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February 7, 2012, 11:00 PM

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Arun Thampi:
Path uploads your entire iPhone address book to its servers  —  [Update]  —  Dave Morin, the CEO of Path has responded in the comments and I've pasted it below.  As an aside - never in my wildest dreams did I imagine this to blow up like this.  I hope we can keep calm and continue to discuss this sensibly.
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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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Pinterest Hits 10 Million Monthly Uniques Faster Than Any Standalone Site Ever -comScore  —  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 …
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.
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
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.
Michael C. Oldenburg / The Microsoft Office Blog:
OneNote Mobile for Android is now available worldwide  —  For all of you who've been asking (and patiently waiting) for a version of OneNote for your Android phones, we have great news: OneNote Mobile for Android is now available!  Download it from the Android Market app store today!
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.
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Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Apple's iTV and the carrier question  —  Evidence is slowly emerging that Apple could be working with operator partners for the introduction of its upcoming iTV product.  Last week, Bloomberg reported that Apple may get access to programs through partnerships with carriers such as AT&T and Verizon.
Bloomberg:
Google Said to Plan to Assure That It Will License Motorola Patents Fairly  —  Google Inc., the largest maker of smartphone software, plans to send a letter to standards organizations reassuring them it will license Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. patents on a fair and reasonable basis …
Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
Amazon and Viacom close to Web video deal  —  (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc is about to announce a Web video deal with Viacom Inc in what sources said was one of the last steps in a plan to launch a standalone subscription service to compete with Netflix Inc.  —  The online retailer will unveil …
Kevin Fitchard / GigaOM:
In a suspect move, LightSquared calls for GPS design standards  —  In its ongoing fight to launch its nationwide LTE service, LightSquared on Tuesday asked the Federal Communications Commission to impose the first-ever standards on GPS device design, claiming such requirements would allow GPS …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
More: WebProNews
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
2.1 Million Streamed the Super Bowl, NBC Says  —  More than 2.1 million people turned on the live Internet stream of Super Bowl XLVI on Sunday night, NBC said on Tuesday, citing data from two measurement firms, Omniture and mDialog.  —  NBC said in a news release that the live stream represented the …

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