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3:35 PM ET, January 29, 2011


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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
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 …
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
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Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
How Did Egypt Kill the Internet? Possibly With a Few Phone Calls
Wilson Rothman / Technolog:
Net-less Egypt may face economic doom Monday
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
President Obama calls on Egypt to bring back the Internet, social media
Dylan Tweney / Threat Level: Security Flaw Accepts Passwords That Are Close, But Not Exact  —  An security flaw allows some customers to log in with variations of their actual password that are close to, but not exactly, their real password.  —  The flaw lets Amazon accept as valid some passwords …
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 …
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.
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:, and @akovacs
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Internet Explorer 9 RC set to launch on February 10  —  Microsoft sent out media invites on Friday for an Internet Explorer 9 event on February 10.  —  The software giant is expected to unveil the Release Candidate version of Internet Explorer 9 at an event in San Francisco on February 10.
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
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 …
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 …
Jennifer Baker / PC World:
Retaining Data Does Not Help Fight Crime, Says Group  —  Retaining telecommunications data is no help in fighting crime, according to a study of German police statistics, released Thursday.  Indeed, it could even make matters worse, according to a civil liberties group.
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.
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Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft warns of new unpatched vulnerability in all supported versions of Windows
Diane Bartz / Reuters:
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Andrew Blum / The Atlantic Online:
Tunisia, Egypt, Miami: The Importance of Internet Choke Points
 Earlier Items: 
Naked Security / Sophos:
Facebook awarded over $360 million damages against spammer
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Cade Metz / The Register:
Intel gifts world open source FCoE
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Apple: World's ‘most desired’ brand