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February 3, 2012, 10:05 AM

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Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Apple removed products from German online store due to Motorola injunction based on FRAND patent  —  There are two big Apple-Motorola news items from Germany today:  — As I reported earlier, Motorola Mobility today won a permanent injunction against the push email feature of Apple's iCloud and the related client devices.
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Motorola wins German injunction against Apple's iCloud (and MobileMe) push email service and client devices  —  This morning, Judge Andreas Voss of the Mannheim Regional Court pronounced a decision on a German Motorola Mobility lawsuit against Apple Sales International, Apple's Ireland-based European sales organization.
Wall Street Journal:
Advertisers' Free Ride May End On Facebook  —  For advertisers on Facebook Inc., the free ride may be coming to an end.  —  When the social network filed for its initial public offering on Wednesday, the spotlight shifted from the site's exponential user growth to a metric that may have more bearing on its market value: ad sales.
Reuters:
Analysis: A sobering look at Facebook  —  (Reuters) - It's the year's hottest initial public offering, but some wealth managers find themselves having a hard time recommending Facebook to their clients.  —  The world's biggest social network is expected to seek a $75 billion to $100 billion valuation …
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
Is Facebook Really a Good Business?  —  It's nothing without its users, and we're a fickle bunch.  —  Facebook is the strangest Internet company ever to make it big.  Compare Mark Zuckerberg's site with Amazon, which just wants to sell you stuff—an old business in a new medium.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
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:
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
I switched to Bing on my iPhone and I kind of liked it  —  By the time that Microsoft announced its Bing search engine in 2009, Google had long since become a verb and several failed attempts at the search game were under the bridge.  But Bing was something different, a visually appealing …
More: MacStories
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 …
Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
The Dirty Little Secret Of Silicon Valley's Startup Boom...  In San Francisco cafes and bars, even on the street, I overhear people talking about their startup ideas, business plans, and goals.  And there are tons of incubators, Angels, wannabe Angels, VC firms, making investments in startups.
More: GeekWireThanks:@tomforemski
Glyn Moody / Techdirt:
Why Piracy Is Indispensable For The Survival Of Our Culture  —  Last Year Techdirt wrote about the case of the huge collection of historic jazz recordings that had been acquired by the US National Jazz Museum.  The central problem is that even if the recordings can be digitized before they deteriorate …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yammer Time: In 2011 “Pretty Much Everything Tripled”  —  Yammer grew like crazy last year.  How crazy?  Product VP Jim Patterson just tweeted out the Yammer 2011 Year in Review infographic below with the comment: “Pretty much everything tripled.”  —  Paid seats went from 300,000 to 800,000 …
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Super Bowl XLVI releases free official app for iOS and Android  —  If you're going to the Super Bowl, you've probably already spent plenty of money.  Fortunately, the NFL isn't asking anything for its official Super Bowl XLVI app, released yesterday.  While it's out on both iOS and Android …
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
Apple researching social fitness tech sporting real-time sharing of performance data for competitive workouts  —  In the future, hitting the gym along with your iPhone-toting pals could spur competitiveness in ways unlike ever before.  Apple's mobile devices run a variety of fitness apps …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Tests Photo Viewer That Encourages Comments, Google+ Comparisons  —  Facebook is testing a new photo viewer layout that mounts engagement buttons and comments to the right rather than beneath images.  See, Facebook doesn't want you to just view comments, it wants you to start a conversation.
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Judge complains of too many patents in Apple case against Motorola  —  Circuit Judge Posner has expressed dissatisfaction with the number of patents Apple is arguing against Motorola, asking the company to “winnow” its claims.  —  Apple originally brought 15 patent claims against Motorola …
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.

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