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4:00 PM ET, January 24, 2011

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Google Public Policy Blog:
Keep your opt-outs  —  Today we're making available Keep My Opt-Outs, which enables you to opt out permanently from ad tracking cookies.  It's available as an extension for download in Chrome.  —  Why have we developed this feature?  —  Recently, the Federal Trade Commission and others …
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Audrey Watters / ReadWriteWeb:
Firefox and Chrome Add “Do Not Track” Tools To Their Browsers  —  When the Federal Trade Commission announced late last year that it was investigating ways to protect consumers' privacy, it suggested a “Do Not Track” option for every browser.  This would give users the ability to opt …
Discussion: Electronista
Alex Fowler / First Person Cookie:
More Choice and Control Over Online Tracking … The web is evolving quickly in how information about people is collected, used and shared online.  We believe it's crucial to put people in control of their personal web interactions and experiences, as previously articulated in my post on our draft Privacy & Data Operating Principles.
Tyler Odean / Gmail Blog:
Print from your phone with Gmail for mobile and Google Cloud Print  —  Let's say you need to print an important email attachment on your way to work so that it's waiting for you when you walk in the door.  With Gmail for mobile and Google Cloud Print — a service that allows printing …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Takes Cloud Print Mobile. Well, Sort Of — PC Still Required
Discussion: Internet2Go, iLounge and Electronista
Foursquare Blog:
So we grew 3400% last year...  Honestly, 2010 was just insane.  The numbers tell the story better than we can, so we put together this little infographic.  (Also, our 6,000,000th user signed up last week!)  —  Click on the graphic to view full size.
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Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
Foursquare sees no funding needs this year
Discussion: Bloomberg, SAI and The Next Web
eMarketer:
Twitter Ad Revenues to Soar This Year  —  Marketers will spend $150 million on the service in 2011  —  Twitter has received enough media attention to be a household word, but still has a relatively small audience.  The Pew Internet & American Life Project found in September 2010 that just 8% of online Americans used the service.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook To Make ‘Facebook Credits’ Mandatory For Game Developers (Confirmed)  —  Facebook is about to ruffle some feathers.  We're hearing from one source that the social network is reaching out to game developers to inform them that it is making its own, official Facebook Credits currency mandatory.
Discussion: SAI and MarketingVOX
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Deborah Liu / Facebook Developer Blog:   The Next Step for Facebook Credits
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:   Facebook Sets July, 1, 2011 Deadline to Make Credits Sole Canvas Game Payment Option
New York Post:
Google's Schmidt eyeing TV  —  Google honcho Eric Schmidt, who announced his plan to hand over control of the tech giant last week, is eyeballing a career in TV, Page Six has learned.  —  Sources say the outspoken chief, who broke the news that he's passing the CEO title …
Zach Epstein / BGR:
White iPhone 4 appears in AT&T's online system  —  It looks like Best Buy isn't the only retailer with white iPhones popping up in its system.  AT&T is now showing two versions of Apple's unicorn-colored iPhone.  The entries appear in AT&T's Online Account Management system (OLAM), and read as …
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
The Inside Story of How Facebook Responded to Tunisian Hacks  —  It was on Christmas Day that Facebook's Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan first noticed strange things going on in Tunisia.  Reports started to trickle in that political-protest pages were being hacked.
Russell Adams / Wall Street Journal:
New York Times Readies Pay Wall  —  Paper Will Charge for Bundled Digital Service, Allow Some Free Access  —  The New York Times is preparing to introduce multiple subscription packages for access to the paper's website and other digital content, kicking off the biggest test to date …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google Says Removing ‘Reader’ Link In Gmail Was A Mistake, Aims To Bring It Back Today  —  Hmm ... Maybe RSS isn't dead after all?  After the replacement of the Google Reader link in Gmail with a link to Google Photos caused a user revolt on Friday, Google has vowed to bring the beloved RSS product …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
How Microsoft plans to market against the iPad  —  Even though Microsoft's public stance, when asked about the impact of Apple's slate is “iPad?  What iPad?”, the Redmondians are preparing the company's partners for battle in 2011.  —  Microsoft is making available to its reseller partners …
Discussion: SAI and GeekSmack
Jonathan Amos / BBC:
Mobile phone to blast into orbit  —  British engineers are planning to put a mobile phone in space.  The team at Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) in Guildford want to see if the sophisticated capabilities in today's phones will function in the most challenging environment known.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Eric Schmidt Lost $300 Million in Google CEO Shake-Up and He's Still Richer Than You  —  When Eric Schmidt arrived at Google in 2001, the company was pulling in about $100 million a year.  And under his “adult supervision,” that revenue grew to upward of $29 billion.
Discussion: Guardian, paidContent, CNNMoney.com and GMSV
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Researching Physical Keyboards with Motion Control to Replace Mouse  —  Apple's patent applications have always been a topic of interest here at MacRumors.  They give us a rare look into Apple's research and development labs, although many of the concepts never see the light of day.
Discussion: Technologizer, MacStories and TUAW
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Former Justin.tv VP Launches Yobongo in Private Beta  —  A little over six weeks out and already everybody's talking about what company will break out at this year's SXSW Interactive.  There's been a lot of talk about apps like GroupMe, Beluga and Fast Society, which all make group communication quick …
Discussion: TechCrunch, VentureBeat and Mashable
Digits:
Blocking Your Facebook Comments From Facebook Itself  —  A new tool on Facebook lets users prevent their comments and posts from being seen by unwanted viewers — including Facebook itself.  —  The tool, called uProtect.it, works like this: Users get the app and activate it on Facebook.
Chris Farrell / Business Week:
In Case of Tech Bubble, Do Not Break Glass  —  Even if bloated valuations of Facebook and Groupon point to another bubble bound to burst, the Fed shouldn't head it off but prepare for the fallout  —  In Silicon Valley, it's beginning to feel like déjà vu all over again.
Discussion: broadstuff
Alastair Sharp / Reuters:
BlackBerry program may help RIM defend its turf  —  (Reuters) - Research In Motion aims to keep its dominance of the corporate smartphone market by enabling the BlackBerry to segregate a user's personal data from work-related emails and other applications sponsored by employers.
Discussion: CNET News, Inquirer and TechEye
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
Inside Apple's numbers  —  On Monday last week we hear Steve Jobs is taking another medical leave of absence and, on Tuesday, we get a look at Apple's numbers for Q1 2011 (which is actually the last quarter of 2010).  —  Brian Hall provides this crisp summary:  —  • Sales: $26.74 billion, up 70.5% year over year
Discussion: MediaMemo
 
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Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Qwiki Opens Information Visualizations to the Public
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Huawei Sues Motorola Over Patents Disclosed To Nokia Siemens …
James Temple / San Francisco Chronicle:
Antitrust bulldog Gary Reback pushes Google probe
Jacob Brody / VentureBeat:
Co-working space General Assembly gives NYC startups a home
Discussion: SAI, Bits, TechCrunch and NYConvergence.com
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Is Groupon the new “Jesus Startup?”
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
The Web Just Keeps Getting Bigger (and Faster!)
Discussion: Beet.TV and Fortune
Arn / MacRumors:
Insight into Steve Jobs' Product-Centric Approach in 1985 Interview
Discussion: Digital Daily, Fortune and SAI
John Letzing / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Data Center Is Boon for Oregon Town
Discussion: All Facebook
Curt Hopkins / ReadWriteWeb:
Wayback Machine Way Better in Beta
Kellex / Droid Life:
Comparison Chart: Motorola XOOM vs. iPad
John W. Daly / TechEye:
Nvidia's Tegra 2 3D unveiled