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2:40 PM ET, February 9, 2011

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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Nokia CEO Stephen Elop rallies troops in brutally honest ‘burning platform’ memo? (update: it's real!)  —  “The first iPhone shipped in 2007, and we still don't have a product that is close to their experience.  Android came on the scene just over 2 years ago, and this week they took our leadership position in smartphone volumes.
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Reuters:
Nokia drops first MeeGo phone before launch -sources  —  Nokia (NOK1V.HE) has ended development of its first smartphone using its new MeeGo operating system before it was ever launched, two industry sources close to the company said.  A spokesman for Nokia declined to comment.
Michael Hickins / Digits:   How Nokia Can Get Its Mojo Back  —  Newly minted Nokia Chief …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
WebOS-based Veer, Pre 3 and TouchPad leaked on HP's site, likely on sale today  —  Whoa, Nelly!  With HP's highly touted press event just hours from commencing, it looks as if the web admins are testing the waters with what's about to go down.  On HP's Home & Home Office shopping page …
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John Biggs / CrunchGear:
HP Announces The Palm TouchPad  —  It's official.  Palm's new WebOS state is device is called the Palm Touchpad.  It has a 9.7-inch screen, front 1.3-megapixel camera, and comes in 16 or 32GB models.  It runs a 1.2GHz Snapdragon Processor processor and the screen resolution is 1024×768.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
The HP Veer: smallest smartphone in the webOS stable has 2.6-inch display  —  The HP Veer: smallest smartphone in the webOS stable, 2.6-inch display, coming this spring By Chris Ziegler posted Feb 9th 2011 1:31PM Breaking News You wanted a small smartphone?  Well, you've got it in HP's Veer …
Tom Nguyen / Adobe Flash Player Team Blog:
Flash Player 10.2 is Here: Available Now for Windows, Mac, and Linux  —  Today, we're launching Flash Player 10.2 for Windows, Mac, and Linux.  We're especially excited that this release introduces Stage Video, a full hardware accelerated video pipeline for best-in-class, beautiful video across platforms and browsers.
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Google 2000 vs. Google 2011  —  I sometimes hear people say “Remember when Google launched and the results were so good?  Google didn't have any spam back then.  Man, I wish we could go back to those days.”  I know where those people are coming from.  I was in grad school in 1999 …
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Dell Adamo, spunky MacBook Air rival, is no more  —  After a few last gasps at deep discounts, the Dell Adamo line and brand name will be discontinued, CNET has learned.  First revealed—with much fanfare—at CES in 2009, the Adamo was a worthy competitor to Apple's groundbreaking laptop.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Wal-Mart to Carry Verizon iPhone in Nearly 600 Stores Tomorrow  —  Wal-Mart today announced that it wil offer the Verizon iPhone for sale in nearly 600 of its retail store locations, joining Apple, Verizon, and Best Buy as a launch retailer for the device at its debut for general availability.
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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Sales of Apple's Verizon iPhone predicted to top 1M in first week
Discussion: msnbc.com
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Verizon iPhone 4 Now Available for Online Orders
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Bill Gates Dumping Microsoft Shares By The Millions  —  Over the past 12 months, Chairman Bill has sold off 90 million shares in the company he co-founded.  Does he think it's become that bad an investment?  —  Maybe he's not impressed with its tablet strategy.
Discussion: The Huffington Post and @jyarow
James Holland / Electricpig.co.uk:
Steve Jobs' first TV appearance: video  —  Was Steve Jobs always the polished performer?  No. Was he always cool, calm and confident in front of the cameras?  From this warm-up footage prior to what's claimed to be his first appearance on TV, it seems so.  Read on, gawp at Steve Jobs sans …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Andreessen Horowitz Invests $80 Million in Twitter  —  Andreessen Horowitz has invested more than $80 million in Twitter via purchasing stock in secondary markets.  —  When called about it by BoomTown, a spokeswoman at the high-profile Silicon Valley venture firm confirmed the purchase.
Discussion: SAI and @danprimack
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Meet Microsoft's new Server and Tools boss: Satya Nadella  —  Microsoft has gone in-house and chosen Satya Nadella as the new president of the company's Server and Tools division.  —  Nadella will be replacing Server and Tools President Bob Muglia, who announced his plans to leave the company in January.
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.
Gartner:
Gartner Says Worldwide Mobile Device Sales to End Users Reached 1.6 Billion Units in 2010; Smartphone Sales Grew 72 Percent in 2010  —  Apple and RIM Displaced Sony Ericsson and Motorola in Mobile Device Manufacturers Ranking  —  Worldwide mobile device sales to end users totaled 1.6 billion units in 2010 …
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Skype for iPhone now lets you make video calls to TVs  —  A small, but interesting, update to Skype's iPhone app got pushed out today.  Version 3.0.1 builds on the video calling capability that was added back in December by adding support for a wider range of Skype clients and devices, including Skype for TV.
Discussion: The Big Blog, 9 to 5 Mac and TiPb
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Rolls Out Major Upgrades To Ad System  —  This evening Facebook has rolled out a number of significant upgrades to the company's self-serve advertising system which will benefit those marketing their Facebook Pages as well as advertisers in general.  —  Sponsored Stories
Discussion: Adotas and Softpedia News
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Visa Buys Virtual Goods Monetization Platform PlaySpan For $190 Million In Cash  —  PlaySpan, a virtual goods monetization platform, has been acquired by Visa.  According to the release, Visa will pay $190 million in cash for the company, plus additional payouts for performance milestones.
Seth Weintraub / Fortune:
Industry first: Smartphones pass PCs in sales  —  International Data Corp is showing that in the final quarter of 2010, smartphones passed global PC shipments for the first time in history.  —  As predicted a few months ago, Smartphones have passed PCs in global numbers.
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Windows 7 SP1 RTM due on February 16 for MSDN customers, Feb 22 for web  —  Microsoft's Windows 7 SP1 RTM will hit MSDN on February 16 WinRumors has learned.  —  Microsoft has informed close partners that SP1 has hit the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) milestone.
Joseph Galante / Business Week:
Amazon's Data-Center Guru Honed Skills Fixing Lamborghinis  —  James Hamilton's challenge: making data centers more efficient while fending off a threat from IBM, AT&T, and Microsoft  —  Amazon.com (AMZN) Vice-President James Hamilton's schooling in computer data centers started under the hood of a Lamborghini Countach.
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge
 
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Mitch Kapor Leads $600,000 Angel Round In Video Transcription Startup SpeakerText
Discussion: GigaOM and Beet.TV, Thanks:beet_tv
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
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Discussion: The Next Web and The Register
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Bubbli raises $2 million to build the matrix
Discussion: TechCrunch
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Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Judge points to problems with ‘unsecured Wi-Fi’ prosecutions
Discussion: The Register
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Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
Valleywag's Ryan Tate Publishes Photo of Zuckerberg's House …
Discussion: @ryantate
J.D. Falk / Return Path:
How the End of IPv4 Affects You
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Mike Davies / < isolani />:
Breaking the Web with hash-bangs
Ron Carmel / 2D Boy:
Analysis: World of Goo's iPad Launch
Leslie Katz / CNET News:
Dell unveils 10-inch Windows 7 tablet
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