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8:10 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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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Super Bowl Apps/Websites So That You Can Pretend You're Into The Game While Looking At Your Phone  —  It's Super Bowl Sunday.  The game starts in a few hours.  The pre-game has been going on for a few hours already (well, several days, actually).  And if you're reading this post …
Electronista:
Full Motorola Xoom Super Bowl ad: tablet for a better world  —  Motorola has just aired its full, promised Super Bowl ad for the Xoom (below).  The minute-long spot now shows the Android 3.0 tablet's owner trying to court a beautiful woman trapped in the Orwellian world of Apple's iPad.
Discussion: Engadget and MacNN
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.]
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Super Bowl Ads Live On at YouTube and Facebook
The Daily:
We're Listening  —  Thank you for all the feedback.  We hear you and we are committed to making The Daily the best possible experience.  That's our entire focus.  —  In five short months we've brought The Daily from vision to version 1.0, created a custom content management system …
Discussion: Daring Fireball, Thanks:richdemuro
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Updated: 'The ‘Daily’ Has A Big Problem  —  The Daily has all the elements to get people in the door: a splashy, hyped launch, the formidable marketing power of News Corp (NSDQ: NWS) and Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) plus it's free for two weeks.  It's also buggy, which means a lot of that may go to waste and a …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Egyptian PM Says Missing Google Marketing Executive Wael Ghonim To Be Released Tomorrow  —  CNN's Hala Gorani is reporting that Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq has announced on Egyptian State TV that Google Middle East Marketing Director Wael Ghonim will be released tomorrow Monday at 4pm.
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
The Internet is for revolution  —  Does Facebook want their service to be used by Egyptians to overthrow their government?  Probably not.  They're trying to get China to let them in.  —  Chinese Internet censors don't want the people to hear about Egypt.  —  Zuckerberg went to China, very visibly.
Discussion: Mediaite
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Leaked State Department Cables Confirm That ACTA Was Designed To Pressure Developing Nations  —  The site La Quadrature Du Net has a rather comprehensive look at a series of leaked State Department cables that confirm what many people said from the beginning about ACTA: that it was designed …
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
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 …
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 …
 
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Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
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Hunter Walk / TechCrunch:
Please Read: A Personal Appeal TO Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales
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Inside the anti-kettling HQ
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
How one researcher helped the U.S. government slip news past China's censors
Discussion: Neowin.net and Fox News
Vanessa Fox / Search Engine Land:
What Time Does the 2011 Super Bowl Start? …
Discussion: Screenwerk
Quora:
On Quora, what is the algorithm/formula for determining the …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and TechCrunch
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Readability Just Became Instapaper's Publisher Payment Layer
Discussion: Instapaper Blog and Sample the Web
Kamal Ahmed / Telegraph:
Google's Eric Schmidt predicts the future of computing - and he plans to be involved
Discussion: Engadget, Reuters and Neowin.net