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4:55 AM ET, February 2, 2011

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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.
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Amit Singhal / The Official Google Blog:
Microsoft's Bing uses Google search results—and denies it  —  By now, you may have read Danny Sullivan's recent post: “Google: Bing is Cheating, Copying Our Search Results” and heard Microsoft's response, “We do not copy Google's results.”  However you define copying, the bottom line is, these Bing results came directly from Google.
Harry Shum / Bing:
Thoughts on search quality  —  This morning, I will be on a panel at the Farsight Summit with some of the industry's thought leaders to talk about search quality as we look into the future of search.  Farsight is about looking 10 years into the future to explore the big industry challenges …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Wow, Microsoft And Google Are Punching Each Other In The Face Right In Front Of Us!  —  By now, you've undoubtedly heard the news.  Google set up a sting operation (how cool is that?) in an attempt to catch Microsoft red-handed stealing their search results.  And according to them, they did just that — and made it known.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft: 'We do not copy Google's results'  —  On February 1, Google went public (via SearchEngineLand.com) with claims that Microsoft is copying Google search results with Bing.  —  Is Microsoft copping to the claim?  Here's the original response Microsoft is providing to folks who are asking:
Daniel Eran Dilger / Roughly Drafted:   Why is Google so hysterically hypocritical about Bing using its public data?
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Google's Childish Response To Microsoft Using Google To Increase Bing Relevance
Discussion: @graywolf
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Apple on Sony Reader: “We Have Not Changed Our Guidelines” … Apple rejected Sony's Reader iPhone app from the App Store this week in a move that the New York Times portrays as a “further tightening its control of the App Store.”  And if, as the Times claims, Apple's rejection of the Reader app meant …
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Oceania: We Have Always Required Books From the Eurasian E-Bookstore …
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:   Apple's book rule: 'I wouldn't be surprised if phones were ringing …
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Exclusive: iPad 2 screen, fresh from China  —  With the help of the iFixYouri iPhone 4 repair shop, we have been able to acquire what we believe is an iPad 2 LCD, fresh out of China.  At this point, we cannot tell if the resolution is higher (or “Retina") but it is definitely higher quality in terms of its build.
Joe LaPenna / Google Mobile Blog:
Check in with Google Latitude  —  We first introduced Google Latitude to help you stay in touch with your friends and family by making it easy to share where you are.  For the 10 million people actively using Latitude each month, this “where” has been a location on a map.
Richard Hung / Google Mobile Blog:
Announcing Google Shopper for iPhone  —  (Cross-posted on the Google Merchant Blog)  —  As we announced last November, millions of people have downloaded Google Shopper for Android to help them shop on the go.  Today, we're excited to let you know that Google Shopper …
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
LEAKED: AOL's Master Plan  —  Two years into his tenure as AOL CEO, Tim Armstrong is stepping on the gas.By April, he wants AOL editorial to increase its stories per day from 2,000 to 15,000.He wants pageviews per story to jump from 1,500 to 7,000.He wants video stories to go from being 4% of all stories produced to 70%.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
I Worked on the AOL Content Farm & It Changed My Life
Discussion: SAI, more at Mediagazer »
Adrianne Jeffries / New York Observer:
Flickr Accidentally Deletes a User's 4,000 Photos and Can't Get Them Back  —  Major, major stumble from Flickr today—a Zurich-based photoblogger says Flickr deleted his account by mistake and lost his 4,000 photos.  —  Mirco Wilhelm has the original files saved elsewhere …
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Ahead of Verizon iPhone, T-Mobile Announces Samsung Galaxy S 4G, Details G-Slate Honeycomb Tablet  —  With the Verizon iPhone getting ready to launch in the coming days, T-Mobile decided the time was right to talk about some of its upcoming devices, including a faster Android phone-the Galaxy S 4G.
Lior Ron / The Official Google Blog:
Google Hotpot now on Google.com and around the world  —  Back in November, we introduced Hotpot, a new local recommendation engine powered by you and your friends.  Using Hotpot is simple: you rate places on google.com/hotpot—restaurants, hotels, cafes—and add friends on Hotpot whose opinions you trust.
Discussion: IT Professionals and The Next Web
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Google Android counts include rival Chinese variants  —  Hot on the heels of Samsung admitting that it had exaggerated sales of its Android tablet to consumers, it is becoming clear that Google's Android platform definition is being stretched to include Chinese rivals, including China Mobile's Ophone …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Waiting for the Big Fish?  The Next Web IPOs Might Surprise You  —  No, not Facebook.  —  Not Zynga.  —  And probably not Groupon.  —  At least not yet, when it comes to the blockbuster Web IPOs that Wall Street and investors have been waiting for, and now expecting to roll out sooner …
Discussion: PE Hub Blog, Pulse2 and SAI
Benjamin Wallace / New York Magazine:
The Geek-Kings of Smut  —  After once being the best thing that ever happened to porn, the Internet is now wreaking havoc: destroying some fortunes, making bigger ones, and serving as a stimulus plan, in more ways than one.  —  For one brief moment here at the 2011 Adult Video Awards in Las Vegas …
Sharon Pian Chan / Seattle Times:
Azure now has 31,000 customers  —  Microsoft's cloud computing platform Azure is a year old today, and Microsoft says it now has 31,000 customers.  The new number is a 55 percent increase from the 20,000 customers Microsoft said Azure had in July.  —  Observers are watching Azure closely …
Ahmad F Al-Shagra / The Next Web:
Internet Restored in Egypt  —  This just in: Reports from bloggers and Egyptian twitterati have confirmed that the Internet has been restored in Egypt by the country's major Internet Service Providers ISPs.  —  The decision has yet to be clarified as whether it is a single sided decision …
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Google's Wael Ghonim still missing in Egypt; company asks for help [Updated]  —  The search is on for Google executive Wael Ghonim, who has gone radio silent in Cairo amid the mass protests in Egypt and the government crackdown on the Internet.  —  Concern is growing at Google's Mountain View, Calif., headquarters.
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
It's a photo finish: Android, BlackBerry and iOS are tied in US smartphone share  —  Which smartphone operating system truly leads the US market.  According to Nielsen, none of them.  Says Don Kellogg, Nielsen's Telecom Practice Research and Insights senior manager, it's a “three-way tie” …
Kevin Murphy / DomainIncite.com:
IPv4 addresses to run out Thursday  —  ICANN will announce the final depletion of its pool of IPv4 addresses this Thursday.  —  The Number Resource Organization will hold a “ceremony and press conference to make a significant announcement and to discuss the global transition to the next generation of Internet addresses”.
 
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 Earlier Items: 
Mike Lennon / Security Week:
DDoS Attacks Exceed 100 Gbps, Attack Surface Continues to Expand
Discussion: CircleID
AppleInsider:
Intel error also affects mobile, could delay Apple's next-gen MacBook Pros
Greg Linden / Geeking with Greg:
YouTube uses Amazon's recommendation algorithm
Discussion: GigaOM
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Amit Sood / The Official Google Blog:
Explore museums and great works of art in the Google Art Project