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5:30 PM ET, February 10, 2011

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Nishit Shah / The Official Google Blog:
Advanced sign-in security for your Google account  —  Has anyone you know ever lost control of an email account and inadvertently sent spam—or worse—to their friends and family?  There are plenty of examples (like the classic “Mugged in London” scam) that demonstrate why it's important …
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Frederic Lardinois / NewsGrange:
Google Rolls Out Optional 2-Step Authentication For All: Secure but Frustrating
Bloomberg:
Apple Working on Cheaper, More Versatile IPhone Models  —  Apple Inc. is working on new versions of the iPhone that are aimed at slowing the advance of competing handsets based on Google Inc.'s Android software, according to people who have been briefed on the plans.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Please Twitter, Don't Sell to Google or Facebook  —  According to sources quoted by the Wall Street Journal in a story published late Wednesday night, Twitter has been having what the paper called “low-level” discussions about a possible acquisition by either Google or Facebook, at a valuation of between $8 billion and $10 billion.
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MSDN Blogs:
Acting on Feedback: IE9 Release Candidate Available for Download  —  The Release Candidate of Internet Explorer 9, available now at www.BeautyOfTheWeb.com in 40 languages, reflects our unique approach to building the best experience of the Web on Windows.  IE9 also reflects a more open …
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Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report Blog:
IE9 Release Candidate review: will Microsoft's big browser bet pay off?
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David Kaplan / paidContent:
Yahoo Unveils ‘Livestand’ Tablet Newsstand And ‘Personalized News’ Focus  —  Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) revealed details of its mobile “personalization” initiative that were hinted at earlier this week.  In a conference call led by Blake Irving, the company's chief product officer, Yahoo's The platform …
Preston Gralla / Computerworld:
Google and Microsoft offer Nokia hundreds of millions to abandon MeeGo, Symbian  —  When Nokia CEO Stephen Elop announces a major change in Nokia strategy tomorrow, cash may be an important factor: Microsoft and Google are both said to be offering Nokia hundreds of millions of dollars to switch …
Discussion: New York Times
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Many Brilliant Layers Of Vic Gundotra's Nokia-Exposing, Microsoft-Bashing Tweet
The White House:
President Obama Details Plan to Win the Future through Expanded Wireless Access  —  Initiative expands wireless coverage to 98% of Americans, reduces deficit by nearly $10 billion, invests in nationwide public safety network  —  WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama will today detail his plan …
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Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:   President Obama pitches $18 billion wireless broadband plan
Martyn Williams / PC World:
IPhone Attack Reveals Passwords in Six Minutes  —  Researchers in Germany say they've been able to reveal passwords stored in a locked iPhone in just six minutes and they did it without cracking the phone's passcode.  —  The attack, which requires possession of the phone, targets keychain, Apple's password management system.
John Cook / TechFlash:
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz backs Groupon, joins board  —  Groupon is getting a double-shot of good news today.  The fast-growing daily deal site announced that Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has joined the board.  In a related move, Schultz's Seattle venture capital firm, Maveron …
Discussion: PE Hub Blog and Business Wire, Thanks:toddbishop
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Andrew / Groublogpon:   Changes to the Groupon Board of Directors
Facebook:
An Upgrade for Pages  —  We are excited to introduce major improvements to Pages.  These new features will help you manage communication, express yourself, and increase engagement.  —  Better Communication  —  Many people have asked for better ways to keep up with activity on their Page.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Unifies UI As It Rolls Out New Design For ‘Pages’
Bing:
Making search yours  —  For years people have talked about personalized search as the next evolution of our amazing technology.  Over the years, the biggest obstacle facing search engineers is the simple fact that human behavior is not predictable.  Don't get us wrong, people can be creatures …
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:   Bing Results Get Localized & Personalized
Andrew Rassweiler / iSuppli:
New iPhone Carries $171.35 Bill of Materials, IHS iSuppli Teardown Reveals  —  Despite having nearly the same functionality and a similar bill of materials (BOM) as the previous model, the new code division multiple access (CDMA) version of the iPhone 4 carried by Verizon Wireless includes significant changes …
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CNN:
Few customers lining up for Verizon's iPhone
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Steve Jobs Spotted At Apple HQ With A Big Smile, And A Spring In His Step  —  Here's some good news about Steve Jobs.  —  Despite some glum reports about his health, and future after he took a medical leave from Apple, an eyewitness spotted Jobs on campus a few weeks ago and said he was looking good.
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Snapshot of an Apple flash crash
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, NBC Bay Area and MacNN
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Mobile Insiders Say Apple's iAds Are “Hurting”  —  Apple's iAds are hitting a rough spot.  Across the board, several developers I've spoken to confirm that “fill rates” for iAds dropped drastically after the New Year and have yet to recover.  The fill rate—what percentage of the ad inventory …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Facebook Exploring Permitting a Tender Offer for $1 Billion of Employee Shares at $60 Billion Valuation  —  Facebook is exploring permitting a tender offer up to $1 billion of its employee shares, after being approached by a number of big institutional investors about investing in the company …
Discussion: All Facebook, SAI and Pulse2
Wall Street Journal:
Google Sets Sights on Next New Networks  —  Google Inc. is in final-stage discussions to acquire online video site Next New Networks Inc., people familiar with the matter said.  —  Google is expected to pay tens of millions of dollars for the New York-based company, these people said.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
500 Startups Announces First Class Of New Incubator Program  —  Six months ago 500 Startups, the angel fund headed by Dave McClure, started investing in dozens of startups — they're now up to around 90 investments.  And today the fund is announcing an incubator program similar in many ways to Y Combinator …
 
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Ramping Up: Mary Meeker's Latest Mobile Trend Slides
Discussion: paidContent and SAI
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
The Streak 7: Bargain Tablet From Dell Is No Real Deal
Discussion: Pulse2 and SAI
Carolyn Penner / Twitter Blog:
Twitter for Android - new and improved
Discussion: louisgray.com
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Facebook Moves to Disallow Apps From Running Google Ads
Eric Mulvin / Yelp Official Blog:
Why Wait in Line? Make Reservations with Yelp Mobile and Opentable!
Discussion: Screenwerk
Scott Steinke / MapQuest Blog:
MapQuest Introduces Walking and Transit Directions!
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Kim-Mai Cutler / The Quora Review:
On Quora, Journalism and Disintermediation
Thanks:dankaplan
 Earlier Items: 
Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
Report: Egypt Shut Down Net With Big Switch, Not Phone Calls
Discussion: DSLreports
Felix Gillette / Business Week:
HuffPo Contributors Would Like a Share
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Verizon successfully completes first VoLTE call on commercial network …
Discussion: Examiner, Techland and Softpedia News
Byrne Reese / majordojo:
How did WordPress win?
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Feature: How one man tracked down Anonymous—and paid a heavy price
Discussion: Help Net Security
 

 
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