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11:10 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.
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 pulled out a shiny Apple iPad and read the winner's name off it.
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:
Discussion: The iPhone Blog
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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.
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
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
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
 
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Verizon's New VZ Navigator 5 Lets You Send Your Location To Facebook
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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
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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
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Google Labs Adds Search Icon To ‘Compose Mail’ Window In Gmail
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 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Lim / Recombu:
iPad board games: Apple has created a ‘Jumanji platform’
Discussion: I4U News, Thanks:ogerrard
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Smart Dust? Not Quite, but We're Getting There
Ahandy / Software Development Times Blog:
Facebook rewrites PHP runtime
Jay Hathaway / Download Squad:
Trillian chat client gets a Mac version, now in alpha
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Steve Jobs and the Economics of Elitism
Discussion: psychologytoday.com