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11:45 PM ET, January 29, 2011


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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  —  PARIS (AFP) - The scale of Egypt's crackdown on the Internet and mobile phones amid deadly protests against the rule of President Hosni Mubarak is unprecedented in the history of the web, experts said.  —  US President Barack Obama …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and @mattcutts
Jacob Appelbaum / The Tor Blog:
Recent events in Egypt
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
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
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
90% of Y Combinator Startups Have Already Accepted The $150k Start Fund Offer  —  Late last night the 43 startups in the most recent Y Combinator class got quite a surprise.  Start Fund, a new fund created by DST's Yuri Milner as an individual and SV Angel, offered each of the companies …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Yuri Milner and Ron Conway aim to disrupt angel investing with latest proposal  —  Potentially disrupting the established practices in angel investing, investors Yuri Milner (pictured) and Ron Conway have teamed up, offering to make a blanket investment in every new startup from the Y Combinator incubator.
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.
Dylan Tweney / Threat Level: Security Flaw Accepts Passwords That Are Close, But Not Exact  —  An security flaw allows some customers to log in with variations of their actual password that are close to, but not exactly, their real password.  —  The flaw lets Amazon accept as valid some passwords …
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: @erickschonfeld, Thanks:dankaplan
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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 and The Register
Associated Press:
China Blocks ‘Egypt’ on Top Twitter-Like Service
Discussion: The Next Web and SAI
 Earlier Items: 
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
SourceForge attacked, resets 2 million account passwords to protect users
Seesmic Blog:
Seesmic Web 1.0 - Schedule Posts, Autocomplete Usernames …
Discussion: The Next Web and @rawmeet
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
We Fear for Our Online Privacy, But Do Little to Protect It
Om Malik / GigaOM:
So How Much Is Quora Worth?
Discussion: @mathewi