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2:45 PM ET, February 17, 2010

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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: PC World, 901am and Pocket-lint, Thanks:mariosundar
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
A First Look At HBO Go: Curb Your Enthusiasm  —  Today HBO announced it will be making its movies and TV Shows available on the Web to subscribers through HBO Go, which up until now has been in private beta.  HBO Go is part of the cable industry's TV Everywhere strategy to make TV content available online to paying subscribers.
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Gillian Reagan / Silicon Alley Insider:
HBO GO Launches Live On Verizon FiOS Thursday, Links With Fancast (TWX)  —  HBO Go, the subscription channel's streaming video service, will go live on Verizon FiOS by this Thursday, Feb. 18.  —  The two companies made the announcement this morning at a press event.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Adobe 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 …
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: ERE.net, MediaPost and Ramine.net
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Peter Nowak / CBC News:   Privacy commissioner rebukes Google for Buzz
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Buzz Warning: Force Feeding Users Can Result In Vomiting
Discussion: GigaOM, CNET News and PC World
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Palo Alto Hit By Power Outage; Related To Plane Crash  —  Palo Alto appears to be suffering a fairly widespread power outage.  —  I lost power in my house just a few minutes ago; traffic lights are out, at least in midtown and south Palo Alto, and my son reports no power at JLS middle school.
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Jalopnik:
3 Tesla Execs Dead In Palo Alto Plane Crash  —  A twin-engine Cessna piloted by a “high-ranking official at Tesla” crashed into an East Palo Alto neighborhood today killing the pilot and two others on board.  A Tesla spokesperson has confirmed three employees were involved in the crash.
Hutch Carpenter / I'm Not Actually a Geek:
PleaseRobMe Is the Logical Extension of Our Worst Fears about Location-Based Services  —  The rise of location-based social media holds a lot of promise and benefit for participants.  But a legitimate concern about them is that they make it too easy to track where you are.
Google News Blog:
Open-sourcing the Living Stories format  —  For the past two months, small teams of reporters and editors from the New York Times and Washington Post have been experimenting with Living Stories, a new format for covering news on the web.  Using this technology platform …
Nathan Eddy / eWeek:
Google CEO Eric Schmidt at MWC Puts Mobile First  —  In his Mobile World Congress keynote address, Google CEO Eric Schmidt describes the mobile ecosystem as a confluence of computing power, connectivity and cloud computing, and proclaims a new focus for the industry: putting mobile first.
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Brad Stone / Bits:
Video Ad Start-Up YuMe Raises $25 Million  —  Who will be the Google of video advertising - inserting ads into the ever-expanding torrent of video on the Web?  —  If Google has anything to say about it, of course, it will be Google.  But that has not stopped a host of specialized start-ups …
Hartmut Neven / Google Translate Blog:
Integrating translation into Google Goggles  —  Yesterday, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Eric Schmidt and I demonstrated a prototype version of Google Goggles that showcases the potential of integrating Google's machine translation and image recognition technologies.
BBC:
BBC to offer iPhone applications  —  The BBC has announced it will offer iPhone applications for its news and sport content from 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 Next Web and The Register
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Google Tightens FT.com's Free-Article Loophole  —  Google (NSDQ: GOOG) fell under the spotlight in November, when the debate over news sites' value to search engines swirled up in to rumour of a Bing-News Corp (NYSE: NWS) deal.  Google responded by offering to limit, for publishers …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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.
Jim Giles / New Scientist:
Typos may earn Google $500m a year  —  Google may be earning an alleged $500 million a year via companies and individuals who register deceptive website addresses.  —  The claim centres on a controversial scheme known as “typosquatting”, the practice of registering a misspelled variant of a popular web domain.
Discussion: CircleID
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 …
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL To Launch “Hundreds” Of Local News Sites In 2010  —  According to an internal communication with employees, AOL (AOL) plans to expand Patch, its network of local news blogs, from 30 sites to “hundreds,” by the end of 2010.  —  The goal: “To be leaders in one of the most promising ‘white spaces’ on the Internet.”
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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 …
Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
Skype Fights to Be Heard on Mobile Phones  —  BARCELONA — Josh Silverman, the chief executive of Skype, the voice-over-Internet phone service, could tick off the names of mobile phone operators that block his company's service.  —  But for Mr. Silverman, a 41-year-old Michigan native …
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.
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Windows Phone 7 Series: everything you ever wanted to know  —  Microsoft just planted a massive flag in the ground with the debut of Windows Phone 7 Series.  The company's new mobile operating system is a radical and potent departure from the past, and there's a lot to take in …
Discussion: Coolsmartphone News
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.
 
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
YouTube's Ad Push Creeps Forward
Thanks:atul
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Open Feint X aims to make iPhone games as social as Facebook apps
Discussion: Inside Social Games and TechCrunch
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
PBworks Integrates Click-To-Call Teleconferencing Into Collaboration Platform
Discussion: Pretzel Logic and CloudAve
Telegraph:
Sony Ericsson breached advertising rules over ‘exaggerated’ Facebook use
Discussion: BBC, Guardian and mocoNews
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Loopt Adds Another Content Partner; Integrates Local Foodie News From Tasting Table
 Earlier Items: 
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft's Office Fights Off Google
Discussion: InformationWeek, Guardian and Telegraph
Gary Reback / TechCrunch:
Why the Technology Sector Should Care About Google Books
Discussion: Guardian, Thanks:miriamberkley
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
How To Search Google Buzz
Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
Mozilla Debates Whether to Trust Chinese CA
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Fights Google With Google-Hosted Videos
Discussion: The Microsoft Blog
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple announces MacBook Repair Program for hard drive issues
Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
YouTube Turns Five Years Old, But Without Google, It Would Be Bankrupt