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, @stevecheney and @loic
Alan Patrick / broadstuff: Commenting on Facebook on Techmeme - no thanks
Steve Cheney / @stevecheney: I was gonna post that on TechCrunch but thought @erickschonfeld might get mad at me.
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
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: @sbmiller5, @parislemon, The Next Web, @ed, @mattcutts, @loic and @stevecheney, more at Mediagazer »
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. :(
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.
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: TechEye, iGeneration Blog, Softpedia News, Electronista, GottaBeMobile, IntoMobile, Life On My Mobile, BlackBerry Cool, MobileWhack and SlashGear
Nick Farrell / TechEye: Blackberry roadmap leaked including OS 7 in November
Zack Whittaker / iGeneration Blog: Leaked software BlackBerry roadmap: OS 7 ‘before Christmas’
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
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Google buys UK comparison website BeatThatQuote.com for £37.7 million — Google has bought UK price comparison website BeatThatQuote.com, acquiring the web property for £37.7 million earlier today. — John Paleomylites, Managing Director of the newly acquired company, took to the website to announce the deal, posting:
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, TechCrunch, @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
Doug Bewsher / The Big Blog:
Advertising in Skype — Today we announce something new - the launch of advertising in Skype, which will appear in the Home tab in Skype starting this week. — The Skype experience is our first priority, which is why we we've taken a lot of time working through and testing what kind …
Discussion: mocoNews, TechCrunch, ReadWriteWeb, The Next Web, BW: GUEST HOME, AdAge, 901am, WebProNews and Download Squad
Ingrid Lunden / mocoNews: Skype Launches In-App Advertising, Limited To Windows For Now
Leena Rao / TechCrunch: In The Search For More Revenue, Skype Rolls Out Advertisements In Windows Client
Audrey Watters / ReadWriteWeb: Skype for Windows to Start Displaying Ads
Matt Brian / The Next Web: Skype To Launch In-App Advertising
Edmund Lee / AdAge: Skype Dials Up Display Ad Dollars
Darnell / 901am: Will Skype Ads Pay Off?
Mike Sachoff / WebProNews: Skype Introduces Advertising In Windows
Lee Mathews / Download Squad: Skype rolling out ads in desktop app
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: Crave, @dannysullivan, Android Phone Fans, GottaBeMobile, Softpedia News, BlogsDNA, The Next Web, Electronista and Phones Review
Danny Sullivan / @dannysullivan: t-mobile has nexus s, sprint may be getting it. pity verizon doesn't have it yet
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?
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat: Sprint's gadget plans: Nexus S 4G, EVO 3D phone, EVO View tablet
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?
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Feature: Ars reviews the Motorola Xoom — Motorola's Xoom tablet is the first device to ship with Android 3.0, codenamed Honeycomb, a highly anticipated new version of Google's mobile operating system. Honeycomb introduces a sophisticated new user interface that was designed for the tablet form factor …
Discussion: MacDailyNews and Edible Apple
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: VentureBeat, Mashable!, Computerworld, Tech Trader Daily, Digital Trends, CNET News, NewEnterprise, TechEye, DealBook, The Register, Deal Journal, wdc.com, Geek.com, Electronista, TechSpot, Softpedia News and silicontap.com
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat: Western Digital buys Hitachi's storage business for $4.3B
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!: Western Digital To Acquire Hitachi for $4.3 Billion
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
Arik Hesseldahl / NewEnterprise: Western Digital Acquires Hitachi Hard 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
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: VentureBeat, VatorNews, alarm:clock, A VC and bijan sabet
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat: Why messaging app Kik just got $8M: “It's so frickin' fast”
Faith Merino / VatorNews: Kik raises $8M, launches new features
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, BW: GUEST HOME, TechCrunch, Black Web 2.0, Fortune, GMSV, Softpedia News, SAI and Poynter, more at Mediagazer »
Don Reisinger / CNET News: AOL closes Huffington Post acquisition
Levi Sumagaysay / GMSV: The shopping news: Western Digital buys Hitachi unit; AOL-HuffPo closes deal
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?
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 …
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: Search Engine Journal, LiveSide.net, Search Engine Roundtable and All about Microsoft Blog
Rob Young / Search Engine Journal: Bing Buys KAYAK Travel Search
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
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: SlashGear, Engadget, GottaBeMobile, Techie Buzz, Esato, Softpedia News, Pocket-lint, Fonehome, Phones Review, Electricpig.co.uk, SlashPhone, Gadgetell, Windows 8 Beta, Neowin.net and WinRumors
Sean Hollister / Engadget: Sony Ericsson Windows Phone 7 prototype caught in the wild?
Chuong Nguyen / GottaBeMobile: Old Sony Ericsson XPERIA Windows Phone 7 Handset Spotted
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?
Jennifer Allan / Electricpig.co.uk: Lunchtime Lowdown: Trouble at RIM, Three uncaps PAYG data and IBM AI toys
Effie Tjhai / SlashPhone: Sony Ericsson WP7 Prototype Pic Appears In Wild
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Controls 97 Percent Of Mobile Paid Search: Report — Almost 5 percent of paid search spending in the US is now in mobile, according to a report released last week from banking and investment firm Macquarie Group, using Efficient Frontier data. That mobile search spend could double …
Discussion: MediaMemo, Softpedia News and FierceMobileContent
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo: Search Ads + Your Phone = Google
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, Engadget, Android Community, MobileWhack, PhoneArena, 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
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, TechSpot, The Register, 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
Emil Protalinski / TechSpot: French Ministry hit by hacker attack, G-20 was the target
John Leyden / The Register: Wordpress traces 2nd DDoS assault to China
Michael Brown / Neowin.net: France confirms attack on G20 summit files
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
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Security experts decipher malware that attacked Android phones — Lookout Mobile Security has deciphered the DroidDream malware that managed to infect numerous apps on the Android Market. Google has taken action to deal with DroidDream, but the risk of infection is still there given the wide diversity of the Android ecosystem.
Discussion: PC World, ReadWriteWeb, The Official Lookout Blog, Android Tapp, Inquirer and Computerworld
Ian Paul / PC World: Google's DroidDream Cleanup: FAQ
Alicia / The Official Lookout Blog: Do Androids Dream...? — As previously mentioned, DroidDream works in two phases.
Dean Wilson / Inquirer: Google Android is forecasted to drive smartphone sales