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7:20 PM ET, January 29, 2011

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Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Amazon rolling out Netflix-like unlimited video streaming for Prime subscribers?  —  Rumors of Amazon either purchasing Netflix or launching a competing option have been circling and now one of our readers says he's seeing an unlimited video streaming section to complement the current Amazon VOD options.
Katia Dolmadjian / Agence France Presse:
Egypt shutdown worst in Internet history: experts  —  PARIS (AFP) - The scale of Egypt's crackdown on the Internet and mobile phones amid deadly protests against the rule of President Hosni Mubarak is unprecedented in the history of the web, experts said.  —  US President Barack Obama …
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David Kravets / Threat Level:
Internet ‘Kill Switch’ Legislation Back in Play  —  Legislation granting the president internet-killing powers is to be re-introduced soon to a Senate committee, the proposal's chief sponsor told Wired.com on Friday.  —  The resurgence of the so-called “kill switch” legislation came the same …
Computerworld:
Without Internet, Egyptians find new ways to get online  —  People around the world are offering dial-up modem numbers and other primitive tools for people in Egypt  —  IDG News Service - “When countries block, we evolve,” an activist with the group We Rebuild wrote in a Twitter message on Friday.
Matt Cutts / @mattcutts:   Google's Transparency Report flatlining for Egypt: http://goo.gl/y98XO Only 4 months old & really useful: http://goo.gl/2l4WU
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 …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
90% of Y Combinator Startups Have Already Accepted The $150k Start Fund Offer  —  Late last night the 43 startups in the most recent Y Combinator class got quite a surprise.  Start Fund, a new fund created by DST's Yuri Milner as an individual and SV Angel, offered each of the companies …
Discussion: @parislemon and @tristanwalker
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:   Yuri Milner and Ron Conway aim to disrupt angel investing with latest proposal
Robert Martinez / Anyblog:   Yuri Milner Uses Anybot to Announce Funding for Every Y Combinator Startup
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Announcing the winners of the Kinect contest  —  When the Kinect launched, Adafruit Industries ran a contest for the first person who released open-source code to extract video and depth from the Kinect.  Adafruit also ended up donating to the EFF after the contest was over.
Discussion: @mattcutts
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 …
Discussion: @erickschonfeld, Thanks:dankaplan
Dylan Tweney / Threat Level:
Amazon.com Security Flaw Accepts Passwords That Are Close, But Not Exact  —  An Amazon.com 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.
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.
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 …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
How 5 Big Companies Are Marking Data Privacy Day
 
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Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Twitter, as a Helpmate, Goes to Capitol Hill
Associated Press:
China Blocks ‘Egypt’ on Top Twitter-Like Service
Discussion: The Next Web and SAI
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Seesmic Web 1.0 - Schedule Posts, Autocomplete Usernames …
Discussion: The Next Web and @rawmeet
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Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
Exclusive: The next generation of WikiLeaks
Om Malik / GigaOM:
So How Much Is Quora Worth?
Discussion: @mathewi