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5:05 PM ET, January 29, 2011

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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.
Discussion: BetaNews
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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 …
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 …
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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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 …
Discussion: @erickschonfeld, Thanks:dankaplan
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Amazon rolling out Netflix-like 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.
Discussion: eHomeUpgrade, Gizmodo and Electronista, Thanks:technogasms
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 …
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 …
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 …
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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: MacGazette.net, Neowin.net and @akovacs
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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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