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2:25 PM ET, January 18, 2011


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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook's 3rd Biggest Advertiser is a Bing Affiliate Scam (With Updates)  —  Matt Cutts is the head of Google's anti-webspam team and tonight he came across what looks like a huge trove of scammy, spammy spam - on Facebook.  And it involves Microsoft.  Advertising publication AdAge reported tonight …
Edmund Lee / AdAge:
Facebook Books $1.86B in Advertising; Muscles In on Google Turf  —  New Estimate From eMarketer Shows Majority of Social Network's Ad Revenue Comes From Small Businesses  —  NEW YORK ( — It turns out Facebook is a lot like Google after all.  —  As the social network steams past …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:   Bing Terminates Relationship With Publisher Doing Tricky Home Page Switch
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Two charged over iPad hacking on AT&T network  —  (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors filed criminal charges against two people accused of stealing the email addresses and other personal data of about 120,000 users of Apple Inc's iPad tablet computer.  —  Daniel Spitler and Andrew Auernheimer …
Doron Levin / Fortune:
Steve Jobs went to Switzerland in search of cancer treatment  —  Fortune has learned that Apple CEO Steve Jobs spent part of 2009 at a hospital in Basel, Switzerland seeking treatment for neuroendocrine cancer, which he had surgically treated in 2004.  In early 2009, the tech and investing worlds …
Discussion: SAI and MacDailyNews
George Stahl / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Shares Fall 5% as Jobs Takes Medical Leave  —  NEW YORK—Apple Inc. shares fell 5% in early trading Tuesday, erasing $19 billion in market value, after it disclosed that Chief Executive Steve Jobs would take another unexpected medical leave.  —  The decline, however …
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Exclusive: Chinese supplier floating iPad 2 case with possible SD card and Mini DisplayPort  —  A Chinese accessory supplier is floating a new “iPad 2nd generation” case differing from previous designs shown at CES, with port openings that appear to be designed to accommodate a new SD Card slot …
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Why high resolution screens matter for Apple's iPad 2
Discussion: Apple Gazette and GSMArena Blog
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
iPad 2 Rumor Roundup
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook Suspends Phone & Address Sharing Feature  —  Just before the weekend, Facebook announced that it would begin allowing third-party applications and websites to request that users share both their mobile phone number and address.  Now, the company has said that it will be putting …
George Ou / Digital Society:
Netflix spends 20 times more on postage than bandwidth  —  In an article published at The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos tried to calm shareholders fearful of rising content licensing prices by explaining that rising content prices are offset by declining postage fees.
Discussion: SlashGear and ReadWriteWeb
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Microsoft Brings the First Piece of Office to the iPhone: OneNote  —  While Microsoft still hopes to one day rival the iPhone, the company's Office unit is the latest part of Redmond to acknowledge that, for now at least, the iPhone reigns supreme.  —  Microsoft is releasing on Tuesday …
Ralph Jennings / Computerworld:
Acer to launch 7-inch, 10-inch tablets by mid-year  —  IDG News Service - Acer will begin selling two or three new tablet PCs in the first half of the year, including one with a seven-inch screen, a company sales manager said on Monday.  —  The tablet launches will begin a gradual replacement …
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Recent Verizon phone buyers get $200 toward iPhone 4 upgrade  —  Not everyone follows tech news as closely as BGR readers, so it's quite possible that some poor souls purchased a cell phone from Verizon Wireless this past holiday season without realizing the iPhone 4 would be an option in early February.
Media Decoder:
F.C.C. Approves Comcast-NBC Deal  —  The proposed combination of Comcast and NBC Universal was approved by the Federal Communications Commission Tuesday, smoothing the way for the deal to close by the end of January.  —  The other government agency that is reviewing the deal, the Justice Department …
Sharon Waxman / The Wrap:
Exclusive: Comcast-NBCU Merger Expected to Close Jan. 28
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Exclusive: HP / Palm's webOS tablets — pictures, plans, and more  —  Oh, hello.  A trusted tipster just sent in these internal renders of HP / Palm's “Topaz” webOS tablet, which is one of two tablets currently being developed in Sunnyvale.  That's right, two tablets: the 9-inch Topaz …
Discussion: SAI, TechCrunch, Gizmodo and
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
W3C's new logo promotes HTML5—and more  —  The W3C's new HTML5 logo stands for more than just the HTML5 standard.  —  Underscoring the confluence of technology, politics, and marketing, the World Wide Web Consortium today unveiled a new logo for HTML5.  —  With the logo, the W3C wants to promote the new Web technology—and itself.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
I Can Has Funding: Cheezburger Raises $30M For LOLcats, FAIL Blog And Other Memes  —  Cheezburger, the internet publisher responsible for LOLcats, FAIL Blog, and other memes, has raised a whopping $30 million in new funding led by the Foundry Group with Madrona Venture Group, Avalon Ventures …
Yahoo! Developer Network:
Yahoo! Opens to Third-Party Authentication with Facebook/Google IDs  —  Today we're excited to announce that on Thursday, January 20, Yahoo! opens to third-party user authentication with Facebook and Google logins (via OpenID) across the Yahoo! Network.  Hundreds of millions of Facebook …
Discussion: Yodel Anecdotal and The Next Web
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft Kinect ‘core contributor’ goes Google
Discussion: TechCrunch and Procrastineering
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Prepping For An IPO, LinkedIn Adds Sequoia Partner Michael Moritz To Board
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0 Blog:
Intel to put Windows 8 on phones ... Wait ... whaaaaat?!?!
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Report: Mobile App Market Will Be Worth $25 Billion By 2015 - Apple's Share: 20%
Discussion: GigaOM, ReadWriteMobile and PR Newswire
 Earlier Items: 
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
2G, 3G, 4G, and everything in between: an Engadget wireless primer
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
How A Startup Named Hipster Got 10K Signups In Two Days …
Discussion: TechCrunch Europe
Matt Warman / Telegraph:
10 per cent of users take 90 per cent of mobile data, say researchers
Discussion: BGR and The Next Web

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