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6:40 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 the first of a new line of iPhones and an overhaul of software services for the devices, people familiar with the matter said, moving to accelerate sales of its smartphones amid growing competition.
Arn / MacRumors:
Small iPhone to Have Edge to Edge Screen, Voice Navigation?  —  The Wall Street Journal has updated their previous story, adding some new details about the rumored smaller iPhone. … The new phone is said to have an “edge to edge” screen with (obviously) a touch interface.
Arn / MacRumors:
New MobileMe to Offer Wireless Access to iTunes Library?  —  The Wall Street Journal has added more details about the rumored MobileMe revamp that is potentially due this summer. … The newspaper indicates that users will finally be able to access their iTunes libraries without syncing to their computer.
Michael Gartenberg / @gartenberg:   The long shadow cast over Barcelona comes from the company not exhibiting there. That's now become common.
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.
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 …
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: CNET News, and PC World
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?”
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Live from ‘An Evening With Nokia’ at MWC 2011!  —  We've been gathered at the same cozy venue as two years ago (for the introduction of the E52, if memory serves correctly) for Nokia's event at MWC 2011 this evening... and frankly, in light of what's happened the past few days, we're not quite sure what to expect.
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Nokia hints we'll see first Windows Phone 7 device this year
Discussion: The Next Web
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.
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Search is amazing compared to 10 years ago at AltaVista  —  We all use web search engines a lot...about 3 Billion times a day around the world.  We hear pundits say that search sucks, or hasn't advanced much beyond 10 blue links.  Eleven years ago I was director of engineering at AltaVista …
Discussion: @arrington and @carnage4life, Thanks:dondodge
Fred Oliveira / Helloform:
On Search and spoiled bloggers
Discussion: TechCrunch and @arrington
Aaron Saenz / Singularity Hub:
Yes, The Khan Academy IS the Future of Education (video)  —  Salman Khan has taken a simple idea, YouTube videos that explain math, and transformed it into the future of education.  —  I'm just going to come out and say it: the Khan Academy is the best thing that has happened to education since Socrates.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
BitTorrent Partners With Khan Academy to Distribute Education
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.
Howard Lindzon:
‘Blue Horshoe’ Loves the Activity Streams  —  The world of inside information is under attack again from the FBI and SEC.  —  I believe they are only about 10 years behind.  While they catch a few wrongdoers, the age of ‘social signal’ is upon us.  There will be no damning phone calls …
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
Om Malik / GigaOM:   The End of the (Nokia) Raj
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Instagram Finally Gets A Better Website — For The Grammys. A Sign Of What's To Come?
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Intel promises, teases MeeGo smartphone and tablet for MWC
Discussion: PhoneArena, Liliputing and PalmAddicts
Vivek Wadhwa / TechCrunch:
How to Fix the Flawed Startup Visa Act
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI:
StumbleUpon Hits 500 Million Pageviews A Month
Discussion: Soshable
Joanna Stern / Engadget:
Fisher Price releases iCan Play Case and Kid-Tough See Yourself Camera, you'll thank 'em
Arn / MacRumors:
March 1st as Possible Date for New MacBook Pros?
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Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Geohot freestyles a message to Sony
Discussion: RazorianFly
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Google Ventures Sows Seed Funding With New Start-Up Lab (Video Tour)
Chris Barth / Invested Interest:
Anonymous Claims Possession Of Insidious Stuxnet Virus
Discussion: Slashdot
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Verizon iPhone 4 Launch: Why the Lack of iLines?
Discussion: Computerworld and IntoMobile