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12:45 PM ET, February 10, 2011

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Bloomberg:
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.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Many Brilliant Layers Of Vic Gundotra's Nokia-Exposing, Microsoft-Bashing Tweet  —  You have to love Twitter and you have to love Vic Gundotra.  —  This morning, the Google Vice President decided he was going to have some fun on Twitter. “#feb11 “Two turkeys do not make an Eagle”.,” he tweeted.
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Exclusive: Nokia's Stephen Elop Talks About How He Made His Big OS Decision  —  In weighing the future of Nokia, Stephen Elop has had some tough decisions to make, but at least he has lots of people willing to offer up their two cents.  —  Whether he is walking the halls of Nokia's headquarters in Espoo …
Wall Street Journal:
Nokia, Microsoft Talk Cellphones  —  Nokia Corp. is in talks with Microsoft Corp. about using the U.S. software giant's operating system on mobile phones, a person familiar with the situation said.  —  If an agreement can be reached in time, Nokia Chief Executive Stephen Elop likely …
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
In Nokia's Overhaul, an Opportunity for Deals
Discussion: Computerworld and SlashGear
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Apple TV gaming hinted strongly in iOS 4.3 beta code  —  Is Apple about to take on Xbox Live?  Let's not jump to any conclusions, but a trusted tipster has uncovered evidence that's, shall we say, very suggestive at the least.  New code in the iOS 4.3 beta 3 firmware hints that Apple TV may soon support online gaming.
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. …
Martyn Williams / PC World:
IPhone Attack Reveals Passwords in Six Minutes  —  Researchers in Germany say they've been able to reveal passwords stored in a locked iPhone in just six minutes and they did it without cracking the phone's passcode.  —  The attack, which requires possession of the phone, targets keychain, Apple's password management system.
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:
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Seth Rosenblatt / CNET News:
IE9 RC debuts with ‘do not track’  —  SAN FRANCISCO—The next generation of Internet Explorer is nearly ready for the public at large, as Microsoft announced the release candidate of Internet Explorer 9 at the Hang Art Gallery in San Francisco's Union Square this morning.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Softpedia News
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The Official Google Blog:
Advanced sign-in security for your Google account  —  Has anyone you know ever lost control of an email account and inadvertently sent spam—or worse—to their friends and family?  There are plenty of examples (like the classic “Mugged in London” scam) that demonstrate why it's important …
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Frederic Lardinois / NewsGrange:   Google Rolls Out Optional 2-Step Authentication For All: Secure but Frustrating
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Steve Jobs Spotted At Apple HQ With A Big Smile, And A Spring In His Step  —  Here's some good news about Steve Jobs.  —  Despite some glum reports about his health, and future after he took a medical leave from Apple, an eyewitness spotted Jobs on campus a few weeks ago and said he was looking good.
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 …
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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.
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David Kaplan / paidContent:
Yahoo Unveils ‘Livestand’ Digital Newsstand And ‘Personalized News’ Focus  —  [In progress] Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) revealed details of its mobile “personalization” initiative that were hinted at earlier this week.  In a conference call led by Black Irving, the company's chief product officer …
Byrne Reese / majordojo:
How did WordPress win?  —  When we are passionate about something, it is sometimes hard for us to wrap our heads around why someone else might not be passionate about the same thing.  You see this in the WordPress community often - fans and users of WordPress are often flabbergasted that someone might choose something else.
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) …
Adam Zeis / CrackBerry.com blogs:
16GB BlackBerry PlayBook Priced at $499 and heading to Office Depot  —  Earlier this week we saw some news that the BlackBerry PlayBook will be sold at Staples (among plenty of other retailers) and it looks like it will be on the way to Office Depot as well.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Verizon successfully completes first VoLTE call on commercial network in the world, plans 2012 availability  —  Verizon has just announced that it has completed the first voice over LTE (VoLTE) call on a commercial network anywhere in the world today, a 33-second dialogue between employees …
The White House:
President Obama Details Plan to Win the Future through Expanded Wireless Access  —  Initiative expands wireless coverage to 98% of Americans, reduces deficit by nearly $10 billion, invests in nationwide public safety network  —  WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama will today detail his plan …
Abigail Holtz / The Official Google Blog:
Boutiques.com reveals the fashion trends on everyone's mind  —  Since we introduced Boutiques.com last November, we've been busy developing new features that we're proud to unveil as New York Fashion Week hits the runways.  —  More of the boutiques you love
 
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Mark Lee / Bloomberg:
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Discussion: VentureBeat and Softpedia News
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