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9:30 PM ET, February 11, 2011

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Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Exclusive: Nokia's Windows Phone 7 concept revealed!  —  Look what we've found!  This is the first image you'll see anywhere of the early fruit of Microsoft and Nokia's budding new partnership.  We have it on good authority that the technicolor phone on show is an early conceptual device produced …
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
RIP: Symbian  —  This slide was just presented by Stephen Elop and Nokia CFO, Timo Ihamuotila, at Nokia's Capital Markets Day.  Although there's no date listed, it's clear that Symbian — a “franchise” OS that Nokia will “harvest” — will be wholly consumed by Windows Phone on Nokia devices …
Eric S. Raymond / Armed and Dangerous:
The Smartphone Wars: Nokia's Suicide Note  —  Stephen Elop has jumped his company off the burning platform, all right.  And, I judge, straight into the fire.  —  No, the choice that seals Nokia's doom isn't the tie-up with Microsoft (though that's problematic enough, and I'll get back to it).
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Dear Nokia fans: you're nuts!  —  If you go over to Nokia's announcement where they announced a sweeping deal with Microsoft and read all the comments you'll see that most of the comments are in total despair mode.  —  It's like a bunch of Google employees are astroturfing the comments there.
Horace Dediu / asymco:
In memoriam: Microsoft's previous strategic mobile partners  —  Microsoft's new “strategic partnership” with Nokia is not its first.  For a decade the software company has courted and consummated relationships with a variety of companies in mobile and telecom.  Here are the ones I can remember:
Nokia:
Nokia and Microsoft announce plans for a broad strategic partnership …
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
Apple Is Revamping Notification System For iOS [Exclusive]  —  UPDATE: I sent an email to App Remix's CEO Jonathan George asking whether his company was going to be bought by Apple.  His response?  “No comment...” he said.  —  Apple is working on a new notification system for iOS …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
With 80 Million Users, Pandora Files To Go Public  —  Music streaming service Pandora has filed to go public.  It could end up raising as much as $100 million.  According to its S1 SEC form, for the first nine months of 2010 it lost $328,000 on revenues of $77 million.
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Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
AT&T says thank you to iPhone users with 1000 bonus minutes  —  AT&T is continuing to say thank you to their iPhone users who are sticking with them.  Last week was a 20% off an accessory coupon and this week is a free extra 1000 rollover minutes.  Some readers have sent in screenshots of the above …
John Bussey / Wall Street Journal:
How to Handle Employee Activism: Google Tiptoes Around Cairo's Hero  —  As the world marveled this week at the remarkable story of Wael Ghonim, the Google manager who helped organize a popular rebellion in Egypt, a great sigh of relief could be heard rising from much of the rest of American business:
Discussion: Pulse2
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:   Wael Ghonim: I'll go back to Google if I'm not fired
Riana / @aeolianharp:   Man, @Ghonim, best 20%-time project ever. #google
Julian Lee / The Age:
War looms as Sony hints that it will abandon iTunes  —  SONY has signalled it may withdraw its artists from Apple's iTunes store and withhold its games from the iPhone in a sign the two companies are on the brink of all-out war.  Sony plans to open a competitor to iTunes …
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Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Abandoning iTunes Would Be SUICIDE For Sony Music
Discussion: NBC Bay Area
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
Samsung 10.1-inch Honeycomb tablet to debut at MWC  —  EXCLUSIVE: Tab two just days away  —  Pocket-lint sources have confirmed that Samsung will launch a Honeycomb-packing 10.1-inch tablet on Sunday night at the start of Mobile World Congress.  —  The new device will be thinner and lighter …
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
HP TouchPad planned for June, priced at $699?  —  One of our sources has just provided us with new information surrounding the launch of the recently unveiled HP TouchPad.  It's been communicated to us that HP is (or was — it's not clear if things have recently changed) planning on having the TouchPad in market before the end of June.
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
MacBook Air ‘Sandy Bridge’ update expected in June  —  Apple is targeting a MacBook Air update for this summer that will include a move to Intel's Sandy Bridge processors, CNET has learned.  —  Initial shipments of Intel's Sandy Bridge processor were snafued on January 31 by a minor glitch …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Valentines Day Bait & Switch: Groupon Must Avoid Becoming Just Another Useless Coupon Site  —  I assume that “sale!” signs in retail businesses are usually just BS.  The stores keep normal prices higher than they should be so they can offer customers a faux discount.
Discussion: CNNMoney.com, SAI and Digital Trends
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Chris Pirillo / @chrispirillo:   UPDATE: @Groupon sends email related to the FTD coupon débâcle [CC: @techcrunch | tip @techmeme] - http://flic.kr/p/9hsjX1
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
UberMedia, Indeed.  Bill Gross' Twitter Ecosystem Empire Just Acquired TweetDeck  —  The number of companies in the Twitter ecosystem keeps contracting.  But not for a necessarily bad reason, but because they keep getting purchased.  And what's crazy is that it's largely one person who has been buying them up: Bill Gross.
Discussion: The Next Web
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Wael Ghonim: If You Want To Liberate A Government, Give Them The Internet  —  By now, you've probably heard the news that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has stepped down, with massive crowds celebrating their new freedom in Cairo's Tahrir Square.  I happened to be watching the coverage …
Discussion: PC World, @ghonim and @ghonim
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft accuses former manager of stealing 600MB of confidential docs  —  New motion alleges Matt Miszewski took cloud computing strategic plans when hired by CRM rival Salesforce.com  —  Computerworld - Microsoft yesterday accused a former manager of taking hundreds of megabytes …
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Sony to Inspect PlayStation Hacker's Hard Drive  —  SAN FRANCISCO — PlayStation 3 jailbreaker George Hotz must allow console-maker Sony to comb through his computer's hard drive and retrieve information “that relates to the hacking of the PlayStation,” a federal judge ruled Thursday.
Evan Blass / pocketnow.com:
Galaxy S 2, Desire HD2, Desire 2, Wildfire 2 Full Specs Leaked  —  Even more pre-MWC leaks from Expansys, as the company has now posted full spec sheets on the HTC Desire HD2, Samsung Galaxy S 2, HTC Desire 2, and HTC Wildfire 2.  As suspected, the Galaxy S 2 is said to run …
 
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