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February 6, 2012, 2:00 PM

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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.
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.
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
First Legal Streaming Super Bowl A Success, But Audience Still Denied The Real Show  —  Lately, we've been seeing more and more big television events come with an online streaming counterpart.  Sporting and televised events are showing up online with increasing frequency …
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 …
Chris Matyszczyk / CNET:
Samsung's Bowl ad claims it can help Apple fanboys break free  —  Many of the deeply affected have been standing in line waiting to see how Samsung would attack Apple in launching the Galaxy Note.  —  So here we were, during the Super Bowl, with Apple fanboys and fangirls lining up in San Francisco.
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 …
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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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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?
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Is GigaOM Buying paidContent?  —  Who wants to pay for paidContent?  We'll find out soon, it seems, because the sales process for the pioneering blog and its parent company ContentNext appears to be wrapping up.  —  But if you were making a bet, you'd get good odds that the most likely buyer …
Jolie O'Dell / VentureBeat:
Does Facebook really embody “The Hacker Way”?  Famous hackers discuss  —  In last week's SEC filing, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg poked a huge hornet's nest when he referenced “The Hacker Way.”  —  Some of the pioneers of the hacker ethos and culture have previously defined hacking …
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Artem Russakovskii / Android Police:
The Secret Google X Lab May Be Revealed Today (Feb 6), As “Solve For x” Website And YouTube Channel Go Live [Video]  —  The veil of secrecy surrounding Google's mysterious X lab may be getting pulled back later on today, as evident from new developments around the web in the last couple of days.
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Busted By The FBI: The Life Of An Elite Teen BitTorrent Uploader  —  In the early part of the last decade when they were still the innocent side of 15-years-old, one schoolfriend showed another an Iomega ZIP drive (right) full of ‘warez’ - games and software with a big fat zero written on their price tag.

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