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5:55 PM ET, January 31, 2010

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John C Abell / Epicenter:
Google's 'Don't Be Evil' Mantra is ‘Bulls**t,’ Adobe Is Lazy: Apple's Steve Jobs (Update 2)  —  After a big public announcement of the sort Apple had this week for the iPad CEO Steve Jobs often takes time in the day or two afterwards to have a Town Hall at One Infinite Loop …
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Arn / MacRumors:
Steve Jobs at Apple Town Hall Meeting on Google, Adobe, Next iPhone, 2010 Macs and More  —  Steve Jobs held a town hall meeting with Apple employees late last week following the iPad launch.  Wired reports on what was said at the meeting by Steve Jobs.  Two of the biggest topics included Google and Adobe.
Charlie Stross / Charlie's Diary:
Amazon, Macmillan: an outsider's guide to the fight  —  (Apologies for the formatting; I'm typing this on a netbook with a tiny keyboard.)  —  Last Friday, Amazon.com unilaterally pulled most or all of Macmillan's books (edit: including all paper editions, not just electronic) from their online store.
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Hey, John Sargent, CEO of Macmillan Books, Screw You!  —  John Sargent, CEO of publisher Macmillan, has taken out a full-page ad to explain why he is insisting that Amazon raise prices on its ebooks to $15 in some cases.  —  So we're going to take out a full-page post to explain to John why …
Discussion: Gravitational Pull, Thanks:atul
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Who Can Do Something About Those Blue Boxes?  —  Robert Scoble has a good analogy: … Regarding those blue boxes that indicate embedded Flash content in MobileSafari, think of it this way: Who can make them go away?  — Adobe can't.  They can't put Flash Player on iPhone OS on their own.
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Google +will+ save Flash, a developer who uses it says  —  I just recorded a 45 minute conversation on my iPhone while we sat on the deck at the Half Moon Bay Ritz with Luke Kilpatrick about Flash, Silverlight, Palm Pre, and a few other topics, but mostly focusing on what will happen to Flash.
Andrew Lim / Recombu:
iPad board games: Apple has created a ‘Jumanji platform’  —  While many people struggle to understand why they would ever buy an iPad, we think we've come up with a pretty exciting reason - digital board games.  If you've ever tried to play a board game on a games console …
Discussion: I4U News, Thanks:ogerrard
Ahandy / Software Development Times Blog:
Facebook rewrites PHP runtime  —  A week ago, I let ya'll know that the core PHP team had been brought to Facebook's main campus.  That team were forced to sign NDA's, and taken to a very quiet, secluded meeting room where some cool new Facebook-backed open source project was described.
Steven Sande / TUAW:
All about EPUB, the ebook standard for Apple's iBookstore  —  Overlooked in much of the hype about the iPad announcement earlier in the week was a comment by Steve Jobs in the Keynote presentation where he mentioned that the iBooks app for iPad would take advantage of the popular EPUB format for electronic books.
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Steve Jobs and the Economics of Elitism  —  GAME CHANGER?  —  The more, the better.  That's the fashionable recipe for nurturing new ideas these days.  It emphasizes a kind of Internet-era egalitarianism that celebrates the “wisdom of the crowd” and “open innovation.”
Discussion: psychologytoday.com
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Former Current TV strategist Sloan jumps to Twitter  —  Robin Sloan, a former strategist and executive at Current TV, is joining Twitter to handle media partnerships.  He says he'll help “producers, reporters, developers and strategists at media orga­nizations that want to do cool, transformative things with tweets.”
Discussion: Robin Sloan
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
On eBay, Twitter Followers Are Worth Less Than A Penny Each  —  It used to be that Twitter followers were worth something, or at least people thought they were worth something, which is the same thing.  It was only about a year ago when Jason Calacanis was offering $250,000 to buy a spot …
 
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David Leppard / Times of London:
China bugs and burgles Britain
Discussion: Tech Eye
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Google Labs Adds Search Icon To ‘Compose Mail’ Window In Gmail
Thanks:atul
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Smart Dust? Not Quite, but We're Getting There
Jay Hathaway / Download Squad:
Trillian chat client gets a Mac version, now in alpha
Arn / MacRumors:
Omni Group Commits to Bring Five Productivity Apps to iPad
Discussion: App Advice
 Earlier Items: 
Matt Mireles / The Metamorphosis:
Dear Startup Lawyers, Please Blog.
Seth Weintraub / Computerworld:
The iPad shows that Apple and Google still have a relationship
Discussion: The iPhone Blog and 9 to 5 Mac
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Multitasking: Intel does, iPad doesn't
Discussion: AppleInsider