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11:05 PM ET, February 3, 2011

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Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
My thoughts on this week's debate  —  Earlier this week I was on a search panel with Harry Shum of Bing and Rich Skrenta of Blekko (and moderated by Vivek Wadhwa) and the video now live.  It's forty minutes long, but it covers a lot of ground:  —  One big point of discussion is whether Bing copies Google's search results.
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Vivek Wadhwa / TechCrunch:
How Google Ambushed Microsoft and Changed the Subject  —  In previous posts, I wrote about the epic battles that are brewing between spammers and content farms—which are turning the web into a massive garbage dump—and search providers, which have to choose between profit and customer satisfaction.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Google's Bing Attack Has Larry Page Written All Over It  —  Please see this disclosure related to me and Google.  —  While he won't officially take over as CEO of Google until April, the recent full frontal slapfest on Microsoft's Bing search engine for shoplifting results from the search giant …
Andrew Munchbach / BGR:
Verizon Wireless to begin throttling data speeds of heaviest users, optimizing content; starts today  —  According to a PDF memo available on Verizon Wireless' website (for now), the company will begin to throttle the data-throughput speeds of customers that consume an “extraordinary amount of data” …
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Sinead Carew / Reuters:   Some Verizon Wireless iPhone customers complain
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Andy Baio / Waxy:
The Daily: Indexed  —  Anybody else think it's weird that The Daily, News Corp's new iPad-only magazine, posts almost every article to their official website... but with no index of the articles to be found?  They spent $30M on it, but apparently forgot a homepage!  —  So I went ahead and made one for them!
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Joe Weisenthal / SAI:
Sorry Rupert, Everyone Can Now Read “The Daily” For Free
Discussion: Examiner and App Advice
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
‘Dating’ Site Imports 250,000 Facebook Profiles, Without Permission  —  How does a unknown dating site, with the absurd intention of destroying Facebook, launch with 250,000 member profiles on the first day?  —  Simple.  —  You scrape data from Facebook.
Google Chrome Blog:
A dash of speed, 3D and apps  —  Today, we're excited to bring several new features from Chrome's beta channel to the stable build, including WebGL, Chrome Instant, and the Chrome Web Store.  —  WebGL is a new technology which brings hardware-accelerated 3D graphics to the browser.
Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Google Gets 75,000 Job Applications in One Week, Topping Record Set in '07  —  Google Inc., the world's biggest Internet-search service, received more than 75,000 job applications worldwide last week, setting a record for the company as it embarks on a hiring spree.
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
LEAKED: All Of Ron Conway's Investments Since 2005  —  We knew Ron Conway and his “SV Angel” were prolific angel investors.  But we didn't know he was this prolific.  —  An Excel file, purportedly of SV Angel's entire portfolio, has made its way into our inbox, and we have reproduced it here.
Discussion: @ajoybhambani
Henry Blodget / SAI:
Apple Shareholder Demands The Company Establish A CEO Succession Plan  —  In the wake of Steve Jobs' latest medical leave, an Apple shareholder has demanded that the company establish a CEO succession plan.  —  This proposal has now been seconded by a major institutional advisory firm called ISS, the FT reports.
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Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
Apple CEO Succession Proposal Gets Backing From ISS
Andrew Brackin / Gizable:
[UPDATED] Twitter adds (then removes) the ‘shorten’ button.  —  UPDATE: Twitter has officially responded on the matter, stating on their @TwitterGlobalPR account: 'Reports of Twitter testing a “shorten” button are untrue.  As we've said, someday you'll be able to shorten links in Tweets …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:hunterowens
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Hotmail launches accounts you can throw away  —  Microsoft knows you're making throwaway e-mail accounts, and wants to make that process easier.  —  Today, Hotmail is getting a new feature aimed at “e-mail enthusiasts,” which lets anyone create multiple e-mail accounts that can be read …
Peter Skomoroch / The LinkedIn Blog:
Introducing LinkedIn Skills  —  Today, knowledge is evolving at an increasingly rapid pace.  To succeed in the talent economy, it is crucial to showcase your skills and build a rich network of connections who have the expertise you need to get the job done.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Piper: Apple's $3.9B component deal more evidence of Apple television  —  Apple's recent investment of $3.9 billion in components is likely for device displays ranging from the iPhone to the 27-inch iMac, and could signal Apple's intention to build a television set up to 50 inches in size, investment firm Piper Jaffray believes.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and TG Daily
Romesh Ratnesar / Business Week:
Peter Thiel: 21st Century Free Radical  —  Never mind enormous yachts: Peter Thiel is spending his billions on space travel, life extension, artificial intelligence, and paying top students not to go to college  —  On a chilly December night, a few hundred people gathered at San Francisco's Palace …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Canada still wants to “discipline the use of the Internet”  —  Unlike the parrot in the famous Monty Python sketch, it appears that metered Internet billing in Canada is not quite dead after all.  Speaking at a House of Commons hearing today, the head of Canada's telecoms regulator made it clear …
Discussion: Engadget
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Moving to IPv6: Now for the hard part (FAQ)  —  Today is the beginning of the end of the Internet as we know it.  —  That's because the rules that govern how data is sent across the Net, a standard called Internet Protocol version 4, just became significantly more obsolete.
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Is Apple's Data Center Using a ‘Unique’ Design?  —  Is Apple using custom enclosures and “unique” airflow and cable management in its North Carolina data center?  We can't say for certain, but it sure looks that way based on an announcement today from several data center industry equipment vendors.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Not Seeing Much Return on That Massive R&D Spend, Are You, Nokia?  —  Nokia spent scads of cash on research and development last year, but didn't see much return on it.  Certainly, the investment did little to slow the continuing deterioration of its competitive position.
Discussion: asymco and IntoMobile
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Google Instant Scores 98% Adoption Rate, 2% Opt-Out  —  When Google launched Instant back in September, users were confronted by one of the most radical makeovers of online search in years: a results-as-you-type search engine, which flashes answers to predicted queries with each key stroke—without having to hit return.
Discussion: Search Engine Watch
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The Verizon iPhone 4  —  It's the same phone.  The only difference is the network.  And Verizon's network is better.  —  That's it in a nut.  —  Here's the whole story.  I've been using a Verizon iPhone 4 since Friday morning.1 I was in San Francisco through Sunday morning, and I've been home in Philadelphia ever since.
Douglas Soltys / Inside BlackBerry:
Introducing BlackBerry Radio (Select Beta)  —  Later today, select BlackBerry Beta Zone users in the United States will get the opportunity to test out an upcoming radio discovery app, BlackBerry® Radio, and provide feedback to help us perfect it.  This app will put multiple mobile radio services …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Jon Stewart's Hulu Price Tag: At Least $40 Million  —  Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert were two of Hulu's biggest draws until they left the video site last March.  And it will cost Hulu at least $40 million to get them back.  —  That's according to people familiar with the new deal …
 
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Frank Dorman / Federal Trade Commission:
Credit Report Resellers Settle FTC Charges; Security Failures …
Discussion: PC World and WalletPop
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
The AP's Digital News Licensing Agency Will Launch This Summer
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo Completes Outsourcing Its Real Estate Search To Zillow
Discussion: Zillow MediaRoom, Bits and TechFlash
John Leyden / The Register:
Sony PS3 rootkit rumours rubbished
Discussion: Techdirt
Mike Prospero / LAPTOP Mag:
Motorola Atrix 4G Up for Pre-Order Feb. 13 for $199, $499 with Laptop Dock
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Windows Home Server ‘Vail’ Release Candidate (minus Drive Extender) goes to testers
Discussion: LiveSide.net and Neowin.net
 Earlier Items: 
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Local Q&A Site Hipster In Acquisition Talks With Groupon
Discussion: Gizable
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
SkyGrid Unleashes Social Messaging And Aggregation Platform …
Paul Buchheit:
The two paths to success  —  The recent WSJ article …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
iOS 4.3, Personal Hotspot, and iPad 2 Introduction Within Next Ten Days?
AT&T:
AT&T Details Pricing, Launch of AT&T Mobile Hotspot App Coming February 13
Taylor Wimberly / Android and Me:
Rumor: Dual-core HTC Pyramid superphone coming to T-Mobile by May