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February 3, 2012, 7:05 PM

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KBOI2:
Micron CEO Steve Appleton dies in airplane crash  —  Airport officials say the plane is described as an experimental fixed wing single engine Lancair.  The plane went down at about 8:58 a.m. Here's the full news release issued by the Micron Board of Directors: “We are deeply saddened to announce …
Micron Technology, Inc.:
Statement by Micron Technology Board of Directors  —  We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Appleton, Micron (Nasdaq:MU) Chairman and CEO, passed away this morning in a small plane accident in Boise.  He was 51.  —  Our hearts go out to his wife, Dalynn, his children and his family during this tragic time.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple: All iPad and iPhone Models Will be Back on Sale Online in Germany Shortly  —  That was fast.  —  Apple, which has spent the past day pulling older model iPhone and iPad inventory from the shelves of its online store in Germany, is now scrambling to restore it.
Kellex / Droid Life:
Google Issues Statement Regarding CDMA Nexus Devices  —  We reached out to Google to see if we could get some clarification or reasoning as to why CDMA devices would no longer be “supported” as developer devices and they responded.  Dan Morril, an Android engineer who you may be familiar with …
More: PhoneArena
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
Horace Dediu / asymco:
First: Apple's rank in mobile phone profitability and revenues  —  Apple retained its top rank in profitability and regained the top spot in mobile phone revenues.  —  The relative shares of revenues and profits are shown below:  —  Individually, Apple's share of units, revenues and profits is chronicled below:
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
What is the mystery “entertainment device” Google is testing?  —  Google is asking the Federal Communications Commission for permission to test a mysterious Wi-Fi and Bluetooth-enabled “entertainment device,” in employees homes in four U.S. cities.  So inquiring minds want to know, what exactly is it?
Claire Davenport / Reuters:
EU regulators want Google to halt new privacy policy  —  A group of European regulators has written to Google Inc calling on it to halt the introduction of its new privacy policy, saying it needs to investigate whether the proposals sufficiently protect users' personal data.
Mark Milian / CNN:
U.S. government, military to get secure Android phones  —  A U.S soldier checks his cell phone while on patrol in Iraq in December.  Smartphones are first being deployed to soldiers.  —  (CNN) — Some U.S. officials this year are expected to get smartphones capable of handling classified …
Pew Internet:
Why most Facebook users get more than they give  —  Half the adults and three-quarters of the teenagers in America use social networking sites (SNS) and Facebook by far is the most popular of these sites.  The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project fielded …
Graham Cluley / Naked Security:
Anonymous spies on FBI / UK Police hacking investigation conference call  —  A recording of a confidential conference call between the FBI and UK law enforcement officers at the Metropolitan Police has been released by Anonymous on the internet.  —  And if you think that's bad enough news …
Amar Toor / Engadget:
Dropbox offers up to 5GB of free space to anyone willing to go beta  —  Here's some good news for all you Dropboxers out there: the company is offering a bundle of free storage space to anyone who tries the beta version of its new Experimental software.  It's really quite simple …
Megan Lavey-Heaton / TUAW:
iBooks Author 1.01 out with updated EULA  —  An incremental release for iBooks Author has been released with changes to the program's EULA.  The update is 143.50 MB, which seems pretty hefty for a EULA change.  —  The change is an important one though, clarifying that Apple has rights over the format a book is in, not the content.
Canalys Newsroom:
Smart phones overtake client PCs in 2011  —  Canalys today released its full, detailed Q4 2011 country-level smart phone shipment estimates to clients, so completing the picture for the year.  One notable result was that total annual global shipments of smart phones exceeded those of client PCs (including pads) for the first time.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Windows Phone developer lead leaves for Amazon's Kindle team  —  Summary: Brandon Watson, head of developer experiences for Windows Phone, is the latest exec to leave the Microsoft's phone unit.  —  Brandon Watson, known to many Windows Phone developers as head of the WP Developer Experience, is leaving Microsoft for Amazon.
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.
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Mozilla developing Web push notification system for Firefox  —  Mozilla is developing a push notification system for the Firefox Web browser.  It will allow users to receive notifications from websites without having to keep those sites open in their browser.
More: BGR and MacStories
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Google Search Now Features Fresher Results, Faster Autocomplete and More Relevant Related Searches  —  In January, Google launched its Search Plus your World initiative and the jury is still out whether this was a useful change to its search experience or not.

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Microsoft:
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