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5:35 AM ET, January 16, 2011

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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 …
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 …
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: Pulse2, All Facebook and Gizmodo
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 …
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: Pulse2, TechCrunch and 0xDECAFBAD
Serdar Yegulalp / InformationWeek:
Top 3 Tools For Busting Through Firewalls  —  Can't access a Web site thanks to employer or government censorship?  Fortunately, there's a host of tools and techniques that can help you slip through the blockade.  Here's an in-depth look at three of the best.
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 …
Adam Dachis / Lifehacker:
How to Remove DRM from Your Kindle Ebooks  —  Amazon's Kindle jumpstarted the ebook revolution, but that doesn't make it the eReader of choice for everyone.  If you've got some Kindle books you'd like to use with a different device, here's how to remove the DRM so you can.
Discussion: The Next Web
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.
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 …
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Fred Wilson / Union Square Ventures:
The Opportunity Fund  —  We founded Union Square Ventures …
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Anton D. Nagy / pocketnow.com:
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Something's Keeping Wikipedia from Becoming a Platform
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The Second Coming Of The Internet IPO