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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.
Bloomberg:
Android Tablets Gain on IPad in Fourth Quarter, Researcher Says  —  Jan. 31 (Bloomberg) — Google Inc.'s Android boosted its share of tablet computers almost tenfold in the fourth quarter, narrowing the lead of Apple Inc.'s iPad, market researcher Strategy Analytics said.
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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.”
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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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”
Discussion: 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
Discussion: Electronista and Lifehacker
Asher Moses / Sydney Morning Herald:
Closed Apple headed for trouble as Jobs's ego bites: Netgear CEO  —  The global chairman and CEO of home networking giant Netgear has launched into a scathing attack on Apple and its founder Steve Jobs, criticising Jobs's “ego” and Apple's closed up products.
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 …
Discussion: dailywireless.org and Pulse2
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Horace Dediu / asymco:
Fourth quarter mobile phone industry overview
Discussion: Appletell, Fortune, TiPb and TUAW
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 …
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
Markus Frind / Plenty of fish blog:
Plentyoffish Hacked.  —  This is not a statement from Plentyoffish, i'll post something in the morning.  This is a personal post about what it feels like to be hacked /extorted and the intense pressure and stress you are put under.  Not to mention how annoying it is to have someone constantly harassing …
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and NetworkEffect
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 …
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.
Kirill Skorodelov / BBC:
iTunes films bust copyright laws  —  Russian films are being made available through Apple's iTunes service without the consent of the copyright holders, the BBC has learned.  —  The popular films, dating from the Soviet era, are being made available to download as smartphone apps.
Aneesh Chopra / TechCrunch:
Startup America: A Campaign To Celebrate, Inspire And Accelerate Entrepreneurship  —  Note from the editor: This is a guest post from Aneesh Chopra, United States Chief Technology Officer.  —  During last week's State of the Union address, President Obama challenged the Nation to out-educate …
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.
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Speculation on the next MacBook Pro  —  Given how awesome the new MacBook Air is, I'm interested to see what Apple does with the other laptops in the lineup.  —  I've had three 13" laptops (including the first-generation and current-generation Airs) and two 15" laptops …
Discussion: parislemon
Kim-Mai Cutler / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Spent $130,000 on Lobbying in Fourth Quarter, Up Threefold From Year Earlier  —  Facebook spent $130,000 on lobbying legislators and federal agencies in the fourth quarter of last year, according to disclosures.  That's three times as much as it did during the same time a year earlier, when it spent $38,117.
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google Spent $5.2 Million On Lobbying In 2010; Up 29 Percent From 2009
Discussion: Relevant Results
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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Joanna Stern / Engadget:
Dell Streak 7 launching at T-Mobile on February 2nd: $200 …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
First look: Honeycomb APIs power tablet-friendly Android apps
Discussion: PC World, eWeek, CIOInsight and ITworld.com
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Define Gender Gap? Look Up Wikipedia's Contributor List
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