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3:40 PM ET, February 13, 2011

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Wall Street Journal:
Apple Works on Line of Less-Expensive iPhones  —  Apple Inc. is working on a new line of iPhones and a software overhaul that would make it easier for customers to access entertainment and personal photos and videos, according to people familiar with the matter.
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Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Working on Cheaper, Smaller iPhone and MobileMe Overhaul  —  The Wall Street Journal seems to confirm an earlier Bloomberg report that Apple is working on a smaller, cheaper version of the iPhone due this summer: … The previous Bloomberg report claimed the price of the smaller iPhone …
Joanna Stern / Engadget:
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 official: Tegra 2, Honeycomb, dual cameras (hands-on with video)  —  Geez, it's been a long weekend of almost incessant Galaxy Tab II teasing, but the time has come: Samsung's finally releasing the official details of its 10.1-inch, Android Honeycomb tablet to the world.
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Samsung Galaxy S II official: dual-core 1GHz CPU, 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus, coming this month (hands-on with video)  —  One of the worst-kept secrets of MWC this year — the Galaxy S II — is finally official, and we'd say it definitely lives up to its name as a proper successor …
David Segal / New York Times:
Search Optimization and Its Dirty Little Secrets  —  PRETEND for a moment that you are Google's search engine.  —  Someone types the word “dresses” and hits enter.  What will be the very first result?  —  There are, of course, a lot of possibilities.  Macy's comes to mind.
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Vanessa Fox / Search Engine Land:
New York Times Exposes J.C. Penney Link Scheme That Causes Plummeting Rankings in Google  —  Today, the New York Times published an article about a search engine optimization investigation of J.C. Penney.  Perplexed by how well jcpenney.com did in unpaid (organic) search results …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Search Still Sucks  —  A decade ago I tried Google for the first time.  Like everyone said, it was magic - the result I wanted was right there at the top.  For someone who'd been using AltaVista for years before that it was a very pleasant experience.  Anyone who was on the Internet …
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Nokia CEO Elop Denies Being “Trojan Horse” For Microsoft  —  Nokia finished up its press conference at Mobile World Congress a few minutes ago, and toward the end of the conference somebody in the audience yelled to CEO Stephen Elop: “Are you a Trojan Horse?”
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Nancy Gohring / Computerworld:
Microsoft to pay out ‘billions’ as part of Nokia deal  —  IDG News Service - Nokia on Sunday hinted that Microsoft essentially won a bidding war against Google to supply software to the world's largest handset maker and that the software giant agreed to pay “billions” of dollars for the privilege.
Discussion: PC World
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Live from ‘An Evening With Nokia’ at MWC 2011!
Discussion: LiveSide.net and TechCrunch
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Nokia hints we'll see first Windows Phone 7 device this year
Discussion: The Next Web
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Motorola Xoom up for pre-order at Best Buy this Thursday... for $1,199?  —  What the what?!  Best Buy has just put up word on when you can pre-order the Motorola Xoom — this coming Thursday, February 17th — and a price, $1,199.  There are “great” financing offers available, but we can't get over this price we're seeing.
Ross Miller / Engadget:
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play (update: video and full spec sheet!)  —  We'll forgive you if you thought the Xperia Play was eons before.  Let's quickly run through its short-yet-illustrious history: we published first details in August last year, followed by the very first pictures in late October.
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Bob Warfield / SmoothSpan Blog:
Scoble Discovers Developers are Schizo About New Platforms  —  I just listened to Scoble's bar interview of @longview (Nick Long) and @renatto (Paul Robinett), two Dreamworks developers who are building a mobile app of their own.  They're talking about the Mobile World, and there are some great sound bites coming from the interview.
Discussion: Scobleizer
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Om Malik / GigaOM:   The End of the (Nokia) Raj
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Intel promises, teases MeeGo smartphone and tablet for MWC  —  Lookie here.  Intel may have been the jilted bride left at the altar by Nokia, but it's not giving up on MeeGo just yet.  The above poster has been hung up here in Barcelona, in the area us humble journalists still aren't in allowed yet …
Discussion: PhoneArena, Liliputing and PalmAddicts
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