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2:20 PM ET, February 17, 2011

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The Official Google Blog:
An update to Google Social Search  —  Today we're doing a little bit more to bring you all the goodness of Google, plus the opinions of the people you care about.  As always, we want to help you find the most relevant answers among the billions of interconnected pages on the web.
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Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google's Search Results Get More Social; Twitter As The New Facebook “Like”  —  Your friends' activity on Twitter, Flickr and elsewhere — but for now, not Facebook — will soon be a lot more visible in Google's search results, including having an impact on how pages rank.
DigiTimes:
Apple secures 60% of global touch panel capacity, causing tight supply  —  In order to achieve its internal goal of shipping 40 million iPad products in 2011, Apple has occupied close to 60% of the global touch panel capacity causing tight supply among Apple's competitors, according to sources from upstream component makers.
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Darrell Etherington / GigaOM:   Prepaid Touch Panels Could Be the Secret to iPad's Success in 2011
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Sony Exec: We Are Not Abandoning iTunes  —  Sony has no plans to withdraw Sony Music songs from Apple's iTunes as payback for Apple's decision to block the Sony e-reader app from the App Store.  —  Sony is launching its own subscription service, Music Unlimited, in the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand today.
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Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
FBI: We're not demanding encryption backdoors  —  The FBI said today that it's not calling for restrictions on encryption without backdoors for law enforcement.  —  FBI general counsel Valerie Caproni told a congressional committee that the bureau's push for expanded Internet wiretapping authority …
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Greg Weston / CBC News:
Foreign hackers attack Canadian government  —  An unprecedented cyberattack on the Canadian government, apparently from China, has given foreign hackers access to highly classified federal information and forced at least two key departments off the internet, CBC News has learned.
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Computerworld:   China denies role in reported government of Canada hack
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Presenting Our National Broadband Map.  It's a Start.  —  The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) unveiled a nationwide broadband map for the U.S. today, and said that “between five and ten percent of Americans don't have broadband.”
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Amy Schatz / Digits:   NTIA, FCC Publish New National Broadband Map
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
CHART OF THE DAY: The Death Of The Music Industry  —  Here is a stunning visualization of the collapse of the music industry from Bain.  As you can see, the growth of digital sales is not doing enough to offset the death of the CD.  —  (Chart via Peter Kafka, who spotted it on Flickr.)
Discussion: Evolver.fm
Ben Fritz / Company Town:
Redbox digital service will go toe-to-toe with Netflix  —  Redbox is gearing up to challenge Netflix head-on, the kiosk DVD rental company confirmed Wednesday.  —  At a meeting with analysts, Redbox President Mitch Lowe said his company's forthcoming digital option will be subscription-based …
Ben Rooney / Tech Europe:
Motorola Executive Defends Tablet Price Tag … Motorola mobility chief Sanjay Jha confirmed that the company's new Xoom tablet will go on sale in the U.S. at $800, a higher price tag than current market leader Apple's iPad.  —  And in what has been described as the worst kept secret in the tech world …
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
Steve Jobs, Eric Schmidt and Mark Zuckerberg to Meet With President Obama Thursday in San Francisco  —  Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who recently took a medical leave of absence from his company, and Google chief executive Eric Schmidt will be among the attendees of President Obama's event …
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Arn / MacRumors:
Steve Jobs Spotted at Stanford Cancer Center
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
IBM Watson's next adventure: Healthcare with Nuance  —  IBM has said its Watson computer would be applied beyond Jeopardy and now is making good on that promise.  IBM and Nuance Communications have launched a research program to commercialize Watson for the healthcare industry.
Reuters:
Intel says will find new MeeGo partners  —  (Reuters) - Chipmaker Intel Corp (INTC.O) said it would look for new partners for the MeeGo mobile operating system after partner Nokia chose to focus on Microsoft's Windows Phone platform.  —  Intel Chief Executive Paul Otellini said in a meeting …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Mac Growth Outpaces Market for 19th Straight Quarter  —  The Mac has been on a growth tear for a few years now, outperforming the broader PC market in most every sector.  Indeed, December 2010 marked the 19th consecutive quarter that it did so.  Mac shipments grew 23.5 percent for the month …
Discussion: Ars Technica and TUAW
Shayndi Raice / Wall Street Journal:
Android Big in Barcelona  —  System Powers Slew of New Devices; Some Fear Market Duopoly With Apple's iOS  —  A year after wireless carriers gave Google Inc. a testy reception at their big industry conference in Barcelona, the software company's Android operating system has become the star of the show.
Farhad Manjoo / Fast Company:
Are Silicon Valley's Engineers Underpaid?  —  Call off the lottery, argues FARHAD MANJOO, and raise the salary bar for all programming talent.  —  Google's Eric Schmidt must have watched a few late-night infomercials before dashing off a memo to his employees last fall.
Jan Wildeboer:
Microsoft: Absolutely NO (GPLv3-or-compat-licensed) Free Software for Windows Phone and Xbox Apps.  —  [UPDATE: Italian translation of this article by Guglielmo Troiano at “Microsoft: niente Software Libero per Windows Phone e Xbox Apps.” ]  —  This is rather uncool, IMHO, I stumbled upon this forum entry and was quite astonished.
Emily Smith / Inside Ireland:
Google to buy Dublin's tallest office building  —  Google is set to purchase the Montevetro Building, Dublin's tallest commercial office block, for €99.9m.  —  The internet giant intends to use the 15-storey, 19,000square-metre block to accommodate new business activities that are currently in development.
Tory Newmyer / Fortune:
Apple, Cisco, others organize for a tax holiday lobby  —  FORTUNE — Economists, businessmen, and politicians of every stripe have spent months talking themselves hoarse about how to get the roughly $2 trillion in corporate reserves back into the economy.  Get ready to start hearing a lot about that sum's international cousin.
Liz Gannes / Network Effect:
Posterous by the Numbers: 12.3M Blogs and 9.2M Monthly Visitors  —  I like to write about actual numbers, but start-ups are usually reluctant to give them up, preferring to blab about growth percentages and fuzzy feel-good milestones.  The lightweight blogging company Posterous volunteered …
 
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Next New Networks SEC Filing Pretty Much Confirms YouTube Buyout
Discussion: paidContent and NYConvergence.com
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Benchmark Capital Bets On Super-Quiet-Stealth-Shhhh ccLoop
Michael Kan / PC World:
China Microblog Blocks Searches for Hillary Clinton
Chloe Albanesius / PC Magazine:
RIM's Balsillie: NFC Coming to ‘Many if Not Most’ BlackBerrys This Year
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
BitTorrent is to stealing movies what “bolt-cutters are to stealing bicycles”
 Earlier Items: 
Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
Study: 83 percent watched Web video in January
Discussion: CNET News and Agence France Presse
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
IE9 release candidate tops 2 million downloads
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Groupon Spars with Tencent; Joint Venture Isn't Inspiring Local Confidence
Discussion: SAI
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Dell's 2011 smartphone and tablet lineup leaked: Android Ice Cream, WP7 sliders, and a slate running Windows 8
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Google will launch iTunes music store competitor with upgrade to Android