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February 6, 2012, 9:00 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).
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Farewell Stack Exchange  —  I am no longer a part of Stack Exchange.  —  I still have much literal and figurative stock in the success of Stack Exchange, of course, but as of March 1st I will no longer be part of the day to day operations of the company, or the Stack Exchange sites, in any way.
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 …
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.
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
CHINAdaily:
Apple accused of patent infringement  —  SHENZHEN - A Shenzhen-based enterprise has accused technology giant Apple of patent infringement on the iPad - a trademark both companies claim.  —  The Pudong district court in Shanghai will hear the case this month.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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 …
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.
Erin Griffith / PandoDaily:
IAC Trying to Sell Vimeo, Seeking $300M Valuation  —  Barry Diller's IAC is testing the waters on a partial exit of Vimeo, according to two sources familiar with the situation.  The company is hoping to raise a $50 million round of funding in conjunction with a spin off of the hipster online video business.
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 …
Thanks:@gizmodo
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.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Groupon Buys eCommerce Data Targeting Startup Adku  —  I love the smell of acquisitions in the morning!  We've just head that Groupon has acquired Adku, a stealth startup that uses big data in order to personalize the online shopping experience for people visiting eCommerce sites like eBay, Amazon and Zappos.
Reuters:
Exclusive: Facebook governance a concern for Calif pension fund  —  (Reuters) - Facebook's corporate governance rules, which give shareholders little say in how the social networking website would be run as a public company, are raising the hackles of one of the largest U.S. investors, the California State Teachers' Retirement System.
BBC:
Transplant jaw made by 3D printer claimed as first  —  A computer model of the fitted 3D-printed jaw is shown next to an image of the manufactured part  —  A 3D printer-created lower jaw has been fitted to an 83-year-old woman's face in what doctors say is the first operation of its kind.
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 …

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