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February 7, 2012, 2:30 PM

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MG Siegler / parislemon:
Chrome For Android: The Browser For The 1%  —  My title is literal, figurative, and facetious all in one.  I just hope Google has a good sense of humor about it — because they have a good product on their hands.  —  First of all, yes, Chrome for Android is here.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Exclusive: First Windows Store games for Windows 8 revealed  —  Microsoft is readying its Windows Store for a public preview and the “Consumer Preview” version of Windows 8 will provide access to a number of launch games for the company's latest operating system.
Lance Whitney / CNET:
Software apps have triggered half a million U.S. jobs, says study  —  The surge in mobile software and other apps has also led to a surge in jobs, almost half a million added just in the U.S., says a study out today from CEO network TechNet.  —  Dubbed the “app economy,” …
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.
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.
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Verizon's Motorola DROID 4 launches on February 10th for $199.99  —  Verizon Wireless on Tuesday finally confirmed launch details for the latest addition to its popular DROID family of Android smartphones, the Motorola DROID 4.  The sleek QWERTY slider will become available later this week …
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 …
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.
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.
Robin Kwong / FT Tech Hub:
Acer sues former chief exec Lanci  —  Acer and its former chief executive Gianfranco Lanci may have parted ways for almost a year now, but it is apparently not quite water under the bridge between the two sides.  The Taiwanese company said on Tuesday that it has initiated legal action …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Klout Acquires Local And Mobile Neighborhood App Blockboard  —  Flush with new capital, Klout, the startup that measures influence on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Foursquare, Google+ and other social apps, is making its first acquisition.  Klout is purchasing mobile and local neighborhood app Blockboard.
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Judge Denies Initial Effort To Shut Down ‘Used’ Digital Music Seller ReDigi  —  The recording industry's lawsuit over what it believes to be a “clearinghouse for copyright infringement” continues after the defendant wins the first round.  —  ReDigi, an upstart digital company that sells …

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