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7:45 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  —  Don't believe in the power of crowdsourcing yet?  Well, if initiatives such as Wikipedia and Ushahidi haven't convinced you, the video below should pretty much negate anyone's doubts about just how monumental a force crowdsourcing has become.
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and The Next Web
Earl Zmijewski / Renesys Blog:
Egypt's Net on Life Support
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.
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) …
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Worldwide mobile data traffic exploding, nearly tripled in 2010, Cisco says  —  The air is almost as thick with data as it once was with the smoke of the Industrial Revolution, with increasingly dense billows of bits traveling between the world's billions of mobile devices.
Andrew Lyle / Neowin.net:
Windows Mobile outsells Windows Phone 7 in Q4 2010  —  In the latest report from the NDP group, which proclaimed Android the world's leading smartphone platform, some more light was shed on Microsoft's current standing.  —  Although Windows Phone 7 didn't debut until November of last year …
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 …
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: SAI, Technologizer and TeleRead
Matthew Flamm / Crain's New York Business:
Google CEO Eric Schmidt searches for book deal  —  Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt, who will be stepping down from the top job in April, will soon find out where his next check is coming from: New York publishers are bidding on the wonkish business leader's first book, according to several publishing industry insiders.
 
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Horace Dediu / asymco:
The iPhone share: 17.25% of smartphones, 4.2% all phones
Discussion: Daring Fireball
Quora:
Does Facebook need a pet (Android robot, Twitter bird, etc) …
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Accel Hires eHarmony Leader As CEO-In-Residence
Eric Raymond / Armed and Dangerous:
The Smartphone Wars: AT&T CEO reveals all
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Apple's 4% mobile market share rakes in over half the industry's profit