Steve Cheney / steve's blog:
How Facebook is Killing Your Authenticity — We all know that the delineation between public and private was eroded by Facebook a long time ago. Over. Done. But now Facebook's sheer scale is pushing it in a new direction, one that encroaches on your authenticity. — Facebook is no longer a social network.
Discussion: zenroll.com, Howard Lindzon, broadstuff, @loic and @stevecheney
Alan Patrick / broadstuff: Commenting on Facebook on Techmeme - no thanks
Loic Le Meur / @loic: Let's face it: Facebook is right. We don't want anonymous ever. Real identities is the way 2go and trolls will die http://ping.fm/jQLJ0
Steve Cheney / @stevecheney: I was gonna post that on TechCrunch but thought @erickschonfeld might get mad at me.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The Real “Authenticity Killer” (and an aside about how bad the Yahoo brand has gotten) — Steve Cheney has never written something that so pissed me off than the blog he wrote today stating that Techcrunch's switch to Facebook comments has killed authenticity. — Here's the rub. He used his real name.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook Comments Have Silenced The Trolls — But Is It Too Quiet? — As you've noticed by now, we're about a week into our latest experiment in troll-slaying with Facebook Comments. So far, the reactions have been very mixed and very interesting. Publicly, many of the reactions were initially negative.
Discussion: @loic, @sbmiller5, @parislemon, The Next Web, @ed, @mattcutts and @stevecheney, more at Mediagazer »
Loic Le Meur / @loic: TechCrunch has flipped the Facebook comments switch on and killed the trolls. Going to do the same on my blog http://ping.fm/jaOnx way2go.
Scott Miller / @sbmiller5: Except the complete opposite RT @tristanwalker comments on techcrunch are so much better now since the facebook integration.
MG Siegler / @parislemon: @mattcutts curious how many Googlers don't like the system. You'd think there was some animosity there or something...
Brad McCarty / The Next Web: It's time for a Facebook intervention
Ed Shahzade / @ed: @parislemon FB comments on TechCrunch is the surest sign @Arrington gave up and TC is fading. Step outside the bubble and think about it.
Matt Cutts / @mattcutts: @parislemon wait, I can't comment on TC articles unless I use the FB account I deactivated 10 months ago & haven't touched since? Bummer. :(
Steve Cheney / @stevecheney: MG's latest post is definitely foreshadowing that TechCrunch is going to pull FB comments. http://t.co/dvTZ0XH. So I hope...
Lucas Atkins / N4BB:
Exclusive: BlackBerry 2011 Software Roadmap - OS 7, BIS 4.1, and more! — In the beginning of the year we learned the 2011 BlackBerry lineup through various leaks and roadmaps surfacing. It looks like an exciting year to see RIM release the Dakota/Montana, Malibu, Apollo/Sedona, Monaco …
Discussion: iGeneration Blog, TechEye, Softpedia News, Electronista, GottaBeMobile, IntoMobile, Life On My Mobile, BlackBerry Cool, MobileWhack and SlashGear
Zack Whittaker / iGeneration Blog: Leaked software BlackBerry roadmap: OS 7 ‘before Christmas’
Nick Farrell / TechEye: Blackberry roadmap leaked including OS 7 in November
Chuong Nguyen / GottaBeMobile: Leaked BlackBerry Roadmap Reveals BlackBerry 7 OS, QNX Coming End of 2011?
Paul Barraza / Life On My Mobile: BlackBerry Roadmap Leaked - OS 7.0 Coming
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Sprint's Nexus website is ‘coming soon’ — Just to throw a little more fuel on the fire, it turns out that directing your browser to now.sprint.com/nexus takes you to an landing site where you're told that “this page will be ready soon.” Certainly sounds more likely than ever that Sprint's preparing …
Discussion: Android Phone Fans, GottaBeMobile, Softpedia News, BlogsDNA, The Next Web, Electronista and Phones Review
Quentyn Kennemer / Android Phone Fans: URLs For New Sprint Devices Are Live, But Not Ready [Confirmation]
Chuong Nguyen / GottaBeMobile: Sprint Launching Nexus S 4G Soon?
Khizer Hayat Farooq / BlogsDNA: Samsung Nexus S Coming Soon To Sprint
Brad McCarty / The Next Web: The Nexus S appears to be heading to Sprint “soon”
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Sprint announcing Nexus S 4G, EVO 3D, and EVO View tablet at CTIA?
Sprint announcing Nexus S 4G, EVO 3D, and EVO View tablet at CTIA?
Seth Weintraub / Fortune: Sprint to get 4G Nexus S?
Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless: Rumor Mill: Sprint to unwrap Nexus S 4G, other devices at CTIA
James DeRuvo / Android Community: Sprint to launch EVO line of Tablets and 3D Phones
Effie Tjhai / SlashPhone: Nexus S 4G & EVO 3D To Be Announce At CTIA By Sprint
Quentyn Kennemer / Android Phone Fans: Sprint to Have Blockbuster Outing at CTIA? [Nexus S 4G, EVO 3D, HTC EVO View Tablet]
Stephen Tenerowicz / Know Your Cell: Sprint rumored to announce Nexus S 4G, EVO 3D, and EVO View tablet at CTIA
Nicole Scott / netbooknews.com: Sprint to Release HTC EVO View Tablet at CTIA?
Jonathan I Ezor / PreCentral.net:
HP lists TouchPad on Amazon (but not for preorder) — HP has taken one more step toward actually selling the TouchPad to customers: it has listed it on Amazon.com. Although the TouchPad shows as “currently not available,” and there's no pricing either, the page allows Amazon customers …
Discussion: Engadget, ZDNet, Unwired View, MobileBurn.com, Liliputing and Gadgetell
James Kendrick / ZDNet: HP TouchPad hits Amazon, pricing not included
Brad Molen / Unwired View: HP TouchPad Closer to Reality, Listed on Amazon
Michelle Ruhfass / MobileBurn.com: iPad rival, HP TouchPad webOS tablet, coming soon via Amazon
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Western Digital drops $4.3 billion to acquire Hitachi GST, enter staring contest with Seagate — Yow. Western Digital — the company responsible for shipping the planet's first 1TB 2.5-inch hard drive way back in 2009 — just announced a monstrous deal to acquire one of its primary competitors, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies.
Discussion: Mashable!, Tech Trader Daily, VentureBeat, Digital Trends, CNET News, The Register, TechEye, wdc.com, DealBook, Deal Journal, Geek.com, TechSpot, Softpedia News, Electronista and silicontap.com
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!: Western Digital To Acquire Hitachi for $4.3 Billion
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat: Western Digital buys Hitachi's storage business for $4.3B
Andrew Couts / Digital Trends: Western Digital buys Hitachi GST for $4.3 billion
Lance Whitney / CNET News: Western Digital to pay $4.3B for Hitachi drive unit
Chris Mellor / The Register: Storage sale SHOCK: WD to buy Hitachi GST
Matthew Humphries / Geek.com: Western Digital acquires Hitachi's hard drive business
Jose Vilches / TechSpot: Western Digital to buy Hitachi GST for $4.3 billion
Sylvia Chind / The Three Blog:
Samsung Galaxy Pro coming soon to Three. — Samsung has just announced their Samsung Galaxy Pro and I'm happy to confirm that it'll be coming soon to Three. — The Galaxy Pro is a great smartphone, it features a 2.8" touch screen and a Qwerty keypad and runs on Google's Android 2.2.
Discussion: The Toybox Blog, GigaOM, Inquirer, BGR, Samsung Hub, IntoMobile, AndroidGuys, PhoneArena, MobileWhack, Engadget, Android Community, The Next Web, SlashGear, IntoMobile, Pocket-lint and Android Phone Fans
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM: Samsung Galaxy Pro: What a Nokia Android Might Have Looked Like
Chris Martin / Inquirer: Three will offer the Samsung Galaxy Mini and Pro
Dusan Belic / IntoMobile: Nokia E7 finally coming to Three UK in April
Scott Webster / AndroidGuys: Samsung Announces Portrait QWERTY Galaxy Pro [VIDEO]
Vlad Savov / Engadget: Samsung Galaxy Pro combines 2.8-inch touchscreen with a portrait QWERTY keyboard, modest specs
Chris Davies / Android Community: Samsung Galaxy Pro QWERTY candybar confirmed, coming to Three [Video]
Chris Davies / SlashGear: Samsung Galaxy Pro QWERTY Android candybar revealed [Video]
Rik Henderson / Pocket-lint: Samsung Galaxy Mini and Pro hit Three in April
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
TV's Next Wave: Tuning In to You — The television is channeling you. — Data-gathering firms and technology companies are aggressively matching people's TV-viewing behavior with other personal data—in some cases, prescription-drug records obtained from insurers—and using …
Surur / WMPoweruser.com:
More pictures of the Sony Ericsson Windows Phone 7 prototype — More pictures of the supposed Sony Ericsson Windows Phone 7 prototype handset has popped up on a Chinese blog, clearly taken at the same session as the first leaked picture. These show a device clearly labelled as a prototype not for sale …
Discussion: Engadget, Techie Buzz, SlashGear, Esato, Phones Review, Softpedia News, Gadgetell, Pocket-lint, Fonehome, SlashPhone, Electricpig.co.uk, Windows 8 Beta, Neowin.net and WinRumors
Sean Hollister / Engadget: Sony Ericsson Windows Phone 7 prototype caught in the wild?
Pathik Shah / Techie Buzz: Sony Ericsson Windows Phone 7 Prototype Images Leaked
Olav Hellesø-Knutsen / Esato: Sony Ericsson Windows Phone 7 spy photos spotted
Rik Henderson / Pocket-lint: Sony Ericsson to arrive late to Windows Phone 7 party?
Effie Tjhai / SlashPhone: Sony Ericsson WP7 Prototype Pic Appears In Wild
Jennifer Allan / Electricpig.co.uk: Lunchtime Lowdown: Trouble at RIM, Three uncaps PAYG data and IBM AI toys
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
iPad 2 Extends Apple's Lead: Apple Will Dominate The Tablet Market For Years — Apple's iPad 2 isn't a massive advance over the first iPad, but with hardware, software, apps, distribution, and pricing combined, it is still by far the best tablet on the market.
Discussion: MacGazette.net, Appolicious Advisor and The Orange View
Cyber attack on France targeted Paris G20 files — It appears that somebody was trying to sneak a look at documents ahead of the G20 summit in Paris — The French finance ministry has confirmed it came under a cyber attack in December that targeted files on the G20 summit held in Paris in February.
Discussion: CNET News, Fox News, Help Net Security, The Atlantic Online, Computerworld, GigaOM, The Register, TechSpot, Agence France Presse and Neowin.net
Lance Whitney / CNET News: France hit by cyberattack with G20 focus
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online: Hackers Go After French G20 Documents
Bobbie Johnson / GigaOM: Hackers Target France, South Korea, WordPress
John Leyden / The Register: Wordpress traces 2nd DDoS assault to China
Emil Protalinski / TechSpot: French Ministry hit by hacker attack, G-20 was the target
Michael Brown / Neowin.net: France confirms attack on G20 summit files
Jay Bhatti / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Ex-Microsoft Employee: 5 Things The Kayak Deal Tells Us About Bing — On Friday, Microsoft announced a partnership with Kayak to provide travel results. Jay Bhatti is a former Microsoft employee who founded the people-search engine Spock. Here's what he sees in the deal:
Discussion: LiveSide.net, Search Engine Roundtable and All about Microsoft Blog
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide.net: Guy (with ax to grind?) disses Bing / Kayak deal
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Roundtable: Bing Partners With KAYAK, Despite Buying Farecast
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
AOL-HuffPo Deal Officially Closes Today-More Big Media Hires Signal New Content Direction Under Arianna — AOL will officially close its $315 million acquisition of the Huffington Post today, according to several sources close to the situation. — The culmination of the deal-which has already …
Discussion: CNET News, TechCrunch, Fortune, Softpedia News, SAI and Poynter, more at Mediagazer »
Don Reisinger / CNET News: AOL closes Huffington Post acquisition
Glynnis MacNicol / SAI: The Daily's D.C. Bureau Chief Is Already Jumping Ship For Arianna's Aol-Huffington Post
Richard Prince / Poynter: On the Internet, does anyone know whether you're black or Latino?
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Mobile Messaging Startup Kik Raises $8M; Launches Group Chat And Photo Sharing — Mobile messaging startup Kik Interactive has raised $8 million in Series A funding from RRE Ventures, Spark Capital, and Union Square Ventures. Kik also announced that Union Square Ventures' Fred Wilson …
Discussion: alarm:clock, A VC and bijan sabet
Ohad Samet / TechCrunch:
Why Payments Are Hard, Even For Apple And Google — Editor's note: Guest author Ohad Samet is an expert in managing fraud and other risks in payments systems. He was previously a senior manager at PayPal and blogs at As Risky At It Gets. — We hear a lot of chatter about new payment services …
Martin Lane / money.co.uk:
Google to Buy UK Finance Comparison Site BeatThatQuote.com — Google will announce later today the purchase of price comparison site BeatThatQuote.com - a contact at Google informed us this afternoon. — Google have been showing a growing interest in the financial price comparison sector in recent months …
Discussion: Search Engine Land, @ashleyjfletcher and Blogstorm, Thanks:aaronwall
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land: Google To Acquire BeatThatQuote.com
Ashley Fletcher / @ashleyjfletcher: @patrickaltoft nope - its true and I'm over the moon: http://www.beatthatquote.com
Patrick Altoft / Blogstorm: Google buys BeatThatQuote.com for £37.7m
Sarah Tavel / Adventurista:
Prediction: Facebook is no longer a viable marketing strategy for startups — Chris Dixon is causing (surprise surprise :) a bit of an uproar with his blog post “SEO is no longer a viable marketing strategy for startups.” Chris's post is overstated but what I agree with is that SEO …
Discussion: Computerworld, the Econsultancy blog, Soshable, @lusciouspear, Nick Halstead and cdixon.org
Jeremy Kirk / Computerworld: After attacks, Google vows to fortify Android store
Patricio Robles / the Econsultancy blog: Investor: SEO is dead (to startups)
JD Rucker / Soshable: Social and Search ARE Viable Marketing Strategies for Startups, But What's Next?
Bradford S. / @lusciouspear: @TechmemeFH @sarahtavel I don't really think it was *ever* a viable strategy except for a handful. #footwork
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
SEO Remains A Viable Marketing Strategy For Anyone
SEO Remains A Viable Marketing Strategy For Anyone
Discussion: Blogstorm, Rev2.org, @mattcutts and SEO Book.com
Patrick Altoft / Blogstorm: SEO for startups — There are a few posts out at the moment …
Craig Agranoff / Rev2.org: Is SEO Dead? — Chris Dixon, co-founder of Hunch.com …
Matt Cutts / @mattcutts: Good article from Danny Sullivan about the role of SEO: http://goo.gl/ebUoH Slides from Florida update (2003) still relevant.
Aaron Wall / SEO Book.com: Almost Everything is Unprofitable