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4:25 AM ET, February 1, 2011

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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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Tom Krazit / Relevant Results:
Google, Twitter build Speak to Tweet for Egyptians  —  Even if the Internet is down, people in Egypt can still use Twitter through a new service from Google and Twitter.  —  Google, in combination with Twitter and its recently acquired SayNow engineers, has released a service for tweeting without an Internet connection.
Chad Catacchio / The Next Web:
Incredible: Watch volunteers translate Egyptian phone messages in real-time
Danny Sullivan / @dannysullivan:   the @speak2tweet account is official account for phone-to-tweet service for egypt news #jan25 — has links to some tweets left already
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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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:   Apple Reportedly Blocks Sony Reader App, May Foreshadow War With Amazon Kindle
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.
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 …
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”  —  Last year, Google began allowing users to upload docs of any file format up to 250 MB in size to Google Docs, turning the service from simply an online word processor into a cloud storage service.  Today, the company has unveiled …
Discussion: internetnews.com
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: Howard Lindzon and Black Web 2.0
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Launch Blog:
L006: Angels Respond—Anonymously— to Yuri & Ron's All-in: $150K to 43 YCers
Discussion: Forbes and PE Hub Blog
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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Earl Zmijewski / Renesys Blog:
Egypt's Net on Life Support
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
4chan Founder Unleashes Canvas On The World  —  Canvas launches today for 4,000 or so lucky souls.  —  Seven year old 4chan, created by now-23 year old Christopher Poole, continues to delight and enrage the Internet.  Major Internet memes were either created or spread on 4chan …
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 …
Discussion: Technologizer and eWeek
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Apple's 4% mobile market share rakes in over half the industry's profit  —  With just 4.2 percent of the global mobile phone market, Apple's iPhone accounts for a massive 51 percent of the total profits, a new report claims.  —  Apple continues to dominate the market when profit is measured …
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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 …
Joanna Stern / Engadget:
The rise of the notbook, the fall of the netbook … About six months ago, the 11.6-inch Dell Inspiron M101z arrived on my doorstep for review.  The AMD Neo-powered system looked like a slightly enlarged netbook, but in a briefing with Dell, the product manager reinforced quite a few times …
Discussion: Technologizer and TeleRead
Eric Raymond / Armed and Dangerous:
The Smartphone Wars: AT&T CEO reveals all  —  Well, well, well.  A hot-off-the-press AP article, “AT&T CEO: We'll push Android phones”, finally sheds light on the vexing question of why AT&T let Apple out of its exclusive a year early.  It's just stuffed full of revelations …
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 …
Electronista:
AT&T overbilling on iPhone, iPad accounts [u]  —  (Updated with AT&T response) AT&T is “systematically” overbilling iPhone and iPad users for data, a new federal class action lawsuit argues.  “AT&T's bills systematically overstate the amount of data used on each data transaction involving …
The Tech Report:
Intel finds flaw in Sandy Bridge chipsets, halts shipments  —  As phenomenal as Intel's new Sandy Bridge processors have turned out to be, nothing in this world is truly perfect.  Intel announced earlier this morning that it has discovered a flaw in the 6-series chipsets that accompany the new processor family.
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Intel's billion-dollar mistake: Why chip flaws are so hard to fix
Tricia Duryee / eMoney:
PayPal Hires VP of Global Design From Apple  —  PayPal has hired Sarah Brody, a seven-year veteran of Apple, for the position of VP of Global design.  —  The company confirmed the appointment to us after we got wind of an internal memo sent out to employees today.
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Visa begins trialling iPhone NFC payment solution in Europe  —  Visa has begun trials of an iPhone-based mobile payment system in Europe, Computerworld reports.  The trials, which started today, require on-device software to be installed on testers' iPhones, as well as a hardware accessory that contains an NFC chip.
Wall Street Journal:
Web Running Out of Addresses  —  Internet Sites, Carriers Are Laying the Groundwork for a New Routing System  —  The Internet is about to run out of new addresses, a milestone that is spurring Web giants like Facebook Inc. and Google Inc. to develop new versions of their sites and prompting carriers …
 
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Quora:
Does Facebook need a pet (Android robot, Twitter bird, etc) …
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Worldwide mobile data traffic exploding, nearly tripled in 2010, Cisco says
Discussion: GigaOM
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Accel Hires eHarmony Leader As CEO-In-Residence
Alastair Sharp / Reuters:
IBM touts social skills on RIM's PlayBook
Matthew Flamm / Crain's New York Business:
Google CEO Eric Schmidt searches for book deal
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Insight Venture Partners Raises One *Billion* Dollars — Updated
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Mixtent Launches to Crack Reputation with Controlled Anonymous Commentary
 Earlier Items: 
Fatema Yasmine / The Next Web:
Interview: Heroku Founder Talks About $250M Salesforce Acquisition
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Huge ISPs want per-GB payments from Netflix, YouTube
Discussion: Digital Society
Andrew Wallenstein / paidContent:
Piracy Nearly A Quarter Of Global Internet Traffic, Says Study
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple changes its stance on water damage to iOS devices
Evan Ramstad / Digits:
Samsung Galaxy Tab Sales Actually ‘Quite Small’
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Speculation on the next MacBook Pro
Discussion: parislemon and Stowe Boyd