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February 7, 2012, 3:25 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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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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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 …
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.
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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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,” …
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.
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.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Japan's DeNA generates $445M in Q4 revenues for mobile social gaming network  —  Japanese mobile social gaming company DeNA reported that its sales for the third fiscal quarter ended Dec. 31 were $445 million, up 16 percent from a year ago.  —  The numbers are pretty big for a mobile game platform …

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