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11:00 AM ET, February 1, 2011

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New York Times:
Apple Moves to Tighten Control of App Store  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Apple is further tightening its control of the App Store.  —  The company has told some applications developers, including Sony, that they can no longer sell content, like e-books, within their apps, or let customers have access …
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Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Are Apple's iPhone E-Reader Rules Changing? Tough to Tell
Discussion: Engadget and THINQ.co.uk
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:   Apple Reportedly Blocks Sony Reader App, May Foreshadow War With Amazon Kindle
The Official Google Blog:
Some weekend work that will (hopefully) enable more Egyptians to be heard  —  Like many people we've been glued to the news unfolding in Egypt and thinking of what we could do to help people on the ground.  Over the weekend we came up with the idea of a speak-to-tweet service …
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Chad Catacchio / The Next Web:
Incredible: Watch volunteers translate Egyptian phone messages in real-time
Discussion: Post Tech and GalleyCat
Paul Thurrott / Windows Phone Secrets:
Now Microsoft confirms Yahoo! as the data leak culprit  —  Microsoft this evening belatedly admitted that Yahoo! Mail was in fact the data leak culprit in Windows Phone, just hours after Rafael had already proven that to be the problem.  Here's the note from Microsoft, which also includes information …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Mobile Data Explosion: 75 Exabytes by 2015  —  Worldwide mobile data traffic is due to increase 26-fold to 75 exabytes annually, says networking giant Cisco in its latest report, the Cisco Visual Networking Index Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast for 2010 to 2015.
Discussion: Cisco
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Jon Swartz / USA Today:
Airlines offer free in-flight Facebook  —  Starting today, seven major airlines are giving away the social network on their Wi-Fi networks all month, just as they would soft drinks and peanuts.  It's part of a promotion with Gogo Inflight Internet.  —  The free Facebook service will be available …
Joshua Schnell / Macgasm:
Netgear CEO Patrick Lo apologizes via email for misspeaking  —  A lot of people were pretty disappointed this morning when they read the words that came out of the Netgear CEO's mouth.  We ran an article today that highlighted words spoken by Patrick Lo (link) that essentially alluded to Steve Jobs …
Brian Suthoff / localytics.com:
First Impressions Matter!  26% of Apps Downloaded in 2010 Were Used Just Once  —  The market for phone and tablet apps is very competitive, with about 400,000 iPhone/iPad apps and 200,000 Android apps.  The good news is that customers seem very willing to give new apps a try …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Buyer's Remorse: 16 Percent of Galaxy Tabs Are Returned  —  No wonder sales of Samsung's Galaxy Tab to date have haven't been what the company expected.  Not only are consumers buying fewer of them than previously thought-they're also returning them more frequently.
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Facebook's next big media move: Comments  —  Facebook is planning to launch a third-party commenting system in a matter of weeks, according to multiple sources familiar with the new product.  This new technology could see Facebook as the engine behind the comments system on many high-profile blogs …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:   Facebook Has Been Refining Their Troll-Slaying Comment System …
Peter Kafka / @pkafka:   So: Yes, new FB comment system designed to work with Google, Yahoo, Twitter sign-ins, if pub wants them.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google: Bing Is Cheating, Copying Our Search Results  —  Google has run a sting operation that it says proves Bing has been watching what people search for on Google, the sites they select from Google's results, then uses that information to improve Bing's own search listings.  Bing doesn't deny this.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Blame me: Mozy scraps unlimited backups  —  Mozy, the online backup service provider and EMC subsidiary, plans to announce today that it's dumping its subscription permitting customers to store unlimited data.  —  The reason is not hard to guess: with ever-growing quantities of photos and videos …
Ross Miller / Engadget:
LG confirms Optimus 3D for MWC 2011: glasses-free screen and 3D camera  —  We've had a feeling that LG was going to tackle 3D smartphones heads-on sometime in February, and after a spat of rumors today purported to be showing off the Optimus 3D (pictured above, via Phandroid) …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Social Application Developer Seesmic Raises $4M From SoftBank And Salesforce  —  Social application developer Seesmic has raised $4 million in new funding from enterprise giant Salesforce.com and Softbank Holdings, a subsidiary of Softbank.  This brings Seesmic's total funding to $16 million …
Horace Dediu / asymco:
The iPhone share: 17.25% of smartphones, 4.2% all phones  —  The mobile phone market is growing rapidly.  It grew 18% in the last quarter.  The smartphone market grew even faster, about 75%.  —  To grow share in this market means growing even faster than the market.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Egypt Shuts Down Noor, Its Last ISP  —  We're hearing reports on Twitter that the coverage of Noor Group's DSL service, Egypt's last standing ISP which powers the Egyptian Stock Exchange as well as sites of major brands like Coca Cola and Exxon Mobile is being shut down …
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Olivia Ma / YouTube Blog:
Egyptian protest footage on YouTube
Scott Gilbertson / Webmonkey:
OpenID: The Web's Most Successful Failure  —  First 37Signals announced it would drop support for OpenID.  Then Microsoft's Dare Obasanjo called OpenID a failure (along with XML and AtomPub).  Former Facebooker Yishan Wong's scathing (and sometimes wrong) rant calling OpenID a failure is one of the more popular answers on Quora.
Vijay Bangaru / Docs Blog:
A refresh to the Documents List  —  Over the past year, many of you have been taking advantage of the ability to upload any file to Google Docs.  With more files and of a variety of file types in one place, it becomes more difficult to organize and find what you need quickly.
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Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Step By Step, Google Docs Becoming the Mythical “GDrive”
Discussion: internetnews.com
Joanna Stern / Engadget:
Dell Streak 7 review  —  Let's be honest, the original Dell Streak had a bit of an identity crisis.  The 5-inch device wasn't sure if it belonged in the tablet or smartphone world, and ultimately it was targeted at a pretty niche user.  But its larger brother, the Streak 7, is more self-aware.
Brandon Watson / Many Niches:
Paul Graham's Dilemma  —  I have to make sure I don't take 4 months off from blogging again.  Having re-read this for editing, I had a lot to say, but more importantly, I enjoyed the mental exercise it put me through.  —  I am not sure that I am going to tread much new ground in simply covering …
Discussion: broadstuff and Howard Lindzon
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Launch Blog:
L006: Angels Respond—Anonymously— to Yuri & Ron's All-in: $150K to 43 YCers
Discussion: Forbes
 
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
33needs helps do-gooder startups crowdsource their funding
Discussion: TechCrunch and VatorNews
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Shopkick Has 750,000 Users — And 10% Use It Each Day
Quora:
Does Facebook need a pet (Android robot, Twitter bird, etc) …
Joanna Stern / Engadget:
The rise of the notbook, the fall of the netbook
Discussion: SAI
Eric Raymond / Armed and Dangerous:
The Smartphone Wars: AT&T CEO reveals all
 Earlier Items: 
Alastair Sharp / Reuters:
IBM touts social skills on RIM's PlayBook
Wall Street Journal:
Web Running Out of Addresses
Tricia Duryee / eMoney:
PayPal Hires VP of Global Design From Apple
Discussion: AppleInsider, SlashGear and 9 to 5 Mac
Matthew Flamm / Crain's New York Business:
Google CEO Eric Schmidt searches for book deal
Discussion: The Register, Pulse2, GalleyCat and Gawker
Andrew Wallenstein / paidContent:
Piracy Nearly A Quarter Of Global Internet Traffic, Says Study