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4:50 PM ET, February 12, 2010

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Gmail Blog:
Millions of Buzz users, and improvements based on your feedback  —  Posted by Todd Jackson, Product Manager, Gmail and Google Buzz  —  It's been just two days since we first launched Google Buzz.  Since then, tens of millions of people have checked Buzz out, creating over 9 million posts and comments.
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Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google: We May Remove Buzz From Gmail  —  In light of the substantial privacy concerns voiced this week about Google Buzz, the company says it may separate Buzz from Gmail.  —  Danny Sullivan has spoken with Bradley Horowitz, Google's VP of Product Marketing, about some of the Buzz issues at the TED Conference.
Harriet Jacobs / Fugitivus:
F**k you, Google  —  I use my private Gmail account to email my boyfriend and my mother.  —  There's a BIG drop-off between them and my other “most frequent” contacts.  —  You know who my third most frequent contact is?  —  My abusive ex-husband.  —  Which is why it's SO EXCITING …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Amazon Wants To Give A Free Kindle To All Amazon Prime Subscribers  —  In January Amazon offered select customers a free Kindle of sorts - they had to pay for it, but if they didn't like it they could get a full refund and keep the device.  It turns out that was just a test run for a much more ambitious program.
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
New: Google Maps Labs  —  When Google wants to test new features, they call them Lab experiments, and make them opt-in.  Now, following many other services, Google Maps received a Lab icon.  Click the green flask at the top of Google Maps and you get a chance to enable features like the following:
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Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
Google Maps Get Labs With 9 Cool New Features
Discussion: All Points Blog
Bloomberg:
Microsoft Bets on Software Upgrade to Fight IPhone  —  Feb. 12 (Bloomberg) — Six years ago, Microsoft Corp.'s software ran about a quarter of all smartphones and was gaining ground.  Then Apple Inc.'s iPhone and BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd. left the software giant in the dust.
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The Official Google Blog:
Google acquires Aardvark  —  When you need an answer to a very specific question, sometimes the information just isn't online in one simple place.  For example, let's say you want to know if there's snow on Skyline Boulevard on a given day or the best time of year to plant beans in the Bay Area.
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Peter Burrows / BusinessWeek:
Another Sign of An Apple-Bing Deal On iPhone  —  Since we broke the story that Apple and Microsoft were in talks to make Bing the default search engine on the iPhone, I've been waiting for more evidence from other sources.  It came this morning, from Collins Stewart analyst Sandeep Aggarwal …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Roundtable:
Picture of Google News New Home Page Test  —  A week ago today, we reported Google News was testing a new home page design.  Since then, I have been begging those who have seen the test to post a picture so the rest of us can see what they see.  Finally, yesterday, someone posted an image in the Google News Help forum.
Discussion: The Next Web, Erictric and Neowin.net
Sam Dillon / New York Times:
Wi-Fi Turns Rowdy Bus Into Rolling Study Hall  —  VAIL, Ariz. — Students endure hundreds of hours on yellow buses each year getting to and from school in this desert exurb of Tucson, and stir-crazy teenagers break the monotony by teasing, texting, flirting, shouting, climbing (over seats) and sometimes punching (seats or seatmates).
Discussion: CrunchGear
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
The iPad that launched a thousand apps  —  Data gathered in January show a rush of new projects on the iPhone operating system  —  Click to enlarge.  Source: Flurry Analytics  —  Measured by the number of new applications being written for each type of device, Google's (GOOG) …
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Too Easy: How a Simple Hack Can Turn Your Numeric Google Profile URL Back into a Gmail Address  —  Over the last few days, there has been a lot of buzz about how much private information your public Google profile contains if you don't choose the right settings.
Todd Shields / Bloomberg:
AT&T, Verizon May Have to Share Lines Under FCC Plan  —  Feb. 12 (Bloomberg) — AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. would be forced to lease fast Internet lines to rivals providing Web services to small businesses under a proposal being weighed by U.S. regulators.
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
IBM Eyes The iPad  —  Big Blue launches Lotus software for the iPhone platform and has more plans yet for Apple's tablet.  —  Apple's iPad represents a thin, 1.5-pound wrecking ball aimed at the division between netbooks and smart phones.  But it may also do collateral damage …
Discussion: AppleInsider
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google's Sergey Brin Talking China At TED  —  At the TED conference in Southern California, host Chris Anderson held an impromptu Q&A with Google cofounder Sergey Brin on Google's decision to leave China.  —  Anderson started out asking Brin to recount what happened.
Discussion: BoomTown
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
App Store Now Has 150,000 Apps.  Great News For The iPad: Paid Books Rule.  —  During Apple's iPad event in January, CEO Steve Jobs announced that Apple now had over 140,000 apps in the App Store (along with over 3 billion downloads).  If the numbers by app analytics company Distimo are correct, that number is now past 150,000.
Discussion: App Advice, VentureBeat and TeleRead
Google Code Blog:
Announcing Google Chart Tools  —  A good chart can tell a story, such as depicting when you get home on Saturday night by plotting your tweet patterns along the week.  —  A good chart can take an elusive concept and clarify it in a visually appealing manner.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and AppScout, Thanks:atul
New York Times:
China Alarmed by Security Threat From Internet  —  BEIJING — Deep inside a Chinese military engineering institute in September 2008, a researcher took a break from his duties and decided — against official policy — to check his private e-mail messages.  Among the new arrivals …
Ingrid Lunden / mocoNews:
Skype Planning VoIP Over Verizon Wireless?  —  This just in: Skype tells mocoNews.net it will be hosting a joint news conference with Verizon Wireless at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week.  No word on what this announcement is about, but it will be the first time that a major mobile operator has stood up with Skype.
Nancy Sudheer / business24-7.ae:
LG's e-reader to take on rivals iPad, Kindle  —  Consumer Electronics major LG plans to introduce its own e-reader by April in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) market competing with Apple's latest iPad and Amazon's Kindle.  —  LG's CEO (MEA), KW Kim, told Emirates Business: “We will soon launch a new product, maybe by April.
Discussion: Engadget, Erictric and Gadgetell
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Strong Mac, iPhone sales projected to propel Apple stock to $280  —  Stronger-than-expected Mac and iPhone sales in the last two quarters and the impending launch of the iPad have led Needham & Company to raise its price target on Apple stock to $280.  —  Analyst Charlie Wolf said in a note …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Marvell seeks to enable the iPhone-like $99 smartphone  —  Marvell is announcing today new chip designs that will enable fully functional, iPhone-like smart phones at mass market prices of $99 or less.  —  The Santa Clara, Calif.-based chip maker is announcing Pantheon …
 
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
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