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9:20 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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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 …
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 …
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.
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: Download Squad, Tech Eye and Daring Fireball, Thanks:atul
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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! and Engadget
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Does Foursquare Have A Douchebag Problem?  —  With Foursquare seeing fast growth and starting to be embraced by elements of the mainstream (like their new deal with Bravo), it might be decision time.  —  A popular part of the gaming element of the service is gaining badges …
David Leppard / Times of London:
China bugs and burgles Britain  —  THE security service MI5 has accused China of bugging and burgling UK business executives and setting up “honeytraps” in a bid to blackmail them into betraying sensitive commercial secrets.  —  A leaked MI5 document says that undercover intelligence officers …
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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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Google +will+ save Flash, a developer who uses it says
Discussion: Bits and AdExchanger.com
 
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Lucia Moses / Mediaweek:
Hearst, Meredith Try Web-to-Print Titles
Discussion: paidContent
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Roaming Agreements Could Expand the Wi-Fi Renaissance
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Social Shopping Site ThisNext Buys Rival Stylehive; Raises $1.2 Million Third Round
Frances Huang / Agence France Presse:
Asian companies hope to reap iPad boom
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Cypress demos 14-inch TrueTouch capacitive multitouch screen
Dan Goodin / The Register:
CIA, PayPal under bizarre SSL assault
 Earlier Items: 
Patrick Thibodeau / Computerworld:
If you want a job, build an iPad App
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
Discussion: Shelly Palmer, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Former Current TV strategist Sloan jumps to Twitter
Discussion: Robin Sloan and Beet.TV
Steven Sande / TUAW:
All about EPUB, the ebook standard for Apple's iBookstore
Discussion: HeyJude