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6:20 PM ET, January 30, 2011

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Sarah Devlin / Mediaite:
The Real Mark Zuckerberg Confronts A ‘Surprised’ Jesse Eisenberg On SNL  —  Jesse Eisenberg's opening monologue for “Saturday Night Live” got off to a pretty standard start — he name-dropped “The Social Network,” poked fun at his über-nerd persona, and was interrupted by Andy Samberg-as-Mark-Zuckerberg.
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Why I was wrong about Quora as a blogging service ...  I must apologize to Dave Winer.  He warned me about supporting services that aren't the open web and I wasn't willing to listen to him a month ago, because I was infatuated with a cool new service that lots of insiders were supporting.
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Mark Essel / Victus Spiritus:   How about a question and answer plugin for blogs?
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
The Power of the Platform at Apple  —  SIZE is the enemy of growth.  It is one of the unwritten laws of business, a matter of simple percentages.  After all, when a company has $1 billion in yearly sales, an extra $1 billion doubles its size.  Add $1 billion in new business to a $10 billion-a-year company …
Mike Elgan / Computerworld:
How Apple and Google will kill the password  —  Prediction: Your phone is about to become a universal biometric ID and debit card  —  Computerworld - Imagine sitting down at a public PC, surfing the Web, visiting Facebook, checking your online bank account and buying something on Amazon.com …
Jeffrey Zeldman / Jeffrey Zeldman Presents …:
HTML5 vs. HTML  —  THANKS TO THE WORK of the WHAT WG, the orations of Steve, the acclaim of developers, and a dash of tasteful pamphleteering, the W3C finally has a hit technology on its hands.  Indeed, it has a cluster of hot technologies, the latest incarnation of what we've been calling …
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
After Just A Year, Even Google Surprised By Success Of Click-To-Call  —  A year since it's introduction even Google is surprised by how successful “Click to Call” has become.  “We're seeing millions of calls every month; it has become a core part of a large number mobile search ad campaigns …
Discussion: Screenwerk
Jessica Guynn / Los Angeles Times:
Twitter CEO Dick Costolo is determined to get the last laugh  —  The onetime improvisational comedian wants to prove that the social network can make money.  —  Reporting from San Francisco —  Before embarking on a career as a technology entrepreneur, Dick Costolo took part …
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Google ‘Instant Previews’ come to iOS Safari  —  Google has finally brought their helpful ‘Instant Previews’ feature from the desktop browser, down to the mobile experience.  ‘Instant Previews’ let you tap the accompanying magnifying glass for a pop-up preview of the website.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
It's Not Twitter or Facebook, It's the Power of the Network  —  Just as it was during the recent uprisings in Tunisia, the role of social media in the recent upheaval in Egypt has been the subject of much debate since the unrest began on Thursday.  Daily Show host Jon Stewart on Friday poked fun …
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Scott Shane / New York Times:
Spotlight Again Falls on Web Tools and Change
Discussion: Gov 2.0 and Beth's Blog
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
iPad Mags Need A New Blueprint  —  Ever since the iPad came out, print media companies have been feeling their way in this new medium, but so far they've just been stumbling over themselves.  —  They are latching onto the iPad as a new walled garden where people will somehow magically pay …
Discussion: TeleRead
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Learning from our Mistakes: The Failure of OpenID, AtomPub and XML on the Web  —  I've now been working and blogging about web technology long enough to see technologies that we once thought were the best thing since sliced bread turn out to be rather poor solutions to the problem or even worse …
Roger Ehrenberg / Information Arbitrage:
Start Fund: No big deal.  Business as usual.  —  Though scarcely 24 hours old, the Yuri Milner/Y Combinator/SV Angel announcement has already been dissected, sliced, diced and beaten beyond comprehension.  But there are a few salient common sense points missing from the analysis …
Discussion: Forbes and TechCrunch
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Oiwan Lam / Global Voices Advocacy:
China: Bridging news on Egypt
Pete Barlas / Investor's Business Daily:
Tech Companies Line Up Their Super Bowl Ads
Jason Pontin / Technology Review:
Secrets and Transparency
Discussion: Dateline Zero
Mike Elkin / Danger Room:
Exclusive: Tunisia Internet Chief Gives Inside Look at Cyber Uprising
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New York Times:
Google Finds It Hard to Reinvent Philanthropy
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Twitter, as a Helpmate, Goes to Capitol Hill
Discussion: The FASTForward Blog
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Announcing the winners of the Kinect contest
Discussion: @mattcutts
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Amazon rolling out Netflix-like unlimited video streaming for Prime subscribers?