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9:30 PM ET, February 10, 2011

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Bloomberg:
Apple Working on Cheaper, More Versatile IPhone Models  —  Apple Inc. is working on new versions of the iPhone that are aimed at slowing the advance of competing handsets based on Google Inc.'s Android software, according to people who have been briefed on the plans.
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Could Apple Be Your Next Phone Company?  —  Apple's plans to once again change the dynamics of the mobile world are becoming clearer.  Bloomberg reported today that the device maker has plans for a universal SIM card that I first reported on in October, and Apple is seeking a way to make it possible …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times, Thanks:sgbass83
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:   The iPhone Nano Rumor Reborn: 1/3rd Smaller, Older Components, $200 With No Contract
Nishit Shah / 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 …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Unifies UI As It Rolls Out New Design For ‘Pages’  —  Back in December Facebook unveiled a significant redesign to user profiles, which now feature a handful of photos at the top of the page, new sections for featuring your family members and best friends, and some other mostly-cosmetic tweaks.
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Nikolay Valtchanov / Facebook Developers:   Introducing iframe Tabs for Pages
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Please Twitter, Don't Sell to Google or Facebook  —  According to sources quoted by the Wall Street Journal in a story published late Wednesday night, Twitter has been having what the paper called “low-level” discussions about a possible acquisition by either Google or Facebook, at a valuation of between $8 billion and $10 billion.
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Blake Irving / Yodel Anecdotal:
Livestand from Yahoo! - Your Digital Newsstand  —  The way we access and experience the Web is changing every day.  By 2013, more than one billion Internet-enabled mobile devices are projected to be in circulation—that equals more than half the total pool of Internet users today.
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David Kaplan / paidContent:
Yahoo Unveils ‘Livestand’ Tablet Newsstand And ‘Personalized News’ Focus
MSDN Blogs:
Acting on Feedback: IE9 Release Candidate Available for Download  —  The Release Candidate of Internet Explorer 9, available now at www.BeautyOfTheWeb.com in 40 languages, reflects our unique approach to building the best experience of the Web on Windows.  IE9 also reflects a more open …
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Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report Blog:
IE9 Release Candidate review: will Microsoft's big browser bet pay off?
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Facebook Exploring Permitting a Tender Offer for $1 Billion of Employee Shares at $60 Billion Valuation  —  Facebook is exploring permitting a tender offer up to $1 billion of its employee shares, after being approached by a number of big institutional investors about investing in the company …
Discussion: GigaOM, All Facebook and SAI
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Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
Facebook Earned ~$250 Million In Q4, Profits Growing At An Astounding Rate
Discussion: PE Hub Blog
John Cook / TechFlash:
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz backs Groupon, joins board  —  Groupon is getting a double-shot of good news today.  The fast-growing daily deal site announced that Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has joined the board.  In a related move, Schultz's Seattle venture capital firm, Maveron …
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Andrew / Groublogpon:   Changes to the Groupon Board of Directors
Yukari Iwatani Kane / Wall Street Journal:
Despite Leave, Jobs Keeps a Hand on Apple  —  Three weeks into a medical leave he took “to focus on my health,” Apple Inc. Chief Executive Steve Jobs is staying closely involved in the company's strategic decisions and product development, according to people familiar with the matter.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and MacRumors
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Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Steve Jobs Spotted At Apple HQ With A Big Smile, And A Spring In His Step
Discussion: MediaPost
Andrew Rassweiler / iSuppli:
New iPhone Carries $171.35 Bill of Materials, IHS iSuppli Teardown Reveals  —  Despite having nearly the same functionality and a similar bill of materials (BOM) as the previous model, the new code division multiple access (CDMA) version of the iPhone 4 carried by Verizon Wireless includes significant changes …
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CNN:
Few customers lining up for Verizon's iPhone
Preston Gralla / Computerworld:
Google and Microsoft offer Nokia hundreds of millions to abandon MeeGo, Symbian  —  When Nokia CEO Stephen Elop announces a major change in Nokia strategy tomorrow, cash may be an important factor: Microsoft and Google are both said to be offering Nokia hundreds of millions of dollars to switch …
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Bing:
Making search yours  —  For years people have talked about personalized search as the next evolution of our amazing technology.  Over the years, the biggest obstacle facing search engineers is the simple fact that human behavior is not predictable.  Don't get us wrong, people can be creatures …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Funny Coincidence between Bing's Rise And Conduit's Declining Traffic  —  Last December toolbar startup Conduit announced they were bailing on Google search in favor of Bing.  —  In January Bing surged in search market share, up over 2 points to 12.8%.  —  You wouldn't think Conduit was the main force behind the rise.
Carolyn Penner / Twitter Blog:
Twitter for Android - new and improved  —  Twitter for Android is one of the fastest growing Twitter applications.  Six months ago, it wasn't among the top 10 most-used Twitter applications.  However, in the last two months, usage has doubled, and now it's among the top five …
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 …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Mobile Insiders Say Apple's iAds Are “Hurting”  —  Apple's iAds are hitting a rough spot.  Across the board, several developers I've spoken to confirm that “fill rates” for iAds dropped drastically after the New Year and have yet to recover.  The fill rate—what percentage of the ad inventory …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
500 Startups Announces First Class Of New Incubator Program  —  Six months ago 500 Startups, the angel fund headed by Dave McClure, started investing in dozens of startups — they're now up to around 90 investments.  And today the fund is announcing an incubator program similar in many ways to Y Combinator …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Snapshot of an Apple flash crash  —  What triggered the sell-off that knocked $10 billion off the company's market cap?  Something happened to Apple's (AAPL) share price Thursday afternoon that has investors still scratching their heads.  The stock, which had been sailing along near …
Chris Wolf / Gartner:
Windows 7 Update Breaks VMware View Client: An Important Lesson In BYOD  —  Many customers I talk to are interested in supporting a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) delivery model.  A thought frequently echoed by customers is that allowing users to access their applications on their terms improves mobility …
BBC:
Stop the presses: Facebook CTO says news next in social revolution  —  Facebook CTO Bret Taylor says news and media are set get the social treatment  —  Each week we ask chief technology officers and other high-profile tech decision-makers three questions.
Stefan Parker / Facebook:
Developing Facebook's New Photo Viewer  —  When we looked to revamp the Photos experience, we faced many challenges.  While Photos is one of the most core experiences on Facebook, with over 100 million photos uploaded per day, it's supported by some of the oldest code in the system and was in dire need of an upgrade.
 
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Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
Rackspace Cloud Revenue Keeps Rising, Tops $100M
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Quora Traffic Triples, But It's Still Tiny
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
eHarmony Hacked  —  Online dating giant eHarmony has begun urging …
Discussion: Gawker
Joseph Galante / Bloomberg:
PayPal's Revenue Will Double by 2013, Thompson Says
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Facebook Now Has 149M Active Users In The U.S.; 70 Percent Log On Daily
John Squires / Voices on All Things Digital:
Apple, Google and the Publishers: Here's How to Make Subscriptions Work
 Earlier Items: 
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Ramping Up: Mary Meeker's Latest Mobile Trend Slides
Discussion: mocoNews and SAI
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
The Streak 7: Bargain Tablet From Dell Is No Real Deal
Discussion: Pulse2, SAI and MacDailyNews
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft ‘NoDo’ Windows Phone 7 update to be a no-show until early March
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Facebook Moves to Disallow Apps From Running Google Ads
Kim-Mai Cutler / The Quora Review:
On Quora, Journalism and Disintermediation
Thanks:dankaplan
Wall Street Journal:
Google Sets Sights on Next New Networks
Martyn Williams / PC World:
IPhone Attack Reveals Passwords in Six Minutes
 

 
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