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8:20 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: Tech Eye, MediaPost and USA Today
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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!
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 …
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.
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Privacy watchdog files complaint with FTC over Google Buzz [Updated]
Elliotshmukler / The LinkedIn Blog:
Now Available: Your Professional Network within Microsoft Outlook  —  This past November, we announced a partnership between Microsoft and LinkedIn to bring your LinkedIn Professional Network right within your Microsoft Outlook Inbox.  —  I'm happy to say that a Beta version of this functionality is now available.
Discussion: 901am and Pocket-lint, Thanks:mariosundar
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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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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
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.
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.
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
Gary Reback / TechCrunch:
Why the Technology Sector Should Care About Google Books  —  Antitrust lawyer and Open Book Alliance leader Gary Reback has been called the “antitrust champion” and the “protector of the marketplace” by the National Law Journal, and has been at the forefront of many of the most important antitrust cases of the last three decades.
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.
Discussion: PhoneDog.com
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
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.
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.
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.
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 …
 
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
How To Search Google Buzz
Discussion: CNET News and TechCrunch Europe
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Facebook's Mobile Strategy Condensed Into 16 Minutes (Video)
Darius Chang / CNET Asia:
Control music with your eyes
Discussion: Telegraph, Phones Review and Gadget Lab
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Inside Google's Hot Topics, a real-time heat map of news and chatter
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Facebook Drives 44 Percent Of Social Sharing On The Web
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:mrinaldesai
 Earlier Items: 
Tim / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Music Journalism is the New Piracy
Discussion: Boing Boing
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
TinyChat Launches Grouped Version Of Chatroulette
Discussion: CNET News and Download Squad
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
89% of Journalists Source Stories From Social Media, Yet Only 15% …
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
HBO Prepares Site That Will Offer Shows and Movies
Royal Pingdom:
Study: Ages of social network users
Discussion: Podcasting News, Screenwerk and ResourceShelf, Thanks:atul
Peter Parkes / About Skype:
Verizon Wireless and Skype join forces to create a global mobile calling community