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12:15 AM ET, January 16, 2011

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New York Times:
Israel Tests on Worm Called Crucial in Iran Nuclear Delay  —  The Dimona complex in the Negev desert is famous as the heavily guarded heart of Israel's never-acknowledged nuclear arms program, where neat rows of factories make atomic fuel for the arsenal.  —  Over the past two years …
Discussion: Security Watch and Pulse2
Arn / MacRumors:
iPad 2 Likely to Have 2048x1536 Screen Resolution  —  There's been a lot of talk about a “Retina” display for the next generation iPad due from Apple in the coming months, but it hasn't been completely clear what resolution the iPad's “Retina” display would be.
antimatter15.com:
The Ambiguity of “Open” and VP8 vs. H.264  —  Google has recently announced their intention to remove the H.264 video codec from its Chrome browser.  This decision has been smeared as an evil campaign for controlling video on the web, akin to not-invented-here syndrome.
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Matt Drance / Apple Outsider:
Embrace, Extend, Extinguish  —  Not satisfied with its polarizing about-face on net neutrality, this week Google threw away previous investments in H.264 and fully endorsed its own WebM format for native HTML5 video in Chrome.  —  There's no question that this is a shot at competing platforms …
Matt Liebowitz / msnbc.com:
Facebook used to get to nude e-mail photos  —  California man faces six years in prison for computer intrusion, impersonation  —  Below:  —  Sometimes social networking makes social engineering very easy.  —  A California man faces six years in prison for using personal information found …
Discussion: All Facebook and Gizmodo
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Project HiJack uses iPhone audio jack to make cheap sensors  —  Making accessories that tie into an iOS device's Dock connector is an expensive proposition: it requires getting certain components from Apple and applying for a costly “Made for iPhone” (or iPod or iPad) license.
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Dear Firefox, please keep the RSS icon  —  1. I use Firefox.  2. I really depend on the RSS icon in the address bar. 3.  I understand they're planning on removing it.  4. This is an unnecessary step backward.  5. I want it to get easier not harder.  5. It's going to really screw with my workflow.
Discussion: TechCrunch and 0xDECAFBAD
Audrey Watters / ReadWriteWeb:
New Kindle Lending Club Matches E-Book Borrowers and Lenders  —  A new startup called the Kindle Lending Club has launched in beta this week, aiming to make it easier for Kindle users to take advantage of the new options to loan and borrow their e-books.  —  The Kindle Lending Club …
Vivek Wadhwa / TechCrunch:
Let's Compete on Innovation Rather Than Patents  —  The next generations of telecom technologies are called “LTE” or “4G”.  China's Huawei believes that by 2015, it will hold 15-20% of the worldwide patents in these technologies, and that these will earn it at least 1.5% of the sales price of every device …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Anton D. Nagy / pocketnow.com:
Windows Phone 7 Screenshots Not A Microsoft Priority  —  Whether you're into journalism, app development, support or anything related, a platform's capability to take screenshots is an important tool and you definitely know this the hard way by now, if you're coming to Windows Phone 7 …
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel CEO: How we will compete with ARM  —  Intel CEO Paul Otellini today spelled out how his company will compete with the burgeoning ARM chip ecosystem, which has taken the lead in tablet designs, during the chipmaker's fourth-quarter earnings conference call.
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI:
Union Square Ventures' New Fund Announced: Here's What You Need To Know  —  In a blog post by Fred Wilson, top New York venture firm Union Square Ventures has officially announced its new $165 million fund, called The Opportunity Fund.  —  The fund came to light late last year …
Discussion: A VC and The Business Insider, Thanks:pegobry
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Fred Wilson / Union Square Ventures:
The Opportunity Fund  —  We founded Union Square Ventures …
Discussion: TechCrunch and GigaOM
Fred / A VC:
The Second Coming Of The Internet IPO  —  Most of what I've been saying recently about valuations here at AVC has been negative.  I think we are in a “focus on the upside” phase in the web investing sector and I've been pretty liberal with my thoughts on that.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Was What Happened in Tunisia a Twitter Revolution?  —  As it did during the recent shootings in Arizona, the Twitter network provided a ringside seat for another major news event on Friday — the overthrow of a corrupt government in the African nation of Tunisia, after weeks of protests over repression and economic upheaval.
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Microsoft FaceTime competitor was supposed to be launched with WP7
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Something's Keeping Wikipedia from Becoming a Platform
Discussion: Hunch Blog
Patrick Thibodeau / Computerworld:
GAO, DOJ seek H-1B visa reforms
Discussion: Hillicon Valley and TechFlash