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4:30 PM ET, February 9, 2011

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John Biggs / CrunchGear:
HP Announces The TouchPad  —  It's official.  Palm's new WebOS state is device is called the 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.
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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 …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
WebOS-based Veer, Pre 3 and TouchPad leaked on HP's site, likely on sale today  —  Now that HP's full slate of webOS reveals has been made, it looks as if the web admins are testing the waters.  On HP's Home & Home Office shopping page, there's a drop-down under “Deals & Offers” …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
HP makes Google Android look even more creaky (and RIM, Nokia, Microsoft not in the game)  —  HP's Jon Rubenstein just showed off the HP TouchPad.  —  I'm so glad that I told my readers to wait before they bought a tablet until at least today.  —  What did HP just do?
Discussion: Cinchcast, @ryanstewart and @toddbishop
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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Tarmo Virki / 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 …
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: Pulse2
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:   Google: We're Better Now Than 2000. Okay, Let Us Test It!
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.
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.
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: eWeek, PC World, msnbc.com and MacStories
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Verizon iPhone 4 Now Available for Online Orders
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.
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 …
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: Pulse2, The Huffington Post and @jyarow
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Will Make $10 Per Android User In 2012: Report  —  A number of reports out underscore how strategic mobile is now for Google's business.  The first, from IDC, says that there were more smartphones shipped in Q4 than PCs.  Think about that.  And earlier analyst reports found that tablets (read: iPad) have cut into PC sales.
Discussion: eWeek, @loic and MarketingVOX
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.
Ross Miller / Engadget:
PS3 ‘jailbreak code’ retweeted by Sony's Kevin Butler, no punchline needed  —  Oh, honey.  Sony PlayStation's (entirely fictional) Kevin Butler holds many (also fictional) positions within the company, but apparently none of them require him to keep up with (very real) news events.
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.
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.
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
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.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Local TV News + Twitter's Talking Heads = NBC's “The 20″  —  If you're reading this, there are decent odds you don't watch your local TV news broadcast.  Would you be any more inclined if it featured a dollop of Twitter?  —  NBC will find out.  Its Local Media unit …
 
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Bryan Wolfe / AppAdvice:
Sparrow Mail Client Flies Into Mac App Store
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Mitch Kapor Leads $600,000 Angel Round In Video Transcription Startup SpeakerText
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Bubbli raises $2 million to build the matrix
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Judge points to problems with ‘unsecured Wi-Fi’ prosecutions
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Seth Weintraub / Fortune:
Industry first: Smartphones pass PCs in sales
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