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4:50 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: TechCrunch, Greg Hard, @mathewi and @semilshah, Thanks:dankaplan
Mark Essel / Victus Spiritus:   How about a question and answer plugin for blogs?
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 …
Andrew McLaughlin / The Huffington Post:
An Open Letter to Dr. Tarek Kamel, Minister of Communications and Information Technology of Egypt … Dear Tarek:  —  The news anchors are reporting that Egypt's Cabinet has just submitted its resignation, and a new Prime Minister has been appointed.  As Egypt's Minister of Communications …
Discussion: ISOC Monthly Newsletter, Thanks:jarredt
Patrick Thibodeau / Computerworld:
Microsoft shifts some work out of Egypt
Discussion: The Next Web
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 …
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 …
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.
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: Quora and OakLeaf Systems
Jack Loftus / Gizmodo:
“Experiment In Cord Cutting” Shows Good Enough Is Perfect for Most  —  “I feel really good about Comcast” is not something Roku, Boxee or Google execs would want said by people who've tried out their connected TV products.  Nevertheless this past Friday there were five Boston-based families doing just that.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
100,000 P2P Users Sued in US Mass Lawsuits  —  Check out TorrentFreak's new News Bits feed! .  —  Mass P2P lawsuits have been filed all across the United States in recent months, especially by companies dealing with adult content.  They have embraced this new revenue stream by the dozen and new studios are joining every month.
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.
Discussion: VentureBeat, Mercury News, SAI and Forbes
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, a service that will allow its users to check-in to shops, businesses and locations using their smartphone in order to get special offers, discounts and coupons for outlets that partner with the social network.
Jeff Valvano / 9 to 5 Mac:
Analyst on iPad 2: 3 versions, iPod touch cameras, 1024 x 768 display  —  Ming-Chi Kuo of Concord Securities released a note to investors today detailing his ideas on the iPad 2′s components.  The analyst seems to agree with 9to5mac's findings in the SDK and is claiming the iPad 2 …
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
“TWO *REAL* GUNS POINTED AT ME”: how the FBI raided Anonymous
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Define Gender Gap? Look Up Wikipedia's Contributor List
Verne G. Kopytoff / New York Times:
At Flickr, Fending Off Rumors and Facebook
Agence France Presse:
Cyber raids threaten British, US stock markets: report
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
Amazon Leaks Details About Their Netflix-Like Movie Subscription …
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
After Just A Year, 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
 Earlier Items: 
Jeffrey Zeldman / Jeffrey Zeldman Presents …:
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
Pete Barlas / Investor's Business Daily:
Tech Companies Line Up Their Super Bowl Ads