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9:20 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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Arn / MacRumors:
Small iPhone to Have Edge to Edge Screen, Voice Navigation?
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
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 …
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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Ross Miller / Engadget:
Live from ‘An Evening With Nokia’ at MWC 2011!
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Qualcomm enables instant streaming of Netflix movies on Android  —  Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon mobile processors will enable future Android devices to be able to instantly stream TV shows and movies from Netflix.  —  Instant streaming is the hottest new way to get movies into the hands of users.
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Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Qualcomm Aims to Heat Up Phone Chip Race with Dual-Core, Quad-Core Chips
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Steve Jobs On The Apple Campus Is Like A Double Rainbow  —  On Friday the WSJ published an article entitled “Apple's Jobs Calls Shots From Home” which depicted the Apple CEO as still having a generous hand in the day to day going ons of the company despite being on medical leave.
Discussion: MacRumors
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)
Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
The new nightmare of developers and brands  —  It used to be simple.  You just needed a website.  Whatever you do on the web today, it's now a nightmare if you want to optimize your presence.  —  Platforms  —  You need to be on all popular platforms. iPhone of course …
Thanks:loic
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 and Switched
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
The Economics of Blogging and The Huffington Post  —  When The Huffington Post announced earlier this week that it was being acquired by AOL for $315 million in cash and stock, one group felt slighted: a set of unpaid bloggers for the site, identifying by the Twitter hashtag #huffpuff …
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Motorola Mobility to Buy Software Start-Up  —  Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. has agreed to buy a small company developing software to boost the security of mobile devices powered by the Android operating system and spur wider use by businesses, according to a person familiar with the matter.
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 …
Discussion: SarahLacy.com
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
iOS developers making leap to the Mac, thanks to Mac App Store  —  The Mac App Store is, by most accounts, off to a good start.  But not all entrenched Mac developers are ready to entrust their entire business to Apple's recently opened digital distribution point due to certain restrictions placed …
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
What future for the Macintosh?  —  With Apple's smartphones and tablets making so much money and taking up so much media bandwidth, one has to wonder: Is there a future for the Macintosh?  —  We'll first take a look at broad trend numbers and try not to molest them too much.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
RIM BlackBerry 4G PlayBook tablet now in delicious LTE and HSPA+ flavors (updated)  —  Count 'em, because RIM has now announced four varieties of its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet.  As of today, we've got the PlayBook with WiFi + LTE and WiFi + HSPA+ models joining the previously announced PlayBook …
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.
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DigiTimes:
Tablet NAND flash demand to rise nearly 400% in 2011, says iSuppli
Christopher Trout / Engadget:
iPad gets the Opera Mini treatment, we wonder what took so long
Alex Howard / Gov 2.0:
“If there was no social networks, this would never have been sparked"-Wael Ghonim
Discussion: New York Times
Juan O. Tamayo / MiamiHerald.com:
Cuban government unblocks critical sites
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Shazam's Search for Songs Creates New Music Jobs
Discussion: ringtonia.com
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
It's Facebook Vs. Twitter In the Race to Make the News Social
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Uber All Set To Pick Up New VC Money
Discussion: SAI
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Howard Stern and Twitter Just Made Me Watch “Private Parts” Again
 Earlier Items: 
Kovas Boguta / Computational History:
Visualizing The New Arab Mind
Thanks:boguta
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report Blog:
IE9 and Tracking Protection: Microsoft disrupts the online ad business
Anupreeta Das / Wall Street Journal:
J.P. Morgan Plans a Fund Geared to Firms Like Facebook and Twitter
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Instagram Finally Gets A Better Website — For The Grammys. A Sign Of What's To Come?
Howard Lindzon:
‘Blue Horseshoe’ Loves the Activity Streams
Ross Miller / Engadget:
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play (update: video and full spec sheet!)