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February 2, 2012, 8:30 PM

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Paul Thurrot / Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows:
Windows Phone 8 Preview  —  Thanks to a recent leak which has revealed some interesting information about the next major Windows Phone version, I can now publicly discuss Windows Phone 8 for the first time.  —  Windows Phone 8, codenamed Apollo, will be based on the Windows 8 kernel and not on Windows CE as are current versions.
Evan Blass / pocketnow.com:
Exclusive: Windows Phone 8 Detailed  —  Microsoft has some major changes in store for Windows Phone 8, we've learned, which is the version of the platform currently being referred to by codename “Apollo” (the one scheduled for deployment after the upcoming Tango update).
New York Times:
From Founders to Decorators, Facebook Riches  —  David Choe was paid in Facebook stock for paintings at the company's first headquarters.  His payout may be $200 million when it goes public.  Some investors may make billions of dollars.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The graffiti artist …
Jim Romenesko:
The graffiti artist who is about to become a Facebook millionaire  —  A front page story in today's New York Times mentions that graffiti artist David Choe took Facebook stock instead of cash for painting the walls of Facebook's first headquarters and that his shares are expected to be worth …
Andy Kessler / Wall Street Journal:
The Button That Made Facebook Billions  —  The power of ‘Like’ as an emotional sensor is driving the company's exorbitant valuation.  —  As bizarre as this sounds, one of the most valuable innovations in technology over the last several decades is Facebook's “Like” button.
More: SiliconANGLETweets: @joshconstine
Joseph Menn / Reuters:
Key Internet operator VeriSign hit by hackers  —  (Reuters) - VeriSign Inc, the company in charge of delivering people safely to more than half the world's websites, has been hacked repeatedly by outsiders who stole undisclosed information from the leading Internet infrastructure company.
Lauren Goode / AllThingsD:
Avid Brings Its “Pro-sumer” Video Editing App to iPad  —  Avid, maker of high-end digital video and audio production tools, is bringing its “pro-sumer” video editing software to the iPad.  —  The app is available starting Thursday as part of the Avid Studio suite.
Tyler Holman / Neowin.net:
One studio accounts for 1/3 of Twitter DMCA takedowns  —  Twitter recently released all of the DMCA takedown notices they have received in the past year.  According to the Hollywood Reporter, the 4,410 claims reveal that a single studio, Magnolia Pictures, was responsible for a third of them.
John Cook / GeekWire:
Exclusive: Amazon.com buys TeachStreet  —  TeachStreet founder Dave Schappell traveled from coast-to-coast over the past 12 months entertaining offers for his Seattle-based startup.  But, at the end of the day, he found the best fit right in his own backyard.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
comScore: As U.S. Smartphone Usage Grows, Android Nears 50 Percent Market Share  —  comScore just released its monthly mobile numbers, which charts smartphone usage from U.S. consumers for the three month period ending in December 2011.  For the period, 234 million Americans age 13 …
Agam Shah / PC World:
Dell Forms Software Group, Names Former CA CEO as Head  —  Dell on Thursday said it is forming a Software Group, which will bring together disparate products under one roof as the company tries to sharpen its end-to-end enterprise offerings.  —  The software unit will be led by John Swainson …
Dominic Sacco / MCV:
Disney acquires majority stake in UTV  —  The Walt Disney Company has obtained a controlling stake in UTV including the media firm's games publishing arm UTV Ignition.  —  Disney will be complete the acquisition shortly via a delisting action which will see UTV's shares removed from local stock exchanges.
More: Reuters and Develop
Kellex / Droid Life:
GSM Galaxy Nexus Receives Google Wallet Access on AT&T, Still Nothing for the LTE Variant on Verizon  —  By now, most of you know the story behind Google Wallet and the fact that it has only been officially available to the Nexus S 4G on Sprint, something that irritates the hell out of all new Galaxy Nexus owners.
Heather Dougherty / Hitwise Intelligence:
10 Key Statistics about Facebook  —  As Facebook Inc. filed for its initial-public-offering yesterday afternoon, now is the perfect time to examine the website's performance online and how its audience compares with that of other social networks.  Given the expected $75 billion …
Elinor Mills / CNET:
Google now scanning Android apps for malware  —  Google has added an automated scanning process that is designed to keep malicious apps out of the Android Market, the company announced today.  —  The new service, code-named “Bouncer,” scans apps for known malware, spyware, and Trojans …

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