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February 6, 2012, 11:35 PM

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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).
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 …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Wolfram Alpha Pro democratizes data analysis: an in-depth look at the $4.99 a month service  —  On Wednesday, February 8th, Wolfram Alpha will be adding a new, “Pro” option to its already existing services.  Priced at a very reasonable $4.99 a month ($2.99 for students) …
Rachel King / Between the Lines Blog:
Wolfram|Alpha Pro launching this week  —  Summary: Wolfram|Alpha's founder explains the next big step in the evolution of the “knowledge engine,” which is touted to enable users to dig deeper than ever into its vast library and personalize their experiences.
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.
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.
Greg Sandoval / CNET:
Redbox pays $100 million for NCR's Blockbuster Express  —  Redbox announced today that it has acquired the assets NCR's entertainment business for $100 million.  —  NCR is a company that specializes in retail kiosks and it began operating more than 10,000 Blockbluster Express DVD kiosks …
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 …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
New High-DPI UI Resources in 10.7.3  —  Have you noticed that Safari's hovering-over-a-link pointing-finger cursor looks a little different in Mac OS X 10.7.3?  It's not just that the finger is at a slightly different angle — it's a new UI resource that scales gracefully to larger sizes.
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.
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Defendant Ordered to Decrypt Laptop May Have Forgotten Password  —  A Colorado woman ordered to decrypt her laptop so prosecutors may use the files against her in a criminal case might have forgotten the password, the defendant's attorney said Monday.  —  The authorities seized the Toshiba laptop …
More: Gizmodo
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
You Can't Copyright Porn, Harassed BitTorrent Defendant Insists  —  When confronted with an accusation that they have illegally shared unauthorized material online, Internet users quickly realize they are in a Catch 22 situation.  Even if innocent, these accusations cost money to deflect …
More: WebProNews
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.
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Designing Windows 8 or: How to Redesign a Religion  —  There are lot of hard jobs at Microsoft.  Like the guy who collects Steve Ballmer's dry cleaning.  But Sam Moreau just might have the hardest gig in Redmond.  Or at least the most harrowing.  Over the past five years …
More: Neowin.netThanks:@gizmodo
Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:
Google+ launches a developer page for its yet-to-exist developer ecosystem  —  One of the things that I'm not too fond of when it comes to the launch of Google+ thus far is the lack of a proper API for developers to create cool tools and uses for Google's social network.
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 …
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Google Loses Bid to Exclude E-Mail From Oracle Trial  —  Feb. 6 (Bloomberg) — Google Inc., fighting a patent lawsuit filed by Oracle Corp., lost its appeals court bid to keep secret an engineer's e-mail that says the Web search company should negotiate a license for Java technology.
Rocky Agrawal / VentureBeat:
Yelp advertising is a rip-off for small advertisers  —  Yelp!  —  That word could be coming out of the mouths of small-business owners when they hear how much the online reviews site is overcharging them for advertising.  At a time when much online advertising is being sold …
More: TechCrunchTweets: @joshconstine
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Whatever happened to that “six strikes” P2P notice system?  It's coming soon  —  Whatever happened to the “six strikes” system that was to help civilize the American Internet?  —  Three years ago, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) gave up its mass litigation strategy …
Joshua Brustein / Bits:
At Fashion Week, a Peek at a New Tactic for Marketers  —  Watching the runways at New York Fashion Week can be an overwhelming experience for the editors and buyers who will descend on the city in the next few days.  —  Several dozen models will sashay up and down the stage in just over 10 minutes …
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Third-gen iPad's ‘window of opportunity’ expected to drive Apple market share gains  —  Apple's third-generation iPad is expected by one market watcher to soon arrive during an advantageous “window of opportunity,” in which competitors have nothing significant to offer, that will further increase …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Vice President of iPhone and iPod Engineering David Tupman left Apple at the end of last year  —  Last year Apple saw the loss of many executives ranging from its OS X chief, iAd chief, and Global Security chief, and 2012 has started off with another leave: the departure Vice President David Tupman.
More: MacNN
The Official Google Blog:
What's your X?  Amplifying technology moonshots  —  Last week, we ran an experiment.  We hosted a gathering, called “Solve for X,” for experienced entrepreneurs, innovators and scientists from around the world.  The event focused on proposing and discussing technological solutions to some of the world's greatest problems.
Andrew Ross Sorkin / DealBook:
Those Millions on Facebook?  Some May Not Actually Visit  —  On the first page of Facebook's prospectus for its sale of stock to the public, it pegs the number of its “monthly active users” at a whopping 845 million people.  The social networking site arrives at an even more astounding number …

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