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11:15 AM ET, January 24, 2011


 Top Items: 
Twitter Ad Revenues to Soar This Year  —  Marketers will spend $150 million on the service in 2011  —  Twitter has received enough media attention to be a household word, but still has a relatively small audience.  The Pew Internet & American Life Project found in September 2010 that just 8% of online Americans used the service.
Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Twitter's Ad Revenue May Triple to $150 Million, EMarketer Says  —  Jan. 24 (Bloomberg) — Twitter Inc. will probably more than triple its advertising revenue to $150 million this year as more companies use it to spread marketing messages, according to Internet researcher EMarketer Inc.
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Tim Cook Is Running Apple, but Not Imitating Steve Jobs  —  On an 18-hour flight from California to Singapore a few years ago, Timothy D. Cook, Apple's chief operating officer, had little time for small talk with a colleague.  Glued to his business class seat, Mr. Cook had his nose in spreadsheets …
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Tim Cook's Auburn Commencement: Joining Apple best decision he ever made
Discussion: Edible Apple and MacHackPC
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
The Inside Story of How Facebook Responded to Tunisian Hacks  —  It was on Christmas Day that Facebook's Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan first noticed strange things going on in Tunisia.  Reports started to trickle in that political-protest pages were being hacked.
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar
Foursquare Blog:
So we grew 3400% last year...  Honestly, 2010 was just insane.  The numbers tell the story better than we can, so we put together this little infographic.  (Also, our 6,000,000th user signed up last week!)  —  Click on the graphic to view full size.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Kristen Schweizer / Bloomberg:
Foursquare Valued at More Than $250 Million, May Seek New Funding in 2011
Discussion: SAI and TechCrunch
Zach Epstein / BGR:
White iPhone 4 appears in AT&T's online system  —  It looks like Best Buy isn't the only retailer with white iPhones popping up in its system.  AT&T is now showing two versions of Apple's unicorn-colored iPhone.  The entries appear in AT&T's Online Account Management system (OLAM), and read as …
John W. Daly / TechEye:
Nvidia's Tegra 2 3D unveiled  —  A deep throat has leaked an image of Nvidia's Mobile World Congress presentation to TechEye - giving a glimpse of what the jolly green goblin has in store for punters and handset makers this year.  —  Nvidia will be shipping a Tegra 2 3D processor this year …
Kellex / Droid Life:
Comparison Chart: Motorola XOOM vs. iPad  —  The price of the Motorola XOOM has been quite the topic of discussion over the last couple of days so we thought we'd drop some additional information into the conversation.  Here is a comparison chart of the XOOM ($699) to the 32GB 3G iPad ($729).
Jonathan Amos / BBC:
Mobile phone to blast into orbit  —  British engineers are planning to put a mobile phone in space.  The team at Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) in Guildford want to see if the sophisticated capabilities in today's phones will function in the most challenging environment known.
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
Inside Apple's numbers  —  On Monday last week we hear Steve Jobs is taking another medical leave of absence and, on Tuesday, we get a look at Apple's numbers for Q1 2011 (which is actually the last quarter of 2010).  —  Brian Hall provides this crisp summary:  —  • Sales: $26.74 billion, up 70.5% year over year
Discussion: MediaMemo
Chris Farrell / Business Week:
In Case of Tech Bubble, Do Not Break Glass  —  Even if bloated valuations of Facebook and Groupon point to another bubble bound to burst, the Fed shouldn't head it off but prepare for the fallout  —  In Silicon Valley, it's beginning to feel like déjà vu all over again.
Discussion: broadstuff
Dave Troy: Fueled:
Is Groupon the new “Jesus Startup?”  —  Every few years a company emerges that grows so swiftly that it manages to define the zeitgeist and often helps to inflate a bubble that defies any rational explanation.  Often these businesses are driven by new, disruptive ideas that take the market …
Discussion: paidContent
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Mozilla offers do-not-track tool to thwart ads  —  Mozilla, acting on a U.S. Federal Trade Commission proposal, has offered a detailed mechanism by which Firefox and other Web browsers could prevent Web pages from tracking people's online behavior for advertising purposes.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
DLD11: Facebook's Dan Rose Talks Platform, Ads And Mark Zuckerberg  —  Dan Rose, VP of Partnerships and Platform Marketing at Facebook, took the stage at DLD Conference in Munich this morning in a conversation with David Kirkpatrick, author of The Facebook Effect.
James Temple / San Francisco Chronicle:
Antitrust bulldog Gary Reback pushes Google probe  —  In the 1990s, attorney Gary Reback helped goad the Department of Justice into launching the landmark antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft Corp. by hauling willing witnesses and damning information before any government body that would listen.
Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
Groupon CEO says exploring IPO; no decision  —  (Reuters) - Daily deals website Groupon is considering an initial public offering and is in talks with bankers, founder and Chief Executive Andrew Mason told Reuters on Monday.  —  “We've met with a bunch of bankers, we're exploring whether …
Discussion: Mashable!
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
The Web Just Keeps Getting Bigger (and Faster!)  —  Akamai's third-quarter Internet traffic report — which should be released on Monday — shows there's no stopping the growth of either broadband or the overall web itself.  In the third quarter of 2010, more than 533 million unique IP addresses …
Discussion: Fortune
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 …
What should Larry Page focus on now that he is CEO of Google?
Discussion: broadstuff
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.
semilshah's posterous:
A Longer Response to @vwadhwa Post on Quora
Discussion: @christinelu
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Iran launches cyber crime unit: police
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Matthew Lee / Associated Press:
US diplomacy embracing Twitter amid global crises
Discussion:, Thanks:hornokplease
R. Colin Johnson / EE Times:
‘Universal’ memory aims to replace flash/DRAM
Discussion: Engadget, and Kotaku
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Jason Calacanis Starts Promoting Mahalo 4.0 “Pivot”
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch Disrupt Winner Qwiki Hits No. 1 On Google Trends 'Hot …
Discussion: ITProPortal, SAI and Pulse2
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Sean Parker: The Social Network is a complete work of fiction

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