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3:30 PM ET, February 5, 2011

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Devlin Barrett / Wall Street Journal:
Hackers Penetrate Nasdaq Computers  —  Hackers have repeatedly penetrated the computer network of the company that runs the Nasdaq Stock Market during the past year, and federal investigators are trying to identify the perpetrators and their purpose, according to people familiar with the matter.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Survey: 44% of Verizon Android users likely to switch to iPhone on Day One  —  For Blackberry users it's 66%, and nearly a quarter are willing to stand in line to get one  —  We're not familiar with the work of uSamp, a high-tech online research firm based in Los Angeles …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Roundtable:
Payback: Upset Ex-Girlfriend Spams Boyfriend In Google Images  —  Upset boyfriends and girlfriends are nothing new.  There are plenty of stories of girlfriends getting back at their ex-boyfriends for mistreatment and visa versa.  But in the age where Google ranks supreme …
Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:
New iPad details: RFID/NFC add-ons, carbon body, 7" iPad still in works  —  A previously accurate source has provided iLounge with some interesting new details on Apple's ongoing iPad development efforts, cautioning that some of the information is very preliminary.  Here's what we've heard.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The Daily Wait  —  I've been reading The Daily each day since its debut Wednesday.  Three days, three issues.  My opinion of it has declined each day.  Until I see an updated version of the app, I'm done with it.  I noticed yesterday that it took way too long to load the day's new issue.
Reuters:
Nokia likely to sack several executives: report  —  (Reuters) - The world's biggest cellphone maker Nokia is likely to sack several executive board members in a management shake-up, a German weekly reported.  —  As rival companies have been eating into Nokia's market share …
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
E-Readers Catch Younger Eyes, and Find Room in the Backpack  —  Something extraordinary happened after Eliana Litos received an e-reader for a Hanukkah gift in December.  —  “Some weeks I completely forgot about TV,” said Eliana, 11.  “I went two weeks with only watching one show, or no shows at all.
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Netflix rises as studios' DVD money plunges  —  Not long ago, ambitious young executives at the six major Hollywood film studios maneuvered to get into the home entertainment divisions.  —  Nowadays, getting assigned to home entertainment is like being sent to the Eastern front.
Discussion: parislemon
Brian Barrett / Gizmodo:
The Xoom Super Bowl Ad: 1984 Meets 2011  —  Xoom's coming soon, but how is Motorola going to introduce its iPad foe to the general public?  The Super Bowl, of course!  And the biggest tech ad to invoke 1984 since... well... hmmm, let's see.  Oh, right.  Apple.
Natasha Singer / New York Times:
Why Some Twitter Posts Catch On, and Some Don't  —  AMID the talk last week of a Facebook revolution across the Middle East, Americans and other English speakers took to Twitter — to post about their love lives.  —  Hashtags — the community-driven shorthand used to identify conversation themes …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Ze Frank's Star.me Is Like Being In Kindergarten All Over Again  —  Every once in awhile you come across people who are entirely original, and Ze Frank is one of those people.  While many people as eccentric as Frank end up with not so amazing lots in life, Frank, who originally studied Neuroscience …
Discussion: Pulse2, @loic and BuzzFeed
Electronista:
AT&T fires back at Verizon's iPhone TV ads with an ‘Answer’  —  AT&T refused to remain silent on Verizon's iPhone ads and today posted one of its own (below).  The appropriately titled “Answer” focuses on the ability to call and use data at the same time on an HSPA phone and shows an example of where it could be useful.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
China's Tencent acquires majority stake in online game firm Riot Games for nearly $400M  —  Tencent, China's most valuable internet company, has acquired a majority stake in U.S. online games firm Riot Games for nearly $400 million.  —  The deal is another validation of the social game business …
Discussion: Softpedia News
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
China's Tencent Buys Riot Games for $400 Million
Discussion: Bloomberg, SAI and @pkafka
 
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Byron Acohido / USA Today:
Survey: 32% admit mooching neighbor's Wi-Fi
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DSLreports:
Verizon Tells Us New Throttling Isn't Implemented Yet …
Discussion: Electronista
Louis Gray:
Yahoo! Hires Hotmail Vet to Manage Mail, Flickr, More
Discussion: Engadget, Thanks:jesse
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Search Underdog Blekko Sees Over 30M Searches In January …
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Exclusive: HuffPo's Eric Hippeau Stepping Down From Yahoo Board …
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Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
Zuckerberg's Old Best Friend Poaches From Facebook, As Quora Hires …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Former Owner of eHow Says Demand Media Model Is Flawed
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