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6:50 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.
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'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.
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Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook Will Move This Summer
Discussion: NBC Bay Area
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  —  A closer look inside the new CDMA iPhone 4 for the Verizon network in the U.S. has revealed a new antenna design said to allow improved reception, as well as a different, integrated GPS chip.  —  iSuppli this week posted …
Discussion: eWeek and Wall Street Journal
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 and Android Community
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 …
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, Thanks:marshallk
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 and Daring Fireball
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 …
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 …
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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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.
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?
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.
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.
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.”
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Columbia Law's Tim Wu to Advise FTC  —  Silicon Valley has a new fear factor.  Columbia University Law School professor Tim Wu, an influential academic and author who popularized the term “net neutrality,” has been appointed senior advisor to the Federal Trade Commission.
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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: MediaPost
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 …
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
RealNetworks cuts 130 additional jobs, declares restructuring done  —  RealNetworks is eliminating another 130 jobs, or roughly 10 percent of its global work force — the latest in a series of cutbacks by the Seattle company as it tries to turn its business around.
Discussion: Xconomy, Thanks:johnhcook
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, TechEye, eWeek and PC World
Darrell Etherington / GigaOM:
Is Community-Assisted Everything the Future of Apps?  —  Asking thousands of strangers if those jeans look good on you might not have seemed possible (or desirable) only a few short years ago, but now it's only an app download away, thanks to the advent of smartphones and mobile bandwidth.
 
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