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February 1, 2012, 1:05 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 …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Moves to .SE Domain To Prevent Domain Seizure  —  Earlier today Sweden's Supreme Court announced its decision not to grant leave to appeal in the long-running Pirate Bay criminal trial.  —  This means that the prison sentences and fines against the defendants are now final.
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 …
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 …
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 …
More: Screenwerk
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.
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 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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
More: CNET, MacNN and MacDailyNews
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 …
John Ribeiro / Computerworld:
Seagate: Shortage of disk drives to continue through 2012  —  Large customers are willing to enter into long-term agreements to ensure supply continuity  —  Seagate Technology said Tuesday that supply of hard disk drives (HDDs) this year will continue to fall short of demand …
More: The Verge
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Why Mint on Android tablets could boost its user base  —  Mint's financial management software made the move from Android phones to Android tablets on Wednesday.  A new tablet-optimized version is freely available in the Android Market and supports slates running Android 3.0 or better.

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