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February 5, 2012, 7:55 AM

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Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Motorola wants 2.25% of Apple's sales in return for license to standard-essential wireless patents  —  In my previous post (on Motorola's lawsuits against the German Apple Stores), I said that a statement by Apple's counsel at yesterday's Mannheim trial made me aware of a discovery request …
John Battelle / John Battelle's Search Blog:
It's Not Whether Google's Threatened.  It's Asking Ourselves: What Commons Do We Wish For?  —  If Facebook's IPO filing does anything besides mint a lot of millionaires, it will be to shine a rather unsettling light on a fact most of us would rather not acknowledge: The web as we know it is rather …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Google hires a senior director at Apple for a top secret project (exclusive)  —  Google has pulled off a coup by hiring an Apple senior director of product integrity for a secret project, VentureBeat has learned.  —  The recruiting feat is historic since Google has never hired such a senior person away from Apple.
Dan Frommer / SplatF:
How Does Facebook Make Money?  —  Facebook's IPO filing this week confirmed what we already knew: Facebook makes the vast majority of its money by selling ads on its site.  —  But now we know just how much of its revenue comes from advertising: 85% in 2011, with the remaining 15% coming from payments and other fees.
Robert McMillan / Wired.com:
AMD Eyes ARM Alliance in War on Intel  —  Could the low-power chip design that's used in your iPhone someday show up inside the chips built by Intel rival Advanced Micro Devices?  —  Definitely maybe.  Or as AMD's brand new Chief Technology Officer Mark Papermaster put it to us: “The answer is not no.”
Danielle Kucera / Bloomberg:
Yelp Reports Wider Loss for 2011 After Marketing, Development Costs Climb  —  Yelp Inc. (YELP), the user-generated review site that's planning an initial public offering, reported a wider loss in 2011 after increasing spending to attract reviewers and make the service easier to use.
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
AT&T Starts Throttling Unlimited Data Users after 2GB of Monthly Usage  —  In October, AT&T announced that they would start throttling data usage amongst mobile Unlimited Data Plan users.  While AT&T no longer offers an Unlimited Data plan to new customers, many of the original iPhone purchasers are still grandfathered into that plan.
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Apple Revises Snow Leopard Security Update and Pulls 10.7.3 Delta Update  —  After a couple of issues with some software updates, Apple has made some quiet revisions to address the problems.  —  The first was a Snow Leopard security update which inadvertently caused problems with Apple's PowerPC emulation layer Rosetta.
Noel Randewich / Reuters:
Micron appoints Durcan CEO after Appleton's death  —  (Reuters) - Memory chipmaker Micron Technology's board appointed company veteran Mark Durcan as chief executive a day after longtime Chairman and CEO Steve Appleton was killed in a plane crash.  —  Hours after Appleton's death on Friday morning …
T.C. Sottek / The Verge:
Accidental espionage: how iMessage conversations end up in the wrong handsets  —  Terrifying tales have surfaced recently of unsuspecting iPhone users that have had their private conversations swiped by thieves or intercepted by accident, and through our own independent test we've confirmed …

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