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7:50 AM ET, January 31, 2011

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Dan Kaplan / The Quora Review:
Sorry, Scoble, Quora is not your playground  —  “This used to be my playground.  This used to be my childhood dream.  This used be the place I ran to...whenever I was in need.”  -Madonna  —  So Robert Scoble, it seems you don't like the heat.  In the bygone days of what feels like ten minutes ago …
Discussion: Greg Hard, @mathewi, @semilshah and Quora, Thanks:dankaplan
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The mistakes I made in Quora  —  So, I woke up early in Davos, Switzerland, excited to go skiing, and look at Techmeme and see that the Quora Reviewer has written a post which could be titled “Scoble stay off the Quora lawn.”  —  Ouch.  —  Then I look at email.
Thanks:thibetian
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Quora Backlash Slams Head First Into Quora Backlash Backlash  —  You know how I know Quora is going to be big?  No one can shut up about it.  —  That includes both people who love it and people who hate it.  And that dichotomy is important, because it will keep people talking about it.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Why I was wrong about Quora as a blogging service ...
Mark Essel / Victus Spiritus:
How about a question and answer plugin for blogs?
Discussion: parislemon
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Google Searches for Mobile-App Experts  —  Engineers, Product Managers Are Needed as More Development Is Brought in House to Counter Apple  —  Google Inc. plans to hire dozens of software developers to create applications for smartphones and other mobile devices, people familiar with the matter said …
Frederic Lardinois / NewsGrange:
Why One Egyptian ISP is Still Online  —  For all intents and purposes, Egypt is currently cut off from the Internet.  Even today, though, the Noor Group's DSL service in Egypt remains available (though it experienced some downtime earlier today).  Why is Noor, which has about an 8% market share in Egypt …
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Andrew McLaughlin / The Huffington Post:
An Open Letter to Dr. Tarek Kamel, Minister of Communications …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:jarredt
Patrick Thibodeau / Computerworld:
Microsoft shifts some work out of Egypt
Ahmad F Al-Shagra / The Next Web:   Egyptian Internet Blackout Cripples E-Commerce in Egypt
Edward Moyer / CNET News:
WikiLeaks founder Assange talks to ‘60 Minutes’  —  Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, part 1  —  In an exclusive interview with “60 Minutes” tonight, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange discussed, among other things, his relationship with sources (a crucial legal issue, as the U.S. considers taking court action …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
“TWO *REAL* GUNS POINTED AT ME”: how the FBI raided Anonymous  —  The FBI yesterday executed 40 search warrants around the US to gather evidence on the Anonymous distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks in defense of WikiLeaks last year—attacks which targeted Visa, MasterCard, PayPal, and Amazon.
Verne G. Kopytoff / New York Times:
At Flickr, Fending Off Rumors and Facebook  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Speculation in technology circles that Yahoo might close or sell Flickr, its photo-sharing service, prompted an emphatic denial this month.  —  “Is Yahoo committed to Flickr?”  Blake Irving, Yahoo's product chief, wrote in a message on Twitter.
Discussion: SAI
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Learning from our Mistakes: The Failure of OpenID, AtomPub and XML on the Web  —  I've now been working and blogging about web technology long enough to see technologies that we once thought were the best thing since sliced bread turn out to be rather poor solutions to the problem or even worse …
Discussion: OakLeaf Systems and Quora
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Define Gender Gap?  Look Up Wikipedia's Contributor List  —  In 10 short years, Wikipedia has accomplished some remarkable goals.  More than 3.5 million articles in English?  Done.  More than 250 languages?  Sure.  —  But another number has proved to be an intractable obstacle …
Discussion: SAI
Sandy Brundage / Palo Alto Online:
Facebook scoops up Menlo Park properties  —  City finalizing paperwork for Sun campus sale  —  As rumors swirled about social-networking giant Facebook buying the former Sun Microsystems campus in Menlo Park, the company quietly bought 22 acres of business property near the campus.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Facebook Launches Places Deals in UK and Europe  —  Facebook has just announced the launch of Places Deals in the UK and Europe from a company event in London, a service that will allow its users to check-in to shops, businesses and locations using their smartphone in order to get special offers …
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Apple's Wozniak confirms white iPhone 4 camera issues, showers more love on Android  —  Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak confirmed today that early white iPhone 4 parts caused issues with its camera, which led to multiple delays and its near-mythical status among gadget hounds.
 
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The hallway conversations I had at World Economic Forum
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Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Amazon S3 Cloud Stores 262 Billion Objects
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
100,000 P2P Users Sued in US Mass Lawsuits
Agence France Presse:
Cyber raids threaten British, US stock markets: report
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Jeff Valvano / 9 to 5 Mac:
Analyst on iPad 2: 3 versions, iPod touch cameras, 1024 x 768 display
Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
Amazon Leaks Details About Their Netflix-Like Movie Subscription …
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
A Year Later Even Google Surprised By Success Of Click-To-Call
Discussion: FM Blog
Jessica Guynn / Los Angeles Times:
Twitter CEO Dick Costolo is determined to get the last laugh
Jeffrey Zeldman / Jeffrey Zeldman Presents …:
HTML5 vs. HTML
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...
Discussion: Mediaite
Oiwan Lam / Global Voices Advocacy:
China: Bridging news on Egypt
Mike Elgan / Computerworld:
How Apple and Google will kill the password
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
iPad Mags Need A New Blueprint
 

 
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Sharyl Attkisson releases video of apparent computer hack

Evan Smith / The Texas Tribune:
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