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2:50 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
Discussion: newsfeed.time.com
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 …
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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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 …
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 …
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Verizon's LG Revolution to support voice over LTE mid-year
Discussion: DSLreports
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.”
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.
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
Arik Hesseldahl / NewEnterprise:
IBM Brings Supercomputing Muscle to U.S. Lab  —  It was just a few weeks ago that President Obama was kvetching in his State of the Union address that China “has the fastest computer.”  He was referring to the Tianhe-1A system at the National Supercomputer Center in Tianjin.
Discussion: The Register, PC World, eWeek and TechEye
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
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.
Discussion: Guardian and SmoothSpan Blog
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 …
 
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Brodie Beta / The Next Web:
Waze launches real-time voice alerts to help drivers avoid hazardous roads
Discussion: IntoMobile, ReadWriteWeb and Mashable!
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Drobo Takes Aim At Small Businesses With New 12-Bay Version
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Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
In-app purchases in iPad, iPhone, iPod kids' games touch off parental firestorm
Discussion: Hardware 2.0 Blog and MacStories
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
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