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February 3, 2012, 6:30 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).
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:
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
The DeanBeat: Billionaire Mark Pincus breaks out of quiet period (exclusive interview)  —  Mark Pincus is the newest billionaire in Silicon Valley, thanks to the December initial public offering of Zynga, the social game giant he founded in 2007.  —  For much of last year …
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 …
Joseph Menn / Reuters:
Exclusive: Hacked companies still not telling investors  —  (Reuters) - At least a half-dozen major U.S. companies whose computers have been infiltrated by cyber criminals or international spies have not admitted to the incidents despite new guidance from securities regulators urging such disclosures.
More: InfoWorld
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.
Steve D. Jones / Digits:
Microsoft Continues Sniping at Google's Snooping … Microsoft Corp. expanded its gorilla marketing against Google Inc. with a YouTube video spoofing changes to Gmail privacy policies.  —  The “Gmail Man” video pokes fun at the changes at Google with a fictional snooping mailman who misinterprets …
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 …
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 …
More: AppleInsider and BGR
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Megaupload Founder Accuses Police of Assault, Denied Bail Again  —  Today, Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom appeared at New Zealand's High Court to continue his fight against extradition to the United States on copyright infringement, racketeering and money laundering charges.
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.
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Exclusive Look Inside The MTA-MasterCard PayPass Pilot: 17,000 NYC Customers In Six Months  —  For the first time ever, the results of the pilot have been provided, offering insight into just how much traction this technology is seeing among consumers—and how far it is from entering the mainstream.
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 …
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 …
Jake Smith / 9to5Google:
Android Ice Cream Sandwich now installed on 1% of all devices  —  Google has updated their Android stats — as they do every two weeks — revealing how much of each version of Android is installed across devices.  Yesterday's update revealed that Android's most recent offering, Ice Cream Sandwich …

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