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February 3, 2012, 12:40 AM

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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).
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.
AJ Glasser / Inside Social Games:
Zynga's market cap climbs more than $1B a day after Facebook's IPO filing  —  Zynga shares jumped almost 17 percent today after Facebook's IPO filing yesterday revealed that the social network's payments revenue climbed 20 percent quarter-over-quarter by year-end — suggesting Zynga might see a comparable boost in its own bottom line.
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.
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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.
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
Google not ‘forthcoming’ during congressional questioning  —  House lawmakers grilled Google officials for two hours on Thursday about the company's recent privacy changes, but Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.) said she wasn't satisfied with their answers.  —  “At the end of the day …
Colleen Taylor / GigaOM:
How Marc Andreessen makes Silicon Valley magic  —  There's no question that Andreessen Horowitz, the venture capital firm headed up by Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz, has become a major force since it was founded back in 2009.  The young VC firm has funded some of the best and brightest companies …
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.
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 …
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
RIM Offering Free PlayBook Tablets to Woo Android Developers  —  Research In Motion plans to give away tablets to Android developers who quickly port their apps to run on the PlayBook device.  —  RIM developer executive Alec Saunders mentioned the program in a Twitter message on Thursday …
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.
Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
Qualcomm chips complete first successful VoIP-over-LTE to WCDMA handoff  —  For now, voice over LTE is but an idea — one with unrealized potential, as Verizon, AT&T and Metro PCS all still rely on their 3G networks for voice duty.  Qualcomm has edged us one step closer to a completely 4G future …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Under new CEO, AMD will launch processors for tablets this year  —  Advanced Micro Devices said at its analyst meeting today that it will ship its first chips designed to provide the processing and graphics power for tablet computers.  —  Rory Read (pictured), chief executive of Sunnyvale …
Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
Surprise!  Location App Highlight Actually Creates Serendipity  —  The big promise of location-based mobile apps is that they can help you find something great in real life without you meaning to look for it.  But that hasn't usually been my experience.  Instead, whether because of the friction …

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Zoho Blogs:
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Silicon Valley Bank:
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