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8:55 PM ET, February 2, 2011

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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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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 …
Tricia Duryee / eMoney:
Zynga Leverages Android Market Improvements for Mobile Expansion
Discussion: Mobilized and GigaOM
Eric Chu / Android Developers Blog:
New Merchandising and Billing Features on Android Market
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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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 …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The Daily  —  Video tour of News Corp.'s new The Daily iPad app.
Discussion: MacGazette.net
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?
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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Claudio Caldato / MSDN Blogs:
Greater Interoperability for Windows Customers With HTML5 Video
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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Tried To Buy Path For $100+ Million.  Path Said No.  —  Yesterday we reported on Path's new $8.5 million venture round, led by Kleiner Perkins and Index Ventures.  I was curious about the valuation and pulled on a couple of threads.  What unraveled was a stunning story about a startup …
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.
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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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
The Daily Show And Colbert Report Return To Hulu Via New Viacom Content Partnership  —  Hulu has just struck a content partnership with Viacom to return “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and “The Colbert Report” to the content platform.  —  The deal also includes other TV Shows from Viacom's media networks …
Discussion: paidContent, PR Newswire and CNET News
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Jason Kilar / Hulu Blog:
Stewart, Colbert, and Hulu's thoughts about the future of TV
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter
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, Reuters, Delimiter 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.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
What Makes a Hit (Consumer) Internet Service  —  Over the past few days, there has been a heated debate about Quora, a year-old startup, that offers a more sophisticated version of Yahoo Answers' question-and-answer platform.  Quora has found success with early adopters because of its high-fidelity content …
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.
 
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Rob Crossley / Develop:
Zynga hacker faces jail after $12m theft
Discussion: All Facebook
Mike Schiraldi / reddit:
reddit: billions served
Discussion: The Next Web, Epicenter and VentureBeat
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
Phil Whelan / Phil Whelan's Blog:
Quora's Technology Examined
David Wolman / Danger Room:
Did Egypt Detain a Top Facebook Activist? [Updated]
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
AT&T adding an extra 2GB to phone tethering plans, launching …
 Earlier Items: 
Bloomberg:
Facebook, Twitter Valuations Fuel Trading Surge to $7 Billion
Russell Adams / Digits:
Apple to Crack Down on Newspaper, Magazine App Payments
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
One-Click Subscriptions Come To the iPad
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
David Pogue / Pogue's Posts:
Quora Raises Questions
Discussion: MediaPost