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February 1, 2011: 3:19 AM ET

A curated selection of the day's most newsworthy tech stories from all over the Web.

"Once Steve Jobs goes away, which is probably not far away, then Apple will have to make a strategic decision on whether to open up the platform. ... What's the reason for him [Jobs] to trash Flash? There's no reason other than ego." -- Netgear co-founder Patrick Lo in Sydney Australia. (The Register)

"Steve Jobs doesn't give me a minute!" -- Netgear co-founder Patrick Lo (again) in Sydney Australia. (The Register)

  • Egyptian protest cartoon, by Carlos Latuff

    The Noor Group, Egypt's last up-and-running Internet Service Provider serving between 8% and 12% of the country's citizens, was shut down yesterday. As a tiny consolation, Google and Twitter are offering up Speak to Tweet, a voice connection that lets users dial three international numbers and have their voice messages sent out as Tweets with an #egypt hashtag. "We hope that this will go some way to helping people in Egypt stay connected at this very difficult time," wrote Ujjwal Singh, Google's product manager for the Middle East and North Africa. (CNET)

  • Facebook is rumored to be working on a more complex third-party commenting system than the one currently out now that could launch within the next few weeks and offer a surprising amount of flexibility, including the ability to log in with Google, Yahoo or Twitter IDs. Speculates CNET: "This new technology could see Facebook as the engine behind the comments system on many high-profile blogs and other digital publications very soon." (CNET) More
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