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5:55 PM ET, February 16, 2010

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Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Google admits Buzz testing flaws  —  Google has admitted to BBC News that testing of its controversial social network Buzz was insufficient.  —  The firm has had to make a series of changes to the service after a ferocious backlash from users concerned about intrusions of privacy.
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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
How Google Went Into “Code Red” And Saved Google Buzz (GOOG)
Discussion: CNET News and USA Today
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Privacy watchdog files complaint with FTC over Google Buzz [Updated]
Discussion: epic.org and InformationWeek, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
HTC Desire: your Nexus One with Sense and Flash has arrived (video)  —  The one thing you'll never see on a stock Nexus One is a skinned interface like Sense or TouchWiz — they're just not Google enough for a phone commissioned and sold directly by Mountain View.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Android Who Cried Wolf  —  Currently, Google has one of the more interesting problems I've ever seen.  While I'd never tell anyone to slow down their pace of innovation, with Android, I can't help but wonder if Google might have to do just that, because it's seriously starting to trip over itself.
Peter Parkes / About Skype:
Verizon Wireless and Skype join forces to create a global mobile calling community  —  New Skype Mobile product for Verizon Wireless smartphones brings more value to US mobile consumers  —  BARCELONA, Spain; BASKING RIDGE, NJ, United States; and LUXEMBOURG, Luxembourg, 16 January 2010 …
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Verizon to allow unlimited Skype calling over 3G starting next month  —  We may be way off base here, but we're pretty sure the game just got upended.  Days after AT&T appeased the masses by finally enabling 3G streaming over the iPhone's SlingPlayer app, Verizon Wireless has one-upped that gesture in a [big] gargantuan way.
Chris Anderson / Epicenter:
The Wired Tablet App: A Video Demonstration  —  Last week Jeremy Clark from Adobe and I unveiled the first glimpse of the Wired Reader at TED.  Above, you'll see a video, narrated by Jeremy and Wired Creative Director Scott Dadich, who led our tablet team, that shows more.
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Steve Jobs' 6 Sneakiest Statements  —  Steve Jobs was reportedly wearing a top hat when he visited New York publishers last week.  It's a fitting lid for the Apple CEO, who can be as tricky as a magician.  —  Jobs has a knack for throwing off Apple watchers with his masterful misdirections.
Discussion: The Apple Core and 9 to 5 Mac
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Brad Stone / New York Times:
Jobs Is Said to Assist With Book on His Life  —  SAN FRANCISCO — A handful of presumptive biographers have, over the years, tried to tell the remarkable story of Steven P. Jobs: the youthful visionary who, after being ousted from Apple, the company he helped to found, triumphantly returned to lead a new era of high-tech innovation.
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Google: Android now shipping on 60,000 handsets per day  —  We're in Barcelona keeping an eye on Eric Schmidt's Mobile World Congress keynote, where the Google CEO just disclosed an interesting fact: Google and their hardware partners are now shipping 60,000 Android handsets each day.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Facebook Launches Zero, A Text-Only Mobile Site For Carriers  —  At the Mobile World Congress 2010, Facebook's Chamath Palihapitiya just finished a 20-minute keynote, outlining the social networking juggernaut's mobile strategy.  We'll have a video of the full presentation up soon.
Bloomberg:
RIM Unveils WebKit Internet Browser to Compete With IPhone  —  Feb. 16 (Bloomberg) — Research In Motion Ltd., maker of the BlackBerry phone, unveiled an overhauled Internet browser for its devices today to attract more non-business customers.  —  “Today we are announcing an exciting …
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Kenneth Li / Financial Times:
iPad deals with publishers face hurdles  —  Newspaper and magazine publishers are stumbling over key issues, such as sharing subscription revenues, as they consider deals to offer digital versions of their products on Apple's iPad digital media device.  —  These talks are in early stages …
Electronista:
FCC calls for 100Mbps across most of US  —  FCC chairman Julius Genachowski at a conference today launched (PDF) an effort to boost the speed of Internet access in the US to 100Mbps and higher.  Dubbed 100 Squared, it would provide at least 100Mbps access to 100 million homes in the US.
Gawker:
Turf War at the New York Times: Who Will Control the iPad?  —  There's a heated turf war going on inside the New York Times over the iPad, pitting print die-hards against people focused on the Times' digital future.  The outcome will determine pricing for some marquee content on Apple's tablet.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Redbox Cuts Deal With Warner; Agrees To 28-Day Window  —  Coinstar (CSTR) unit Redbox this afternoon said it signed a new multi-year distribution deal with the Warner Bros. Home Entertainment unit of Time Warner (TWX) that will allow Redbox to rent new Warner DVD and Blu-Ray titles after a 28-day window.
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Google Hires eBay Veteran for New Commerce Position  —  Google said Tuesday that Stephanie Tilenius was joining the company as vice president of commerce, a new position.  —  Google said little about the role of Ms. Tilenius, a veteran eBay executive who announced in late September that she would leave that company.
Royal Pingdom:
Study: Ages of social network users  —  How old is the average Twitter or Facebook user?  What about all the other social network sites out there, like MySpace, LinkedIn, and so on?  How is age distributed across the millions and millions of social network users out there?
Discussion: Screenwerk, Thanks:atul
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
First Peek at Path.io: Stealth Startup From Facebook's Dave Morin & Sean Fanning of Napster  —  Three weeks ago Facebook Platform Manager Dave Morin announced he was leaving the company to start a stealthy new startup with Napster founder Sean Fanning.  —  The new company is called Path …
Thanks:atul
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Sony Dash given ability to stream TVs and movies from Netflix, new lease on life  —  We were filled with excitement the moment Sony took the wraps off of its Dash personal internet viewer back at CES, but after learning that this was less of a tablet and more a sophisticated widget machine for in-home use …
Discussion: PR Newswire, PMP Today, DVICE and Gizmodo
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
HBO Prepares Site That Will Offer Shows and Movies  —  HBO looks to be on the verge of unveiling its Internet streaming service in a wider way.  —  A Web site called HBO GO, subtitled “It's HBO on your computer,” appeared online weeks ago, promising access to scores of TV episodes and films.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Loves Open Source And Launches A Directory To Prove It  —  In recent months, there seems to be a mad rush of companies trying to one-up each other with how open-source they are.  Twitter is the latest, as they have launched a directory of all the open source projects they're currently working on and/or contributing to.
Discussion: SocialTimes.com
Matt Phillips / MarketBeat:
Amazon e-Book share to fall from 90% to 35%, Analyst Says … Apple's iPad and the expected entry of others such as Google into the e-book space will cut Amazon's share of e-book sales from 90% to 35% over the next five years, writes Credit Suisse analyst Spencer Wang in a research report Tuesday:
Nielsen Wire:
Facebook Users Average 7 hrs a Month in January as Digital Universe Expands  —  In a monthly view of U.S. Internet activity for top parent companies and web brands, The Nielsen Company found that the average time users spend using Facebook per month grew nearly 10%, topping seven hours.
 
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David Goetzl / MediaPost:
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Will Google Goggles Get Lost In Translation?
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Christine Gallen / ABI Research:
Shopping by Mobile Will Grow to $119 Billion in 2015
Discussion: Internet2Go
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
Vodafone CEO takes jab at Google's dominance
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