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4:20 AM ET, February 17, 2010

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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
How Google Went Into “Code Red” And Saved Google Buzz (GOOG)  —  Here's the story of how panicking just enough may have saved Google's answer to Facebook and Twitter.  —  A week ago, Google launched an add-on to Gmail called Google Buzz.  Almost immediately, the world howled with complaints …
Discussion: MediaPost, CNET News and USA Today
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Peter Nowak / CBC News:
Privacy commissioner probing Google Buzz  —  Concerns around Google's recently unveiled Buzz feature are deepening with the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada looking into the social-networking tool.  —  Valeria Lawton, a spokesperson for the office, said on Tuesday that Buzz …
Katherine Boehret / Wall Street Journal:
Google Buzz Isn't Exactly Humming Along  —  These days, it's near impossible to use a computer without running into a social network.  Web sites encourage people to “tweet” links to their articles via Twitter; photo-sharing sites nudge users to post albums on Facebook; and aggregators …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and ERE.net
Jyri / Zengestrom:
Top 10 things to fix in Google Buzz
Discussion: The Next Web, PC World and /message, Thanks:chrismessina
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Google admits Buzz testing flaws
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.
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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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google Donates $2 Million To Wikimedia Foundation  —  According to a Tweet just sent from Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, Google has donated $2 million to the Wikimedia Foundation.  Wales says the official announcement will be made tomorrow.  —  The Wikimedia Foundation is a non-profit …
Ryan Tate / 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.
MySpace Press Room:
MySpace Real Time Search Goes Live on Google  —  In December, Google announced plans to implement the MySpace Real-Time Search API, which would push publicly available updates from our users to Google in real-time.  The implementation is now LIVE on Google and we couldn't be more excited …
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Tom Foremski / IMHO:
Wireless Telcos fear Google will turn them into ‘dumb pipes’ - they will hit back  —  Marguerite Reardon over at CNET has put together an excellent report on the Mobile World Congress 2010 GSMA in Barcelona.  —  It is the most important conference for the wireless Telco industry.
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Richard Wray / Guardian:
Google chief extends olive branch to mobile phone groups
Discussion: Reuters
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
What Kevin Smith means for the future of PR  —  On Saturday, the crew of a Southwest Airlines flight between the California cities of Oakland and Burbank asked a passenger to leave the plane before takeoff because it deemed him too overweight to fly.  Unfortunately, that passenger happened …
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.
Jessica Mintz / Associated Press:
Microsoft to pull Facebook, MySpace into Outlook  —  Buzz up!  —  SEATTLE - Microsoft Corp. is taking another step toward turning Outlook, its desktop e-mail program, into a hub for information from popular social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace.
Discussion: Techland
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Looking for farmers: Zynga opens office in India for social game development  —  Zynga is announcing today that it will open an office in India to develop social games.  —  The office in Bangalore will be the company's first outside of the U.S. The office is expected to hire about 100 people …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Inside Social Games, Thanks:atul
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple announces MacBook Repair Program for hard drive issues  —  Users who bought MacBooks between May 2006 and December 2007 that are experiencing hard drive problems may be covered under a new repair extension program.  —  Apple announced the repair extension for users of the 13" notebook models on Monday.
Discussion: Apple, The Register and HardMac.com
Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
YouTube Turns Five Years Old, But Without Google, It Would Be Bankrupt  —  Anyone who has read my blog before knows that I think YouTube gets way too much credit in the industry that they don't deserve.  While I don't disagree that YouTube deserves credit for creating a platform that has allowed …
Discussion: Podcasting News and Howard Lindzon
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Tumblr Finally Rolls Out Comments.  Sort Of.  Trolls Not Welcome.  —  Just about a week ago, we noted how the blogging service Tumblr was testing out a new feature: photo replies.  Apparently, the test worked so well that they decided to make it a permanent feature.
Every Day I'm Tumblin':
TUMBLR STOLE MY DOMAIN AT THE BEHEST OF A CORPORATION  —  I've run pitchfork.tumblr.com for almost a year now.  I had several posts up and I followed 28 people with the account.  All my posts are now gone and my address has been changed to pitchfork1.tumblr.com.
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.
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Inside Google's Hot Topics, a real-time heat map of news and chatter  —  For a couple of years, Google has offered its real-time Hot Trends list, which shows curious users a list of the most active search terms — a kind of heat map of the news and cultural developments everyone is trying to find out about.
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.
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Twitter's hiring binge brings it to 140 employees  —  Twitter has been on a hiring spree as of late, grabbing up employees left and right for its engineering and business development teams.  —  The company just crossed the symbolic 140-employee mark, mirroring its famous character limit for tweets, according to co-founder Biz Stone.
Discussion: Stay N' Alive
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, like MySpace, LinkedIn, and so on?  How is age distributed across the millions and millions of social network users out there?
Discussion: Podcasting News, Screenwerk and ResourceShelf, Thanks:atul
 
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Facebook Drives 44 Percent Of Social Sharing On The Web
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Tim / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Music Journalism is the New Piracy
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
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Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
89% of Journalists Source Stories From Social Media, Yet Only 15% …
Discussion: MediaPost
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
HBO Prepares Site That Will Offer Shows and Movies
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Loves Open Source And Launches A Directory To Prove It
Discussion: SocialTimes.com
Matt Phillips / MarketBeat:
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