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9:05 AM ET, January 30, 2011


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Sarah Devlin / Mediaite:
The Real Mark Zuckerberg Confronts A ‘Surprised’ Jesse Eisenberg On SNL  —  Jesse Eisenberg's opening monologue for “Saturday Night Live” got off to a pretty standard start — he name-dropped “The Social Network,” poked fun at his über-nerd persona, and was interrupted by Andy Samberg-as-Mark-Zuckerberg.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
It's Not Twitter or Facebook, It's the Power of the Network  —  Just as it was during the recent uprisings in Tunisia, the role of social media in the recent upheaval in Egypt has been the subject of much debate since the unrest began on Thursday.  Daily Show host Jon Stewart on Friday poked fun …
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Spotlight Again Falls on Web Tools and Change  —  WASHINGTON — Fear is the dictator's traditional tool for keeping the people in check.  But by cutting off Egypt's Internet and wireless service late last week in the face of huge street protests, President Hosni Mubarak betrayed his own fear …
Discussion: Beth's Blog
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Amazon rolling out Netflix-like unlimited video streaming for Prime subscribers?  —  Rumors of Amazon either purchasing Netflix or launching a competing option have been circling and now one of our readers says he's seeing an unlimited video streaming section to complement the current Amazon VOD options.
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Internet ‘Kill Switch’ Legislation Back in Play  —  Legislation granting the president internet-killing powers is to be re-introduced soon to a Senate committee, the proposal's chief sponsor told on Friday.  —  The resurgence of the so-called “kill switch” legislation came the same …
Discussion: Security Watch, parislemon and Slashdot
Katia Dolmadjian / Agence France Presse:
Egypt shutdown worst in Internet history: experts
Discussion: The Huffington Post and @mattcutts
Jacob Appelbaum / The Tor Blog:
Recent events in Egypt
Discussion: and PC World
Roger Ehrenberg / Information Arbitrage:
Start Fund: No big deal.  Business as usual.  —  Though scarcely 24 hours old, the Yuri Milner/Y Combinator/SV Angel announcement has already been dissected, sliced, diced and beaten beyond comprehension.  But there are a few salient common sense points missing from the analysis …
Discussion: Forbes and TechCrunch
New York Times:
Google Finds It Hard to Reinvent Philanthropy  —  JUST before Google first sold its shares to the public in 2004, Larry Page, one of its founders, excited the nonprofit world with a bold commitment to philanthropy.  —  He vowed to dedicate about 1 percent of Google's profits …
Dan Kaplan / The Quora Review:
The Problems of Scaling and Scoble at Quora  —  You knew it was a new era for Quora when Mashable made a list - “9 Ways to Get More Out of Quora.”  The writer in question, a public relations blogger named Heather Whaling, informed the Cashmore constituency that Quora offered rich land …
Discussion: Scobleizer and @erickschonfeld, Thanks:dankaplan
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
The Power of the Platform at Apple  —  SIZE is the enemy of growth.  It is one of the unwritten laws of business, a matter of simple percentages.  After all, when a company has $1 billion in yearly sales, an extra $1 billion doubles its size.  Add $1 billion in new business to a $10 billion-a-year company …
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Google ‘Instant Previews’ come to iOS Safari  —  Google has finally brought their helpful ‘Instant Previews’ feature from the desktop browser, down to the mobile experience.  ‘Instant Previews’ lets you tap the accompanying magnifying for a pop-up preview of the website.
Discussion: MacStories and Fortune
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Announcing the winners of the Kinect contest  —  When the Kinect launched, Adafruit Industries ran a contest for the first person who released open-source code to extract video and depth from the Kinect.  Adafruit also ended up donating to the EFF after the contest was over.
Discussion: @mattcutts
Jason Pontin / Technology Review:
Secrets and Transparency  —  What is Wikileaks, and what is its future?  —  “There is a mystery in the soul of the state ...” Troilus and Cressida (III.iii.202)  —  I.  —  How do we begin to make sense of Wikileaks, the Internet-based organization that publishes the secrets of governments and businesses?
Discussion: WL Central
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Now This Is a Content Mill: Narrative Science Raises $6 Million for Human-Free Stories  —  Demand Media and its peers pay lots of writers small sums in order to generate lots and lots of content, with the help of computers.  But you can do it for even less if you eliminate the writers altogether.
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Mike Elkin / Danger Room:
Exclusive: Tunisia Internet Chief Gives Inside Look at Cyber Uprising
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Twitter, as a Helpmate, Goes to Capitol Hill
Jennifer Baker / PC World:
Retaining Data Does Not Help Fight Crime, Says Group
Discussion: InformationWeek
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Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Internet Explorer 9 RC set to launch on February 10
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