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February 2, 2012, 4:55 PM

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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).
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Windows Phone 8 ‘Apollo’ video details Skype plans, Windows 8 integration, and hardware support  —  Microsoft's Director of the Windows Phone program, Joe Belfiore, has detailed a number of Windows Phone 8 features in a leaked video intended for partners.  PocketNow managed to secure a copy of the video and the feature list is long.
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 …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Facebook's Ad Business Is a $3 Billion Mystery  —  So the numbers are out, and we know that Facebook's ad business really is huge.  And it really is growing like a weed.  Just like we thought.  —  But how exactly does Facebook's ad business work?  We still don't know a lot about that part.
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 …
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.
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
Peek offers remaining hardware to hackers: ‘maybe somebody can build something great’  —  Just because the Peek service has been killed off doesn't mean the devices themselves need to be crushed and swept off into a landfill somewhere.  CEO Amol Sarva just dropped us a note to say that he's got …
More: TechCrunch and CNET
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.
Alex Leo / MediaFile:
Introducing Reuters Social Pulse  —  Today we launched Social Pulse, our new social media hub on Reuters.com designed to show you the most talked-about news, companies and influencers across the Web.  —  The first thing you'll see on the page is the news most popular in Reuters social network.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Sony posts $2 billion net loss for Q3 FY2011 results, forecasts $2.9 billion loss for full year  —  Sony has just posted its results for the third quarter of its 2011 fiscal year and as expected, the news is not great.  Sony posted an operating loss of $1.2 billion and net loss of $2 billion on revenue of $23.37 billion.
ChangeWave Research:
ChangeWave Survey Shows Momentum for Amazon Going Forward  —  BETHESDA, MD - Despite investor disappointment at a surprising fourth quarter sales miss, a January consumer survey shows Amazon.com riding a wave of momentum in the new year, according to ChangeWave Research, a service of 451 Research.
Brent Csutoras / Search Engine Land:
StumbleUpon Kills Direct Links, iFrames Everything  —  StumbleUpon, who happens to be one of the more popular and successful social media sites with over 20 million users (doubling from 10 million in about a year and a half), recently launched one of the biggest redesigns I can remember …
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Android Can No Longer Be Ignored, And The Crunchies Prove It  —  While sitting at the Crunchies last night something became quite apparent: almost all the big guys — even the ones who were stubborn about it — are currently available on Android.  —  And what do you know?  They won at the Crunchies!
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 …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Glassdoor Launches “Inside Connections,” A Facebook-Based Job Hunting Tool  —  The jobs and career community site Glassdoor is hoping to ride on the coattails of the Facebook IPO hotness with this evening's launch of a new Facebook-based product called “Inside Connections.”

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Rackspace:
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