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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  —  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: 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
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
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Sets July, 1, 2011 Deadline to Make Credits Sole Canvas Game Payment Option
Discussion: eMoney
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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, CNNMoney.com, paidContent and GMSV
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.
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
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.
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
NVIDIA Tegra 3, equipped with 1.5GHz quad-core madness, teased by a familar slide  —  How aggressive can NVIDIA get?  That's the question puzzling our brainboxes right now as we gaze upon the complete version of the slide that let us know about a potential Tegra 2 3D chip over the weekend.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
US Case Against Hundreds of BitTorrent File-Sharers Dismissed  —  Another blow has been delivered to the mass BitTorrent lawsuits that were introduced in the United States last year.  The German-based copyright profiteers DigiProtect sued hundreds of alleged BitTorrent users a month ago …
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.”
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft hands out ASUS Windows Phone 7 developer devices to jailbreakers  —  Microsoft has handed out ASUS Windows Phone 7 developer devices to a number of “jailbreakers” recently.  —  Microsoft is currently working with the ChevronWP7 team of Windows Phone 7 jailbreakers to support homebrew applications on the platform.
 
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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
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Qwiki Opens Information Visualizations to the Public
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Blocking Your Facebook Comments From Facebook Itself
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google Says Removing ‘Reader’ …
Discussion: The Blog Herald and ReadWriteWeb
 Earlier Items: 
Kristen Schweizer / Bloomberg:
Foursquare Valued at More Than $250 Million, May Seek New Funding in 2011
Discussion: SAI, The Next Web and Reuters
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
DLD11: Facebook's Dan Rose Talks Platform, Ads And Mark Zuckerberg
Chris Farrell / Business Week:
In Case of Tech Bubble, Do Not Break Glass
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
Inside Apple's numbers
Discussion: MediaMemo
Curt Hopkins / ReadWriteWeb:
Wayback Machine Way Better in Beta
Discussion: Technologizer