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5:55 AM ET, February 17, 2010

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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 …
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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
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 Guardian, Thanks:chrismessina
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Google Buzz Warning: Force Feeding Users Can Result In Vomiting
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.
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 …
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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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
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.
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 …
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: CNET News and Techland
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 …
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: Podcasting News and Howard Lindzon
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.
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.
Darius Chang / CNET Asia:
Control music with your eyes  —  BARCELONA— Some devices have to be seen to be believed.  So check out this video taking at the NTT Docomo booth before reading on.  —  That's right.  This earphone detects eye movement and uses it to control music playback as well as volume levels.
Discussion: Telegraph, Phones Review and Gadget Lab
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.
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.
 
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Facebook Drives 44 Percent Of Social Sharing On The Web
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Tim / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Music Journalism is the New Piracy
Discussion: Boing Boing
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
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Android Who Cried Wolf
Royal Pingdom:
Study: Ages of social network users
Discussion: Podcasting News, Screenwerk and ResourceShelf, Thanks:atul
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Loves Open Source And Launches A Directory To Prove It
Discussion: SocialTimes.com
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Facebook Launches Zero, A Text-Only Mobile Site For Carriers
 

 
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