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12:55 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.
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 …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, Pulse2 and MacStories
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.
Discussion: GigaOM
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Dan Kaplan / The Quora Review:
The Problems of Scaling and Scoble at Quora
Discussion: @erickschonfeld, Thanks:dankaplan
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: Beth's Blog
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’ lets you tap the accompanying magnifying for a pop-up preview of the website.
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 …
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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.
Pete Barlas / Investor's Business Daily:
Tech Companies Line Up Their Super Bowl Ads  —  The Super Bowl for Internet and other tech advertisers has become a story of a few stalwart players who return year after year and some transients who suit up for a year or two, then drop out.  —  For the Feb. 6 National Football League title game …
New York Times:
Google Finds It Hard to Reinvent Philanthropy  —  JUST before Google first sold its shares to the public in 2004, Larry Page, one of its founders, excited the nonprofit world with a bold commitment to philanthropy.  —  He vowed to dedicate about 1 percent of Google's profits …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
OPENMESH Is Seeking Alternatives To Egypt-Style Internet Blackouts  —  Galvanized by the unprecedented Internet shutdown in Egypt, angel investor Shervin Pishevar has launched OPENMESH a forum for people who want to discuss ways of preventing governments from blocking communications networks.
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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 …
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
Jason Pontin / Technology Review:
Secrets and Transparency  —  What is Wikileaks, and what is its future?  —  “There is a mystery in the soul of the state ...” Troilus and Cressida (III.iii.202)  —  I.  —  How do we begin to make sense of Wikileaks, the Internet-based organization that publishes the secrets of governments and businesses?
Discussion: WL Central
 
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Mike Elkin / Danger Room:
Exclusive: Tunisia Internet Chief Gives Inside Look at Cyber Uprising
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Now This Is a Content Mill: Narrative Science Raises $6 Million …
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Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Twitter, as a Helpmate, Goes to Capitol Hill
Discussion: The FASTForward Blog