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10:00 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
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and techPresident
Gmail Blog:
Desktop notifications for emails and chat messages  —  Many of us are guilty of constantly switching back to Gmail to check for new messages.  And if you're like me, you've probably missed an important chat message because you weren't looking at your Gmail window when it came in.
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 …
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 …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Google Starts Censoring BitTorrent, RapidShare and More  —  Check out TorrentFreak's new News Bits feed! .  —  The entertainment industries' quest to root out piracy on the Internet has yet again resulted in commercial censorship.  A few weeks ago Google announced that it would start filtering …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
MacBook Pro Supplies Tightening Ahead of Potential Refresh  —  MacRumors has heard from several sources that supplies of Apple's existing MacBook Pro models, particularly the 15" and 17" sizes, are beginning to run low in Apple stores and at third-party retailers, suggesting that the company …
Android Developers Blog:
Android 3.0 Platform Preview and Updated SDK Tools  —  Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) is a new version of the Android platform that is designed from the ground up for devices with larger screen sizes, particularly tablets.  It introduces a new “holographic” UI theme and an interaction model that builds …
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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Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Netflix Adds 7.7 Million Subscribers in 2010 to Pass 20 Million  —  Netflix is announcing its Q4 2010 earnings (pdf) today and one of the big stories, as you might expect, is the company's explosive growth.  According to the letter the company issued to its shareholders …
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Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft Shipped 2 Million Units of Windows Phone 7 Software Last Quarter  —  Microsoft Corp. said it shipped more than 2 million copies of the Windows Phone 7 operating system last quarter, as the company tried to reverse sliding smartphone market share.  —  Customer satisfaction …
Brian McClendon / Google LatLong:
Retiring real estate on Google Maps  —  At Google one of our key philosophies is to take risks and to experiment.  To that end, in July 2009 we announced the ability to find property for sale or rent directly on Google Maps.  This is one of the “search options” next to the search box on Google Maps …
Cory Ondrejka / Facebook:
HTML5 Games 0.1: Speedy Sprites  —  Speed, it seems to me, provides the one genuinely modern pleasure.  —  Aldous Huxley, 1949  —  Bruce Rogers and I graduated from Facebook's Engineering Bootcamp in January and began researching how HTML5 could apply to games across the Web.
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn Buys Business Card Converter CardMunch, Will Offer Its Services For Free  —  In perhaps one of the most like-minded and forward-thinking acquisitions I've ever seen, career-driven social network LinkedIn has bought CardMunch, a Shoeboxed-like startup that scans your business cards …
Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
7 digital trends at Davos 2011 [World Economic Forum talk]  —  It's my 9th Davos in a row and I am lucky to be invited to speak twice this year, I'm giving a talk on future trends “digital convergence” in David Kirkpatrick's session and I moderate my own dinner on “social networking addiction” …
Discussion: Data Central, Thanks:loic
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook Experimenting With Voice Calling  —  Last September, news broke that Facebook and VoIP service Skype were about to announce a “deep integration partnership” that would bring integration of SMS and voice chat.  A couple weeks later, we got Skype 5., which included an integrated Facebook phonebook …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Twitter Launches ‘Connections,’ Its Own Version Of Facebook's ‘Mutual Friends’  —  Twitter has collapsed its “Followed By” and “You Both Follow” features into one area called “Connections” which allows you to see what users you have in common with other Twitter users.
Stephen Wolfram Blog:
Jeopardy, IBM, and Wolfram|Alpha  —  About a month before Wolfram|Alpha launched, I was on the phone with a group from IBM, talking about our vision for computable knowledge in Wolfram|Alpha.  A few weeks later, the group announced that they were going to use what they had done …
Discussion: Search Engine Land and TechCrunch
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” …
Discussion: The Next Web
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Exclusive: Elevation's Bodnick is headed to Quora  —  Marc Bodnick is stepping down as a co-founding partner of private equity firm Elevation Partners, in order to join social question-and-answer site Quora, according to multiple sources familiar with the situation.
Discussion: TechCrunch, SAI and VentureBeat
Steve Clayton / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft is Imagining a NUI future  —  You don't have to look very far to realize that technology is becoming more natural and intuitive.  In a typical day, many people use touch or speech to interact with technology—on their phones, at the ATM, at the grocery store and in their cars.
Discussion: WinRumors, Fast Company and The Next Web, Thanks:linderholm
Walter S. Mossberg / All Things Digital:
What's on the Table for Tablets This Year [Personal Technology]  —  Lots of consumers are planning to buy tablet computers this year, and lots of companies are hoping to sell them.  Apple managed to sell around 15 million of its ground-breaking iPads last year in only nine months, and …
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: Forbes, NBC Bay Area and Chitika Insights, Thanks:jkernsjr
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Facebook phone from HTC rumored to debut next month  —  Here we go again: Rumors of a potential Facebook phone have emerged once more, this time from the London business site City A.M.  —  According to the site, which makes no mention of its sources, Taiwanese manufacturer HTC will unveil …
 
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Robert X. Cringely / InfoWorld:
EU clears Intel's purchase of McAfee
Tricia Duryee / eMoney:
PayPal Loses Top Payment Exec to Google, Appoints New Head
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Google Confirms Fflick Acquisition
Discussion: YouTube Blog and ReadWriteWeb
Wall Street Journal:
Skype Won't IPO Until Second Half This Year
Discussion: VatorNews, TechCrunch and Epicenter
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Nielsen Prices IPO At $23 Per Share To Raise $1.8 Billion
Discussion: DealBook
Christopher Grant / Joystiq:
Kongregate Arcade back in Android Marketplace, with some minor changes
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Rose / TUAW:
Good Technology Q4 2010 mobile device report shows huge iPad growth …
Discussion: AppleInsider, Thanks:miketrose
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Facebook Brings Back (Part of) Beacon, and No One Blinks
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
New ‘iPad is iconic’ ad touts 60,000 apps
Discussion: SlashGear, MacRumors and IntoMobile
Reuters:
Apple supports China Mobile's TD-LTE tech -report
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Android In-App Payments Coming Soon — Were Delayed Because Developers Were Busy
 

 
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