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9:20 AM ET, February 2, 2011

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Amit Singhal / The Official Google Blog:
Microsoft's Bing uses Google search results—and denies it  —  By now, you may have read Danny Sullivan's recent post: “Google: Bing is Cheating, Copying Our Search Results” and heard Microsoft's response, “We do not copy Google's results.”  However you define copying, the bottom line is, these Bing results came directly from Google.
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Daniel Eran Dilger / Roughly Drafted:
Why is Google so hysterically hypocritical about Bing using its public data?  —  Daniel Eran Dilger  —  The tech world seems to be briefly transfixed by the skirmish between Google and Microsoft, not over patents or profits but over accusations that Bing is using Google's search results to improve its own.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Wow, Microsoft And Google Are Punching Each Other In The Face Right In Front Of Us!  —  By now, you've undoubtedly heard the news.  Google set up a sting operation (how cool is that?) in an attempt to catch Microsoft red-handed stealing their search results.  And according to them, they did just that — and made it known.
Harry Shum / Bing:
Thoughts on search quality  —  This morning, I will be on a panel at the Farsight Summit with some of the industry's thought leaders to talk about search quality as we look into the future of search.  Farsight is about looking 10 years into the future to explore the big industry challenges …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft: 'We do not copy Google's results'
Discussion: Mashable!, THINQ.co.uk, SAI and The Register
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google: Bing Is Cheating, Copying Our Search Results
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Exclusive: iPad 2 screen, fresh from China  —  With the help of the iFixYouri iPhone 4 repair shop, we have been able to acquire what we believe is an iPad 2 LCD, fresh out of China.  At this point, we cannot tell if the resolution is higher (or “Retina") but it is definitely higher quality in terms of its build.
Shereen El Gazzar / Wall Street Journal:
Egypt Restores Internet Service  —  The Egyptian government restored Internet service to the country Wednesday, ending an unprecedented week-long shutdown aimed at making it harder for protesters to organize.  —  In the end, the shutdown proved less an impediment than a source …
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James Cowie / Renesys Blog:
Egypt Returns To The Internet  —  Egyptian Internet providers returned to the Internet at 09:29:31 UTC (11:29am Cairo time).  Websites such as the Egyptian Stock Exchange, Commercial International Bank of Egypt, MCDR, and the US Embassy in Cairo, are once again reachable.
Ahmad F Al-Shagra / The Next Web:
Internet Restored in Egypt
Andree Toonk / BGPmon.net Blog:
Egypt Back Online  —  A few moments ago I noticed the first signs …
Discussion: Telegraph
Adrianne Jeffries / New York Observer:
Flickr Accidentally Deletes a User's 4,000 Photos and Can't Get Them Back  —  Major, major stumble from Flickr today—a Zurich-based photoblogger says Flickr deleted his account by mistake and lost his 4,000 photos.  —  Mirco Wilhelm has the original files saved elsewhere …
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Ahead of Verizon iPhone, T-Mobile Announces Samsung Galaxy S 4G, Details G-Slate Honeycomb Tablet  —  With the Verizon iPhone getting ready to launch in the coming days, T-Mobile decided the time was right to talk about some of its upcoming devices, including a faster Android phone-the Galaxy S 4G.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: An Early Look At News.me, The New York Times' Answer To The Daily  —  Tomorrow, all eyes will be on the launch of News Corp's iPad newspaper The Daily, but huddled away in a downtown loft in New York City's meatpacking district a team from betaworks and the New York Times …
Joe LaPenna / Google Mobile Blog:
Check in with Google Latitude  —  We first introduced Google Latitude to help you stay in touch with your friends and family by making it easy to share where you are.  For the 10 million people actively using Latitude each month, this “where” has been a location on a map.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Adds 3 New Ways to Check In to Places, Including Automatically
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Oceania: We Have Always Required Books From the Eurasian E-Bookstore to Be Sold Through Our In-App Purchasing System  —  When I went to bed last night, this NYT story had just hit.  Sony went to The Times with the story that their iOS e-book reader app had been rejected by Apple …
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Apple on Sony Reader: “We Have Not Changed Our Guidelines”
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:   Apple's book rule: 'I wouldn't be surprised if phones were ringing …
Richard Hung / Google Mobile Blog:
Announcing Google Shopper for iPhone  —  (Cross-posted on the Google Merchant Blog)  —  As we announced last November, millions of people have downloaded Google Shopper for Android to help them shop on the go.  Today, we're excited to let you know that Google Shopper …
Lior Ron / The Official Google Blog:
Google Hotpot now on Google.com and around the world  —  Back in November, we introduced Hotpot, a new local recommendation engine powered by you and your friends.  Using Hotpot is simple: you rate places on google.com/hotpot—restaurants, hotels, cafes—and add friends on Hotpot whose opinions you trust.
David Pogue / Pogue's Posts:
Quora Raises Questions  —  My son is 13 and looking for a great East Coast summer camp.  He was thinking maybe he'd investigate a camp where he could learn to program an iPhone app, but still enjoy the traditional, more active camp activities.  —  Unfortunately, that's too targeted a question …
Discussion: SAI, @pogue and @codinghorror
Ben Fritz / Company Town:
Amazon poised to launch online movie service to rival Netflix [Updated]  —  Amazon.com is gearing up to be the first direct competitor to Netflix's popular online movie service.  —  The Web's biggest retailer has held talks with the Hollywood studios and several independent companies …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
AOL fourth quarter better than expected, ad revenue still slides  —  AOL reported fourth quarter earnings that highlight a company in the middle of a restructuring, but showing some progress.  Revenue, however, continues to slide.  —  The company reported fourth quarter net income of $66.2 million …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
U.S. Resume Controversial File-Sharing Domain Seizures (Updated)  —  Check out TorrentFreak's new News Bits feed! .  —  Rojadirecta is known as one of the world's major Internet sports broadcast indexes.  The site links to broadcasts of many popular soccer matches plus other sporting events including NBA, MLB, NFL, NPB, IPL.
Apple:
iPhone 4 on Verizon Wireless Available for Pre-Order Tomorrow  —  Apple® today announced an exclusive opportunity for Verizon Wireless' 94 million customers to pre-order iPhone® 4 online beginning on Thursday, February 3 through the Apple Store® (www.apple.com) and at www.verizonwireless.com/iphone.
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Google Android counts include rival Chinese variants  —  Hot on the heels of Samsung admitting that it had exaggerated sales of its Android tablet to consumers, it is becoming clear that Google's Android platform definition is being stretched to include Chinese rivals, including China Mobile's Ophone …
Discussion: Computerworld and Techie Buzz
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Waiting for the Big Fish?  The Next Web IPOs Might Surprise You  —  No, not Facebook.  —  Not Zynga.  —  And probably not Groupon.  —  At least not yet, when it comes to the blockbuster Web IPOs that Wall Street and investors have been waiting for, and now expecting to roll out sooner …
Discussion: PE Hub Blog, Pulse2 and SAI
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Former Apple Designer Launches Digital Book Start-Up Push Pop Press  —  Mike Matas, the designer known for joining Apple at age 19 after creating the media management tool Delicious Library, today launched a new start-up called Push Pop Press.  —  Push Pop Press will be a digital book maker …
Discussion: Daring Fireball and MacStories
Paul Sonne / Wall Street Journal:
U.K. Begins E-Book Price Probe  —  The U.K. trade regulator said Tuesday it is investigating antitrust complaints related to digital-book pricing, a move that comes about six months after state authorities in the U.S. began similar probes.  —  The Office of Fair Trading said in a statement …
 
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Ms. Smith / Network World:
Watchdog Group questions Google's relationship with NSA
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Yahoo drops its own Hadoop distribution
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