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2:35 PM ET, February 8, 2011

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Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch Europe:
Nokia heading to Silicon Valley?  And the ‘Standing on a burning platform’ memo  —  With Nokia expected to unveil a shift in its long term strategy at the company's annual Capital Markets Day this Friday, it should be no surprise that rumor and conjecture are rife.
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Ingrid Lunden / mocoNews:
Operators To Nokia: Use MeeGo, Or WP7 If You Must.  But Please, No Android  —  In the lead-up to Nokia's strategy presentation at the end of this week comes a report on what mobile operators are hoping the challenged handset maker decides to do to turn around its business.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Facebook Makes It Official: We're Hiring!  (And We Bought The Old Sun Campus In Menlo Park)  —  Why has Facebook brought together big time press from Agence France, ABC 7 and TechCrunch together here at Menlo Park City Hall?  Because it's hiring, and it wants to announce it by purchasing a building.
TMZ.com:
Mark Zuckerberg — I Fear My Facebook Stalker  —  Mark Zuckerberg claims he's being stalked by a man who's been sending him creepy messages through Facebook and threatening his safety ... TMZ has learned.  —  Zuckerberg has obtained a restraining order against 31-year-old Pradeep Manukonda …
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Jackie Cohen / All Facebook:   Facebook CEO Gets Restraining Order Against Stalker
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Steve Ballmer's change of heart is touching, but it's five years too late  —  S-o-o-o-o, if the unnamed sources cited by Bloomberg are to be believed, Microsoft's CEO wants to shakeup management by shaking out the sales and marketing guys and bringing in more technically-oriented leadership.  Oh yeah?
Discussion: TechEye and Bloomberg
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Verizon's LG Revolution to support voice over LTE mid-year  —  Verizon (like most operators) has thus far been coy about its plans for rolling out voice calling services on its LTE network, in part because voice isn't a core service of LTE — everything is simply treated as data …
Discussion: DSLreports
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Mark Milian / CNN:
Verizon plans 4G internet calling service
Discussion: GigaOM, Android Phone Fans and Tecca
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
LG Optimus 3D - new tantalising video leaked  —  EXCLUSIVE: We've got the HD clip and pics  —  We know that LG?will launch the LG Optimus 3D at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.  We know that the LG Optimus 3D will have a 3D screen and dual cameras.  And we now know what the new phone will look like.
Frederic Lardinois / NewsGrange:
Google's Logo Dives 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (with Accelerometer Support)  —  It isn't quite the Pacman doodle, but today's version of Google's iconic logo introduces a whole new degree of interactivity to the animated logos the company sometimes produces for special occasions.
Daniel Jacobson / The Netflix Tech Blog:
Redesigning the Netflix API  —  This is Daniel Jacobson, Director of Engineering for the API here at Netflix.  The Netflix API launched in 2008 with a focus on the public developer community.  The expectation was that this community would build amazing and inspiring applications …
Kevin Systrom / instagr.am:
A More Open Platform: The Instagram API  —  One of our guiding principles at Instagram is to create & maintain an open ecosystem that changes the way we see our world.  With nearly 300k photo uploads happening every day, we feel encouraged by the strength of our community and platform.
Kindle Post US:
Early Preview of Free Software Update for Kindle  —  We're excited to tell you about some new features coming to the latest generation Kindle and Kindle 3G:  —  • Public Notes - This feature lets Kindle users choose to make their book notes and highlights available for others to see.
Ronald D. White / Los Angeles Times:
Fake iPods and iPhones are seized from downtown warehouses  —  More than $10 million in counterfeit and stolen goods are recovered in a case stemming from a theft investigation begun by Los Angeles Port Police.  —  These are some of the counterfeit iPods, iPhones and other items seized …
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Sony Lawyers Expand Dragnet, Targeting Anybody Posting PlayStation 3 Hack  —  Sony is threatening to sue anybody posting or “distributing” the first full-fledged jailbreak code for the 4-year-old PlayStation 3 gaming console.  —  What's more, the company is demanding that a federal judge order Google …
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Wannabe Cool Kids Aim to Game the Web's New Social Scorekeepers  —  Sites Use Secret Formulas to Rank Users' Online ‘Influence’ From 1 to 100; 'It's an Ego Thing'  —  When Katie Miller went to Las Vegas this Thanksgiving, she tweeted about the lavish buffets and posted pictures of her seats …
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
White House will propose new digital copyright laws  —  The Obama administration has drafted new proposals to curb Internet piracy and other forms of intellectual property infringement that it says it will send to the U.S. Congress “in the very near future.”
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Meebo Acquires Psychographic Ad Targeter Mindset  —  Social content sharing and IM platform Meebo is putting last fall's $25 million funding round to work: the company is buying online ad measurement and targeting firm Mindset Media.  As an online branding specialist that has a particular focus …
Wenzhang Zhu / Google Mobile Blog:
Introducing the Google Translate app for iPhone  —  (Cross-posted on the Official Google Blog and Google Translate Blog.)  —  Back in August 2008, we launched a Google Translate HTML5 web app for iPhone users.  Today, the official Google Translate for iPhone app is available for download from the App Store.
Discussion: TechCrunch, ReadWriteWeb and MacStories
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Spotify Clears Its Throat for a U.S. Launch In “Coming Months”  —  Spotify can't come to the U.S. until it nails down more deals with the major labels.  But here's another indicator of the music service's confidence in an American debut sometime...soonish.  —  It's a note to the European's …
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
BBC iPlayer app landing on UK iPads this Thursday, US in June  —  A BBC Interactive Operations Engineer has British hearts all aflutter tonight with a tweet announcing that the iPlayer app for the iPad is ready to roll out this Thursday, February 10th.  It's specific to the tablet for now …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
ComScore Says You Don't Got Mail: Web Email Usage Declines, 59% Among Teens!  —  In introducing his messaging platform last November Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said one of the primary motivations behind Messages product strategy was that teenagers have given up on email, “High school kids don't use email, they use SMS a lot.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Echo Launches ‘Stream Server’, An AWS For Real-Time Social Content  —  If you're a web developer you're undoubtedly familiar with Amazon Web Services, the suite of products that allows developers to build and scale online services with a minimal amount of infrastructure costs.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Andrew Mason / Groupon Blog:
Our Super Bowl Ads, and How We're Helping These Causes  —  I've been spending the day listening to the negative feedback about our Tibet Super Bowl commercial, and want to take a crack at explaining why we created this campaign.  We take the causes we highlighted extremely seriously …
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
AT&T's Chief Marketing Officer on How the Company Has Found (Android) Religion  —  Although AT&T has dabbled with Android in the past, the carrier is now dead serious about making sure that it has a range of products running Google's operating system.  —  While many will observe …
Discussion: PadGadget and DSLreports
Ross Miller / Engadget:
HTC to invest $40 million into OnLive to help with games on smartphones  —  Let's be fair, for a company that pulled in NT$14.59 billion (about $500 million in US currency) in net profit last fiscal quarter, $40 million isn't exactly a huge chunk of change.  But the recipient of HTC's money …
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
In-app purchases in iPad, iPhone, iPod kids' games touch off parental firestorm  —  Over the winter break from school, 8-year-old Madison worked to dress up her simple mushroom home on the iPhone game Smurfs' Village.  In doing so, she also amassed a $1,400 bill from Apple.
Discussion: Hardware 2.0 Blog and MacStories
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
Drobo Takes Aim At Small Businesses With New 12-Bay Version  —  Over the years we've seen Drobo expand its portfolio of devices from a strictly consumer-oriented lineup to a broader and more business-friendly one.  October's DroboPro FS made a beeline for small businesses by mashing …
 
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Anas Qtiesh / Global Voices in English:
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Arik Hesseldahl / NewEnterprise:
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Online Dating Site Zoosk's 2010 Sales Up 250 Percent To $90 Million
Brodie Beta / The Next Web:
Waze launches real-time voice alerts to help drivers avoid hazardous roads
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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
T-Mobile to offer free phones on heels of Verizon's iPhone launch
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Early Facebook execs back artificial-intelligence startup Vicarious Systems
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James Kendrick / ZDNet:
Not all iPhone apps work on the Verizon iPhone — fragmentation looming?