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February 3, 2012, 4:50 AM

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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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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

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