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11:10 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.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:   Google's Little Fiber Experiment Could Cost Over $1 Billion
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Google dabbling in broadband service, Seattle intrigued
Discussion: dailywireless.org
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
WARNING: Google Buzz Has A Huge Privacy Flaw (GOOG)  —  There is a huge privacy flaw in Google's new Twitter/Facebook competitor, Google Buzz.  —  When you first go into Google Buzz, it automatically sets you up with followers and people to follow.  —  A Google spokesperson tells us …
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Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
BREAKING: Google Buzz is brilliant, Facebook just lost half its value.  —  Just sent a note to my private email list.... you can signup at  —  http://www.bit.ly/jasonslist for future updates.  —  Forwarded message —  From: Jason Calacanis
Daniel Lyons / Techtonic Shifts:
Google Buzz?  More Like Buzz Kill  —  Google co-founder Sergey Brin at the unveiling of Google Buzz  —  God bless those hard-working techies in Silicon Valley for inventing this constant stream of things that serve mostly to make me feel guilty because I don't want to use them even though everyone else …
Fox News:
Iran Shuts Down Gmail, Announces National E-Mail Service  —  Iran's telecommunications agency announced what it described as a permanent suspension of Google's e-mail services, saying that a national e-mail service for Iranian citizens would soon be rolled out.
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Ivan Watson / CNN:
Iran obstructing links to outside world, opposition members say  —  (CNN) — Iranian authorities have imposed a virtual information blockade after opposition leaders issued a call for supporters to take to the streets during an important government anniversary on Thursday, people inside the country are saying.
Discussion: CNET News
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
TOLDJA: Owen Van Natta Out As MySpace CEO (NWS)  —  Owen Van Natta is out as CEO of News Corp (NWS) social network MySpace.  He will be replaced by newly-elevated co-Presidents Mike Jones and Jason Hirschhorn.  —  We heard this was coming last week.  —  Then, a source close to News Corp senior management told us:
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
MySpace CEO Van Natta Was Fired by News Corp. Digital Head Miller …
Discussion: paidContent
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Hulu Could Still Launch On The iPad  —  When Steve Jobs unveiled the iPad last month, one notable potential partner absent from the stage was Hulu, now the second-largest video site on the Web.  The launch event focussed more on the iPad as an eBook reader to rival the Kindle, but watching videos on it will be just as important.
Brent Schlender / Perspective:
Bill Gates Joins the iPad's Army of Critics.  Steve Jobs Couldn't Care Less.  —  With the sudden ridicule of Steve Jobs' new do-everything media player, Apple has abruptly become a ripe target for those who would like to take it down a notch.  The tsunami of criticism is probably excessive …
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
U.S. To Be Hit By Massive Cyber Attack On Feb. 16.  Asterisk.  —  On February 16, at about 10:00 am ET, the U.S. will be hit by a massive, crippling cyber attack from an unknown entity.  Key players will convene in the White House situation room and plan the response, from mitigation to (possibly) retaliation.
Discussion: Computerworld and VentureBeat
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
WSJ Op-Ed Piece by Holman W. Jenkins Jr. Argues Apple Is Getting All Microsofty  —  Holman W. Jenkins Jr. on the iPad: … So his argument is that no matter how bad Flash is technically and experience-wise, Apple should add it to the iPad so people can watch Hulu.
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Wall Street Journal:
The Microsofting of Apple?  —  Apple is in danger of becoming …
Discussion: Gizmodo Australia
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.
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Motorola Weighs Plan to Break Up  —  Signage for Motorola is displayed outside their office building in Tempe, Ariz.  —  Motorola Inc. is close to rolling out a new plan that it hopes will revive a long-suffering effort to separate the company's main business units, according to people familiar with the matter.
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).
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
With Subscriptions Off The Table For Now, Apple To Test $1 TV Shows  —  Leading up to its January event, rumors were swirling that Apple was talking to the TV networks about offering possible subscriptions to their shows through iTunes.  Of course, that never happened.
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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.
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.
LeeAnn Prescott / VentureBeat:
54% of US Internet users on Facebook, 27% on MySpace  —  December 2009 data from comScore puts Facebook's unique US visitor count at nearly 112 million.  With a total estimated US Internet population of 205 million, that means that 54% of all Internet users are on Facebook.
Discussion: Fast Company and Research-Write
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Congress wants an e-book reader for low-income kids  —  The holidays have come and gone, but it looks like Rep. Edward Markey (D-MA) has yet to take off his Santa suit.  He's submitted a new bill that would update the Federal Communications Commission's E-Rate program, which subsidizes computer equipment …
Discussion: Kindle Review
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Sprint's brilliant $0.00 deal with Lithuanian app store GetJar  —  The spectacular non-success of Nokia's Ovi app store has proven that you can't predict success, even with Nokia's best and brightest on the job.  —  That's why Sprint, America's third-place wireless carrier …
Discussion: mocoNews
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!
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Twitter Taps Pixar Exec. as CFO  —  Twitter has finally found a Chief Financial Officer.  —  Ali Rowghani, who currently serves as CFO and Senior VP of Strategic Planning at Pixar Animation Studios, will bring his financial acumen to the microblogging service come March
Discussion: paidContent, Thanks:atul
 
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New York Times:
The Cost of an E-Book Will Be Going Up
John Cook / TechFlash:
Text input technology Swype arrives on T-Mobile myTouch
Discussion: AndroidGuys, mocoNews and IntoMobile
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Online Advertising Revenues Ramp Up 10.2 Percent In Fourth Quarter
Jeremy Toeman / LIVEdigitally:
Your Privacy Online: The Internet's Greatest Bait and Switch
Discussion: USA Today
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Roku Adds Channels, Third-Party Remote Apps
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
Facebook Hit With More Privacy Lawsuits In The Wake Of Changing Users' Settings
David Pogue / New York Times:
Vudu Lives (Outside The Box)
Discussion: Technologizer, Thanks:mrinaldesai
 Earlier Items: 
Weldon Dodd / TheAppleBlog:
Macworld 2010: Life Without Apple
Discussion: Macworld, Reuters and VentureBeat
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Report Warns Silicon Valley Could Lose Its Edge
Eric Schmidt / Washington Post:
Erasing our innovation deficit
Thanks:atul
Paul Boutin / New York Times:
Taming Twitter's Streams With Automated Web Sites
Discussion: VentureBeat
Royal Pingdom:
Twitter: Now more than 1 billion tweets per month