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4:05 AM ET, February 13, 2010

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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google May Offer Buzz Independently From Gmail  —  Google says it may allow people to participate in Google Buzz without having it integrated within Gmail, in addition to offering a combined Gmail service.  That may be a welcome move from users of both products, especially in light …
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Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Google says VP's comments misconstrued, not taking Buzz out of Gmail  —  In an update to an earlier post, Google says vice president of product marketing Bradley Horowitz' comments were misconstrued by SearchEngineLand.  He had told the blog that Google was considering separating its brand-new social networking service Buzz from Gmail.
Nick Saint / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Responds To Blogger's Outrage With Product Tweaks (GOOG)  —  Google (GOOG) is rolling out two more privacy tweaks for Google Buzz in response to a post by an outraged blogger who claimed that Google Buzz had given her abusive ex-husband and his friends access to personal information.
Discussion: Fugitivus, WebProNews and CNET News
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 …
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Digits:   Google Scrambles to Tweak Buzz Privacy Settings
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Too Easy: How a Simple Hack Can Turn Your Numeric Google Profile URL …
Discussion: Social Hacking and Electronista
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Apple's top 10 issues: AT&T, the App Store, and ... computers?  —  John Gruber, author of popular Apple-focused blog Daring Fireball, just finished his presentation at the MacWorld conference in San Francisco, where he walked through what he sees as Apple's top 10 issues.
Discussion: Brainstorm Tech
Fred / A VC:
Thoughts On Buzz  —  Reece asked me in the comments the other day what I thought about Buzz.  I told him I hadn't had the time to turn it on and play with it.  I did that later in the day and have been using Buzz for a couple days.  So here goes Reece.  —  I'll state right up front …
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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Shelly Banjo / Digits:
Obama Is Hiring a Twitterer  —  Calling all job-seekers: President Barack Obama is looking for an official Twitterer. … The Democratic National Committee's “social networks manager” job description says the position entails maintaining the President's accounts on Facebook, Twitter and MySpace.
Discussion: Brainstorm Tech and Mashable!, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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: Epicenter, BoomTown, CNN, CNET News, Bits and Gizmodo
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Google pulls Vancouver luge crash video off YouTube, still up elsewhere  —  The horrific luge crash in Vancouver today won't get much play on YouTube: Google quickly removed uploaded film clips at the request of the International Olympic Committee, activating its copy-protection tools.
Discussion: Techland and Techdirt
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Looking for a Date?  A Site Suggests You Check the Data  —  Looking for love on an online dating service?  —  If you're a man, don't smile in your profile picture, and don't look into the camera.  If you're a woman, skip photos that focus on your physical assets and pick one that shows …
Kim Zetter / Epicenter:
TED 2010: Wired for the iPad to Launch by Summer  —  LONG Beach, California — Wired Magazine Editor-in-Chief Chris Anderson announced at the Technology, Entertainment and Design conference on Friday that the publication would be releasing its content for the iPad by summer.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Aaron Pickus / Mayor McGinn:
Seattle applies for Google Fiber for Communities  —  Today Mayor Mike McGinn announced that the city of Seattle will respond to Google's Request for Information (RFI) to build ultra-high speed broadband networks in communities across America.  —  Google's vision of a fiber-to-the-home network …
Discussion: Engadget, InformationWeek and Xconomy
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).
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Do E-Readers Cause Eye Strain?  —  The admonition offered by legions of mothers — “Don't sit so close to the TV” — isn't really an option when it comes to e-reading devices.  You have to get close to the screen to use it.  —  The act of reading is going through a number of radical transitions …
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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Eric Zeman / InformationWeek:
Windows Mobile 7 Being Announced Monday Feb. 15
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.
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
HP announces Android netbook  —  The Compaq AirLife 100 is a cloud-white netbook that HP will sell exclusively through Telefónica this spring.  A canned HP press release says the AirLife will be available “in selected countries,” but I've been unable to get them to name any of them.
BBC:
The price of free  —  We are increasingly giving away personal information on sites such as Facebook  —  As part of a major series on the BBC about the impact of the web, producer Jo Wade has been looking at the price we pay for free information.  —  ‘Numb Fingers.’ 'Wind Beneath …
Discussion: Guardian
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 …
 
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Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
France's Le Fig Unveils Paid Features, But ‘News Will Be Free Forever’
Discussion: The Next Web and Guardian
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
Wi-Fi rides to wireless networks' rescue
Lauren Streib / Silicon Alley Insider:
eBay On The Hook For $275,000 To Louis Vuitton (EBAY)
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
iPhone + Logo - Now a Registered Trademark of Apple Inc.
Discussion: App Advice and TiPb, Thanks:atul
Nancy Gohring / Computerworld:
EFF, library groups argue against Autodesk appeal
Discussion: p2pnet
 Earlier Items: 
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
IBM Eyes The iPad
Discussion: AppleInsider
New York Times:
China Alarmed by Security Threat From Internet