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4:40 PM ET, February 2, 2011

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Eric Chu / Google Mobile Blog:
Introducing the Android Market website  —  Over the past two years, developers around the world have helped make Android Market the go-to place for more than 100,000 apps, games and widgets.  Previously, you could only access Android Market directly from your device, but today …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google (Finally) Unveils Android In-App Purchasing; Disney Brings Tap Tap Revenge To Take Advantage  —  Today at their Honeycomb event at the Google HQ in Mountain View, Google had a lot of information to share.  First, they gave a demo of the new Honeycomb features.  Then they shared the new Android Market Webstore.
Sebastian Anthony / Download Squad:
Android Honeycomb features: smartphone apps will work on tablets without modification, built-in video chat  —  At Google's live Android event, Andy Rubin has just announced some exciting new features present in Android 3.0 Honeycomb.  Most notably, all apps built for Android phones will work on Android tablets without being modified.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Honeycomb Puts Android 3.0 Tablets On Nearly Equal Footing With iPad  —  This morning Google showcased the features of its new tablet-optimized version of Android: Honeycomb.  Danny live-blogged the press event,  —  Honeycomb represents a dramatic improvement over Gingerbread for tablets in several respects.
Kit Eaton / Fast Company:
Apple and News Corp's “The Daily” Hits the iPad for $0.99 Weekly, $40 Yearly [Video]  —  The media world has been impatiently waiting for Apple's iPad daily newspaper, built as a collaboration between Steve Jobs' company and Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. for months.
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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
All The Daily Details  —  This morning we got all the details on Murdoch's The Daily iPad newspaper, leaked by Rupert himself.  Now, the app is ready for download.  $40 will get you a subscription to 365 days of these contents:  • Over 100 pages of original news, life, entertainment …
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
News Corp has spent $30M on The Daily iPad newspaper
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The Daily  —  Video tour of News Corp.'s new The Daily iPad app.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
The Empire Strikes Back: Microsoft Goes After Google on Web Video Formats  —  The war between Google and Microsoft is clearly heating up.  —  After being accused of copying Google's search results on Tuesday, Microsoft is now going after Google, accusing it of injecting inconsistency …
Discussion: Neowin.net, Gearlog and Electronista
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MSDN Blogs:
HTML5 and Web Video: Questions for the Industry from the Community  —  A Web without video would be a dull Web and consumers, developers and businesses want video on the Web to just work.  As an industry we know this and have, until recently, been on a path to make this a reality with HTML5 …
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report Blog:
Microsoft adds H.264 support to Google Chrome
Discussion: Ars Technica and Download Squad, Thanks:edbott
Daniel Eran Dilger / Roughly Drafted:
Why is Google so hysterically hypocritical about Bing using its public data?  —  The tech world seems to be briefly transfixed by the skirmish between Google and Microsoft, not over patents or profits but over accusations that Bing is using Google's search results to improve its own.
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Yusuf Mehdi / Bing:
Setting the record straight  —  I was unable to attend the Farsight conference yesterday but watched events unfold online and wanted to take a moment to share some thoughts and make sure everyone is clear about a few things.  —  It was interesting to watch the level of protest and feigned outrage from Google.
James Cowie / Renesys Blog:
Egypt Returns To The Internet  —  Egyptian Internet providers returned to the Internet at 09:29:31 UTC (11:29am Cairo time).  Websites such as the Egyptian Stock Exchange, Commercial International Bank of Egypt, MCDR, and the US Embassy in Cairo, are once again reachable.
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Shereen El Gazzar / Wall Street Journal:
Egypt Restores Internet Service  —  The Egyptian government restored Internet service to the country Wednesday, ending an unprecedented week-long shutdown aimed at making it harder for protesters to organize.  —  In the end, the shutdown proved less an impediment than a source …
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.
Apple:
iPhone 4 on Verizon Wireless Available for Pre-Order Tomorrow  —  Apple® today announced an exclusive opportunity for Verizon Wireless' 94 million customers to pre-order iPhone® 4 online beginning on Thursday, February 3 through the Apple Store® (www.apple.com) and at www.verizonwireless.com/iphone.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
IAC's Match.com Acquires Online Dating Site OkCupid For $50M In Cash  —  IAC's Match.com is continuing its acquisition strategy today with the purchase of online dating site OkCupid for $50 million in cash.  The deal also includes future earnouts contingent upon performance.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
One-Click Subscriptions Come To the iPad  —  Apple exec Eddy Cue announced today at The Daily launch, as expected, that Apple will be enabling subscription pricing for news apps.  There will be one-click subscription billing either weekly (99 cents) or yearly ($39.99).
Discussion: SAI and Macworld
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David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:   Details of Apple's paid subscription model visible in iPad Terms of Service
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Instagram Filters Through Suitors To Capture $7 Million In Funding Led By Benchmark  —  There have been few startups that have gotten as hot as quickly as Instagram.  The photo-sharing application for the iPhone surged past 100,000 users less than a week after they first launched.
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Kevin Systrom / instagr.am:
A Growing Team for the Opportunity Ahead
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
AT&T to expand tethering data cap to 4GB for $45 per month  —  AT&T on Wednesday announced that “select smartphone customers” will be able to access the AT&T Mobile Hotspot application for sharing a handset's 3G data connection with other devices, offering 4GB of data per month with tethering for $45.
 
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Bloomberg:
Facebook, Twitter Valuations Fuel Trading Surge to $7 Billion
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Senators decry link between Egypt, ‘kill switch’ bill
Discussion: SlashGear, The Register and ABC News
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
IOS Devices Generate 2 Percent of Global Web Traffic
Discussion: App Advice, Engadget and Digital Trends
Russell Adams / Digits:
Apple to Crack Down on Newspaper, Magazine App Payments
Forbes:
Life After Facebook  —  Peter Thiel has made billions in social media.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Federated Media Promotes President and COO Brown to CEO, Replacing Battelle
Discussion: paidContent, FM Blog and @johnbattelle
Sean Portnoy / Laptops and Desktops Blog:
Computer companies scramble to deal with Intel's Sandy Bridge chipset defect
 Earlier Items: 
The Mozilla Blog:
New Firefox 4 Beta for Android and Maemo is Faster than Ever
Ingrid Lunden / mocoNews:
Apple's In-App Rules: ‘Betrayed’ European Publishers Convene A Summit
Discussion: Daring Fireball
David Pogue / Pogue's Posts:
Quora Raises Questions
Discussion: The Quora Review and @pogue
Lior Ron / The Official Google Blog:
Google Hotpot now on Google.com and around the world
Richard Hung / Google Mobile Blog:
Announcing Google Shopper for iPhone
 

 
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Financial Times:
Sources: WBD weighs splitting off its streaming and studio businesses from its legacy TV networks including CNN, leaving most of its debt with the TV networks

Washington Post:
Sue Mi Terry, wife of WaPo columnist Max Boot, has been charged with acting as an agent of South Korea; the indictment cites a WaPo column she wrote with Boot

Jack Dunn / Variety:
Fox Entertainment announces a restructuring of its operations that includes layoffs for about 30 people

 
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