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12:10 AM ET, February 10, 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.
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
Discussion: Engadget and SAI
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 …
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 …
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. …
Wall Street Journal / @wsj:   Twitter is holding low-level acquisition talks at an estimated valuation of $8 billion to $10 billion
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 …
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
It's Official: Voice is Worthless  —  With AT&T announcing its free mobile to mobile calls to help fend off customers defecting for the iPhone on Verizon's network, it's time to recognize that voice is now worthless.  We can joke that AT&T clearly thought that all along (hello, dropped calls) …
Discussion: TiPb, IntoMobile and Androinica
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.
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Former Apple and Lucasfilm Exec Joins HP To Help Bolster The webOS App Catalog  —  After HP unveiled the Pre3, Veer, and TouchPad at their big webOS event today, we figured they were pretty much done with news for the day.  —  Turns out, they had at least one more tid-bit to share.
Discussion: Engadget, CrunchGear and Ars Technica
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
HP Will Ship WebOS As An Addition To Windows, Not A Replacement
Nokia Is Said to Be Near Partnership With Microsoft  —  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., according to a person with knowledge of the discussions.
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Nokia drops first MeeGo phone before launch -sources
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: Pulse2
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:   Google: We're Better Now Than 2000. Okay, Let Us Test It!
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft's Zune Video bites healthy chunk out of Apple's online movie share … Microsoft's Zune Video service gained over 50% more market share in 2010 compared to 2009.  —  The software giant's Zune video platform now accounts for 17.9% of the market compared to 11.6% in 2009.
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.
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:
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Feature: How one man tracked down Anonymous—and paid a heavy price  —  Aaron Barr believed he had penetrated Anonymous.  The loose hacker collective had been responsible for everything from anti-Scientology protests to pro-Wikileaks attacks on MasterCard and Visa, and the FBI was now after them.
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.
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.
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.
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Oracle patches decade-old ‘Mark-of-the-Beast’ bug in Java  —  Order restored to universe  —  Oracle has squashed a decade-old bug in its Java programming framework that allows attackers to bring down sensitive servers by feeding them numerical values with large numbers of decimal places.
Discussion: Oracle and Computerworld
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Discussion: Hardware 2.0 Blog and Fast Company
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Will Make $10 Per Android User In 2012: Report
Discussion: @loic and MarketingVOX
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