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February 7, 2012, 6:00 AM

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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 …
Nathan Hurst / Gadget Lab:
Best Buy Explains Its Leaked Apple HDTV Survey  —  The current Apple TV is a set-top box, so pundits are using the term iTV to denote a speculated Apple-branded HDTV.  Photo: Jon Snyder/Wired.com  —  News and rumors suggest an Apple-branded HDTV is somewhere on the horizon, but it's hard to differentiate hard evidence from hype.
More: Pocket-lint and T3 News
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 …
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Apple intern's thesis leaks secret project to port Mac OS X to ARM processors  —  An academic paper written by a former Apple intern who now serves as a Core OS engineer at the company has revealed that it was working on a secret experiment to port Mac OS X Snow Leopard to the ARM architecture.
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 …
More: TechCrunch, parislemon and Bloggers BlogTweets: @eldon
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: IntoMobile and MacNN
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: Windows 8 Beta and Neowin.netThanks:@gizmodo
Jeff Barr / Amazon Web Services Blog:
Amazon S3 Price Reduction  —  As you can tell from my recent post on Amazon S3 Growth for 2011, our customers are uploading new objects to Amazon S3 at an incredible rate.  We continue to innovate on your behalf to drive down storage costs and pass along the resultant savings to you at every possible opportunity.
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.
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 …
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
Esther Dyson / TechPresident:
Commentary: Is the Open Web Doomed?  Open Your Eyes and Relax  —  We asked veteran technology writer and investor Esther Dyson, a longtime friend of Personal Democracy, for her thoughts on a current controversy: is the open web dying?  —The Editors  —  I'm wading into an argument that I think may be overblown.
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 and Slashdot
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Google to strip Chrome of SSL revocation checking  —  Google's Chrome browser will stop relying on a decades-old method for ensuring secure sockets layer certificates are valid after one of the company's top engineers compared it to seat belts that break when they are needed most.
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.

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