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3:50 PM ET, January 16, 2011

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New York Times:
Israel Tests on Worm Called Crucial in Iran Nuclear Delay  —  The Dimona complex in the Negev desert is famous as the heavily guarded heart of Israel's never-acknowledged nuclear arms program, where neat rows of factories make atomic fuel for the arsenal.  —  Over the past two years …
Arn / MacRumors:
iPad 2 Likely to Have 2048x1536 Screen Resolution  —  There's been a lot of talk about a “Retina” display for the next generation iPad due from Apple in the coming months, but it hasn't been completely clear what resolution the iPad's “Retina” display would be.
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Why Two Sites This Week Decided To Start Paying Their Writers  —  We hear all the time about sites debating whether to charge consumers for content but whether to pay people to create that content is something they're also tinkering with.  If you needed any proof, there were two examples this week.
Anne Eisenberg / New York Times:
With New Software, Headsets Are Outsmarting Phones  —  HEADSETS are staples for call-center workers, travel agents and many other people who have to talk frequently on the phone.  With a headset to listen and speak through, both hands are free to work, and a shoulder needn't stiffen to cradle the phone.
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Matt Liebowitz / msnbc.com:
Facebook used to get to nude e-mail photos  —  California man faces six years in prison for computer intrusion, impersonation  —  Below:  —  Sometimes social networking makes social engineering very easy.  —  A California man faces six years in prison for using personal information found …
Discussion: Examiner, Pulse2, All Facebook and Gizmodo
Ethan Kurzweil / GigaOM:
Only $50B?  Facebook Stock Is Still a Steal  —  Everyone from The New York Times to Fortune to CNN has been weighing in to decry the excessive hype leading to Facebook's reported $50 billion valuation, as if there's some immutable law of nature that private Internet stocks can't be worth that much.
L.M.Orchard / 0xDECAFBAD:
How to use feed auto-discovery in Firefox 4  —  TL;DR: The feed button is not dead; it's just been sent to sing backup in Firefox 4 because it's not pulling its weight up front.  This post discusses how you can still use feed auto-discovery, even restoring the icon to the toolbar with a few clicks and a drag.
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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Dear Firefox, please keep the RSS icon
Discussion: 0xDECAFBAD, Pulse2 and TechCrunch
Semil Shah / TechCrunch:
The Thin Wedge Of Quora  —  In 2010, a handful of mobile photo-sharing applications unleashed armies of handset users to snap pictures and instantly share them across multiple platforms and networks: Instagram growth exploded to become a Twitter for pictures; Picplz received generous funding …
Electronista:
NVIDIA starts offering settlements in notebook GPU case  —  The list of potentially affected notebooks has now gone up in the class-action lawsuit NVIDIA is facing.  Owners of 15- and 17-inch notebooks from Apple, HP and Dell with NVIDIA graphics hardware that malfunctioned.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Homeland Security's laptop seizures: Interview with Rep. Sanchez  —  For those who regularly write and read about civil liberties abuses, it's sometimes easy to lose perspective about just how extreme and outrageous certain erosions are.  One becomes inured to them, and even severe incursions start to seem ordinary.
Discussion: The Nation
antimatter15.com:
The Ambiguity of “Open” and VP8 vs. H.264  —  Google has recently announced their intention to remove the H.264 video codec from its Chrome browser.  This decision has been smeared as an evil campaign for controlling video on the web, akin to not-invented-here syndrome.
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Audrey Watters / ReadWriteWeb:
New Kindle Lending Club Matches E-Book Borrowers and Lenders  —  A new startup called the Kindle Lending Club has launched in beta this week, aiming to make it easier for Kindle users to take advantage of the new options to loan and borrow their e-books.  —  The Kindle Lending Club …
Adam Dachis / Lifehacker:
How to Remove DRM from Your Kindle Ebooks  —  Amazon's Kindle jumpstarted the ebook revolution, but that doesn't make it the eReader of choice for everyone.  If you've got some Kindle books you'd like to use with a different device, here's how to remove the DRM so you can.
 
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