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8:25 PM ET, February 8, 2011

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Wall Street Journal:
Apple's New iPad in Production  —  Apple Inc. has started production of a new version of its iPad tablet computer, said people familiar with the matter.  —  The new device will be thinner, lighter and will come with a faster processor, more memory and a more powerful graphics processor, said the people familiar with the matter.
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Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
WSJ on iPad 2: FaceTime, thinner, lighter, faster, 1024 x 768 display  —  The well-informed Wall Street Journal has backed up just about every iPad 2 rumor we have heard so far.  The WSJ says the iPad 2 will have a front facing camera for FaceTime video calling, in addition to a new lighter, thinner design.
Discussion: SlashGear
Wenzhang Zhu / Google Mobile Blog:
Introducing the Google Translate app for iPhone  —  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.  The new app has all of the features of the web app …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Facebook Makes It Official: We Bought The Old Sun Campus In Menlo Park (And Don't Forget We're Hiring!)  —  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.
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Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook Will Move This Summer
Discussion: NBC Bay Area
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
Search engine optimization won't work forever.  —  Are you wondering, “will AOL's acquisition of the Huffington Post be successful?”  I bet you are, as that's been a common search engine query since the announcement earlier this week that AOL will buy the Huffington Post.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Mahalo's Calacanis: Time To End The Content Farm Arms Race
Thanks:bobcaswell
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:   Demand Media & Being “The Best Click” On Google
Charles Starrett / iLounge:
Verizon iPhone 4 antenna problems persist (video)  —  In the course of conducting our standard suite of iPhone 4 performance tests, iLounge has discovered that the Verizon CDMA iPhone 4 suffers from signal attenuation problems similar to ones discovered in the original GSM version of the iPhone 4.
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple's Verizon iPhone 4 has improved antenna, integrated GPS
Mark Milian / CNN:
Verizon plans 4G internet calling service  —  Basking Ridge, New Jersey (CNN) — Verizon Wireless is close to launching a new cellular calling service that offers better sound quality than its current network and is capable of doing video chat.  —  The new voice and video protocol …
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 …
Laura Kusisto / New York Observer:
Apple's Next Stop?  Grand Central  —  Apple has begun a super-secret quest for a store in historic Grand Central Terminal, potentially creating a hive of buzzing techies in the glamorous Beaux Arts landmark.  —  Reliable sources tell The Observer that the maker of ubiquitous iGadgets …
Leslie Katz / CNET News:
Dell unveils 10-inch Windows 7 tablet  —  Steven Lalla, vice president and general manager of Dell's commercial client product group, holds up a non-working mockup of the company's new commercial Windows tablet.  —  Dell expanded its foray into tablets today with a new 10-inch Windows 7-based device designed …
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 …
Discussion: GigaOM
Fred / A VC:
Anatomy Of A Pirate  —  I like to buy music.  I buy it from emusic (where I pay $23/month for use it or lose it credits for music downloads), Amazon, and when in a pinch, iTunes.  I also have two Rhapsody music subscriptions that cost an additional $20/month.
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 …
Megan Friedman / TIME:
Smartphone Sins: Catholic Church Approves Confession by iPhone  —  First came the iPod, then the iPhone.  Now there's iPrayer.  —  The Catholic Church in America has approved Confession: A Roman Catholic App, for use among churchgoers and lapsed Catholics alike.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Techmeme Opens the Door to Twitter Commentary by Select People  —  Technology news aggregator Techmeme sent an email today to a select group of readers it has put on a whitelist of Twitter users whose short commentary about news of the day will appear automatically on the site.
Discussion: @loic, more at Mediagazer », Thanks:marshallk
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Sequoia Leads $15 Million Round In Wireless Networking Company Meraki  —  Meraki, the cloud-based wireless networking company, has raised $15 million in Series C funding led by Sequoia Capital.  This brings Meraki's total funding to $40 million.  Previous investors include Google, DAG Ventures and Northgate Capital.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Pulse2
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?
Ron Carmel / 2D Boy:
Analysis: World of Goo's iPad Launch  —  We attempted, and failed, to bring World of Goo to iPhone in the summer of 2009.  Development was sporadic and slow as we worked with a series of four different contractors who, for various reasons, did not bring the project to completion.  So we dropped it.
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.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Bing's Search Share Is Growing?  Must Be All Those “Hiybbprqag” Searches, Eh Google?  —  Some encouraging new search metrics for Bing.  Experian Hitwise data for January shows Microsoft's search engine with 12.81 percent of the market, up from 10.6 percent in December-a 21 percent gain.
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 …
Bryan Llenas / Fox News:
‘Smuggle Truck: Operation Immigration’ iPhone App Draws Outrage  —  Want to smuggle immigrants across the border?  —  Well, there's an app for that.  —  It's a game called “Smuggle Truck: Operation Immigration” and it's causing outrage.  Developed by a Boston-based tech company …
Discussion: PC World
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.”
Jonny Evans / Computerworld:
Journey to the Center of the Mac App Store  —  Apple [AAPL] now plans to cease boxed software sales through its retail channels in favor of pushing all application sales via the Mac App Store, a report claims.  Is this a convenience for connected consumers or a move to take complete control of Mac software sales?
Discussion: GigaOM
Ari Levy / Bloomberg:
HomeAway Is Said to Be Choosing Bankers to Handle IPO  —  Feb. 8 (Bloomberg) — HomeAway.com Inc., the vacation rental website, is choosing bankers for an initial public offering, two people with knowledge of the plans said.  —  No time frame for a decision was provided by the people …
 
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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
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Discussion: Xconomy, Thanks:johnhcook
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Arik Hesseldahl / NewEnterprise:
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Discussion: The Register, TechEye, eWeek and PC World
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch Europe:
Nokia heading to Silicon Valley?  And the ‘Standing on a burning platform’ memo
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Wannabe Cool Kids Aim to Game the Web's New Social Scorekeepers
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