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7:40 PM ET, January 31, 2010

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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Amazon Caves To Macmillan's eBook Pricing Demands  —  A new development in the Amazon vs. Macmillan fiasco.  Amazon just posted an announcement indicating that it will be “capitulating” to Macmillan by selling the publishers' books for their desired prices.
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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 …
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.
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.
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.
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Foursquare Partners With Bravo TV  —  Bravo TV and the mobile social gaming platform, Foursquare, will announced a new partnership on Monday that will integrate Bravo TV shows with the game aspects of Foursquare, a social networking site that encourages people to interact in the real world.
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.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Verizon's New VZ Navigator 5 Lets You Send Your Location To Facebook  —  Back in October, Google changed the mobile navigation space when it launched Google Maps Navigation for Android.  While the product itself is solid it also has one killer feature: it's free.
Discussion: GPS Obsessed
 
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Steve Lohr / New York Times:
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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
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Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Steve Jobs and the Economics of Elitism
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