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1:45 PM 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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Jessica E. Vascellaro / Digits:
Google Scrambles to Tweak Buzz Privacy Settings  —  Less than a week after Google introduced a new social networking service, Google Buzz, the company is working feverishly to address user unease about the privacy of the product.  —  Google Buzz lets users share posts and notes with people …
Daily Mobile:
Pictures: Samsung S8500 “Wave” - Leaked Photos  —  Here are some high quality pictures of the Samsung S8500 aka Wave, the first phone with the Bada operative system from Samsung.  —  Samsung Wave specs:  — 3.3"amoled screen  — 5mpix autofocus, flash  — 720p video  — 2gb internal memory
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
A Guide To Following The 2010 Winter Olympics Online  —  The 2010 Winter Olympics kick off in Vancouver tonight, and for those of you who can't be tied to your TV every night to watch the opening and closing ceremonies and competitions, here's a compilation of sites where you can not only …
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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: Softpedia News, Techland and Techdirt
Tom Warren / Neowin.net:
Rumoured Microsoft Project Pink phone “Turtle” confirmed at FCC  —  Sharp has revealed pictures of the rumoured Microsoft “Project Pink” device ‘Turtle’ in an FCC filing this week.  —  Sharp manufactured the original Sidekick for Danger, a company Microsoft acquired in February 2008.
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.
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 …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Sagem Orga's SIMFi merges WiFi with SIM cards at long last, turns any phone into a hotspot  —  Thought WiFi spectrum was congested now?  You ain't seen nothin' yet, because SIM card provider Sagem Orga has hooked up with Telefonica to develop a marvel of modern technology called “SIMFi” …
Zoe Kleinman / BBC:
Cyber attacks against Australia ‘will continue’  —  An activist group that temporarily blocked access to key Australian government websites plans to continue its cyber attacks, the BBC has learned.  —  The group, known as Anonymous, was protesting against the Australian government's proposals …
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Renai LeMay / Delimiter:   Anonymous: Attacks better than signing a petition
Chris Vallance / BBC:
Wikileaks and Iceland MPs propose ‘journalism haven’  —  Wikileaks has provoked the dream of Iceland becoming a haven for whistle-blowing  —  Iceland could become a “journalism haven” if a proposal put forward by some Icelandic MPs aided by whistle-blowing website Wikileaks succeeds.
Discussion: Guardian, Tech Eye, UPI and GigaOM
Frédéric Filloux / Washington Post:
Apple's iPad could be game-changer in digital-media censorship  —  I live in a country (France) where censorship is a big deal.  It comes mostly from greedy celebrities; they use a legal system that largely favors them.  Often, they find a compassionate judge to rule on the issue …
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
 
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Kim Zetter / Epicenter:
TED 2010: Wired for the iPad to Launch by Summer
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BBC:
The price of free  —  We are increasingly giving away personal …
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eBay On The Hook For $275,000 To Louis Vuitton (EBAY)
 Earlier Items: 
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
iPhone + Logo - Now a Registered Trademark of Apple Inc.
Discussion: App Advice and TiPb, Thanks:atul
Shelly Banjo / Digits:
Obama Is Hiring a Twitterer
Discussion: Mashable! and Brainstorm Tech, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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Google acquires Aardvark