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10:00 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
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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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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Kodak Loses Ruling in ITC Case Against Apple, RIM  —  Jan. 24 (Bloomberg) — 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.
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 PR Newswire
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: GigaOM and CNET News, Thanks:michaelgillett
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.
John Brownlee / Cult of Mac:
T-Mobile: 10% Of Departing Customers Leave For The iPhone  —  During a presentation to investors in New York on Thursday, T-Mobile CEO Philipp Humm put an explicit percentage on the so-called iPhone effect: how many T-Mobile subscribers leave every month for AT&T just because of Apple's smartphone.
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 …
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 …
James Niccolai / Computerworld:
VMware sales up 37 percent on continued demand  —  IDG News Service - VMware's fourth-quarter revenue jumped 37 percent as businesses increased spending on its virtualization software, the company announced Monday.  —  Revenue for the three months to Dec. 31 was US$835.6 million …
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.
David Kravets / Epicenter:
Google Voice Porting Equals LSD Trip Gone Awry  —  It's a good thing I don't take the Second Amendment as seriously as the First Amendment.  —  But for that — and firearm waiting periods — my experience porting a mobile number to Google Voice might have made “going wireless carrier” the new “going postal.”
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.
Eric Woodward / epicfumble:
Qwiki Epitomizes the Current Startup Bubble  —  Erick Schonfeld: A lot of the excitement around Qwiki is because of its ability to generate media on the fly that combines text, audio, and animated photos.  Right.  Qwiki recently announced closing $8M in financing, and this necessitated a rethink on my part.
 
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Fatema Yasmine / The Next Web:
Dropbox Founder on New Features and Global Expansion.
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
25% of files downloaded from The Pirate Bay are fakes
Discussion: GamePolitics News
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
US Case Against Hundreds of BitTorrent File-Sharers Dismissed
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
An “Apple Invasion” in Korea: Two Million iPhones Sold
John Oates / Channel Register:
Italy sues Microsoft for box-bundling bungling
Arik Hesseldahl / NewEnterprise:
Judge: HP Can Re-Investigate Hurd Departure
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Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Qwiki Opens Information Visualizations to the Public
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Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Former Justin.tv VP Launches Yobongo in Private Beta
Discussion: TechCrunch, VentureBeat and Mashable
Alastair Sharp / Reuters:
BlackBerry program may help RIM defend its turf
Discussion: CNET News, Engadget and VentureBeat
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Eric Schmidt Lost $300 Million in Google CEO Shake-Up and He's Still Richer Than You
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google Says Removing ‘Reader’ …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and The Blog Herald
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
The Inside Story of How Facebook Responded to Tunisian Hacks
 

 
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New York Times-Texas Tribune content partnership to end Dec. 31, after four years

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Sharyl Attkisson releases video of apparent computer hack

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