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11:05 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 …
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Ramine Darabiha / ReadWriteWeb:
How I Became the Robert Scoble of Buzz  —  I had some free time this weekend, so instead of going to party, I decided to look into Google Buzz.  It's not every day that a major social site is launched.  I wanted to find a way to find my friends quickly, and gain many followers.
Discussion: MediaPost, Ramine.net and Mashable!
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Buzz Warning: Force Feeding Users Can Result In Vomiting  —  A week ago Google launched Google Buzz.  And Google's 175 million or so wordwide Gmail users (Comscore) suddenly had this new and noisy addition to their beloved inbox.  —  It's been a rough week since then.
Discussion: Seeking Alpha
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 …
Microsoft Outlook 2010:
Outlook Gets Social with LinkedIn, Facebook, and MySpace  —  In November 2009, we announced both the beta of Microsoft Office 2010 as well as the Outlook Social Connector.  The Outlook Social Connector brings together communications history, contact information, and professional …
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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.
Elliotshmukler / The LinkedIn Blog:
Now Available: Your Professional Network within Microsoft Outlook
Discussion: 901am and Pocket-lint, Thanks:mariosundar
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 …
Tiffany Philippou / TechCrunch Europe:
How we built secret London in a weekend  —  This is a guest post by Tiffany Philippou who started the Secret London Facebook Group.  Two weeks after launch the group had amassed over 180,000 members, propelling its 21 year old creator into her first startup - see our previous coverage.
Kieren McCarthy / The Register:
77% of domain registrations stuffed with rubbish  —  Whois in charge?  ICANN't tell  —  An incredible 77 per cent of internet domains - nearly 90 million internet addresses - are registered with false, incomplete, or unverifiable information.  —  An extensive review of 1,419 representative …
Discussion: ICANN, ICANN and ResourceShelf
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: PC World, TechCrunch and Inside Social Games, Thanks:atul
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft Risks Margins as Office Business Fights Off Google  —  Feb. 17 (Bloomberg) — Microsoft Corp. President Stephen Elop is preparing for the biggest shakeup to the $19 billion Office business in a decade as the company races Google Inc. to sell Internet-based programs.
Discussion: Telegraph and Guardian
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 …
BBC:
BBC to offer iPhone applications  —  The BBC has announced it will offer iPhone applications for its news and sport content starting in April.  —  The free apps will be followed by versions for BlackBerry and phones running Google's Android software.  —  The BBC said they had been developed …
Discussion: mocoNews, The Register and The Next Web
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
How To Search Google Buzz  —  Looking to find something on Google Buzz?  Ironically, for a product from Google, searching Buzz seems to have a lot that can be improved.  Below, some tips I've pulled together.  —  Buzz Search From Google  —  Buzz has its own search box, as you'll find at the top of the page.
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: Softpedia News and Stay N' Alive
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Fights Google With Google-Hosted Videos  —  Yesterday, we saw Microsoft shamelessly go after the iPhone with a video which played at Mobile World Congress for its new Windows Phone 7 Series.  But it's not just Apple that Microsoft is taking on with videos, it's competitors like Google and OpenOffice.org as well.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Salesforce Chatter Starts As A Private Conversation  —  Salesforce's enterprise friendly social collaboration platform Chatter was announced at last year's November Realtime CrunchUp with much fanfare.  To many, there is no doubt that Chatter will have a lasting impact on the enterprise and cloud computing.
Telegraph:
Sony Ericsson breached advertising rules over ‘exaggerated’ Facebook use  —  Sony Ericsson breached advertising rules over a mobile phone launch which exaggerated its ability to use Facebook, a watchdog ruled.  —  The company's television advertisement showed a woman using the Satio phone to take photos and chat with her friends.
Discussion: BBC, Guardian and mocoNews
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: Howard Lindzon and Podcasting News
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.
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.
Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
Mozilla Debates Whether to Trust Chinese CA  —  Sometimes geeky technical details matter only to engineers.  But sometimes a seemingly arcane technical decision exposes deep social or political divisions.  A classic example is being debated within the Mozilla project now …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Loopt Adds Another Content Partner; Integrates Local Foodie News From Tasting Table  —  As Foursquare makes deals with major media companies, competitor Loopt is continuing to partner with with content companies to offer fresh news and reviews of restaurants, bars, businesses and events.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Adobe's CTO Kevin Lynch Talks About Apple Insults, Flash's Future and More!  —  For a man scorned, Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch looked awfully calm on my visit to the software company's San Francisco HQ yesterday.  —  He could, I suppose, be hopping mad.  —  To add insult to injury …
Shane McGlaun / SlashGear:
Connect One Wi-Reach Classic 3G/4G mobile hotspot debuts  —  The MiFi Mobile hotspot is a cool device, even if it was found to have a vulnerability.  A new mobile hot spot has been unveiled in Spain at MWC 2010 that is from Connect One and it is called the Wi-Reach Classic.
 
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Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
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Ryan Tate / Gawker:
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