to conduct last-minute security sweeps and warn residents to refrain from joining antigovernment protests planned for Thursday.  —  The government typically orchestrates large …
USA Today:
Some ditch social networks to reclaim time, privacy  —  By Marco R. della Cava, USA TODAY  —  Facebook reports that it has 400 million active users worldwide.  Make that 399,999,999.  Laura LeNoir is done.  —  “I feel better, I feel lighter, I got my privacy back,” says LeNoir, 42 …
 
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Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
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Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
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Discussion: mehack, Thanks:rwwmike
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AOL's Surphace Goes Self Serve With Private Beta Of S4
PC World:
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 Earlier Items: 
Stephanie Pappas / LiveScience:
3-D Movies are Harder to Pirate, for Now
Discussion: CrunchGear and Softpedia News
Dave Caolo / TUAW:
iPad pre-orders overwhelm Norwegian stores
Jolie O'Dell / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook Debuts XHP: More PHP Enhancement
Discussion: Rasmus' Toys Page
Asdf / The Twitter Engineering Blog:
The Anatomy of a Whale  —  By Ed Ceaser (@asdf) and Nick Kallen (@nk)
Thanks:atul
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
HTC Legend makes an encore appearance, this time with specs