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Philip Su / Facebook Blog:
Call Your Friends Right From Facebook  —  Over the last year, the messages team has been working to make it easier to have one on one conversations with your friends.  In November, we launched the new messages, which brings together your chats, texts, emails and messages all in one place.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Video Chat v. Google Hangouts: It's No Contest  —  One of the questions I had when I broke the news last week about the Facebook/Skype partnership: Would group video chat be part of the product, and if so would it be free?  —  The answer is no, there's no group chat.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Launches Skype-Powered Video Calling  —  Confirming our report last week, Facebook has just announced a major new feature that it's launching in tandem with Skype: video calling.  —  It's a feature that's been rumored for quite a while, and it's one that Facebook is putting a lot of weight behind.
Matt Rosoff / The Business Insider:
Next For Facebook And Skype: Calls To Outside Phones
Discussion: SplatF
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Launching Ad Hoc Group Chat, New Chat Design, Skype Video Calling
Lorraine Luk / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Preparing For New iPhone in Third Quarter  —  TAIPEI—Apple Inc. has placed orders for key components used in a next-generation iPhone it is preparing to launch sometime in the third quarter, according to people familiar with the situation.  —  According to some suppliers of components to Apple …
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Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Sprint iPhone Deal Appears Likely, Says Citadel  —  Citadel Securities analyst Shing Yin this morning writes that it is increasingly likely that there will be an iPhone from Apple (AAPL) for Sprint-Nextel (S), especially considering that with the inauguration of Verizon Communications (VZ) …
Tom Anderson / Google+:
Mark Zuckerberg's first public response to Google+ -  —  Today at the Facebook news conference, +Ben Parr had the stones to ask Mark what he thought of Google+.  (He was polite about it.  I approve.)  Zuckerberg responded by saying that lots of companies are going to build things like video chat …
Discussion: TechCrunch
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Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Zuckerberg on Google+: It's a Validation of Facebook's Vision  —  What does Mark Zuckerberg think of Google+, the search giant's new social network?  —  We were curious, so we asked Zuckerberg two questions at Facebook's video chat event in Palo Alto, California: Will there be group video chat in the future?
Chris Van Der Westhuizen / The Official Google Blog:
Google Maps 5.7 for Android introduces Transit Navigation (Beta) and more  —  (Cross-posted on the Google Lat Long Blog and the Google Mobile Blog)  —  Today we're releasing Google Maps 5.7 for Android.  From Bangkok to Baltimore, we've added Transit Navigation (Beta), updated access to directions …
NielsenWire:
Play Before Work: Games Most Popular Mobile App Category in US  —  Games continue to be the most popular app category, and according to Nielsen research, 93 percent of app downloaders — those who have downloaded an app within the past 30 days - are willing to pay for the games they play.
Chris Ziegler / This is my next:
Exclusive: redesigned Motorola Droid Bionic looks confirmed in Best Buy leak  —  “With the ferocious force of Verizon 4G LTE, the Droid Bionic is an all-powerful, unstoppable machine.”  Pretty graphic language, isn't it?  That's the opening line in this leaked Best Buy Mobile promo material …
Miyoung Kim / Reuters:
Microsoft wants Samsung to pay smartphone license: report  —  Microsoft Corp has demanded that Samsung Electronics Co Ltd pay $15 for each smartphone handset it makes based on Google Inc's Android operating system as the software giant has a wide range of patents used in the mobile platform, local media reported on Wednesday.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Who owns your social graph — you or Facebook?  —  Facebook's control over the information in your social graph is in the news again.  The company recently blocked a Google Chrome extension that scraped your contact info so that you could export it somewhere else, such as into Google's new Google+ social network.
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Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Apple Escalates Samsung Fight With ITC Case  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) filed a U.S. trade complaint that seeks to block imports of Samsung Electronics Co. smartphones and tablet computers, days after asking a federal court to halt sales of the devices.  —  The complaint submitted yesterday …
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
One Week In, Google+ Users Are Growing Followers, Getting Traffic  —  Just over a week old, how's Google+ doing?  Comprehensive stats are hard to come by.  But from our own experience, along with some other stats out there such as a new top Google+ accounts list, it seems to easily be eclipsing its Google Buzz predecessor.
Todd Haselton / BGR:
Amazon updates Cloud Drive and Cloud Player with unlimited music space, free storage for Amazon MP3s, iPad web player  —  Moments ago Amazon announced that it has made a number of enhancements to its Amazon Cloud Drive and Cloud Player services.  First — for a limited time — anyone who signs up will get unlimited space for music.
Bianca Bosker / The Huffington Post:
Google Exec Marissa Mayer Explains Why There Aren't More Girl Geeks … Google , Marissa Mayer , Marissa Mayer Google , Marissa Mayer Women In Tech , Women In Tech , Marissa Mayer Gmail , Marissa Mayer Google News , Technology News  —  In 1999, Marissa Mayer, then a recent Stanford University graduate …
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Zillow Prices IPO Between $12 And $14 Per Share With Nearly $400 Million Valuation  —  Real estate listings site Zillow has just filed additional documents with the SEC indicating the initial range for the company's upcoming IPO.  Zillow's price range will start at $12 to $14 per share, giving the company a $378 million valuation.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
So was the Twitter Town Hall better than a regular one?  —  The Obama administration, which has already had a live YouTube Q&A session and a Facebook “town hall,” upped the ante with a Twitter version on Wednesday, an hour-long session hosted by Twitter co-founder and chairman Jack Dorsey and held at the White House.
Courtney Boyd Myers / The Next Web:
Official: Spotify announces it's coming to the US  —  It's official.  Hot off the heels of its $100 million funding round, Spotify, Europe's most popular music service, has just announced it's coming to the U.S.
Horace Dediu / asymco:
The Post-PC era will be a multi-platform era  —  Windows Phone Marketplace has reached 25,000 apps.  That's an impressive figure given that so few devices have actually been sold.  Compared with Android which is activating half a million devices per day, Windows Phone seems like a rounding error.
Kevin Murphy / The Register:
Google dumps all 11+ million .co.cc sites from its results  —  Bigger than .org or .uk - but mostly spam and phish  —  Google has removed over 11 million .co.cc websites from its search engine results pages on the basis that most of them are far too “spammy”.
 
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Greg Finn / Search Engine Land:
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Electronista:
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Eric Friedman / Foursquare Blog:
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Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
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Tim Culpan / Bloomberg:
HTC Posts Record Profit, Beats Estimates, on Android Demand
Kim-Mai Cutler / Inside Facebook:
Zuckerberg Confirms That Facebook Has Reached 750 Million Monthly Actives
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Geoffrey A. Fowler / Wall Street Journal:
The Perk Bubble Is Growing as Tech Booms Again
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Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Tests Google+ for Domains
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