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Official Google Reader Blog:
And now for something completely different  —  Since I've been working on Google Reader, I've told a lot of my friends about how great it is.  And while some of them try Reader and find it really useful, many of them aren't interested in taking the time to get Reader set up.
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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Reader Play: Google Reader's New Fast Flip Style Interface  —  Google just launched a new Google Labs product for Google Reader: Google Reader Play.  Reader Play is a new, highly visual way to browse your Google Reader subscriptions that is somewhat reminiscent of Google's Fast Flip.
Discussion: Google Labs and PalmAddicts
John Cook / TechFlash:
Mexico's Carlos Slim knocks Bill Gates off his top billionaire perch  —  Bill Gates is no longer the world's richest man.  The Microsoft co-founder was knocked out of the top slot in Forbes annual ranking of the top billionaires.  —  So who is the richest?
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Steve Jobs Ranked World's 136th Richest Person  —  In its annual list of the world's billionaires, Forbes this year ranked Apple CEO Steve Jobs in a tie with six others for 136th place with a net worth of $5.5 billion.  Jobs' net worth is up from $5.1 billion in an October 2009 Forbes ranking …
Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac:
New Gestures coming to an iPhone/iPad near you: triple tap and long press  —  On the surface, the latest iPhone 3.2 Beta 4 SDK didn't have much new information.  Diving a little deeper however, we find some very exciting news.  —  In the gestures folder, you'll see two new types of commands …
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Rory Cellan-Jones / dot.Rory:
Facebook v Daily Mail  —  On the one hand, you have what many regard as Britain's most influential daily newspaper; on the other, a social network with more than 400 million members and global reach.  The Daily Mail and Facebook are at war, with new media accused of failing to protect children …
Discussion: Guardian
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Sony Motion Controller is Called PlayStation Move, Launches Fall 2010  —  Sony's finally put a name to their motion controller, and it's called PlayStation Move.  Live Updating  —  Sony will have multiple packages.  A standalone Move controller, or a package with PlayStation Eye + Move + a game, or an entire console solution.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Motorola partners with Microsoft, will use Bing search and maps on Chinese Android phones  —  Uh, whoa.  When we heard Google's threatened pullout of China had prompted Motorola to seek out an alternative search provider for its China-bound handsets, we can't say we were expecting a partnership with Microsoft to result.
comScore:
comScore Reports January 2010 U.S. Mobile Subscriber Market Share  —  Use of Social Media via Mobile Sees Considerable Gains in Past Three Months  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released data from the comScore MobiLens service …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Gains, Apple Stays Steady, And Palm Loses In Smartphone Share
Mark Ward / BBC:
Hard drive evolution could hit XP  —  Hard drives are about to undergo one of the biggest format shifts in 30 years.  —  By early 2011 all hard drives will use an “advanced format” that changes how they go about saving the data people store on them.  —  The move to the advanced format …
Ed Hunsinger / Laughing Squid:
Chatroulette Map: Not So Anonymous Anymore  —  Whenever people mention the random webcam site, Chatroulette, it inevitably leads to talk of how there are certain less-than-desirable webcam chat partners on the service.  Some would wager that the guise of anonymity on Chatroulette helps these users feel a bit safer when baring it all.
Discussion: VentureBeat
John Cook / TechFlash:
RealNetworks' Rob Glaser on why Apple's model must be stopped  —  RealNetworks Chairman Rob Glaser has battled Apple over the years.  And that antagonistic relationship was on display — albeit subtly — this morning as Glaser encouraged the mobile industry to work together in a more collaborative and open manner.
Discussion: mocoNews, GigaOM and Seattle Times
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
Kindle for Android Finally Coming Soon?  —  We already know that Dell's Mini 5 handheld runs the Google Android operating system.  We've seen the custom interface and lovely 800 x 480 resolution of the 5″ display.  And based on FCC testing, it's a safe bet that the device will support …
Bloomberg:
FTC Said to Ask Google Rivals for Statement on AdMob, May Signal Challenge  —  U.S. regulators are seeking sworn declarations from Google Inc. competitors and advertisers as part of their probe of the Internet company's bid to buy AdMob Inc., indicating the government may challenge the deal …
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
As Twitter improves website, app makers push tweets in other directions  —  Twitter engineer Alex Payne upset a flock of third-party developers recently when he boasted about new features the company plans to roll out to its website.  “If you had some of the nifty site features …
Discussion: PC World, mocoNews and Mashable!, Thanks:atul
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Opera Mini 5 Beta Now Available For Android  —  Sure, Opera Mini may (or may not) already be the most popular mobile browser in the world — but why stop there?  Following up on the Android release of Opera Mobile 4 just over a year ago, Opera has just launched Opera Mini 5 for Android into public beta.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Big Media or Big SEO Spammers?  —  Faced with declining revenues and increasingly dismal prospects, some mainstream media outlets are adopting questionable tactics, specifically dead-end web pages stuffed with outbound links and pay-per-click ads.  A liberally funded LA startup is only too quick to help them.
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog
Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
Classmates.com's Facebook Mimicking Prompts Privacy Suit  —  The site set up to locate long lost pals, Classmates.com, has been hit with a class action privacy lawsuit.  It alleges the company violated the law when it decided to make user profiles public to compete with Facebook.
Discussion: ConsumerAffairs.com
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
It's Time to Declare War Against Apple's Censorship  —  The App Store censorship horse may have been beaten to death, but mainstream German media—whose iPhone applications have been censored by Apple because of its content—are not surrendering.  I'm glad.  In fact, I hope they win this war.
Thanks:atul
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Why AOL May Just Abandon Bebo Rather Than Sell It  —  Newly independent Aol is still struggling with the fate of Bebo, the social network they acquired for $850 million in 2008.  —  No one argues that Aol underpaid for Bebo.  And the social network has fallen from 22 million monthly unique visitors …
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Amazon.com's 1-Click patent confirmed following re-exam  —  The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is confirming Amazon.com's controversial 1-Click patent following a re-examination that lasted more than four years.  —  Amazon's 1-Click has come under a lot of fire over the years from critics …
Sean Poulter / Daily Mail:
All mapped out: Virtually every road in the UK will now appear on Google's Street View  —  Google is extending its Street View service to peer at 95 per cent of homes in the UK, despite criticism that it amounts to an invasion of privacy.  —  From today, 360-degree pictures will be available …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Intel's Core i7-980X Extreme Edition ‘Gulftown’ review roundup  —  Six cores.  Twelve threads.  A new flagship processor in Intel's stable.  Here at GDC in San Francisco, the world's most widely recognized chip maker is dishing out its latest desktop CPU, and to say it's a niche device would be greatly understating things.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple iPhone targeted in patent lawsuit over sync, Bluetooth  —  Apple — along with AT&T, Research in Motion and a number of other mobile companies — is the defendant in a new patent suit that covers a broad range of smartphone related technologies, including e-mail syncing and Bluetooth connectivity.
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Credits Now the First Payment Option in FarmVille, Facebook's Biggest App  —  The number of big social applications that use Facebook's virtual currency, Credits, continues to rise.  The latest is Zynga's smash hit farming game, FarmVille, the largest application on Facebook with nearly 84 million users a month.
Discussion: Mashable! and RyanSpoon.com
 
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Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Verizon promises first 4G handset for next summer, foretells end …
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Camille Ricketts / VentureBeat:
M-Via lets you transfer money overseas from any phone — at a low cost
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Irex's E-Reader Poses No Threat to the Kindle
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Twitter turns on maps feature for its website, but not for search
Discussion: The Next Web and ResourceShelf
BBC:
Internet up for Nobel Peace Prize
Dan Moren / Macworld:
iTunes LPs not popular, but why?
Discussion: TiPb and CrunchGear
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Facebook Search Queries Jump 10% in February
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Brenna Ehrlich / Mashable!:
YouTube Darlings OK Go Say Bye-Bye to EMI
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Six BitTorrent Admins Arrested, Interpol Chase Two More
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Microsoft Outlook 2010:
Get the Outlook Social Connector for MySpace Today!
Discussion: The Register and CNET News
Marc Benioff / TechCrunch:
The Facebook Imperative Cannot Be Stopped
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Does HTML5 Really Beat Flash? The Surprising Results of New Tests