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5:25 AM ET, February 1, 2010

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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Amazon Caves To Macmillan's eBook Pricing Demands  —  A new development in the Amazon vs. Macmillan fiasco.  Amazon just posted an announcement indicating that it will be “capitulating” to Macmillan by selling the publishers' books for their desired prices.
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Hey, John Sargent, CEO of Macmillan Books, Screw You!  —  John Sargent, CEO of publisher Macmillan, has taken out a full-page ad to explain why he is insisting that Amazon raise prices on its ebooks to $15 in some cases.  —  So we're going to take out a full-page post to explain to John why …
John Scalzi / Whatever:
All The Many Ways Amazon So Very Failed the Weekend  —  Leaving aside the moral, philosophical, cultural and financial implications of this weekend's Amazon/Macmillan slapfight and What It All Means for book readers and the future of the publishing industry, in one very real sense the whole thing …
Alexander Vaughn / App Advice:
Stephen Colbert Gets An iPad & Shows It Off At The Grammys  —  Haha, it seems like after begging for one the entire week, Stephen Colbert just saw his dreams come true.  —  Tonight at the Grammys, instead of pulling out the “Song of the Year” envelope, he managed to surprise everybody with a shiny Apple iPad.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The iPad And Chrome OS Netbooks Are On A Collision Course  —  “We don't know how to build a $500 computer that's not a piece of junk.”  —  “Netbooks aren't better at anything.”  —  Those two quotes are both from Apple CEO Steve Jobs.  The first was during an earnings call in late 2008 …
Discussion: Tech Eye and Daring Fireball, Thanks:atul
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
How to Hate the iPad: A Break-Down of the Backlash  —  A friend recently admitted a favorite past time of his - watching plane crashes on YouTube.  Planes crashing, helicopters twirling out of control, boats sinking - all are fair game.  For a lot of people, this has been the story of the iPad over the past few days.
Discussion: CloudAve and MobileContentToday
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Foursquare Teams With Bravo TV  —  Bravo TV and Foursquare will announce a new partnership on Monday that will integrate Bravo TV shows with the game aspects of Foursquare, a social networking site that encourages people to interact in the real world.  The partnership hopes to engage viewers long …
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Social Shopping Site ThisNext Buys Rival Stylehive; Raises $1.2 Million Third Round  —  There must be a big sale on social shopping sites these days... ThisNext has acquired fellow social shopper StyleHive for an undisclosed amount.  To house both properties, Santa Monica …
David Carr / New York Times:
To Deliver, iPad Needs Media Deals  —  Short of landing in a flying saucer and having a tablet teleported into his hands, there was no way that Steve Jobs could have lived up to the hype before last Wednesday's iPad announcement.  —  But he came pretty close.
Discussion: Guardian and Technologizer
Steven Wei / Uncompiled Thoughts:
The best way for Adobe to save Flash is by killing it  —  Having done several years of Flash development and having worked with many Flash developers, the recent controversy between Apple and Adobe over Flash on the iPad is very amusing to me.  First, there are a few arguments that I want to address directly:
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Google +will+ save Flash, a developer who uses it says
Discussion: MobileContentToday and Bits
Frances Huang / Agence France Presse:
Asian companies hope to reap iPad boom  —  Buzz up!  —  TAIPEI (AFP) - The iPad may have been designed in the United States, but Apple's money-spinning products are manufactured in the high-tech factories of east Asia.  —  If the new tablet computer follows the iPhone and iPod by capturing …
Chris O'Brien / Mercury News:
Google joins the titans of Silicon Valley lobbying  —  With great power comes even greater headaches.  Just ask Google.  —  The company's transition from upstart to Goliath has multiplied its legal and policy problems.  There may be no better measure of this phenomenon than Google's expansion …
Discussion: Silicon Valley Watcher, Thanks:atul
Patrick Thibodeau / Computerworld:
If you want a job, build an iPad App  —  Tech spending is getting a lot of credit for the 5.7% jump in Gross Domestic Product for the fourth quarter, but this improvement isn't showing up in IT hiring.  —  One of the more interesting bits of jobs data out this week was offered by the IEEE-USA …
 
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Verizon's New VZ Navigator 5 Lets You Send Your Location To Facebook
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On eBay, Twitter Followers Are Worth Less Than A Penny Each
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Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Former Current TV strategist Sloan jumps to Twitter
Discussion: Robin Sloan and Beet.TV
David Leppard / Times of London:
China bugs and burgles Britain
Discussion: New York Times and Tech Eye
Steven Sande / TUAW:
All about EPUB, the ebook standard for Apple's iBookstore
Discussion: Download Squad
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Google Labs Adds Search Icon To ‘Compose Mail’ Window In Gmail
Thanks:atul
Andrew Lim / Recombu:
iPad board games: Apple has created a ‘Jumanji platform’
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