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3:00 PM ET, February 1, 2010

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Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
JooJoo CEO pledges to ship this month, claims deal with leading phone maker  —  During last week's Apple iPad mania, one company was notably silent: Fusion Garage, the 13-person Singapore company that makes the JooJoo tablet, which began life as TechCrunch founder Mike Arrington's CrunchPad.
John Scalzi / Whatever:
All The Many Ways Amazon So Very Failed the Weekend  —  Leaving aside the moral, philosophical, cultural and financial implications of this weekend's Amazon/Macmillan slapfight and What It All Means for book readers and the future of the publishing industry, in one very real sense the whole thing …
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Amazon Caves To Macmillan's eBook Pricing Demands
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
8.9-inch ExoPC Slate has iPad looks, netbook internals, Windows 7 soul  —  Yes, we realize that it's hard to provide too much visual differentiation between tablet PCs with large, ebony bezels, but we can't help but think that this 8.9-inch multitouch tablet looks a lot like another, recently announced 9.7-inch multitouch tablet.
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Max Wang / DigiTimes:
Acer has no plans for iPad-like product, says Acer Taiwan president  —  Acer will focus on pushing ultra-thin notebooks for 2010 and currently has no plans to jump on the bandwagon to launch a hardware device similar to Apple's new iPad, according to Acer Taiwan president Scott Lin.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
AP & Google Reach A Deal - Sort Of  —  Google and the Associated Press have reached an agreement allowing Google to continue using AP content.  But whether this is a long-term agreement replacing the one that expired last month is unclear.  And despite the agreement, AP stories won't be hosted by Google News any time soon, it seems.
Discussion: paidContent, Thanks:atul
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Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:   Yahoo keeps AP in its content corner with new deal
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Google Chrome steals usage share from IE/Firefox, Win 7 breaks 10%  —  Net Applications' data for January is out, and there are some interesting trends displayed.  —  First, the data shows that Google's Chrome browser has managed to snatch usage share from Internet Explorer and Firefox.
Gizmodo:
Zune Phone to Debut at MWC, Will Use Nvidia Tegra  —  Spanish blog MuyComputer claims that Microsoft will present the Zune Phone this February, at the MWC in Barcelona.  According to them, it's 100% confirmed.  Since the Zune Phone will use Tegra, Nvidia will team with Microsoft for the anti-JesusPhone debut.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook COO: 175 Million People Log Into Facebook Every Day  —  Last year we interviewed Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.  This year we interviewed her again.  Notably, this time I brought a tripod with me and didn't cut off Sheryl's forehead.
Daniel Ko / Korea IT Times:
World's First AMOLED With Touch Function  —  On January 31, 2010, it was announced that Samsung Mobile Display will begin mass producing the world's first touch function AMOLED panel starting in March.  This product is known as Samsung's 3.3 inch WVGA (480X800) resolution AMOLED.
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.
HardMac.com:
Production of ALL iMac 27" Core ix Models Stopped by Apple!  —  Apple is facing new problems and issues on the production of the iMac 27" Core i5 and i7, and is already announcing to its customers that it will not be able to ship the unit for the expected delivery date.
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.
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft tries to reinvent the bar code  —  REDMOND, Wash.—Remember the CueCat—the quirky bar code reader that was going to connect magazine readers with digital material?  —  Well, apparently Microsoft does too.  And while the CueCat meowed into obscurity, the software maker thinks …
Discussion: Mashable!, Internet2Go and Engadget
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft's Azure cloud is officially open for business  —  As of February 1, Microsoft officially jumps into the cloud-computing frey and now is charging customers for developing and running apps in its Azure cloud.  —  Microsoft has been working on Azure for more than three years …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Prankster Jason Calacanis Talks About His Apple iPad Hoax (Warning: Cute Baby Alert!)  —  While in Los Angeles for a brief second on Friday, BoomTown motored over to the Brentwood home of puckish entrepreneur Jason Calacanis to talk to him about his prank tweets the night before the introduction of the iPad last week.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The iPad And Chrome OS Netbooks Are On A Collision Course  —  “We don't know how to build a $500 computer that's not a piece of junk.”  —  “Netbooks aren't better at anything.”  —  Those two quotes are both from Apple CEO Steve Jobs.  The first was during an earnings call in late 2008 …
Discussion: Tech Eye, Thanks:atul
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Nokia cuts phone prices as market growth returns  —  HELSINKI (Reuters) - Nokia (NOK1V.HE) cut phone prices across its portfolio in late January, putting its cheapest smartphones on a collision course with mid-range phones from rivals Samsung (005930.KS) and Sony Ericsson.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
December chip sales rise, but results for year fall 9 percent  —  Global chip sales in December rose 29 percent from a year ago to $22.4 billion.  That's a healthy increase as the bellwether industry continues its recovery from the recession.  —  For the year, however …
PC World:
NTT DoCoMo to Demo Prototype LTE Handset  —  Buzz up!  —  NTT DoCoMo plans to demonstrate a prototype cellular handset running next-generation LTE technology at this month's Mobile World Congress exhibition in Barcelona, one of the companies that co-developed the handset said Monday.
Dave McClure / Master of 500 Hats:
Subscriptions are the New BLACK.  (+ why Facebook, Google, & Apple will own your wallet by 2015)  —  I'm on a redeye to NYC, supposed to be working on a presentation i'm giving in a few hours... but f**k it, i can't get this outta my head, so here we go.  —  (note: extremely raw, uneven …
TechCrunch:
Context is King: How Videos Are Found And Consumed Online  —  Editor's note: This is the third in a series of posts by guest writer Ashkan Karbasfrooshan.  Previously, he wrote about the State of Online Video, and 12 Surprising Things Holding Back Online Video Advertising.
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Ad Data Firm BlueKai Raises $21 Million Third Round  —  Online ad data provider Bluekai has raised a huge $21 million third round funding led by GGV Capital (formerly Granite Global Ventures).  Previous backers Redpoint Ventures and Battery Ventures also participated.
 
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Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
Europe Looms as Major Battleground for Google
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL To Hire 150 Engineers In Silicon Valley (AOL)
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
TurboTax to Help You Through Tax Season With Major Twitter Effort
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Ten-Year Venture Capital Returns Continue To Slide
Discussion: GigaOM, Market Wire and silicontap.com
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Google Chrome to go polyglot?  Auto-translate lands in Chromium nightly
Dan Nystedt / PC World:
Samsung First With Lower Cost, Power Saving 30nm DDR3 DRAM
Discussion: Engadget
 Earlier Items: 
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Does Foursquare Have A Douchebag Problem?
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Roaming Agreements Could Expand the Wi-Fi Renaissance
Dan Goodin / The Register:
CIA, PayPal under bizarre SSL assault
Patrick Thibodeau / Computerworld:
If you want a job, build an iPad App
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Foursquare Teams With Bravo TV