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February 1, 2012, 1:20 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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Horace Dediu / asymco:
Pricing Paradox  —  As Apple's extraordinarily low valuation is being more widely noted, explanatory hypotheses are proliferating.  Everyone seems to have an opinion.  Some explanations come in and out of fashion.  Others are reliable old clichés.  We've seen liquidity issues …
More: Fortune
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.
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Boxee officially pulls the plug on PC client  —  Want to run Boxee on your PC or Mac?  Then hurry up; Boxee is removing all copies of its PC-based app from its servers by the end of the day Tuesday to fully concentrate on the Boxee Box.  —  The company announced the move late last year …
Ben Horowitz / ben's blog:
Why Has Andreessen Horowitz Raised $2.7B in 3 Years? … Since Marc and I founded Andreessen Horowitz three years ago, we have raised $2.7 billion.  That statement begs a few questions.  The two most obvious are:  — Why did such a new venture capital firm raise so much money?
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
Introducing the iFactory  —  Apple reinvented gadgets.  Now it should reinvent how gadgets are manufactured.  —  Last week, Apple reported one of the most amazing earning results in corporate history.  During the last three months of 2011, the company made $13 billion in profit …
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: GigaOM and eWeek
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 …
Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: WikiLeaks to move servers offshore, sources say  —  Prince Michael Bates of Sealand stands atop the helipad on his World War II era “micronation” — a possible future location for Wikileaks' servers.  —  Julian Assange's investors are in the process of purchasing a boat …
Matt Hickey / The Daily:
Inside Microsoft's plan to equip laptops with Kinect technology  —  Last week, The Daily reported Microsoft is currently developing a version of its Kinect motion-sensing technology to run in Windows 8-equipped portables.  Now, we've confirmed a few more facts about the project from a number of sources inside Redmond.
Audrey Watters / Hack Education:
Stanford Professors Daphne Koller & Andrew Ng Also Launching a Massive Online Learning Startup  —  These are interesting times to be a Stanford professor.  Or to stop being a Stanford professor, as the case may be...  Last week, news broke that Professor Sebastian Thrun would be stepping …
Greg Sterling / Marketing Land:
Seeking To Banish “Distraction” Microsoft Replaces Hotmail Display Ads With Deals  —  Microsoft is trying to make ads in Hotmail better.  The company is replacing conventional display ads in its webmail service with deal ads that it believes will be more relevant and interesting to users.
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.
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 …
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Microsoft: The Web is better without plug-ins  —  Microsoft began distancing itself from browser plug-ins last year starting with Internet Explorer on Windows 8's Metro interface, but it spoke more definitively today: plug-ins are bad for the Web.  —  “Metro-style IE runs plug-in free …
More: MSDN Blogs and WinBeta

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