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February 7, 2012, 9:00 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).
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: Fast Company and Bloggers BlogTweets: @eldon
Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
Those Millions On Facebook?  They Actually Visit, And It's Not A Huge Deal Anyway.  —  Traffic numbers provided by companies should always be questioned — I mean, of course each company is going to try to present the data in a way that makes them look as good as possible.
More: parislemon
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.
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 …
Tom Kaneshige / PC World:
IPad 3: Predictions and Challenges From iFixit  —  Kyle Wiens of iFixit, a Web site that provides free repair manuals and advice forums, has been a reliable prognosticator of everything Apple.  With the next iPad expected to come out in March, Wiens recently gazed into his crystal ball.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Yelp Ads Are Not A Rip-Off, You Pay To Seal The Deal  —  Yelp built its ad business by attracting users that know what they want, just not who to buy it from — exactly when ads are most effective.  That's why I find today's VentureBeat piece by Rocky Agrawal titled “Yelp advertising …
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.
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
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple in early discussions to open stores inside of Sam's Club locations  —  Apple and Walmart subsidiary Sam's Club are in early discussions to widen their already existing partnership.  Sam's Club currently sells Apple's iPhone, iPad, and iPod lines within its large retail chain …
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
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.
Jacob Schulman / The Verge:
Adobe Creative Cloud to be priced at $49.99 monthly, includes Creative Suite 6 and Lightroom 4  —  Later in the first half of 2012, Adobe will introduce Creative Cloud, an end-to-end service offering that will grant users access to its upcoming Creative Suite 6 apps and provide ancillary services starting …
More: 9to5Mac and MacStories
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Romanian Prime Minister Admits He Has No Idea Why Romania Signed ACTA  —  Here's a bizarre one.  With Poland putting ACTA ratification on hold, and Slovenia apparently regretting its signature, now we've got Romania's Prime Minister, Emil Boc, admitting that he doesn't understand why the country signed ACTA.
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.

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Microsoft:
Royal Caribbean International hits the high seas with Microsoft tech  —  Cruise line equips 40,000 crew members with Windows 8.1 tablets, in part to use Skype, OneDrive and more to keep in closer touch with family members and friends while away from home.
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