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5:25 PM ET, January 23, 2011

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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
A To Do List For Google's New CEO Larry Page  —  Welcome back, Larry!  When you were last CEO of Google in 2001, the company was a much loved scrappy underdog with a bright future.  Ten years later, you're coming back to the helm.  Things have changed.  You're soon to be steering …
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What should Larry Page focus on now that he is CEO of Google?  —  25 Answers — Robert Scoble — I would focus the company on a few key projects: 1.  Make Android a real usability leader, not just a marketshare leader.  I've been using Android a lot lately, and it simply isn't as nice as iPhone or, even, Windows Phone 7, in usability.
Discussion: Reuters and Bloomberg
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Is Larry Page the Consummate Anti-Social CEO?
Discussion: TechCrunch
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Motorola Xoom launching February 17th at Best Buy (update: priced at $700)  —  When we stumbled upon an $800 price for the Motorola Xoom yesterday, our instinctive reaction was to leap forward to the next obvious question: when?  Well, that call has now been answered by an internal Best Buy document that's …
Vivek Wadhwa / TechCrunch:
Why I Don't Buy the Quora Hype  —  Let me start with a disclaimer: I am not writing this in my capacity as a university professor or researcher; I don't claim to be an expert on social networking; and I will be happy to be proven wrong—I have no vested interest in the success or failure of Quora.
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A Quick Response to @vwadhwa Post on Quora
Discussion: @christinelu
Frederic Lardinois / NewsGrange:
Hacker Shows It Doesn't Take $8 Million to Clone Qwiki - Just 321 Lines of HTML Will do the Trick  —  Qwiki is an app that creates pretty slideshows based on Wikipedia entries.  The service won the top award at the last Techcrunch Disrupt conference and just received $8 million in new funding …
Discussion: Pulse2 and ABCNEWS
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:   TechCrunch Disrupt Winner Qwiki Hits No. 1 On Google Trends 'Hot …
Zee / The Next Web:
Sean Parker: The Social Network is a complete work of fiction  —  Sean Parker and Paulo Coelho's two man panel at DLD raised a number of interesting points about the future of content but it was Coelho's question to Parker on his thoughts on the The Social Network, that grabbed everyone's attention.
Discussion: Mashable! and TechCrunch Europe
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Jason Calacanis Starts Promoting Mahalo 4.0 “Pivot”  —  Jason Calacanis is launching “Mahalo 4.0” on Tuesday, he just said on Quora, “our pivot from human-powered search to....... :-)”.  —  In other words, Mahalo, his startup, is shifting focus again.  —  To what?  Good question.
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
$10K iTunes Winner Hung Up On Apple, Thought It Was a Prank [Exclusive]  —  Gail Davis of Orpington Kent hung up the phone when Apple called to say she'd won a $10,000 iTunes gift card.  She thought it was a prank call.  —  The winner of the Apple's 10 billionth App download sweepstakes nearly …
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Apple's new ‘two is better than one’ iPhone ad promotes Verizon, AT&T  —  Just days after Verizon launched its first iPhone ad, a new TV spot from Apple for the iPhone 4 highlights both Verizon and AT&T with the pitch “two is better than one.”  —  Set to the iconic Blue Danube Waltz by Johann Strauss …
Groklaw:
How Not to Get Snookered by Claims of “Proof” of Copyright Infringement  —  I guess you heard that Florian Mueller is at it again.  He made strong claims of a smoking gun regarding alleged copyright infringement of Oracle files by Google.  Well, in the cold light of day …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Music Bay: Pirate Bay Crew Instill More Fear Into The Music Industry  —  For years The Pirate Bay has been a thorn in the side of the music industry, but things could be about to take a turn for the worse.  Over the past days rumors of a new project titled “The Music Bay” have been circling …
Paul McMahon / TokyoDev:
Facebook is Japan's LinkedIn  —  A couple of weeks back, an article Facebook Wins Relatively Few Friends in Japan made its rounds.  As usual, Facebook is compared to the big three Japanese SNS: mixi, Gree, and Mobage-town.  However, Gree and Mobage-town market themselves more as social gaming platforms …
 
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