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3:00 PM ET, January 27, 2011

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Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple, News Corp to hold event to launch The Daily  —  Apple and News Corp sent out invitations on Thursday to press for the launch of the Daily, a newspaper designed specifically for iPads.  —  According to the invitation received by The Loop on Thursday, News Corp Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch …
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
News Corp.'s iPad magazine launching Feb. 2  —  News Corporation has chosen Groundhog Day for its launch of The Daily, a digital publication designed for tablet devices—and it's chosen New York, not the previously rumored San Francisco, for the Feb. 2 event.
Wall Street Journal:
Hulu Plots New Script  —  Just as the digital wave transforms the television industry, Hulu, a pioneer of Internet TV, is in internal discussions to dramatically transform itself.  —  The free online television service has become one of the most-watched online video properties in the U.S …
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Electronista:
Hulu may use live TV, lose free ABC and Fox to iTunes
Discussion: SAI
Arn / MacRumors:
Verizon iPhone Pre-Orders to Start at 3am ET on February 3rd, Offering AT&T iPhone Trade Ins  —  Verizon has begun sending out information to corporate customers with more details about their iPhone launch.  Verizon is offering existing customers a chance to buy the Verizon iPhone on February 3rd, a week before the general public.
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Josh Ong / AppleInsider:   Verizon BlackBerry glitch casts doubt on iPhone launch
Krishna Panicker / The Big Blog:
Introducing the new version of Skype for Mac  —  We've just released a new version of Skype for Mac, removing the beta label and introducing group video calling as part of our Premium package, as well as a number of user interface and other improvements.  Download it now, or read on to find out more.
Brad Stone / Business Week:
Larry Page's Google 3.0  —  The company co-founder and his star deputies are trying to root out bureaucracy and rediscover the nimble moves of youth  —  Every Monday afternoon at the Googleplex in Mountain View, Calif., more than a dozen of Google's (GOOG) top executives gather in the company's boardroom.
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Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
The root of the spat between Google and Apple...
Discussion: TiPb
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Nokia smartphone market share shrinks to 31 percent, operating profit takes a beating too  —  Stephen Elop's first quarterly results as Nokia CEO have just come out, and while the company's still growing, others seem to be speeding ahead of it.  Nokia's reporting its converged mobile devices …
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Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Nokia CEO Elop Lays Groundwork for New Strategy, Hints May Be Open to OS Switch  —  Although Stephen Elop is waiting until a Feb. 11 investor meeting to fully outline the company's new strategy, he offered a few tantalizing hints during Thursday's earnings conference call.
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Check Out Big Pictures Of Android 3.0, Google's Tablet Operating System  —  Google just released the Android 3.0 SDK preview for developers.  —  This gives them an opportunity to start testing out apps for Google's new operating system called Honeycomb.  —  In addition to the SDK …
Discussion: Gadgetell and TheAppNews
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Android Developers Blog:
Android 3.0 Platform Preview and Updated SDK Tools
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
HTC's newest Android flagship phone revealed  —  Why bother waiting for its official Mobile World Congress reveal in February when you can view the newest HTC flagship today?  The touchscreen slate prototype (notice the serial number stamped along the bottom of the handset's face) …
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Testing Display Ads In Gmail  —  Google appears to be testing display ads in Gmail.  I have not spoken to anyone at the company but discovered the following image ad in my own Gmail account this morning:  —  Image ads have made their way into paid search on Google.com and various other properties on Google.
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Sony's next PSP, codenamed NGP  —  Betcha didn't think this day would come, but it finally has.  Sony has just come clean with its next-generation PlayStation Portable.  It's actually codenamed NGP and will revolve around five key concepts: Revolutionary User Interface, Social Connectivity …
Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
Facebook denies to launch branded phones with HTC  —  (Reuters) - Facebook has no plans to launch Facebook-branded phones with Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC, it said on Thursday, following reports that it planned to launch an official tie-up next month.  —  “This is really just another example …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Google Starts Censoring BitTorrent, RapidShare and More  —  It's taken a while, but Google has finally caved in to pressure from the entertainment industries including the MPAA and RIAA.  The search engine now actively censors terms including BitTorrent, torrent, utorrent …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Demand Media Says It's Getting Along Just Fine With Google, Thank You Very Much  —  So the first wave of investors has taken a look at Demand Media, and they're buying: The “content creation platform,” as the company likes to describe itself, closed at $22.65 yesterday, up 33 percent on its first day of trading.
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Felix Gillette / Business Week:
Demand Media's Planet of the Algorithms
Joshua E. Keating / Foreign Policy:
Can Governments Really ‘Block’ Twitter?  —  Not really.  The domain name is inaccessible, but it's not that hard to get around.  —  This week, Egypt became the latest Middle Eastern country to see massive anti-government street demonstrations.  As in Tunisia earlier this month and Iran last year …
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Laura Miyakawa / Herdict Blog:   What the herd is saying in Egypt
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Here Comes Another Web IPO: LinkedIn S-1 Filing Imminent  —  LinkedIn, the online business networking site, is likely to file regulatory documents for an initial public offering as early as today, according to sources close to the situation.  —  Sources said LinkedIn is ready to submit …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Twitter Hires Bing's Principal Scientist Away From Microsoft  —  Alek Kocz, Principal Scientist at Microsoft's search engine Bing, appears to have left the company and joined Twitter this week.  Kocz's Twitter messages are protected and he hasn't changed any of his profiles online …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Why Microsoft Desperately Needs To Become More Acquisitive  —  We're on the verge of hearing how Microsoft performed in the last quarter of 2010 - the general consensus seems to be that the world's largest software maker is set to report a dip in earnings.  —  We'll be covering …
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Netflix Gets Social: “Extensive” Facebook Integration Is Coming  —  Netflix revealed it is in the process of implementing “an extensive Facebook integration” on Wednesday, marking a significant change from its previous absence from the social Web.  —  Netflix's dramatic growth in user base …
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Zuckerberg hack: who was behind it?  —  There are some clues left by the person who hacked Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook fan page on Wikipedia - but what do they add up to?  —  I decided to follow up some of the trail left in the Mark Zuckerberg Facebook fan page hacking incident.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and BBC
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
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Peter Kafka / All Things Digital:
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Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Plans To Make “Sponsored Stories” Self-Serve
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Google, Amazon Vets Bank On Jumio To Revolutionize Mobile Payments
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Wikileaks ISP Anonymizes All Customer Traffic To Beat Spying
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 Earlier Items: 
Quentin Hardy / Forbes:
Is Tasty Labs the Next Great Social Play?
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Leo Chen / VentureBeat:
Groupon in China — why it could succeed where others have failed
Julie / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
MasterCard's Support for COICA Threatens A Free And Open Internet
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook Is Hard At Work On A Tablet-Optimized Experience
Discussion: All Facebook, O'Reilly Radar and Adotas
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
AT&T Earnings: 442,000 Tablet And 4.1 Million iPhone Activations In Q4 2010
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteMobile:
10 Mobile Trends for 2011  —  In its annual mobile technology …
Discussion: SocialTimes.com
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Are Location-Based Services Ready to Turn the Corner?
Discussion: paidContent and WinRumors