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7:20 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.
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.
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.
Eric Chu / Android Developers Blog:
New Merchandising and Billing Features on Android Market
Tricia Duryee / eMoney:
Zynga Leverages Android Market Improvements for Mobile Expansion
Discussion: GigaOM, TechCrunch and Mobilized
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 …
Frederic Lardinois / NewsGrange:
The Daily: Old News in a Flawed Package
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The Daily  —  Video tour of News Corp.'s new The Daily iPad app.
Discussion: MacGazette.net and TechCrunch
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.
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Daniel Eran Dilger / Roughly Drafted:
Why is Google so hysterically hypocritical about Bing using its public data?
Discussion: ITworld.com and eWeek
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 …
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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: Zero Day Blog and Download Squad, Thanks:edbott
Reuters:
Unreleased Apple iPad spotted at News Corp event  —  (Reuters) - Spotted at Rupert Murdoch's splashy digital newspaper launch on Wednesday: a prototype of Apple's newest iPad.  —  A Reuters eyewitness saw what appeared to be a working model of the next iPad with a front-facing camera …
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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.
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
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
News Corp. Has Given Up On MySpace; ‘Now Is Right Time’ For Sale  —  News Corp. (NSDQ: NWS) is now definitely looking for a MySpace buyer.  —  “With a new structure in place, now is the right time to consider strategic options for this business,” COO Chase Carey told analysts.
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Senators decry link between Egypt, ‘kill switch’ bill  —  Joseph Lieberman and two other senators who hope to hand the president emergency Internet authority are protesting comparisons to Egypt cutting off the Net.  —  • Poll: Internet ‘kill switch’—help or hindrance?  —  ... Read full post & comments
Discussion: eWeek, ABC News and SlashGear
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.
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.
Phil Whelan / Phil Whelan's Blog:
Quora's Technology Examined  —  Quora has taken the tech and entrepreneurial world by storm, providing a system that works so fluidly that it's sometime hard to see what the big fuss is all about.  This slick tool is powered, not only by an intelligent crowd of askers and answerers …
 
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Court Delivers Verizon Net Neutrality Suit a Setback
Discussion: DSLreports and Reuters
Lex Friedman / Macworld:
Kobo e-reader adds social networking features
Discussion: App Advice
Jim Puzzanghera / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Key lawmakers press Facebook on privacy concerns about user phone …
Discussion: All Facebook
David Wolman / Danger Room:
Leading Egyptian Facebook Activist Arrested, Friends Say
Discussion: AOL News
Bloomberg:
Facebook, Twitter Valuations Fuel Trading Surge to $7 Billion
Russell Adams / Digits:
Apple to Crack Down on Newspaper, Magazine App Payments
 Earlier Items: 
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
One-Click Subscriptions Come To the iPad
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog, Macworld and SAI
Forbes:
Life After Facebook  —  Peter Thiel has made billions in social media.
The Mozilla Blog:
New Firefox 4 Beta for Android and Maemo is Faster than Ever
Discussion: IntoMobile, ReadWriteWeb and Erictric
Ingrid Lunden / mocoNews:
Apple's In-App Rules: ‘Betrayed’ European Publishers Convene A Summit
David Pogue / Pogue's Posts:
Quora Raises Questions
Discussion: MediaPost, The Quora Review and @pogue
 

 
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