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February 1, 2012, 10:10 AM

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IFR:
Facebook readies to file US$5bn IPO, could grow  —  Facebook is expected to file to raise US$5bn in a preliminary IPO prospectus on Wednesday morning, which while less than anticipated could be increased to ultimate investor demand, according to sources close to the deal.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Go the F**k Back to Sleep, Silicon Valley: Facebook IPO Likely to File Later Today at Earliest  —  Like political junkies waiting up for election returns (losers!), Silicon Valley folks, including tech journalists (losers!), are up this morning to await and then pounce on the long-expected IPO filing of Facebook.
Bloomberg:
Facebook Picks Morgan Stanley to Lead IPO  —  Facebook Inc., the world's largest social-networking service, chose Morgan Stanley to take the lead on its planned initial public offering, according to three people with knowledge of the matter.  —  Morgan Stanley, the New York-based investment bank …
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com:
Exclusive: First Image of a BlackBerry 10 Superphone!!  —  BOOM!  Last week's leaked 2012 BlackBerry Roadmap slide deck brought with it a ton of goodies for the new year, but one thing that was missing was a fresh look at a BlackBerry 10 [Smartphone] Superphone.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Bay Founders' Prison Sentences Final, Supreme Court Appeal Rejected  —  November 2010, the Swedish Court of Appeal found three people behind The Pirate Bay guilty of criminal copyright infringement offenses.  —  Although Fredrik Neij, Peter Sunde and Carl Lundström …
Brooke Crothers / CNET:
Windows 8 may have an edge over Android on tablets, ARM CEO says  —  Warren East speaking during Tuesday's earnings conference call.  —  In the wake of a solid earnings report, ARM's CEO Warren East said Microsoft may have some potential advantages over Android in the tablet market.
Amazon.com:
Amazon.com Announces Fourth Quarter Sales up 35% to $17.43 Billion; Kindle Device Sales Nearly Triple During the Holidays  —  Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced financial results for its fourth quarter ended December 31, 2011.  —  Operating cash flow increased 12% to $3.90 billion …
Gareth Beavis / TechRadar:
Samsung confirms Galaxy S3 delay No show for quad core powerhouse at MWC  —  Samsung has confirmed to TechRadar that the Galaxy S3, its much-hyped successor to the S2, won't be appearing at MWC 2012.  The phone was fully expected to launch at the flagship event in Barcelona later this month …
John Cox / Network World:
Apple forcing IT shops to “adapt or die”  —  Apple iPads, iPhones and Macs bringing big changes to IT, business practices, MacIT attendees say  —  Guest Column By John Cox, Network World  —  Many IT departments are struggling with Apple's “take it or leave it” attitude, based on discussions last week at MacIT, which is Macworld|
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Congratulations Crunchies Winners!  Dropbox Is The Best Overall Startup  —  This year's fifth annual Crunchies Awards has just finished up at the classy Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, and it was a smashing success.  We poked fun #humblebraggers, got cussed at by Siri …
Jeff Atwood / Stack Exchange:
The Trouble With Popularity  —  Way back in 2008, we had Alexis Ohanian and Steve Huffman, the founders and co-creators of Reddit, on the Stack Overflow podcast.  We chatted about a bunch of stuff, but one of the things they said that always stuck with me was that Reddit always took an explicitly hands-off …
Amar Toor / Engadget:
Sony confirms Kazuo Hirai as new President and CEO, replacing Howard Stringer  —  Sony has just confirmed Kazuo Hirai as its new CEO and President, validating rumors that have been swirling for a few weeks now.  Outgoing CEO Howard Stringer, meanwhile, has been appointed Chairman of Sony's Board of Directors.
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Apple reportedly shopping for TV display components from major supplier  —  Apple has contacted at least one major Asian supplier about purchasing television display components, checks by one analyst have revealed.  —  Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster told investors on Tuesday that he had recently spoken to a …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
ZFS Comes to OS X Courtesy of Apple's Former Chief ZFS Architect  —  Apple's flirtation with ZFS, the file system backed by Sun, has been well-documented with rumors and speculation dating back to 2006.  The interest was fueled in mid-2007 by a claim by Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz that ZFS …
Andrew Tarantola / Gizmodo:
Redbox Puts the Kibosh on WB's 56-day Waiting Period  —  While Netflix is happy to kowtow to Warner Brothers Studio's title-delaying demands, Redbox is having none of it.  The curbside video rental chain just let its contract with WB expire over the issue—allowing Redbox to rent its WB catalog ahead of the competition.
Semiocast:
Brazil becomes 2nd country on Twitter, Japan 3rd Netherlands most active country  —  Geolocation analysis of Twitter accounts by Semiocast  —  Semiocast's latest studies reveals a new order in top countries on Twitter.  The U.S. still top at the 1st place on Twitter in terms of accounts with 107.7 million accounts.
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Filing: Without Itanium Chip, HP Is “Strategically Screwed”  —  Last night, a California judge made some key rulings in the ongoing litigation between Hewlett-Packard and Oracle over the latter's decision to stop supporting Intel's Itanium chip.  —  One thing Judge James Kleinberg did was dismiss …
More: TechEye, GigaOM and eWeek
The Mozilla Blog:
Firefox Adds Powerful New Developer Tools  —  Firefox for Windows, Mac and Linux adds powerful built-in developer tools and delivers smoother updates by making add-ons compatible by default.  —  Firefox adds a number of new built-in developer tools that let developers change the look and feel of websites in real-time.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Neil Young and the Sound of Music  —  You know what the biggest problem with music today is?  —  Sound quality.  —  That's Neil Young's take on the issue, anyway.  For years, the musician has been obsessed with improving the way modern music sounds, sonically speaking.
Mark Otto / Twitter Developers:
Say hello to Bootstrap 2.0  —  Six months ago we open-sourced Twitter Bootstrap, an extensive front-end toolkit for developing web sites and applications.Since then, Bootstrap has grown to be one of the most popular projects on GitHub, the largest open source code host in the world, with over 16,000 watchers and 3,000 forks.
Sarah Lacy / PandoDaily:
Introducing Our First Event Series: PandoMonthly  —  One of the reasons that the Valley continues to produce great companies, cycle-after-cycle is that when you put smart, entrepreneurial people in the same place, great things happen.  —  Unfortunately sometimes we're too busy working …
Identified:
New Identified Research Reveals Engineers Far More Likely than MBAs to Build and Run Companies  —  In our latest edition of the “Revenge of the Nerds” white paper research series, Identified has discovered that a growing number of company founders and CEOs today are far more likely …
Nolan Caudill:
The Front Line  —  So, Yahoo messed up today.  They've messed up other days, too, but this was an especially red-letter day amongst other red-letter days, and this is one that has me ticked off.  —  For reasons I don't know, Yahoo laid off the highest level of Flickr's customer support …
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
YouTube could introduce a subscription service of its own  —  At the D:Dive Into Media conference Tuesday, YouTube CEO Salar Kamangar gave his views on how the video marketplace is evolving both online and off.  While much of the company's efforts have been based on advertising …

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