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3:20 PM ET, February 6, 2011

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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Save The Money: Groupon's Super Bowl Ads May Spark Faux Outrage  —  Well, Groupon certainly isn't afraid of rustling a few feathers.  The red-hot group buying site has just posted its celeb-laden Super Bowl ads, and they've taken to poking fun at global crises like dwindling whale populations and deforestation.
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
The Daily Gets a $3 Million Super Bowl Spotlight  —  The Daily got plenty of exposure last week.  Now it should get even more: I'm told Rupert Murdoch's iPad newspaper will be featured in a halftime spot during tonight's Super Bowl broadcast.  —  [UPDATE: The Daily's Twitter account is now winking and nudging in this direction.]
Sara Inés Calderón / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Will Allow Users to Watch and Vote on Super Bowl Commercials  —  Facebook will allow users to watch and vote on the commercials from this year's Super Bowl as soon as they air.  The commercials will appear on the Facebook Replay tab of the Sports on Facebook Page …
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Jennifer Preston / New York Times:
Outrage and a Facebook Page That Gave It a Voice  —  If there is a face to the revolt that has sprouted in Egypt, it may be the face of Khaled Said.  —  That 28-year-old Egyptian businessman was pulled from an Internet cafe in Alexandria last June by two plainclothes police officers who beat …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and @loic
Mark Joyella / Mediaite:
Picture Of The Day: Cairo Protester Holds Sign That Says “Thank You Facebook”
Phil Nickinson / Android Central:
Rovio explains why Angry Birds update needs SMS permission  —  More than a few of us (and us) noticed that when you got the latest update to Angry Birds, the app stated that it needed permissions to your SMS messages.  At the time, Rovio told us it likely was a mistake, and that they'd look at it on Monday.
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Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Angry Birds for Android gets in-app SMS payments in Finland
Discussion: Mobile Knots
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
iPhone 4 on Verizon: how, when, where, and whether to buy it  —  The day of destiny is nearly upon us: on February 10th, you'll finally be able to get an iPhone that works on Verizon.  For us in the tech media, that's one blown-out, seemingly never-ending rumor that we never have to write about again …
Discussion: eWeek
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
How To Stop Domain Names Being Seized By The US Government  —  Check out TorrentFreak's new News Bits feed! .  —  This week, an ever more familiar picture started to emerge, the third such situation in well under a year.  US authorities had begun another round of domain name seizures …
Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
Google makes it easier to build sites for Google TV  —  Friday, the Google TV team published a couple of new design templates, as well as a still-in-beta Web UI library that Web designers can use to optimize their sites for Google TV.  —  “While existing websites can be displayed in Google TV …
Kamal Ahmed / Telegraph:
Google's Eric Schmidt predicts the future of computing - and he plans to be involved  —  Eric Schmidt explains the changes at the top of Google and his vision of what the world of computing will look like in 50 years' time.  —  In the days when Eric Schmidt first starting getting excited by computers …
Discussion: Engadget, Neowin.net and Reuters
Vanessa Fox / Search Engine Land:
What Time Does the 2011 Super Bowl Start?  A (Continuing) Lesson in Search Visibility  —  (For those wondering what time the game really does start, the 2011 Super Bowl between the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers kicks off on Fox at around 6:30pm ET.)
Discussion: Screenwerk
Hunter Walk / TechCrunch:
Please Read: A Personal Appeal TO Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales  —  Editor's Note: This is a guest post by Hunter Walk who spends way too much time researching 1980s hair metal bands on Wikipedia.  His obsession with Wikipedia is unrelated to his day job leading the consumer product team at YouTube.
Discussion: Elapsed Time
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
How one researcher helped the U.S. government slip news past China's censors  —  The U.S. government has used a special email program to “bust through internet censorship filters” in order to deliver news to people in countries such as China where censorship is in effect, according to Fox News.
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Judson Berger / Fox News:
U.S. Government Slips Through China Internet Censors With New Technology
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Seth Rosenblatt / The Download Blog:
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Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
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