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8:30 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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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.
Audrey Watters / ReadWriteWeb:
Firefox and Chrome Add “Do Not Track” Tools To Their Browsers
Discussion: Macgasm
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Mozilla, Google take different approaches to ad tracking opt-out
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: SAI and GigaOM
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 …
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.
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.
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Deborah Liu / Facebook Developer Blog:
The Next Step for Facebook Credits
Discussion: Inside Facebook and All Facebook
Dieter Bohn / PreCentral:
Topaz Specs!  Exclusive details on Touchstone v2 and much more!  —  We've received a massive document detailing HP's plans for the Topaz webOS slate from last year.  While these details aren't final, what we know is that HP is planning to make the Topaz highly competitive with the iPad from both a hardware and a software perspective.
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.
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 …
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
App Store gets a Twitter  —  Apple setup Twitter accounts for iTunes some time ago, and today Apple finally got around to launching an official Twitter for the App Store.  Apple promises to promote new apps, and exclusive App offers.  We wonder what these exclusive app offers mean.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple loses buzz, Microsoft gains  —  The net loss in “media value” last quarter, according to a new report, was nearly $460 million  —  Click to enlarge.  Source: General Sentiment  —  Here's an interesting exercise.  Take the total number of news stories, social media mentions and tweets about Apple …
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 …
Ali Imam / The LinkedIn Blog:
Visualize your LinkedIn network with InMaps  —  If you're a LinkedIn user, you already know the power of your professional network.  —  What if you could visualize what your network looks like?  Would your connections form clusters or groups?  Wouldn't it be great if you could see the way …
James Niccolai / Computerworld:
VMware sales up 37 percent on continued demand  —  IDG News Service - VMware's fourth-quarter revenue jumped 37 percent as businesses increased spending on its virtualization software, the company announced Monday.  —  Revenue for the three months to Dec. 31 was US$835.6 million …
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft moves to block TiVo imports with U.S. trade complaint  —  Microsoft filed a U.S. trade complaint on Monday seeking to block TiVo from importing set-top boxes.  —  The move follows a legal spat between the two companies that began in January last year.
Discussion: CNET News, Thanks:michaelgillett
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.
David Kravets / Epicenter:
Google Voice Porting Equals LSD Trip Gone Awry  —  It's a good thing I don't take the Second Amendment as seriously as the First Amendment.  —  But for that — and firearm waiting periods — my experience porting a mobile number to Google Voice might have made “going wireless carrier” the new “going postal.”
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Exclusive: Barnes & Noble phasing out the Nook 3G  —  Barnes & Noble may be selling millions of Nook products, but it's sounding like the 3G variant hasn't really done its part to help those figures.  We've received hard evidence from within B&N that the Nook is being discontinued …
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Kodak Loses Ruling in ITC Case Against Apple, RIM  —  Jan. 24 (Bloomberg) — Eastman Kodak Co., the 130-year-old camera company, lost a U.S. International Trade Commission ruling that may hamper its effort to collect patent royalties from Apple Inc. and Research In Motion Ltd.
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.
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.
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
John R. Rymer / Forrester Blogs:
The Future Of Java  —  Java's future will be constrained by the bounds of Oracle's business model.  —  Drama has been running high since Oracle began to shape up the Java technology it acquired along with Sun Microsystems.  Oracle ended the impasse over a new core Java release …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and PR Newswire
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 …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and The Blog Herald
 
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
25% of files downloaded from The Pirate Bay are fakes
Discussion: GamePolitics News
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
US Case Against Hundreds of BitTorrent File-Sharers Dismissed
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
An “Apple Invasion” in Korea: Two Million iPhones Sold
John Oates / Channel Register:
Italy sues Microsoft for box-bundling bungling
Arik Hesseldahl / NewEnterprise:
Judge: HP Can Re-Investigate Hurd Departure
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Alastair Sharp / Reuters:
BlackBerry program may help RIM defend its turf
Discussion: VentureBeat, Engadget and CNET News
Chris Farrell / Business Week:
In Case of Tech Bubble, Do Not Break Glass