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February 7, 2012, 9:45 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.
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.
Tweets: @danfrakes and @emilychang
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 …
More: VentureBeat, Bits and Pulse2
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Tweets: @dannysullivanThanks:@mat
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.

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