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February 6, 2012, 5:00 PM

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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Honeywell Files Patent Lawsuit Against Smart Thermostat Developer Nest  —  Conglomerate Honeywell, which develops thermostats, has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Nest Labs, the developer of the innovative smart thermostat.  The lawsuit, which was filed United States District Court …
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
The details behind the Honeywell, Nest lawsuit  —  On Monday morning, thermostat giant Honeywell surprised the world by slapping startup Nest, and retailer Best Buy, with a lawsuit over patent infringement for smart thermostat technology.  According to the lawsuit document, Honeywell says that …
Michael Kozlowski / Good E-Reader:
Amazon in the Process of Launching a Retail Store  —  Amazon sources close to the situation have told us that the company is planning on rolling out a retail store in Seattle within the next few months.  This project is a test to gauge the market and see if a chain of stores would be profitable.
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Google:
HUD Google Glasses are real and they are coming soon  —  We detailed the first information about the Google [x] Glasses project in December. … Since then, we have learned much more regarding Google's glasses...  Our tipster has now seen a prototype and said it looks something like Oakley Thumps (below).
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Samsung's quad-core Galaxy S III reportedly just 7mm thick, set to launch in May  —  Samsung's next-generation Galaxy S III will reportedly be one of the thinnest smartphones in the world when it is unveiled in the coming months.  South Korea's Electronic Times News on Monday cited unnamed sources …
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple's Macroscalar Architecture: Will it Take iOS to the Next Level?  —  The general consensus in the market today is that Apple's upcoming A6 quad core processor is to bring more performance to the 2012 iPad and iPhone.  It's said that it will also preserve battery life due to a shift from a 40-nanometer to a 28-nanometer process.
The Official Google Blog:
Super Bowl XLVI: Mobile, Manning and Madonna  —  Now that the final Super Bowl touchdown has been scored, the dip bowl wiped clean and the last of the chicken wings devoured, we're taking a look at some game-day search trends to see what football fans were searching for this year.
Paul Carr / PandoDaily:
Sorry Nick, Mark Zuckerberg Doesn't Owe You Fifty Dollars  —  Nick Bilton wants his fifty bucks.  The New York Times tech writer figures that's his share of Facebook's $100 billion valuation — based on his own contribution to the “poking, liking and sharing on the site”.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
BitTorrent Giant BTjunkie Shuts Down For Good  —  Founded in June 2005, BTjunkie has been among the top BitTorrent sites for more than half a decade.  —  The site was never involved in any legal action, and to keep it this way the site's operators decided to shut the site down for good today.
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Facebook's Mobility Challenge  —  Lots of people love their cellphones.  Facebook, so far, is not a big fan.  —  Amid the jaw-dropping financial figures the company revealed last week when it filed for a public offering was an interesting admission.  Although more than half …
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:UK:
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
‘Apple HDTV’ imagined in Best Buy survey: 42-inch model for $1,499  —  Best Buy appears to be sending surveys to customers getting feedback on potential new products and services — something that virtually every consumer-facing company does on a regular basis — but one thing stood out this time around …
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Halliburton to ditch BlackBerrys in corporate transition to Apple's iOS platform  —  Exclusive: In yet another blow to troubled Research in Motion, one of the world's largest energy service corporations — Halliburton — plans to phase out thousands of employee BlackBerrys in favor of advancing …
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Samsung Galaxy Note Goes Up For Pre-Order At AT&T  —  Do you believe in a thing called love?  —  If not, just listen to the rhythm of my heart... Or head on over to AT&T's website to pre-order the Galaxy Note.  —  If for some reason you don't remember, the Note is a 5.3-inch phone/tablet hybrid …
More: Softpedia News and CNET
Chris Matyszczyk / CNET:
Clare Jim / Reuters:
Taiwan smartphone maker HTC sees Q1 revenue falling  —  (Reuters) - HTC was once the standard bearer of the Android phone but that was 2010 — a long time ago in mobile terms.  Now analysts say it faces another weak quarter and an uphill struggle to prove to investors it still retains its innovative touch.
Scott Canon / Kansas City Star:
Google to start hanging Internet cables today in KCK  —  Company appears on pace to offer super-fast Internet in some neighborhoods by the first half of this year.  —  Google Inc. will begin construction today in Kansas City, Kan., on its long-awaited, much-coveted ultrafast Internet service.
Matt Lynley / Business Insider:
An Ex-Zynga Engineer Is Ripping The Company Apart In Plain Sight  —  Whales, abusing contractors, and pushing metrics.  —  That's pretty much all Zynga is about, according to a former engineer.  —  An ex-engineer who was there about six months ago is opening up on an “ask-me-anything” question and answer thread in Reddit.
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
RedBox Partners With Verizon, Launches Streaming Service  —  Coinstar subsidiary Redbox today announced a new partnership with Verizon for the launch of a streaming video service.  The joint venture will launch in second half of 2012, and be subscription-based and “affordable service …
Kim-Mai Cutler / Inside Facebook:
Facebook's 99%: Later employees may pay almost double the tax rate that early employees will  —  Even Facebook isn't immune to the “Warren Buffett” problem.  The widely-respected billionaire investor has famously said that he pays a lower rate on his taxable income than his secretary.
Anna Heim / The Next Web:
Brazil wants Twitter to close accounts that warn of traffic controls  —  The Brazilian Federal Attorney's Office has filed a lawsuit against Twitter Inc., as the press agency O Globo reports.  Filed with a motion for preliminary injunction, the lawsuit asks the Federal Justice of the state …
More: Business InsiderThanks:@cbm
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Over 3 years later, “deleted” Facebook photos are still online  —  Facebook is still working on deleting photos from its servers in a timely manner nearly three years after Ars first brought attention to the topic.  The company admitted on Friday that its older systems for storing uploaded content …
Ted Sarandos / The Official Netflix Blog:
“Lilyhammer” Premieres Today  —  Hello.  Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer for Netflix here.  —  Do you love the indulgence of watching episode after episode of your favorite shows on Netflix?  —  Have you ever wished you could do the same with new shows when they premiere on TV?
NPD Group:
The NPD Group: Apple Leads Mobile Handsets in Q4 2011, But Android Attracts More First-Time Smartphone Buyers  —  According to The NPD Group, a leading market research company, Apple leaped past Samsung and LG to become the best-selling U.S. handset brand in the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2011.

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