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3:45 PM ET, January 26, 2011

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Alex Rice / Facebook Blog:
A Continued Commitment to Security  —  This Friday is Data Privacy Day, an international effort by governments, businesses and advocacy groups to raise awareness about the importance of staying in control of personal information.  A key part of controlling information has always been protecting …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
“Let The Hacking Begin” Declares Person Who Hacked Zuckerberg's Facebook Fan Page  —  Earlier today, a strange message appeared on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's fan page.  It read as follows: … Who wrote such an odd and seemingly drunken message?  Well, if you believe the page, Zuckerberg himself did.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Facebook Beefs Up Security With Social Captchas and All HTTPS, All The Time  —  Facebook is introducing two new measures to beef up security: expanding HTTPS connections as an all-the-time option and using social captchas to authenticate users who have lost passwords.  Let's take these one at a time.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Verizon iPhone Listings Go Live on Apple's Site [Update: Removed]  —  With the Apple online store's downtime last night, the company appears to have rolled out full details of the options available for Verizon iPhone customers.  With both 16 GB ($199) and 32 GB ($299) models available …
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
AT&T Offering Unlimited Data to Keep iPhone Customers From Defecting to Verizon?  —  Associated Press reports that AT&T is quietly offering some of its iPhone customers the ability to switch to unlimited data plans as a means to keep them from defecting to Verizon, which is rolling …
Steven Musil / CNET News:
Verizon's iPhone hot spot to cost $20 a month  —  Using Verizon's forthcoming iPhone as a mobile hot spot is going to cost subscribers $20 a month—that's on top of the required data and voice plans subscribers will already be paying for.  —  The fee, which is in line with what Verizon charges …
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Exclusive: BlackBerry PlayBook and smartphones to run Android apps?  —  As crazy as that sounds, we have been told by multiple trusted sources that RIM is seriously considering a feature that will allow BlackBerry devices to run Android apps.  Here is what we know... Research In Motion …
Richard Lai / Engadget:
Exclusive: Sony Ericsson Xperia Play (PlayStation Phone) preview  —  Oh yes.  After all the unbearable teasing since we unveiled the first ever photos of the PlayStation Phone, we've finally managed to get hold of the real deal for an in-depth preview.  Honestly, we couldn't wait any longer …
Oliver Chiang / SelectStart:
Unhappy With Slow Growth Of Android App Purchases, Google Talks 2011 Roadmap  —  Google's Android platform manager Eric Chu knows that though the number of Android smartphone users may be rising quickly, the number of purchases of paid apps in the Android Market is not doing nearly as well.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Android In-App Payments Coming Soon — Were Delayed Because Developers Were Busy  —  Today at the Inside Social Apps conference in San Francisco, Inside Network's Kim-Mai Cutler sat down with Eric Chu, a group manager at Google for the Android platform.  The two discussed the platform mainly from a developer perspective.
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Apple revamps its public website using HTML5  —  Apple has relaunched its entire website with a new design using HTML5, adding a darker, glossy navigation bar and speedy new animated page layouts for Mac and iPod pages.  —  The redesign officially upgrades the site from “HTML 4.01 Transitional” …
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Apple's ‘PC’ shipments grow by 241 percent in iPad-inclusive Canalys stats  —  Canalys is a pretty well respected global stat-keeper and now it seems to be relying on that reputation to push through a pretty controversial message: tablets, such as Apple's iPad and Samsung's Galaxy Tab, are PCs.
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Counting Tablets, Apple Is Third in Global PC Sales
Discussion: CNET News, IBD Click and SlashGear
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Facebook Brings Back (Part of) Beacon, and No One Blinks  —  In 2007, Facebook unveiled a plan to let brands turn Facebook users' online activities into ads.  Cue uproar, and an eventual apology from Mark Zuckerberg.  —  Yesterday Facebook unveiled a plan to let brands turn Facebook users' online activities into ads.
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Did Facebook just hint at its answer to Groupon?
Discussion: SAI, Inside Facebook and EngageDigital
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
After Blocking Twitter, Egypt Reportedly Starts Restricting Access To Facebook  —  According to a number of tips we've received in the past few minutes, the chatter on Twitter and several local reports (mostly in Arabic), it appears Egyptian authories have moved to block Facebook.  Yesterday, Twitter was blocked.
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Paul Mutton / Netcraft:
Anonymous attacks websites in Egypt
Michael Rose / TUAW:
Good Technology Q4 2010 mobile device report shows huge iPad growth in the enterprise  —  Back in October the enterprise mobile integration company Good Technology released its first quarterly metrics report covering device activations and overall trends; the report showed extremely strong growth …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Kevin Rose: Yahoo Contacted Digg To See If We Wanted To Take Over Delicious  —  It looks like Yahoo has been looking for a home for Delicious for some time now.  On his Diggnation web show this week, Digg founder Kevin Rose said that Yahoo contacted Digg to see if the company would be interested …
Discussion: Chitika Insights, Thanks:jkernsjr
Bill Rigby / Reuters:
A year later, Microsoft picture looks very different  —  (Reuters) - A year ago, Microsoft Corp blew away Wall Street's earnings forecasts with blistering sales of its new Windows 7 operating system and trumpeted optimism about the recovery in tech spending.
The Official Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft is Imagining a NUI future  —  You don't have to look very far to realize that technology is becoming more natural and intuitive.  In a typical day, many people use touch or speech to interact with technology—on their phones, at the ATM, at the grocery store and in their cars.
Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
7 digital trends at Davos 2011 [World Economic Forum talk]  —  It's my 9th Davos in a row and I am lucky to be invited to speak twice this year, I'm giving a talk on future trends “digital convergence” in David Kirkpatrick's session and I moderate my own dinner on “social networking addiction” …
Discussion: Data Central, Thanks:loic
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Exclusive: Elevation's Bodnick is headed to Quora  —  Marc Bodnick is stepping down as a co-founding partner of private equity firm Elevation Partners, in order to join social question-and-answer site Quora, according to multiple sources familiar with the situation.
Discussion: TechCrunch, SAI and VentureBeat
David / TmoNews:
LG G-Slate, Dell Streak 7, Vibrant 4G Release Dates Confirmed  —  So this is the very first look we've had at the LG G-Slate release date which looks to be dropping on March 23rd, a date which jives with our late March info from before.  Not to be outdone is the Dell Streak 7 which will release …
Wall Street Journal:
Skype Won't IPO Until Second Half This Year  —  Internet-phone company Skype Ltd. won't hold its initial public offering until the second half of the year, according to people familiar with the matter, later than some investors had expected.  —  The company's recent hiring of a new chief executive …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Gartner:
Gartner Says Worldwide Mobile Application Store Revenue Forecast to Surpass $15 Billion in 2011  —  Revenue Between 2010 and 2014 is Forecast to Grow 1,000 Percent to Reach $58 Billion  —  Worldwide mobile application store downloads are forecast to reach 17.7 billion downloads in 2011 …
Christopher Grant / Joystiq:
Kongregate Arcade back in Android Marketplace, with some minor changes  —  Exactly one week after Kongregate's promising mobile app, Kongregate Arcade, made its tumultuous debut on the Android Marketplace (from which it was pulled from the very same day!) the browser-based gaming platform …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Verizon Starts Bundling Broadband Services With Google Apps To Small Business Customers  —  This is interesting.  Verizon has just announced that it is bundling broadband with Google Apps for its small business customers.  —  Called Google Apps for Verizon, the package combines Google's …
Discussion: PR Newswire, SAI, Fortune and Telecompetitor
 
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Nielsen Prices IPO At $23 Per Share To Raise $1.8 Billion
Discussion: DealBook and paidContent
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Demand Media's Stock Jumps 37 Percent On First Day
Amazon.com:
Kindle Singles—Compelling Ideas Expressed at Their Natural Length …
Voices on All Things Digital:
Egypt.com: Is It Time to Invest in Egyptian Start-ups?
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
New ‘iPad is iconic’ ad touts 60,000 apps
Peter-Paul Koch / QuirksBlog:
The future of app stores
Discussion: Kindle Review
 Earlier Items: 
Bloomberg:
HP Reshapes Board With Directors Connected to CEO Apotheker
Michael Lopp / Rands In Repose:
Interview: Marco Arment
Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
Obama's Five Year Tech Plan: High Speed Wireless Internet for 98% of Americans
Discussion: Electronista
Horace Dediu / asymco:
iPhone and iPad: Fine Young Cannibals?
Discussion: Inquirer and SAI
Fred / A VC:
Building Better Social Graphs (continued)
Discussion: WMPoweruser.com