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February 7, 2012, 7:50 PM

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Arun Thampi:
Path uploads your entire iPhone address book to its servers  —  It all started innocently enough.  I was thinking of implementing a Path Mac OS X app as part of our regularly scheduled hackathon.  Using the awesome mitmproxy tool which was featured on the front page of the Hacker News yesterday …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Path 2 uploads your address book, but says it's to ‘match friends’ and will be opt-in soon  —  Developer Arun Thampi was doing a bit of hacking around with Path 2, trying to get a version of it running on OS X as an experiment, when he discovered that the app actually uploads your entire address book when it is launched.
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Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
Chrome for Android beta launches with place shifting, faster rendering, and card view  —  Chrome for Android — the long-rumored, oft-requested grand unification of Google's mobile and desktop browsing technologies — has just been announced today, and it's being made available immediately …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Four Yahoo Board Members to Depart, Two New Ones Arrive and Three More on the Way (Like I Said)  —  According to sources close to the situation, Yahoo will announce the impending departure of four of its longtime board members, including chairman Roy Bostock.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
LinkedIn Is Acquiring Contacts Start-Up Rapportive  —  Rapportive, which makes a browser plugin that overlays Gmail with contextual information about email contacts, is being acquired by LinkedIn, sources said.  —  LinkedIn declined to comment, while Rapportive CEO Rahul Vohra ducked our attempts to talk to him.
Josh Davis / LL Social:
Pinterest is quietly generating revenue by modifying user submitted pins.  —  If you post a pin to Pinterest, and it links to an ecommerce site that happens to have an affiliate program, Pinterest modifies the link to add their own affiliate tracking code.  If someone clicks through the picture …
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Mat Honan / Gizmodo:
Inside Instagram: How Slowing Its Roll Put the Little Startup in the Fast Lane  —  The must-have app on the iPhone is not iMessage.  It's not iTunes or Safari or even Find My iPhone.  It's Instagram, the photo-sharing app that once described itself as “quirky.”  Cultish would be more appropriate these days.
Tweets: @dannysullivanThanks:@mat
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.
Sunayan Bhattacharjee / Reuters:
Renesas, Fujitsu, Panasonic to merge system chip ops: report  —  (Reuters) - Japan's Renesas Electronics Corp, Fujitsu Ltd and Panasonic Corp have begun discussions toward integrating their system chip operations, the Nikkei business daily said.  —  As a first step, the three will spin off …
Greg Sandoval / CNET:
Judge denies EMI's bid to halt resale of digital music  —  ReDigi, a music marketplace for used digital tracks, will have its day in court.  —  EMI's The Capitol Records building in Hollywood.  Capitol Records is the EMI label represented in EMI's copyright suit against ReDigi.
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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.
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 …
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.
Janet I. Tu / Seattle Times:
Motorola wants patent royalties from Xbox, Windows 7  —  Florian Mueller, an intellectual property analyst who tracks worldwide patent disputes in his Foss Patents blog, says a court in Germany seems inclined to side with Motorola in the company's patent fight with Microsoft in which Motorola …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Jive Swings To A Loss, But Revenue Up 53 Percent To $22.5M In First Quarter As A Public Company  —  Enterprise software company Jive has just reported fourth quarter results, which represent the company's first earnings report as a public company.  Q4 total revenue came in at $22.5 million, up 53% year-over-year.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Windows 8 on ARM: The desktop is still there  —  Summary: A new Microsoft blog post strongly implies that both Metro-style and Desktop apps will be supported on Windows 8 on ARM, as Microsoft originally promised.  —  This is kind of a back-handed way to confirm something …
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.
Grant Gross / PC World:
FTC Warns Makers of Background Checking Apps  —  The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has sent warning letters to the makers of six mobile apps used for background checks, saying the apps may violate a consumer credit protection law.  —  The FTC has sent the warning letters to Everify …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Pinterest Hits 10 Million Monthly Uniques Faster Than Any Standalone Site Ever  —  It's beautiful, it's addictive, and now Pinterest is having its glorious hockey stick moment.  TechCrunch has attained exclusive data from comScore showing Pinterest just hit 11.7 million unique monthly visitors …
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 …

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