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1:30 PM ET, January 26, 2011

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Alex Rice / Facebook Blog:
A Continued Commitment to Security  —  This Friday is Data Privacy Day, an international effort by governments, businesses and advocacy groups to raise awareness about the importance of staying in control of personal information.  A key part of controlling information has always been protecting …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
“Let The Hacking Begin” Declares Person Who Hacked Zuckerberg's Facebook Fan Page  —  Earlier today, a strange message appeared on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's fan page.  It read as follows: … Who wrote such an odd and seemingly drunken message?  Well, if you believe the page, Zuckerberg himself did.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Facebook Beefs Up Security With Social Captchas and All HTTPS, All The Time  —  Facebook is introducing two new measures to beef up security: expanding HTTPS connections as an all-the-time option and using social captchas to authenticate users who have lost passwords.  Let's take these one at a time.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Verizon iPhone Listings Go Live on Apple's Site [Update: Removed]  —  With the Apple online store's downtime last night, the company appears to have rolled out full details of the options available for Verizon iPhone customers.  With both 16 GB ($199) and 32 GB ($299) models available …
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Steven Musil / CNET News:
Verizon's iPhone hot spot to cost $20 a month  —  Using Verizon's forthcoming iPhone as a mobile hot spot is going to cost subscribers $20 a month—that's on top of the required data and voice plans subscribers will already be paying for.  —  The fee, which is in line with what Verizon charges …
Richard Lai / Engadget:
Exclusive: Sony Ericsson Xperia Play (PlayStation Phone) preview  —  Oh yes.  After all the unbearable teasing since we unveiled the first ever photos of the PlayStation Phone, we've finally managed to get hold of the real deal for an in-depth preview.  Honestly, we couldn't wait any longer …
Oliver Chiang / SelectStart:
Unhappy With Slow Growth Of Android App Purchases, Google Talks 2011 Roadmap  —  Google's Android platform manager Eric Chu knows that though the number of Android smartphone users may be rising quickly, the number of purchases of paid apps in the Android Market is not doing nearly as well.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Android In-App Payments Coming Soon — Were Delayed Because Developers Were Busy  —  Today at the Inside Social Apps conference in San Francisco, Inside Network's Kim-Mai Cutler sat down with Eric Chu, a group manager at Google for the Android platform.  The two discussed the platform mainly from a developer perspective.
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Apple revamps its public website using HTML5  —  Apple has relaunched its entire website with a new design using HTML5, adding a darker, glossy navigation bar and speedy new animated page layouts for Mac and iPod pages.  —  The redesign officially upgrades the site from “HTML 4.01 Transitional” …
Audrey Watters / ReadWriteWeb:
Twitter Testing Its Self-Serve Ad Platform [Updated: No, It's Not]  —  Twitter is in the process of testing its self-serve ad platform with a few advertising agencies, according to a preview in MediaPost.  —  One of the beta testers is Clix Marketing Founder David Szetela …
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Exclusive: BlackBerry PlayBook and smartphones to run Android apps?  —  As crazy as that sounds, we have been told by multiple trusted sources that RIM is seriously considering a feature that will allow BlackBerry devices to run Android apps.  Here is what we know... Research In Motion …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Facebook Brings Back (Part of) Beacon, and No One Blinks  —  In 2007, Facebook unveiled a plan to let brands turn Facebook users' online activities into ads.  Cue uproar, and an eventual apology from Mark Zuckerberg.  —  Yesterday Facebook unveiled a plan to let brands turn Facebook users' online activities into ads.
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
After Blocking Twitter, Egypt Reportedly Starts Restricting Access To Facebook  —  According to a number of tips we've received in the past few minutes, the chatter on Twitter and several local reports (mostly in Arabic), it appears Egyptian authories have moved to block Facebook.  Yesterday, Twitter was blocked.
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Bill Rigby / Reuters:
A year later, Microsoft picture looks very different  —  (Reuters) - A year ago, Microsoft Corp blew away Wall Street's earnings forecasts with blistering sales of its new Windows 7 operating system and trumpeted optimism about the recovery in tech spending.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Kevin Rose: Yahoo Contacted Digg To See If We Wanted To Take Over Delicious  —  It looks like Yahoo has been looking for a home for Delicious for some time now.  On his Diggnation web show this week, Digg founder Kevin Rose said that Yahoo contacted Digg to see if the company would be interested …
Discussion: Chitika Insights, Thanks:jkernsjr
Reuters:
Apple supports China Mobile's TD-LTE tech -report  —  Apple Inc (AAPL.O) fully supports China Mobile's next generation TD-LTE technology and talks are ongoing over a possible iPhone tie up with the carrier, China Mobile's chairman was quoted as saying.  —  China Mobile (0941.HK) …
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Bill Gross / @bill_gross:   China Mobile CEO on Connectedness panel: “We have 600m subscribers, and we still get 5m new ones every single month.” #WEF #Davos
David / TmoNews:
LG G-Slate, Dell Streak 7, Vibrant 4G Release Dates Confirmed  —  So this is the very first look we've had at the LG G-Slate release date which looks to be dropping on March 23rd, a date which jives with our late March info from before.  Not to be outdone is the Dell Streak 7 which will release …
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Demand Media's Stock Jumps 37 Percent On First Day  —  Demand Media's stock is up more than 37 percent on its first day of trading.  As we reported yesterday, the company had already priced its shares at $17, above the $14 to $16 a share it had initially said it would sell its stock for.
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Michael Rose / TUAW:
Good Technology Q4 2010 mobile device report shows huge iPad growth in the enterprise  —  Back in October the enterprise mobile integration company Good Technology released its first quarterly metrics report covering device activations and overall trends; the report showed extremely strong growth …
Gartner:
Gartner Says Worldwide Mobile Application Store Revenue Forecast to Surpass $15 Billion in 2011  —  Revenue Between 2010 and 2014 is Forecast to Grow 1,000 Percent to Reach $58 Billion  —  Worldwide mobile application store downloads are forecast to reach 17.7 billion downloads in 2011 …
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Apple's ‘PC’ shipments grow by 241 percent in iPad-inclusive Canalys stats  —  Canalys is a pretty well respected global stat-keeper and now it seems to be relying on that reputation to push through a pretty controversial message: tablets, such as Apple's iPad and Samsung's Galaxy Tab, are PCs.
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
New ‘iPad is iconic’ ad touts 60,000 apps  —  Apple has begun showing a new commercial that highlights a growing number of iPad-specific apps, now pushing past 60,000 titles.  —  The spot, “iPad is iconic,” highlights such apps as the “fresh” djay virtual turntables, “tickets” …
Amazon.com:
Kindle Singles—Compelling Ideas Expressed at Their Natural Length—Now Available in the Kindle Store  —  Launch of Kindle Singles includes never before released content from popular writers such as Ian Ayres and Jodi Picoult, as well as the first-ever written works published by TED
Peter-Paul Koch / QuirksBlog:
The future of app stores  —  App stores, pioneered by Apple, aim to provide ease of payments and discoverability to developers and consumers.  However,  — do they offer unique advantages that no other payment or discoverability system can match?  — is Apple's success transferable to other app stores?
Discussion: Kindle Review
Fred / A VC:
Building Better Social Graphs (continued)  —  I've been thinking for a while now that there will not be one social graph to rule them all (Facebook) but that we will eventually have a multitude of web/mobile services in our lives, each with a social graph we curate specifically for that service.
Discussion: Victus Spiritus
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
FCC poised to give LightSquared's satellite broadband venture a boost  —  With a wave of new smartphones and tablet computers threatening to overwhelm wireless networks, the Federal Communications Commission is preparing to take another aggressive step to ease the growing capacity crunch.
 
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HP Reshapes Board With Directors Connected to CEO Apotheker
Discussion: MarketWatch
Michael Lopp / Rands In Repose:
Interview: Marco Arment
Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
Obama's Five Year Tech Plan: High Speed Wireless Internet for 98% of Americans
Discussion: Electronista and The Politico
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
India's Largest Online Couponing Site, SnapDeal, Raises $12 Million (TCTV)
Horace Dediu / asymco:
iPhone and iPad: Fine Young Cannibals?
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LinkedIn Pushes Ad Tools
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Nexus S emerges in white attire, but it only covers its rear
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Full specs of HTC Flyer revealed
 

 
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