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11:05 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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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?
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
HP's TouchPad Tablet Looks Great, But Feels Slow  —  Although the Touchpad I played with is not the final version, my impression of the HP TouchPad is that it is slow.  Not incredibly slow.  But compared to, say, the Motorola Xoom or an iPad, I noticed slight delays between my touch and the interface moving around.
Discussion: Engadget and SAI
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
HP Will Ship WebOS As An Addition To Windows, Not A Replacement
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Yes, Apple Is Lining Up For A “Surprise” This Fall.  And Yes, It's Likely An “iPad 3″  —  The following may sound a little crazy considering that the iPad 2 has not even been acknowledged or introduced by Apple yet.  But from what we're hearing, the next iteration of the iPad …
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The Next Six Months  —  HP today announced their answer to the iPad: the TouchPad — a name that, not coincidentally, is drawn from those of two best-selling iOS devices.  The hardware is very iPad-like — similar dimensions, similar basic gist.  The software looks impressive …
Discussion: AppleInsider and Mobile Knots
Wall Street Journal:
Twitter as Tech Bubble Barometer  —  As Internet valuations climb and bankers and would-be buyers circle Silicon Valley in an increasingly frothy tech market, many eyes are on one particularly desirable, if still enigmatic, target: Twitter.  —  Executives at both Facebook Inc. and Google Inc. …
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Wall Street Journal / @wsj:   Twitter is holding low-level acquisition talks at an estimated valuation of $8 billion to $10 billion http://on.wsj.com/elAbbC
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Exclusive Video Of INQ's Facebook Phone  —  Remember all that talk about a Facebook phone?  And by that I mean an Android phone built by various cell phone manufacturers optimized for social experiences with Facebook's help.  If you want a refresher, read this interview Mark Zuckerberg gave TechCrunch …
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.
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 …
Rachel King / The Toybox Blog:
AT&T launches unlimited calling to any mobile number  —  AT&T has dropped a major gift in to the laps of its customers today: unlimited free calling to any mobile number.  —  Of course, there are a few catches.  The numbers do have to be based in the United States, but it doesn't matter which wireless network you're calling.
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
It's Official: Voice is Worthless
Discussion: Computerworld, TiPb and Androinica
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.
Marco Arment / Instapaper Blog:
Full API now available  —  The full Instapaper API is now available for developers.  See the Full API documentation to get started.  —  I've made an unusual decision for it that I'd like to explain.  I was reluctant to make a full API before now for a few reasons:
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!
Xavier Ducrohet / Android Developers Blog:
Android 2.3.3 Platform, New NFC Capabilities  —  Several weeks ago we released Android 2.3, which introduced several new forms of communication for developers and users.  One of those, Near Field Communications (NFC), let developers get started creating a new class of contactless, proximity-based applications for users.
Bloomberg:
Nokia Is Said to Be Near Partnership With Microsoft  —  By Carol Hymowitz, Dina Bass and Diana ben-Aaron  —  Feb. 10 (Bloomberg) — Nokia Oyj is close to announcing a software partnership with Microsoft Corp., a bet that together the two companies can better challenge Google Inc. and Apple Inc. …
Discussion: Engadget, SAI and Daring Fireball
Scott Steinberg / Rolling Stone:
‘Guitar Hero’ Dead  —  The Guitar Hero video game franchise is officially dead.  According to publisher Activision, which will close its music game division and cease development of existing Guitar Hero titles, they're ending the series in order to refocus efforts online.
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.
Elizabeth Wasserman / The Politico:
Tech war: Google vs. Microsoft  —  Google is under siege in Washington like never before — and it says an “anti-Google industrial complex” is to blame.  —  In an interview with POLITICO, a Google spokesman argued that a cabal of antitrust lawyers, lobbyists and public relations firms is conspiring against the Internet search giant.
Discussion: Digital Trends
Robin Sloan / Twitter Media:
repetition #repetition #repetition  —  This might be the most useful graph you see all week:  —  I mean, the implications are obvious... right?  —  Just kidding.  Bear with me and I'll explain: The graph above is from a new paper (PDF) from Cornell's computer science department.
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 …
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Apple granted patent where carriers bid to provide service to iPhones  —  A patent recently granted to Apple could wrest power away from the wireless carriers by creating a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) system that would allow networks to bid against each other over wireless services provided to iPhone users.
Discussion: Hardware 2.0 Blog and Fast Company
Steve Kovach / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
The Motorola Atrix Is A Great Android Phone, But Not Much Of A Laptop  —  Here it is: The Atrix 4G, the phone Motorola and AT&T are touting as “the world's most powerful smartphone.”  —  Aside from the dual core Tegra 2 processor, the Atrix stands out for being able to power a separate laptop that runs entirely off the phone.
 
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Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft's Zune Video bites healthy chunk out of Apple's online movie share
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Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Former Apple and Lucasfilm Exec Joins HP To Help Bolster The webOS App Catalog
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WSJ: Clearwire moving away from retail, will concentrate on network …
David Pogue / New York Times:
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Dan Goodin / The Register:
Oracle patches decade-old ‘Mark-of-the-Beast’ bug in Java
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