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7:20 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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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google: Bing Is Cheating, Copying Our Search Results  —  Google has run a sting operation that it says proves Bing has been watching what people search for on Google, the sites they select from Google's results, then uses that information to improve Bing's own search listings.  Bing doesn't deny this.
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Big Think and WebProNews
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Google's Childish Response To Microsoft Using Google To Increase Bing Relevance
Discussion: @graywolf
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.
Ahmad F Al-Shagra / The Next Web:
Internet Restored in Egypt  —  This just in: Reports from bloggers and Egyptian twitterati have confirmed that the Internet has been restored in Egypt by the country's major Internet Service Providers ISPs.  —  The decision has yet to be clarified as whether it is a single sided decision …
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James Cowie / Renesys Blog:
Egypt Returns To The Internet
Discussion: CNET News
Andree Toonk / BGPmon.net Blog:   Egypt Back Online  —  A few moments ago I noticed the first signs …
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 …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Apple on Sony Reader: “We Have Not Changed Our Guidelines” … Apple rejected Sony's Reader iPhone app from the App Store this week in a move that the New York Times portrays as a “further tightening its control of the App Store.”  And if, as the Times claims, Apple's rejection of the Reader app meant …
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Oceania: We Have Always Required Books From the Eurasian E-Bookstore …
Discussion: SAI, TechCrunch and BlackBerry Cool
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:   Apple's book rule: 'I wouldn't be surprised if phones were ringing …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
I Worked on the AOL Content Farm & It Changed My Life  —  Five years ago this week I began writing for AOL's blog network Weblogs Inc. I wrote 5 technology news stories each day and was paid a mere $5 per article.  It was grueling, that was just one of 3 jobs I had at the time - and it was great.
Discussion: SAI, more at Mediagazer »
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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.
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 …
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
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 …
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
Sharon Pian Chan / Seattle Times:
Azure now has 31,000 customers  —  Microsoft's cloud computing platform Azure is a year old today, and Microsoft says it now has 31,000 customers.  The new number is a 55 percent increase from the 20,000 customers Microsoft said Azure had in July.  —  Observers are watching Azure closely …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
First Look: Comcast Xfinity Flips The Switch On iPad Streaming  —  Comcast (NSDQ: CMCSA) cable subs with iPads or iPhones and the Xfinity TV app are now part of the (some) TV Everywhere club.  The TV show and movie library is limited to some offerings from 10 cable networks for now but will increase …
Discussion: App Advice and MediaMemo
 
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Daniel Rubino / WPCentral.com:
KIN Studio is now completely dead, long live KIN Studio for Windows Phone
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Yahoo drops its own Hadoop distribution
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The Geek-Kings of Smut  —  After once being the best thing …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Kleiner Perkins, Index Ventures Lead $8.5 Million Round For Path
Greg Linden / Geeking with Greg:
YouTube uses Amazon's recommendation algorithm
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