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3:55 PM ET, January 15, 2011

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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Tweeting tyrants out of Tunisia: the global Internet at its best  —  Even yesterday, it would have been too much to say that blogger, tweeters, Facebook users, Anonymous, and Wikileaks had “brought down” the Tunisian government, but with today's news that the country's president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali …
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Ethan Zuckerman / Foreign Policy:
The First Twitter Revolution?
Discussion: broadstuff
Evgeny Morozov / Net Effect:
First thoughts on Tunisia and the role of the Internet
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Exclusive: The future of the iPad 2, iPhone 5, and Apple TV, and why Apple is shifting its mobile line to Qualcomm chipsets  —  We've been hearing a ton of rumors about what direction Apple's next set of products will take and when they'll be available — but now we've got some concrete information …
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: GigaOM and TechCrunch
Christopher Blizzard / Mozilla Hacks:
Firefox 4 Beta 9 - a huge pile of awesome  —  Hello, and welcome to the post for Firefox 4 beta 9.  If you're reading this then you're interested in what we've got coming down the pipe for the latest beta for the wonderful browser known as Firefox 4.  We're starting to reach the end …
Mike Jazayeri / Chromium Blog:
More about the Chrome HTML Video Codec Change  —  There has been a lot of discussion regarding this week's announcement of upcoming changes to HTML video codec support in Chrome.  The future of web video is an important topic, we welcome the debate, and want to address some of the questions raised.
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Matt Drance / Apple Outsider:   Embrace, Extend, Extinguish
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:   So Much For Standards, Google Says WebM Plugins Coming Soon For Safari And IE9
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Clarifies Their H.264 Stance, Hands Keys Of Web Video's Future Back To Flash
Discussion: jd/adobe and VentureBeat
Kellex / Droid Life:
Verizon's Initial 2011 4G LTE Market Cities  —  During all of Verizon's 4G LTE device madness, they walked through their plans for rolling out their new network to the rest of the country.  By the end of 2011, they are expecting to be in at least 140 markets and covering 2/3 of the U.S. once 2013 finishes up.
Sarah Kessler / Mashable!:
Startup Adds Augmented Reality to Location-Based Marketing  —  The Spark of Genius Series highlights a unique feature of startups and is made possible by Microsoft BizSpark.  If you would like to have your startup considered for inclusion, please see the details here.  —  Name: GoldRun
Brad Sams / Neowin.net:
Microsoft FaceTime competitor was supposed to be launched with WP7  —  It was not long ago that Neowin broke the news about Microsoft's FaceTime competitor, but since we broke the news, a bit more information has come across our inbox and shines a bit more light into the details of the application.
Thanks:bdsams
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Something's Keeping Wikipedia from Becoming a Platform  —  Creativity, they say, always builds on the past.  So too do many wonderful things on the internet.  What could be better to build the future on top of than our collective knowledge of the world as represented by Wikipedia?
Discussion: Hunch Blog
Chris Holt / Macworld:
Empire Online invades iOS App Store  —  Asian MMORPG invades American market, sword in hand  —  On Saturday, the English language version of Asia's largest massively-multiplayer online role-playing game launched on the App Store.  Empire Online, developed by Lakoo, is an anime-inspired adventure title …
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Shares Hit $28.26 Per Share, That's a $70+ Billion Valuation  —  The SecondMarket Facebook shares auctions are back on after a holiday break, and the valuation is up big time.  The last auction prior to this one closed December 15 at $22.75/share.  Today it hit $28.26 per share.
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.
 
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Patrick Thibodeau / Computerworld:
GAO, DOJ seek H-1B visa reforms
Discussion: Hillicon Valley and TechFlash
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Notion Ink Adam clears FCC, begins shipping ‘around Wednesday’
Discussion: Notion Ink, TeleRead and Go Rumors
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Android getting Google Music sync in Gingerbread?
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Cubeduel Goes Viral Too Quickly, Stumbles Over LinkedIn API Limits
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Posterous Cofounder Garry Tan Steps Down, Heads To Y Combinator
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Mashable!
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Yahoo Says It's “Absolutely Committed” to Flickr
Chris Burns / Android Community:
Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against T-Mobile and Samsung Over Lack …
Discussion: SlashGear and Android Phone Fans
Arik Hesseldahl / NewEnterprise:
Meet Andreessen Horowitz's Newest Partner: Mark Cranney
Discussion: Digits and TechCrunch
John C. Dvorak / PC Magazine:
Why I Don't Use Facebook  —  Facebook is basically AOL …
Discussion: Newsome.Org
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google, Bing Up While AOL Hits All-Time Low: comScore December Search Data