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Gmail Blog:
Gmail Labs graduation and retirement  —  We launched Gmail Labs over a year and a half ago as a playground where engineers can come up with new features and let your input help decide which are good ideas and which don't quite work out.  Any engineer at Google can come up with feature …
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Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:   Gmail Retires 5 and Graduates 6 Labs Features
Rachel Donadio / New York Times:
Larger Threat Is Seen in Google Case  —  ROME — Three Google executives were convicted of violating Italian privacy laws on Wednesday, the first case to hold the company's executives criminally responsible for the content posted on its system.  —  The verdict, though subject to appeal …
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Lee Gomes / Forbes:
Google And The Law  —  Not every Web ruling will be this silly.  —  BURLINGAME, Calif. — The criminal convictions of Google executives by an Italian court on account of a video posted by a Google user are every bit as inane as commentators all around the world are saying they are.
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
iPad purchase plans sluggish, AdMob survey finds  —  Only one in six iPhone owners surveyed by mobile ad network AdMob said that they “intend to purchase” an Apple iPad tablet computer.  Among Android phone owners, the ratio dropped to one in seventeen.  —  The results, from an opt-in survey …
Discussion: Digital Daily, Tech Eye and PC World
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Harsh / AdMob Metrics:
January 2010 Mobile Metrics Report  —  For this month's feature section, we ran an opt-in survey of consumers on iPhone, iPod touch, Android and webOS devices to learn more about how they are engaging and interacting with applications.  The behavioral and demographic insights taken …
Steven Musil / CNET News:
Report: Teen gets 15 years for Facebook blackmail  —  A Wisconsin teenager convicted of using Facebook to blackmail classmates into sex was sentenced to 15 years in prison, according to an Associated Press report.  —  Anthony Stancl, 19, plead no contest in December to two felonies …
Discussion: The Monash Report and JSOnline
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
LG's first Windows Phone 7 handset shipping as early as September  —  Our buds over at Engadget Chinese are just reporting back from a sitdown it had with LG Mobile in Hong Kong at a Chinese New Year event.  The most tantalizing bit of truth is confirmation of that September launch date rumor …
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
The titanium iPhone is real, really real (video)  —  You came, you saw, some of you were not convinced.  So what's a gadget blog to do when picture evidence isn't enough?  Why get those pictures moving, of course, right up to 30 frames a second.  The stunning titanium iPhone 3GS from this morning is back …
Jolie O'Dell / ReadWriteWeb:
An In-Depth Look at Microsoft's Spy Guide  —  We recently reported that a watchdog site, Cryptome, was removed from the Web for refusing to take down a copy of a Microsoft document.  —  This document, called the Microsoft Online Services Global Criminal Compliance Handbook, or “spy guide …
Discussion: Threat Level
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Robert Quigley / Geekosystem:
Site Leaks Microsoft Online Surveillance Guide, MS Demands Takedown …
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Google real-time search adds status updates from Facebook Pages  —  Facebook status updates from Pages will start showing up in Google's real-time search results today.  —  It's the first time the search giant has indexed content from the world's largest social network in its real-time results.
Tim Beyers / Motley Fool:
Google's Secret Plan, Revealed!  —  If Google's (Nasdaq: GOOG) going to take the battle to Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL), it may as well strike where the Mac maker is most vulnerable: the living room.  —  The first sortie?  Supply the power that lights up your electronic life.
Claudine Beaumont / Telegraph:
Virgin to roll out 100mbps broadband service  —  Next-generation web connection will provide internet access at more than 24 times the current average speed  —  Virgin Media said it would start rolling out the 100 megabits per second broadband service to its 3.8 million cable broadband customers by the end of the year.
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Sprint to launch 4G network in at least 8 major markets this year  —  If you're reading this, chances are pretty good that you're not on a 4G connection.  Why?  Because outside of a handful of cities, 4G connections just don't exist yet.  —  Take Sprint's WiMax network, for example …
Dave Kellogg / Kellblog:
The Database Tea Party: The NoSQL Movement  —  Adam Smith's invisible hand never rests.  Just five years ago, the database market looked like a static, three-player $10B/year oligopoly where the primary forces were inertia and profit-taking.  Today, some five years later …
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Mac Quicken Gets Deductions for Iffy Upgrade  —  Despite all of the success Apple (AAPL) has had with its Macintosh computers, the Mac has lagged behind Windows in personal-finance software.  —  The most popular program in the category, Intuit's Quicken, comes in a Mac version.
Discussion: AppleInsider and TUAW
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Foursquare's First Television Commercial Airs Tonight On Bravo [Video]  —  First Google, now Foursquare.  Hot on the heels of Google's first Search television ad (run during the Super Bowl, no less), the location-based social network Foursquare is gearing up to do the same thing tonight.
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Apple Removes Explicit Option From iTunes  —  The joy didn't last long.  According to an iPhone developer, the new “Explicit” option available this morning on the App Store submission software is now gone.  He just got off the telephone with Apple, who confirmed the removal.
Marc Benioff / TechCrunch:
The Facebook Imperative  —  Editor's note: This guest post is written by Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO of salesforce.com.  In it, he explains why enterprise software should take its cues from Facebook and become more social.  I quit my job at Oracle in 1999 because I couldn't stop thinking …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook Checks-In On Loopt  —  Facebook has been doing background checks, known as due diligence, on the location-based social network Loopt, a source with knowledge of the talks tells us.  Generally speaking, due diligence of this kind is only performed when a company is in acquisition or fundraising talks.
Discussion: Fast Company and All Points Blog
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Are TV ads obsolete in the online world?  —  The topic that provoked the most heated argument at the Beet.TV's online video roundtable in San Francisco today was the format of online advertising.  Initially, everyone focused on the nitty grity of delivering “pre-roll” video ads that run …
Discussion: Beet.TV
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Lady Gaga generates 25 percent of Vevo's traffic  —  It's hard to measure just how big a cultural force singer Lady Gaga has become but Vevo, the start-up music-video site took a stab at it on Wednesday.  —  Ted Mico, executive vice president of digital for Interscop, Geffen …
Discussion: paidContent, p2pnet and Mashable!
John Cook / TechFlash:
Maker of strip poker apps sounds off on Apple ban: ‘It sucks’  —  Seattle iPhone app developer Michael Burford has two words to describe Apple's decision to remove two of his company's products from the App Store.  —  “It sucks,” said Burford, who learned this week that his company's …
Jason Goldberg / fabulis:
citibank is so not fabulis  —  Hi everyone.  Jason Goldberg here, founder and ceo of fabulis.  —  In a bit of strange and disturbing news, fabulis discovered today that someone(s) at Citibank had decided arbitrarily to block fabulis' bank account due to what was described to us on the phone as “objectionable content” on our blog.
Discussion: mm and TechCrunch
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Vogue's New iPhone App Will Style Your Wardrobe And Please Advertisers  —  Conde Nast has been working to fuse its fashion content with technology and social media.  Lucky Magazine incorporated e-commerce into its online site and also partnered with Four Square.
Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
Dell's Tablet Aims to Stick It to Apple's iPad  —  Say the words “tablet computer” and ten bucks says it's Apple's iPad that springs to mind.  But that doesn't mean other companies aren't busy building their own version of a touch-enabled, multimedia-sporting, slab of portable computing goodness.
Discussion: Shelly Palmer, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Another Language Learning Community Raises Funding: Busuu Gets ‘Six Digit’ Round  —  The streak of recent language learning fundings continues ... Busuu, which claims more than 300,000 users, is set to announce Thursday that it has raised a “six-digit” round from an unnamed angel investor.
Discussion: VentureBeat
 
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Arif Durrani / campaignlive.co.uk:
Murdoch's paywalls are ‘antithetical to everything’ claims Guardian's Rusbridger
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Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
EBay's PayPal Looks to Social Media
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Demand Media Adds Editorial Advisory Board; Includes UCLA …
Discussion: BuzzMachine
Computerworld:
Baidu: Registrar ‘incredibly’ changed our e-mail for hacker
Discussion: Domain Name Wire
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Nintendo's Cammie Dunaway shows off the large-screen DSi XL (video)
Discussion: Engadget
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Jeffrey Burt / eWeek:
HP Offers Data Center Services to SMBs
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
RapidShare Ordered To Proactively Filter Book Titles
Discussion: Pulse2
Kelly Jackson Higgins / darkREADING:
Attack Unmasks User Behind The Browser
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Yelp Hit With Class Action Lawsuit For Running An “Extortion Scheme”