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February 7, 2012, 12:10 PM

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Vlad Savov / The Verge:
BlackBerry App World stats: six million daily downloads, higher profitability than Android  —  Alec Saunders, RIM's VP for Developer Relations, used the BlackBerry DevCon Europe stage today to “bust a few myths” about the state of the BlackBerry app ecosystem.
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.
Globe and Mail:
Rogers, BCE vying for a bite of Apple's iTV  —  Canada's largest telecommunications companies are squaring off in a fight about the future of television.  —  Rogers Communications Inc. RCI.B-T and BCE Inc. BCE-T are in talks with Apple Inc. AAPL-Q to become Canadian launch partners …
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.
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).
Steven Musil / CNET:
Hackers wanted $50,000 to keep Symantec source code private  —  Symantec told a hacker group that it would pay $50,000 to keep the source code for some of the company's flagship security products off the Internet, the company confirmed to CNET this evening.  —  An e-mail exchange revealing …
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.
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.
Jonathan Allen / Search Engine Watch:
Charles Dickens' 200th Birthday Marks First Google Doodle as Promotional Vehicle  —  Google's latest Doodle marks the 200th Birthday of british novelist Charles Dickens but also marks the first time that the company has used their logo change to specifically promote a product or service.
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 …
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.
Daisuke Wakabayashi / Wall Street Journal:
Picture Dims for Japanese Electronics  —  Over a span of three days last week, a trifecta of Japan's most-celebrated electronics companies—Sony Corp., Sharp Corp. and Panasonic Corp.—gave up hope for an annual profit, projecting combined losses of nearly $17 billion for the March-ending fiscal year.
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 …
Lynn La / CNET:
Samsung reduces its LTE chip cost by half  —  For every new iteration of mobile phones, it's easy to assume that products are getting pricier because the insides are getting just as expensive.  —  A sample picture of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus' baseband chip.
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Apple Warns Developers Not to Manipulate App Store Rankings  —  Yesterday, a TouchArcade thread was posted that warned about fraudulent App promotion services that guarantee Top 25 rankings for a modest fee.  According to the poster, these services utilize automated scripts or bots …
Emil Protalinski / Friending Facebook Blog:
Facebook may release its core C++ library this year  —  Summary: Facebook is looking to open source some of its core C++ library code, according to one of the company's research engineers.  Other than sometime in 2012, exact timing is unknown.  —  Facebook is considering open sourcing at least some of its C++ libraries.
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.
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Canonical ending support for Kubuntu, reassigning lead developer  —  Jonathan Riddell, the lead developer of the Kubuntu project, announced today that his work on the KDE-based Ubuntu variant will no longer be funded by Canonical after the upcoming 12.04 release.

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