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1:05 AM ET, February 1, 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.
Alexander Vaughn / App Advice:
Stephen Colbert Gets An iPad & Shows It Off At The Grammys  —  Haha, it seems like after begging for one the entire week, Stephen Colbert just saw his dreams come true.  —  Tonight at the Grammys, instead of pulling out the “Song of the Year” envelope, he managed to surprise everybody with a shiny Apple iPad.
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Foursquare Teams With Bravo TV  —  Bravo TV and Foursquare will announce 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.  The partnership hopes to engage viewers long …
Steven Wei / Uncompiled Thoughts:
The best way for Adobe to save Flash is by killing it  —  Having done several years of Flash development and having worked with many Flash developers, the recent controversy between Apple and Adobe over Flash on the iPad is very amusing to me.  First, there are a few arguments that I want to address directly:
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Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
How to Hate the iPad: A Break-Down of the Backlash  —  A friend recently admitted a favorite past time of his - watching plane crashes on YouTube.  Planes crashing, helicopters twirling out of control, boats sinking - all are fair game.  For a lot of people, this has been the story of the iPad over the past few days.
Discussion: Online Dating Insider
New York Times:
Are You a C.E.O. of Something?  —  This interview with Mark Pincus, founder and chief executive of Zynga, a provider of online social games, was conducted and condensed by Adam Bryant.  —  Q. What are the most important leadership lessons you've learned?  —  A. If I was going all the way back …
Discussion: A VC and Silicon Alley Insider
Patrick Thibodeau / Computerworld:
If you want a job, build an iPad App  —  Tech spending is getting a lot of credit for the 5.7% jump in Gross Domestic Product for the fourth quarter, but this improvement isn't showing up in IT hiring.  —  One of the more interesting bits of jobs data out this week was offered by the IEEE-USA …
David Carr / New York Times:
To Deliver, iPad Needs Media Deals  —  Short of landing in a flying saucer and having a tablet teleported into his hands, there was no way that Steve Jobs could have lived up to the hype before last Wednesday's iPad announcement.  —  But he came pretty close.
Discussion: Guardian and Technologizer
Chris O'Brien / Mercury News:
Google joins the titans of Silicon Valley lobbying  —  With great power comes even greater headaches.  Just ask Google.  —  The company's transition from upstart to Goliath has multiplied its legal and policy problems.  There may be no better measure of this phenomenon than Google's expansion …
Discussion: Silicon Valley Watcher, Thanks:atul
Dan Goodin / The Register:
CIA, PayPal under bizarre SSL assault  —  Plus hundreds of others  —  The Central Intelligence Agency, PayPal, and hundreds of other organizations are under an unexplained assault that's bombarding their websites with millions of compute-intensive requests.
 
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Mike Swift / Mercury News:
Honoring a creative force in high tech: Douglas Engelbart turns 85
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Verizon's New VZ Navigator 5 Lets You Send Your Location To Facebook
Discussion: GPS Obsessed
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
On eBay, Twitter Followers Are Worth Less Than A Penny Each
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Former Current TV strategist Sloan jumps to Twitter
Discussion: Robin Sloan and Beet.TV
David Leppard / Times of London:
China bugs and burgles Britain
Discussion: Tech Eye
Steven Sande / TUAW:
All about EPUB, the ebook standard for Apple's iBookstore
Discussion: Download Squad
 Earlier Items: 
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Google Labs Adds Search Icon To ‘Compose Mail’ Window In Gmail
Thanks:atul
Andrew Lim / Recombu:
iPad board games: Apple has created a ‘Jumanji platform’
Discussion: I4U News, Thanks:ogerrard
Arn / MacRumors:
Steve Jobs at Apple Town Hall Meeting on Google, Adobe, Next iPhone …
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Smart Dust? Not Quite, but We're Getting There
Ahandy / Software Development Times Blog:
Facebook rewrites PHP runtime
 

 
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Janko Roettgers / Lowpass:
A look at possible effects of Walmart's Vizio purchase: a negative impact on Roku, for whom Walmart is a big retail partner, and Vizio's data unit shutting down

 
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