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4:40 AM ET, February 11, 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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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Google's Little Fiber Experiment Could Cost Over $1 Billion
Discussion: GigaOM
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
Is Google a wolf in sheep's clothing to ISPs?
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Google Doesn't Want to Be an ISP — It Wants to Be a Rabble-rouser
Discussion: PC World and Silicon Alley Insider
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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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 …
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
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
Ryan Flinn / Bloomberg:   Google Confirms ‘Sharp Drop’ in Iran's Gmail Traffic
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
MySpace CEO Van Natta Was Fired by News Corp. Digital Head Miller in Late Afternoon Meeting  —  The long-running telenovela that has been MySpace over the years took yet another dramatic turn late today when News Corp. Chief Digital Officer Jon Miller fired MySpace CEO Owen Van Natta …
Discussion: Gawker and paidContent
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
MySpace, R.I.P  —  It is not good to talk ill of the dead.  It is okay, however to speak the truth, however harsh it might seem, about the living dead.  —  Rupert Murdoch's $580 million MySpace purchase has outlived not only its utility, but has also finally hit its expiration date.
Thanks:atul
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:
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 …
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.
Stephen Chapman / MSFTKitchen:
Windows 8 to be “Completely Different” and “Mind-Blowing”  —  Over the course of the past week and a half, a couple of individuals from Microsoft have commented about Windows 8 in a rather excited manner.  First, there was a blog entry on January 31, 2010 (which has since then been deleted) …
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Martin Veitch / Business Technology Leadership:
Microsoft's Mangelaars on Win 8, Apple & Google's Chrome ads blitz
Discussion: The Open Road
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
Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
Motorola has an oopsie, Android 2.1 update for the DROID not rolling out this week?  —  Potentially bad news for DROID owners as word out of Motorola's support forums suggest that the Motorola DROID will not see the rumored 2.1 update drop this week.  According to Matt, forums manager over at Motorola …
Wall Street Journal:
IPad Magnifies Apple's Flash Feud  —  Apple Inc. and Adobe Systems Inc. used to be cozy partners, but they have become increasingly estranged since the computer maker unveiled its iPad tablet late last month.  —  While Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs announced that the iPad will revolutionize Web surfing …
Discussion: Beet.TV
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.
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.
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 …
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
ASUS planning a ‘killer product’ for June, Eee Pad noise grows louder  —  ASUS CEO Jonney Shih has been speaking on the subject of the now finalized Pegatron spin-off and delivered a couple of teasing tidbits of info about the company's future direction.  Naturally, most interest will be piqued by the …
Discussion: DigiTimes and SlashGear
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.
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.
 
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The Age:
Google baulks at Conroy's call to censor YouTube
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
Jon Brodkin / Network World:
IBM's Jeopardy-playing machine can now beat human contestants
Discussion: insideHPC
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Scribd Looks To Apps And E-Readers To Lift Its Profile
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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 AndroidSPIN
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Congress wants an e-book reader for low-income kids
Discussion: Kindle Review
Jeremy Toeman / LIVEdigitally:
Your Privacy Online: The Internet's Greatest Bait and Switch
 Earlier Items: 
LeeAnn Prescott / VentureBeat:
54% of US Internet users on Facebook, 27% on MySpace
Discussion: Research-Write
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Roku Adds Channels, Third-Party Remote Apps
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
David Pogue / New York Times:
Vudu Lives (Outside the Box)
Discussion: Technologizer, Thanks:mrinaldesai
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Twitter Taps Pixar Exec. as CFO
Discussion: paidContent, Pulse2, Mashable! and USA Today, Thanks:atul
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
With Subscriptions Off The Table For Now, Apple To Test $1 TV Shows
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Report Warns Silicon Valley Could Lose Its Edge
Eric Schmidt / Washington Post:
Erasing our innovation deficit
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:atul
Kevinweil / Twitter Blog:
Super Data  —  My name is @kevinweil and I'm on the analytics team at Twitter.