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February 1, 2012, 12:30 PM

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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 …
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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 …
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.
Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
Microsoft Slams Google Privacy Changes With “Putting People First” Ad Campaign  —  Last September, Google CEO Larry Page warned Google's biggest threat was Google itself.  His words are ringing true, as Google arch-nemesis Microsoft is seizing on Google's recent missteps to score some points through …
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.
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 …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
AOL Beats Low Expectations, Increasing Ad Revenue and Slowing Total Decline in Q4 (Plus Charts!)  —  AOL said it earned 23 cents a share for the fourth quarter on revenue of $576.8 million, compared to 65 cents per share on $596 million in the same quarter a year ago.
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 …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Amazon filing shows $558M loss for LivingSocial in 2011  —  How much does it cost to bulk up and compete with the likes of Groupon in the daily deals market?  Amazon.com's annual Form 10-K filing, made public this morning, reveals detailed financial information about LivingSocial …
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John Cox / Network World:
Apple forcing IT shops to “adapt or die”  —  Many IT departments are struggling with Apple's “take it or leave it” attitude, based on discussions last week at MacIT, which is Macworld|  iWorld's companion conference for IT professionals.  Much of the questioning following technical presentations …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Bill Ray / The Register:
40,000 Apple fanbois demand ethical iPhone 5  —  But we do care a lot, claims CEO  —  Favourite aggregator of anti-corporate campaigns, SumOfUs, has started a petition calling for an “ethical” iPhone 5, and has already garnered more than 40,000 signatures.
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Google in talks with Chinese authorities to keep Google Maps operational there  —  Google is in discussions with the Chinese government as it seeks the granting of license required to continue to operate its Google Maps service in the country.  —  This morning, Chinese media reported …
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.

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