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2:25 PM 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.
Peter Kafka / @pkafka:   NBC sent out embeddable clips of Zuckerberg SNL early Sunday am, while show still airing on West Coast. Big change from Lazy Sunday days...
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Why I was wrong about Quora as a blogging service ...  I must apologize to Dave Winer.  He warned me about supporting services that aren't the open web and I wasn't willing to listen to him a month ago, because I was infatuated with a cool new service that lots of insiders were supporting.
Dan Kaplan / The Quora Review:
The Problems of Scaling and Scoble at Quora
Discussion: @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 …
Mike Elgan / Computerworld:
How Apple and Google will kill the password  —  Prediction: Your phone is about to become a universal biometric ID and debit card  —  Computerworld - Imagine sitting down at a public PC, surfing the Web, visiting Facebook, checking your online bank account and buying something on …
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Spotlight Again Falls on Web Tools and Change
Discussion: Beth's Blog
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.
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.
Oiwan Lam / Global Voices Advocacy:
China: Bridging news on Egypt  —  On 28 of January, when commenting on the political situation in Egypt, the spoke person from Chinese foreign ministry stated that the Chinese government will continue to support the Egyptian government in maintaining social stability and oppose any foreign intervention in Egypt.
Discussion: Boing Boing
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, TechCrunch and VentureBeat
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
iPad Mags Need A New Blueprint  —  Ever since the iPad came out, print media companies have been feeling their way in this new medium, but so far they've just been stumbling over themselves.  —  They are latching onto the iPad as a new walled garden where people will somehow magically pay …
Pete Barlas / Investor's Business Daily:
Tech Companies Line Up Their Super Bowl Ads  —  The Super Bowl for Internet and other tech advertisers has become a story of a few stalwart players who return year after year and some transients who suit up for a year or two, then drop out.  —  For the Feb. 6 National Football League title game …
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 …
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