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4:10 AM ET, January 25, 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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Audrey Watters / ReadWriteWeb:
Firefox and Chrome Add “Do Not Track” Tools To Their Browsers
Discussion: Macgasm and Electronista
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Mozilla, Google take different approaches to ad tracking opt-out
Olga Kharif / Bloomberg:
Apple Plans Service That Lets IPhone Users Pay With Handsets  —  Apple Inc. plans to introduce services that would let customers use its iPhone and iPad computer to make purchases, said Richard Doherty, director of consulting firm Envisioneering Group.  —  The services are based on …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Engadget
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:   Apple Aims To Take NFC Mainstream; Perhaps The Greatest Trick They've Ever Pulled?
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Exclusive: Barnes & Noble phasing out the Nook 3G  —  Barnes & Noble may be selling millions of Nook products, but it's sounding like the 3G variant hasn't really done its part to help those figures.  We've received hard evidence from within B&N that the Nook is being discontinued …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Roger Ebert / Roger Ebert's Journal:
Why 3D doesn't work and never will.  Case closed.  —  I received a letter that ends, as far as I am concerned, the discussion about 3D.  It doesn't work with our brains and it never will.  —  The notion that we are asked to pay a premium to witness an inferior and inherently brain-confusing image is outrageous.
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.
Irina Slutsky / AdAge:
Facebook Turns the ‘Like’ Into Its Newest Ad  —  Say Something About a Brand?  It Could End Up as an Ad in Your Friends' Feeds  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AdAge.com) — The ubiquitous “like” is currency for brands, and Facebook is giving them a new way to collect: an ad unit that shows …
Discussion: Inside Facebook and Mashable
John Cook / TechFlash:
Report: Amazon plans to expand grocery delivery service  —  Amazon.com is looking to expand its home delivery service, with The Financial Times reporting (subscription required) that the online retailer has begun recruiting staffers for a national push.  Amazon has operated …
Fatema Yasmine / The Next Web:
Dropbox Founder on New Features and Global Expansion.  —  I recently had the chance to sit down with Dropbox cofounder and CTO Arash Ferdowsi.  The interview took place in their swanky new office in downtown San Francisco.  We talked in-depth about the major changes coming to Dropbox and the success of the company to date.
Thanks:zee
Joel Spolsky / Stack Overflow:
State of the Stack 2010 (a message from your CEO)  —  2010 was an absolutely amazing year here at Stack Overflow.  We grew from 7 million visitors to over 16 million, putting us in Quantcast's top 400.  We raised $6 million in venture capital, and we went from three full time employees to 27.
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.
Electronista:
Pegatron making 10m initial iPhone 5s, all-out for iPhone 4  —  Pegatron has already earned enough trust from Apple to start manufacturing the iPhone 5, part makers said Monday night.  The company is due to make at least 10 million to 12 million CDMA iPhone 4 units but has reportedly been picked …
Discussion: DigiTimes
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple loses buzz, Microsoft gains  —  The net loss in “media value” last quarter, according to a new report, was nearly $460 million  —  Click to enlarge.  Source: General Sentiment  —  Here's an interesting exercise.  Take the total number of news stories, social media mentions and tweets about Apple …
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.
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Kodak's Push for Royalties From Apple, RIM Is Derailed  —  Eastman Kodak Co., the 130-year-old camera company, lost a U.S. International Trade Commission ruling that may hamper its effort to collect patent royalties from Apple Inc. and Research In Motion Ltd.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
25% of files downloaded from The Pirate Bay are fakes  —  For years, antipiracy companies like MediaDefender (read our 2007 profile) have scratched out a living by flooding peer-to-peer file-sharing networks with bad data.  While the techniques differ, the goal is the same …
Discussion: GamePolitics News
John R. Rymer / Forrester Blogs:
The Future Of Java  —  Java's future will be constrained by the bounds of Oracle's business model.  —  Drama has been running high since Oracle began to shape up the Java technology it acquired along with Sun Microsystems.  Oracle ended the impasse over a new core Java release …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Computerworld
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 …
Semil Shah / TechCrunch:
What Is Quora's Biggest Challenge?  —  Editor's note: Guest author Semil Shah is an entrepreneur interested in digital media, the consumer Internet, and social networks.  This is the third and final in a series of articles on Quora (here are the first and second ones).
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft moves to block TiVo imports with U.S. trade complaint  —  Microsoft filed a U.S. trade complaint on Monday seeking to block TiVo from importing set-top boxes.  —  The move follows a legal spat between the two companies that began in January last year.
Discussion: TiVo, GigaOM and CNET News, Thanks:michaelgillett
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Tim Cook: Apple's Steve Ballmer?  —  A visionary founder steps down after leading his company to unprecedented success, and hands the reins to his most trusted lieutenant.  That's what happened last week with Steve Jobs and Tim Cook.  —  It also happened 11 years ago with Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer.
 
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
First look: New Chrome Webstore app: PostPost brings awesome news …
Discussion: The Next Web, Thanks:scobleizer
Eric Woodward / epicfumble:
Qwiki Epitomizes the Current Startup Bubble
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and NetworkEffect
John Brownlee / Cult of Mac:
T-Mobile: 10% Of Departing Customers Leave For The iPhone
David Kravets / Epicenter:
Google Voice Porting Equals LSD Trip Gone Awry
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
An “Apple Invasion” in Korea: Two Million iPhones Sold
Discussion: Examiner
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Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
App Store gets a Twitter
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Eric Schmidt Lost $300 Million in Google CEO Shake-Up and He's Still Richer Than You
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Researching Physical Keyboards with Motion Control to Replace Mouse
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google Says Removing ‘Reader’ …
Discussion: The Blog Herald and ReadWriteWeb
Zach Epstein / BGR:
White iPhone 4 appears in AT&T's online system
 

 
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