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12:40 PM ET, January 29, 2011


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Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
BlackBerry BIS down nationwide?  —  We have been getting tips all morning that RIM's BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS) has been down for a number of hours nationwide, for all carriers.  Unfortunately this outage looks like it's not just the email portion of the BIS service, but all data as well, which is quite frustrating.
Discussion: @verizonwireless and Electronista
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
BlackBerry service reportedly down across North America [Updated - Fixed]  —  If you've been trying to check your BlackBerry messages today and aren't getting anything, you're apparently not alone.  According to widespread reports, it seems that RIM's BlackBerry network is having some problems today …
Discussion: @verizonwireless
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Start Fund: Yuri Milner, SV Angel Offer EVERY New Y Combinator Startup $150k  —  Everything just changed in the angel investing world.  —  Two years ago Yuri Milner, through his investment firm DST, disrupted the traditional Silicon Valley venture capital model when he began investing …
Robert Martinez / Anyblog:   Yuri Milner Uses Anybot to Announce Funding for Every Y Combinator Startup
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
How Did Egypt Kill the Internet?  Possibly With a Few Phone Calls  —  UPDATE: This post has been updated with more detailed information on the timing of the shutdown.  —  How do you turn off the Internet in an entire country?  —  In the case of Egypt, it was probably done with a few phone calls …
Matt Cutts / @mattcutts:
Wilson Rothman / Technolog:
Net-less Egypt may face economic doom Monday
Dan Kaplan / The Quora Review:
The Problems of Scaling and Scoble at Quora  —  You knew it was a new era for Quora when Mashable made a list - “9 Ways to Get More Out of Quora.”  The writer in question, a public relations blogger named Heather Whaling, informed the Cashmore constituency that Quora offered rich land …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
War Maneuvers: Android Event Will Battle iPad Event For Press Love On February 2  —  I love asking companies if the timing of events is on purpose or purely coincidental.  Not only do they almost always say that it's purely coincidental, but they often try to claim that didn't even realize …
Discussion:, @akovacs and
Om Malik / GigaOM:
So How Much Is Quora Worth?  —  For the rest of the world, it may have been a very cold winter, but for Palo Alto, Calif.-based startup Quora, it has been a scorching hot few weeks.  Thanks to relentless media attention, the company started by Facebook alumni — ex-Facebook CTO Adam D'Angelo …
Discussion: @mathewi
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
SourceForge attacked, resets 2 million account passwords to protect users  —  Over the past three days, open-source community and project hosting network SourceForge was attacked, its operations team detecting a targetted attack at the sites developer infrasctructure.
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Verizon turns on iPhone 4 pre-order countdown, existing customers can order on February 3rd at 3AM  —  The grapevine did already hint at the timing of the Verizon iPhone 4 pre-orders, but now, to be absolutely sure nobody misses them, we have a countdown!  Verizon's seriously pushing Apple's phone …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
We Fear for Our Online Privacy, But Do Little to Protect It  —  We are all concerned about online privacy, but not enough to do much about it, apparently.  Americans are more afraid of having their online privacy violated in some way than they are about declaring bankruptcy or losing their jobs …
Associated Press:
China Blocks ‘Egypt’ on Top Twitter-Like Service  —  Search for “Egypt” on the Sina Microblogging Service Brings Up Message Saying “...Search Results Are not Shown”  —  (AP) BEIJING - China has blocked the word “Egypt” from the country's wildly popular Twitter-like service …
Discussion: The Next Web and SAI
Twitter Blog:
The Tweets Must Flow  —  Our goal is to instantly connect people everywhere to what is most meaningful to them.  For this to happen, freedom of expression is essential.  Some Tweets may facilitate positive change in a repressed country, some make us laugh, some make us think, some downright anger a vast majority of users.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:   Twitter Alludes To WikiLeaks And #Egypt In Call For Freedom Of Expression
Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
Exclusive: The next generation of WikiLeaks  —  (Reuters) - All across Europe, from Brussels to the Balkans, a new generation of WikiLeaks-style websites is sprouting.  —  Like their forerunner, the fledgling whistle-blowing sites are a chaotic mixture of complex systems engineering, earnest campaigning, muckraking and self-promotion.
Seesmic Blog:
Seesmic Web 1.0 - Schedule Posts, Autocomplete Usernames, Multiple Facebook accounts and so much more!  —  The newest version of Seesmic Web comes with some major features to manage your online social presence.  From the ability to schedule your posts to adding unlimited Facebooks accounts …
Discussion: The Next Web and @rawmeet
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Angry Birds Planning a Trip to Rio  —  The Angry Birds are headed to Rio.  —  Rovio, maker of the popular mobile game, announced on Friday that it is teaming up with Twentieth Century Fox to create a version of the game centered on the upcoming animated movie “Rio,” which hits theaters in mid-April.
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
How Angry Birds Is Becoming the Next Super Mario
Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft warns of new unpatched vulnerability in all supported versions of Windows
Diane Bartz / Reuters:
Exclusive: U.S. asks about search fairness in Google/ITA
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
New York Post:
‘SNL’ wants Zuckerberg
Andrew Blum / The Atlantic Online:
Tunisia, Egypt, Miami: The Importance of Internet Choke Points
Naked Security / Sophos:
Facebook awarded over $360 million damages against spammer
Discussion: and Slashdot
 Earlier Items: 
Cade Metz / The Register:
Intel gifts world open source FCoE
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple: World's ‘most desired’ brand
Jeff Yang / San Francisco Chronicle:
How Steve Jobs ‘out-Japanned’ Japan
Discussion: SAI, MacDailyNews and Kotaku
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Fujitsu's tablet is easy like a hammer, cozy as a scarf …
Discussion: GottaBeMobile and Softpedia News