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6:20 PM ET, January 24, 2011

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Google Public Policy Blog:
Keep your opt-outs  —  Today we're making available Keep My Opt-Outs, which enables you to opt out permanently from ad tracking cookies.  It's available as an extension for download in Chrome.  —  Why have we developed this feature?  —  Recently, the Federal Trade Commission and others …
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Alex Fowler / First Person Cookie:
More Choice and Control Over Online Tracking … The web is evolving quickly in how information about people is collected, used and shared online.  We believe it's crucial to put people in control of their personal web interactions and experiences, as previously articulated in my post on our draft Privacy & Data Operating Principles.
Audrey Watters / ReadWriteWeb:
Firefox and Chrome Add “Do Not Track” Tools To Their Browsers  —  When the Federal Trade Commission announced late last year that it was investigating ways to protect consumers' privacy, it suggested a “Do Not Track” option for every browser.  This would give users the ability to opt …
Discussion: Macgasm
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Mozilla, Google take different approaches to ad tracking opt-out
Tyler Odean / Gmail Blog:
Print from your phone with Gmail for mobile and Google Cloud Print  —  Let's say you need to print an important email attachment on your way to work so that it's waiting for you when you walk in the door.  With Gmail for mobile and Google Cloud Print — a service that allows printing …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Takes Cloud Print Mobile. Well, Sort Of — PC Still Required
Discussion: GigaOM and Internet2Go
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook To Make ‘Facebook Credits’ Mandatory For Game Developers (Confirmed)  —  Facebook is about to ruffle some feathers.  We're hearing from one source that the social network is reaching out to game developers to inform them that it is making its own, official Facebook Credits currency mandatory.
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Deborah Liu / Facebook Developer Blog:
The Next Step for Facebook Credits
Discussion: Inside Facebook and All Facebook
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Sets July, 1, 2011 Deadline to Make Credits Sole Canvas Game Payment Option
Discussion: eMoney
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
How Microsoft plans to market against the iPad  —  Even though Microsoft's public stance, when asked about the impact of Apple's slate is “iPad?  What iPad?”, the Redmondians are preparing the company's partners for battle in 2011.  —  Microsoft is making available to its reseller partners …
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.
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 …
eMarketer:
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.
New York Post:
Google's Schmidt eyeing TV  —  Google honcho Eric Schmidt, who announced his plan to hand over control of the tech giant last week, is eyeballing a career in TV, Page Six has learned.  —  Sources say the outspoken chief, who broke the news that he's passing the CEO title …
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
App Store gets a Twitter  —  Apple setup Twitter accounts for iTunes some time ago, and today Apple finally got around to launching an official Twitter for the App Store.  Apple promises to promote new apps, and exclusive App offers.  We wonder what these exclusive app offers mean.
Dieter Bohn / PreCentral:
Topaz Specs!  Exclusive details on Touchstone v2 and much more!  —  We've received a massive document detailing HP's plans for the Topaz webOS slate from last year.  While these details aren't final, what we know is that HP is planning to make the Topaz highly competitive with the iPad from both a hardware and a software perspective.
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.
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Researching Physical Keyboards with Motion Control to Replace Mouse  —  Apple's patent applications have always been a topic of interest here at MacRumors.  They give us a rare look into Apple's research and development labs, although many of the concepts never see the light of day.
Russell Adams / Wall Street Journal:
New York Times Readies Pay Wall  —  Paper Will Charge for Bundled Digital Service, Allow Some Free Access  —  The New York Times is preparing to introduce multiple subscription packages for access to the paper's website and other digital content, kicking off the biggest test to date …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Eric Schmidt Lost $300 Million in Google CEO Shake-Up and He's Still Richer Than You  —  When Eric Schmidt arrived at Google in 2001, the company was pulling in about $100 million a year.  And under his “adult supervision,” that revenue grew to upward of $29 billion.
Discussion: Guardian, paidContent, CNNMoney.com and GMSV
Ali Imam / The LinkedIn Blog:
Visualize your LinkedIn network with InMaps  —  If you're a LinkedIn user, you already know the power of your professional network.  —  What if you could visualize what your network looks like?  Would your connections form clusters or groups?  Wouldn't it be great if you could see the way …
Alastair Sharp / Reuters:
BlackBerry program may help RIM defend its turf  —  (Reuters) - Research In Motion aims to keep its dominance of the corporate smartphone market by enabling the BlackBerry to segregate a user's personal data from work-related emails and other applications sponsored by employers.
Discussion: VentureBeat, CNET News and Inquirer
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Former Justin.tv VP Launches Yobongo in Private Beta  —  A little over six weeks out and already everybody's talking about what company will break out at this year's SXSW Interactive.  There's been a lot of talk about apps like GroupMe, Beluga and Fast Society, which all make group communication quick …
Discussion: TechCrunch, VentureBeat and Mashable
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
An “Apple Invasion” in Korea: Two Million iPhones Sold  —  Another sales milestone for the iPhone, this one in Korea.  Korea Telecom today said that it has sold two million iPhones since it began offering the handset in November 2009.  Of the that number, 1.03 million were iPhone 4s, and KT sold one million of them in four months.
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.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
US Case Against Hundreds of BitTorrent File-Sharers Dismissed  —  Check out TorrentFreak's new News Bits feed! .  —  Since the beginning of last year various copyright holders have sued tens of thousands of BitTorrent users who allegedly shared films without permission.
Timothy Prickett Morgan / The Register:
Intel commits $10bn to buybacks, juices dividend  —  Happy days are here again  —  Intel got the technology sector rolling this morning by announcing that it would be shelling out big bags of cash to buy back its own shares from Wall Street.  The company also did a modest increase of its dividend.
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
NVIDIA Tegra 3, equipped with 1.5GHz quad-core madness, teased by a familar slide  —  How aggressive can NVIDIA get?  That's the question puzzling our brainboxes right now as we gaze upon the complete version of the slide that let us know about a potential Tegra 2 3D chip over the weekend.
 
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Inside Apple's numbers
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
The Web Just Keeps Getting Bigger (and Faster!)
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Insight into Steve Jobs' Product-Centric Approach in 1985 Interview
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