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4:30 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.
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 …
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.
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.
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David Pogue / New York Times:   Google Message Feature Moves Beyond Twitter
Peter Nowak / CBC News:   Privacy commissioner rebukes Google for Buzz
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Buzz Warning: Force Feeding Users Can Result In Vomiting
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Palo Alto Hit By Power Outage; Related To Plane Crash; Tesla Confirms 3 Execs Killed (Updated)  —  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.
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
Reuters:
For Apple suppliers, loose lips can sink contracts  —  LONGHUA, China /TAIPEI (Reuters) - The massive manufacturing complex in the South China city of Longhua resembles an industrial fortress.  To enter the facility, workers swipe security cards at the gate.
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
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.
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
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Robert Andrews / paidContent:   Microsoft Man To Publishers: Google Punches Holes In Your Paywall, But Bing Won't
Zee / The Next Web:
Facebook Defeats Yahoo to Become America's Second Most Popular Website  —  We're updating, bear with us.  —  The latest data in from compete.com, shows that Facebook has surpassed Yahoo as the most popular site on the Internet in the US.  —  This last month saw Facebook reach 133 million unique visitors …
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.
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 …
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
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 …
Gareth Beavis / TechRadar.com:
Firefox for Android coming ‘late this year’  —  Mozilla chats Windows Mobile 7 and MeeGo too  —  Firefox Mobile for Android is likely to make its debut on the platform later in 2010, according to Mozilla's VP of mobiles.  —  Jay Sullivan told TechRadar that Android was a ‘great fit’ for Firefox mobile:
Diane Bartz / Reuters:
U.S. trade body to probe RIM, Apple smartphones  —  The U.S. International Trade Commission said it launched an investigation of Research In Motion and Apple mobile telephones that contain digital cameras after receiving a complaint from Eastman Kodak Co.  —  The trade body said it voted …
Discussion: MacRumors and Tech Trader Daily
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.
Business Wire:
HP Reports First Quarter 2010 Results  — First quarter net revenue of $31.2 billion, up 8%, or $2.4 billion, from a year earlier  — First quarter GAAP operating profit up 20% to $3.0 billion; GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.96, up 28% from $0.75 a year earlier
Discussion: Digital Daily, Reuters and CNBC.com, Thanks:hpnews
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
 
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Gregg Keizer / Macworld:
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Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
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Thanks:atul
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
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 Earlier Items: 
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft's Office Fights Off Google
Discussion: InformationWeek, Guardian and Telegraph
Tiffany Philippou / TechCrunch Europe:
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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
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Looking for farmers: Zynga opens office in India for social game development
Discussion: PC World, Inside Social Games and TechCrunch, Thanks:atul
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple announces MacBook Repair Program for hard drive issues
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google Donates $2 Million To Wikimedia Foundation