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11:45 PM ET, February 14, 2010

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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Samsung i8520 ‘Halo’ Android 2.1 phone with 3.7-inch Super AMOLED and pico projector (updated)  —  While Samsung is desparate for us and the world to focus on its very first Bada device — the Wave S8500 — we found something a bit more interesting for Google fans.
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Samsung Wave: 3.3-inch Super AMOLED, Bluetooth 3.0, and new Bada OS (updated)  —  How's about a little smartphone love on Valentine's Day?  Samsung's press conference just got underway in Barcelona, and one of Mobile World Congress' first smartphones to debut this year is a real doozy.
Sean Cooper / Engadget:
Sony Ericsson outs Xperia X10 mini and Xperia X10 mini pro  —  We'd heard a few whispers of Sony Ericsson's Xperia X10 mini, but frankly, the X10 mini pro here comes as a bit of a surprise.  The sets are nearly identical with the exception of launch colors — the mini will ship in black …
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Adobe Puts Secret Hold on HTML5 Spec  —  In public, Adobe claims to “support” HTML5.  On the private W3C mailing list, though, they've placed an objection to prevent the current spec from being published.  My understanding is that Adobe is trying to block the API spec for the canvas element.
Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
Though Absent, Apple Permeates Barcelona Fair  —  The biggest gathering of the global mobile phone industry begins on Monday in Barcelona, and much of the talk will be about the company that is not there: Apple.  —  Its iPhone has been imitated by larger competitors like Samsung Electronics, Nokia, LG and Research In Motion.
Discussion: New York Times
Mia / YouTube Blog:
YouTube & the Online Video Revolution  —  When we registered the YouTube domain on February 14, 2005, we set out to create a place where anyone with a video camera and an Internet connection could share a story with the world.  Five years into it, we're as committed as ever to the core beliefs …
Discussion: Podcasting News and Howard Lindzon, Thanks:atul
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 …
Discussion: broadstuff
Fred / A VC:
Some Interesting Facts About Chatroulette  —  We had a very interesting discussion about Chatroulette here last week.  Since then, reporters at the NY Times got the founder to talk and they posted the email exchange here.  —  Here are some interesting facts from the NY Times piece:
WMPoweruser.com:
HTC Photon to be the HTC HD Mini, to be announced at Mobile World Congress  —  Rumours of a new device to be announced by HTC at Mobile World Congress are starting, with a number of tweets mentioning the HTC HD Mini.  —  Sina.com.cn believes the device will be the HTC Photon, leaked in December 2009.
Eric M. Zeman / Phone Scoop:
No Flash for Windows Mobile 7  —  This evening Adobe issued a statement about Flash compatibility with Microsoft's Windows Mobile 7.  It said, “Microsoft and Adobe are working closely together.  While the newest version of Windows Phone won't support Flash at initial availability …
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
Viacom Asking For ‘Substantial’ Refund on Harmonix Earnout From Founders  —  Viacom (NYSE: VIA), which has seen sales of its Rock Band franchise slow amid the gaming slump, is asking for a refund on its 2007 earnout payment to the Harmonix founders, according to a company 10-K filed earlier today.
Thanks:ilamont
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Turmoil at MySpace blamed on News Corporation  —  Departure of Owen Van Natta, the social networking site's chief executive, calls into question Rupert Murdoch's digital strategy  —  Days after MySpace, the struggling social network site, replaced its chief executive, a leading media pundit …
 
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Jack Loftus / Gizmodo:
Leaked Google Nexus One Firmware Upgrade Could Address Spotty 3G Reception
Chris O'Brien / Mercury News:
Lessons from Hewlett-Packard's massive job cuts
Thanks:atul
Whitson Gordon / Lifehacker:
iPhone Explorer Turns Your iPhone or iPod touch into a Disk Drive
Discussion: O'Grady's PowerPage
Fuad Abazovic / Fudzilla:
Calpella to get replaced by Huron River in 2011
Discussion: Engadget
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Macworld iPad panelists defy Steve Jobs' snub of the show
Jeremy Kirk / PC World:
HP Opens First Ever Wind-cooled Data Center
Discussion: IBTimes.com.au
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
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