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The Official Google Blog:
Some weekend work that will (hopefully) enable more Egyptians to be heard  —  Like many people we've been glued to the news unfolding in Egypt and thinking of what we could do to help people on the ground.  Over the weekend we came up with the idea of a speak-to-tweet service …
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Tom Krazit / Relevant Results:
Google, Twitter build SpeaktoTweet for Egyptians  —  Even if the Internet is down, people in Egypt can still use Twitter through a new service from Google and Twitter.  —  Google, in combination with Twitter and its recently acquired SayNow engineers, has released a service for tweeting without an Internet connection.
Danny Sullivan / @dannysullivan:   the @speak2tweet account is official account for phone-to-tweet service for egypt news #jan25 — has links to some tweets left already
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Facebook's next big media move: Comments  —  Facebook is planning to launch a third-party commenting system in a matter of weeks, according to multiple sources familiar with the new product.  This new technology could see Facebook as the engine behind the comments system on many high-profile blogs …
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Peter Kafka / @pkafka:   So: Yes, new FB comment system designed to work with Google, Yahoo, Twitter sign-ins, if pub wants them.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:   Facebook Has Been Refining Their Troll-Slaying Comment System …
Vijay Bangaru / Docs Blog:
A refresh to the Documents List  —  Over the past year, many of you have been taking advantage of the ability to upload any file to Google Docs.  With more files and of a variety of file types in one place, it becomes more difficult to organize and find what you need quickly.
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Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Step By Step, Google Docs Becoming the Mythical “GDrive”  —  Last year, Google began allowing users to upload docs of any file format up to 250 MB in size to Google Docs, turning the service from simply an online word processor into a cloud storage service.  Today, the company has unveiled …
Discussion: internetnews.com and PC World
Earl Zmijewski / Renesys Blog:
Egypt's Net on Life Support  —  As of approximately 20:46 UTC, four hours after this blog was first published, Noor started disappearing from the Internet.  They are completely unavailable at present as shown below  —  As we observed last week, Egypt took the unprecedented step of withdrawing from the Internet.
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Egypt Shuts Down Noor, Its Last ISP  —  We're hearing reports on Twitter that the coverage of Noor Group's DSL service, Egypt's last standing ISP which powers the Egyptian Stock Exchange as well as sites of major brands like Coca Cola and Exxon Mobile is being shut down …
Discussion: Digits, Electronista and NEWS.com.au
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
4chan Founder Unleashes Canvas On The World  —  Canvas launches today for 4,000 or so lucky souls.  —  Seven year old 4chan, created by now-23 year old Christopher Poole, continues to delight and enrage the Internet.  Major Internet memes were either created or spread on 4chan …
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Apple's 4% mobile market share rakes in over half the industry's profit  —  With just 4.2 percent of the global mobile phone market, Apple's iPhone accounts for a massive 51 percent of the total profits, a new report claims.  —  Apple continues to dominate the market when profit is measured …
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Blame me: Mozy scraps unlimited backups  —  Mozy, the online backup service provider and EMC subsidiary, plans to announce today that it's dumping its subscription permitting customers to store unlimited data.  —  The reason is not hard to guess: with ever-growing quantities of photos and videos …
Discussion: eWeek
Paul Thurrott / Windows Phone Secrets:
Now Microsoft confirms Yahoo! as the data leak culprit  —  Microsoft this evening belatedly admitted that Yahoo! Mail was in fact the data leak culprit in Windows Phone, just hours after Rafael had already proven that to be the problem.  Here's the note from Microsoft, which also includes information …
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Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Report: Yahoo tied to Windows Phone 7 data slurp
Evan Ramstad / Digits:
Samsung Galaxy Tab Sales Actually ‘Quite Small’  —  Samsung Electronics Co.'s Galaxy Tab, the company's answer to Apple Inc.'s iPad, isn't selling as well as the company has let on.In early December, Samsung announced it had sold 1 million, declaring that sales were going “faster than expected.”
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Bloomberg:
Android Tablets Gain on IPad in Fourth Quarter, Researcher Says
Electronista:
AT&T overbilling on iPhone, iPad accounts [u]  —  (Updated with AT&T response) AT&T is “systematically” overbilling iPhone and iPad users for data, a new federal class action lawsuit argues.  “AT&T's bills systematically overstate the amount of data used on each data transaction involving …
Tricia Duryee / eMoney:
PayPal Hires VP of Global Design From Apple  —  PayPal has hired Sarah Brody, a seven-year veteran of Apple, for the position of VP of Global design.  —  The company confirmed the appointment to us after we got wind of an internal memo sent out to employees today.
Discussion: AppleInsider, 9 to 5 Mac and SlashGear
Joanna Stern / Engadget:
The rise of the notbook, the fall of the netbook … About six months ago, the 11.6-inch Dell Inspiron M101z arrived on my doorstep for review.  The AMD Neo-powered system looked like a slightly enlarged netbook, but in a briefing with Dell, the product manager reinforced quite a few times …
The Tech Report:
Intel finds flaw in Sandy Bridge chipsets, halts shipments  —  As phenomenal as Intel's new Sandy Bridge processors have turned out to be, nothing in this world is truly perfect.  Intel announced earlier this morning that it has discovered a flaw in the 6-series chipsets that accompany the new processor family.
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Intel's billion-dollar mistake: Why chip flaws are so hard to fix
Discussion: AppleInsider, AnandTech and PC World
Eric Raymond / Armed and Dangerous:
The Smartphone Wars: AT&T CEO reveals all  —  Well, well, well.  A hot-off-the-press AP article, “AT&T CEO: We'll push Android phones”, finally sheds light on the vexing question of why AT&T let Apple out of its exclusive a year early.  It's just stuffed full of revelations …
Discussion: Daring Fireball
Canalys:
Google's Android becomes the world's leading smart phone platform  —  Canalys reveals smart phone market exceeded 100 million units in Q4 2010 Palo Alto, Singapore and Reading (UK) - Monday, 31 January 2011 Canalys today published its final Q4 2010 global country-level smart phone market data …
Simon Mackie / GigaOM:
IBM's Office Suite Moves to the Cloud  —  I BM is getting into the cloud-based office productivity suite market, with the announcement of LotusLive Symphony, a product that offers users the ability to simultaneously collaborate on documents.  It's certainly coming late to the party …
Wall Street Journal:
Web Running Out of Addresses  —  Internet Sites, Carriers Are Laying the Groundwork for a New Routing System  —  The Internet is about to run out of new addresses, a milestone that is spurring Web giants like Facebook Inc. and Google Inc. to develop new versions of their sites and prompting carriers …
Discussion: Hillicon Valley
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple changes its stance on water damage to iOS devices  —  As reported by igeneration.fr, Apple has amended its stance on water damage to iPods.  As you can see below, Apple will allow some leeway in water damage, even if the red indicator has been triggered, so long as no corrosion is present.
Matthew Flamm / Crain's New York Business:
Google CEO Eric Schmidt searches for book deal  —  Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt, who will be stepping down from the top job in April, will soon find out where his next check is coming from: New York publishers are bidding on the wonkish business leader's first book, according to several publishing industry insiders.
 
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