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4:40 AM ET, February 14, 2010

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Gmail Blog:
A new Buzz start-up experience based on your feedback  —  Posted by Todd Jackson, Product Manager, Gmail and Google Buzz  —  We've heard your feedback loud and clear, and since we launched Google Buzz four days ago, we've been working around the clock to address the concerns you've raised.
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Lifehacker:
Buzz Drops Auto-Following, Won't Automatically Connect to Google Services, Adds Better Disable  —  After a week's worth of complaints and confusion, Google is updating Buzz to address many of the privacy concerns and annoyances raised by the new social networking service.  The update brings three major changes.
Brad Stone / Bits:
Chatroulette's Creator, 17, Introduces Himself  —  This week my colleagues Jenna Wortham, Nick Bilton and I have been utterly fascinated with, and sometimes repulsed by, a suddenly popular new Web site called Chatroulette.  —  The site, which gets about 20,000 users on a typical night …
Discussion: Anil Dash, Gawker, Silicon Alley Insider and Guardian, Thanks:atul
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Windows Phone 7 Series: that's the name  —  So we were just casually strolling through Plaça d'Espanya today in front of Fira de Barcelona — better known as the site of MWC 2010 this coming week — and we couldn't help but notice that Microsoft's digs at the Hotel Catalonia across …
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David Richards / Channel News:
Samsung Confirms Chrome Based Netbook  —  Samsung Australia has confirmed that it is set to launch a new netbook running the new Chrome operating system.  —  At a launch yesterday for several new Intel based Samsung notebooks, the head of Samsung IT, Phil Newton, said that Samsung Australia …
Miguel Helf / New York Times:
These Battle Lines Are Drawn in Yellow  —  JASON COWIE, the owner of Kingpinz Skateboard and Snowboard Shop in Houston, has done a pretty good job of getting his business noticed on the Web.  Just type “skateboards in Houston” on a search engine, and his store will be among the first listed.
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
Bloomberg:
Verizon Said to Be Planning to Put Skype on Its Mobile Phones  —  Feb. 13 (Bloomberg) — Verizon Wireless, the largest U.S. wireless carrier, will include Skype Technologies SA's Internet- calling software on phones to stave off competition from AT&T Inc., according to two people familiar with the matter.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Tom Has Finally Reached His MySpace Friend Limit  —  MySpace cofounder Tom Anderson supposedly begged to keep his job when the rest of the founding team was shown the door nine months ago.  They kept him on, almost as a mascot.  He was, after all, the first friend everyone had when signing up to MySpace.
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Johannes Ullrich / SANS Internet Storm Center, InfoCON:
Twitpic, EXIF and GPS: I Know Where You Did it Last Summer  —  Modern cell phones frequently include a camera and a GPS.  Even if a GPS is not included, cell phone towers can be used to establish the location of the phone.  Image formats include special headers that can be used to store this information, so called EXIF tags.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Average iPhone Consumer Data Usage Pegged at Five Times That of BlackBerry  —  Consumer Reports announced this week the results of a study it commissioned assessing the monthly data usage for customers of Apple's iPhone and other smartphones.  The data, obtained from over 1,000 consumer accounts linked …
Discussion: Ars Technica
PC World:
Apple Offers $10K in Music for 10 Billionth iTunes Download  —  Brennon Slattery, PC World  —  Time to start loading up on music: Apple has announced it will give one lucky customer a $10k iTunes gift card once it reaches .  Apple calls the event a “huge milestone for music” and …
 
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Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Justice Dept. defends warrantless cell phone tracking
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Boy Genius Report:
RIM making “big” announcement Tuesday, BESX, unlimited and free?
Frédéric Filloux / Washington Post:
Apple's iPad could be game-changer in digital-media censorship
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