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1:50 AM ET, February 14, 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.
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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 …
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.
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Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Nokia CEO Elop Denies Being “Trojan Horse” For Microsoft
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Nokia hints we'll see first Windows Phone 7 device this year
Discussion: The Next Web
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
HP's ‘Everybody On’ ad goes to the Grammys, causes nationwide cringing  —  HP told us to watch for a special new campaign during the Grammys, so watch we did — only to find this commercial and occasional on-stage pimping of the HP TouchPad.  The latter is standard business practice, to be sure, but the former?
Discussion: CNET News
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.
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
BitTorrent Partners With Khan Academy to Distribute Education
Wall Street Journal:
Zynga's Talks With Investors Value Gaming Concern at Over $7 Billion  —  Social-gaming company Zynga Inc. is holding discussions with potential investors about raising around $250 million in new funding in a deal that could value the three-year-old start-up at between $7 billion and $9 billion …
Discussion: VentureBeat, Reuters and Gawker
Peter Norvig / New York Post:
The machine age  —  This week, Watson takes on humans at “Jeopardy!”  But how close are we to a computer that thinks?  Google's director of research explains how far we've come ...  Forty years ago this December, President Nixon declared a war on cancer, pledging a “total national commitment” to conquering the disease.
Discussion: @google and UMBC ebiquity
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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Jessica Dolcourt / CNET News:
Adobe spells out Flash-y plans for Android  —  Adobe may be leaving the flashy announcements to Nokia and Sony Ericsson this Mobile World Congress, but there are some plans pertaining to Flash that will impact a wide swatch of Android smartphones and tablets going forward.
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Inside the DNA of the Facebook Mafia  —  A lot of things about Facebook have been impressive, even by the Silicon Valley standards.  Almost no other Valley company has reached so many people around the world so quickly.  Few Valley companies have been considered important forces in causes …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Howard Stern and Twitter Just Made Me Watch “Private Parts” Again  —  “Private Parts” is a 1997 movie that most Howard Stern fans have a hazy fondness for and everyone else ignores.  So why is the movie's title now trending on Twitter?  —  Because Stern has spent the afternoon delivering a scene-by-scene …
Discussion: paidContent and The Raw Feed
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Uber All Set To Pick Up New VC Money  —  Uber, formerly known as Uber Cab, a San Francisco based company backed by StumbleUpon co-founder Garrett Camp and Red Swoosh founder Travis Kalanick is close to raising a substantial new funding in a round led by Benchmark Capital.
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 …
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Fred Oliveira / Helloform:
On Search and spoiled bloggers
 
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What future for the Macintosh?
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
It's Facebook Vs. Twitter In the Race to Make the News Social
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Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report Blog:
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Anupreeta Das / Wall Street Journal:
J.P. Morgan Plans a Fund Geared to Firms Like Facebook and Twitter
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Instagram Finally Gets A Better Website — For The Grammys. A Sign Of What's To Come?
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‘Blue Horseshoe’ Loves the Activity Streams
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Intel promises, teases MeeGo smartphone and tablet for MWC
Vivek Wadhwa / TechCrunch:
How to Fix the Flawed Startup Visa Act
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Scoble Discovers Developers are Schizo About New Platforms
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