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February 8, 2012, 12:15 PM

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Ryan Lawler / GigaOm:
With Viacom deal, Amazon looks like a real competitor to Netflix  —  Amazon continues to ramp up the amount of video content it offers for free to its Amazon Prime subscribers.  On Wednesday it announced a deal with Viacom that will bring the number of titles available as part …
Michael Arrington / Uncrunched:
Hey Path, Just Nuke All The Data  —  The story of the day is definitely about Path (a CrunchFund portfolio company).  The company has been copying address book information to their servers without user knowledge.  —  The company was apparently already aware of the issue and was taking steps …
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:
Apple requires iPhone developers to submit Retina screenshots, may herald end of 3GS era  —  Apple has issued a notification to iOS developers today, informing the that they need to begin submitting screenshots that are Retina resolution or above, that is 960×480 pixel images.
Scott Moritz / Bloomberg:
Sprint Reports Wider-Than-Estimated Loss on Costs for Subsidizing IPhone  —  Sprint Nextel Corp., the third- largest U.S. wireless carrier, reported a wider fourth-quarter loss after demand for Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s iPhone boosted costs to subsidize the device.
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!
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
Anonymous exposes e-mails of Syrian presidential aides  —  Hackers aligned with Anonymous have exposed hundreds of e-mail messages from the webmail server of Syria's Ministry of Presidential Affairs, the support ministry for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Kashmir Hill / The Not-So Private Parts:
Max Schrems: The Austrian Thorn In Facebook's Side  —  Max Schrems, a 24-year-old law student from Austria, has become one of Facebook's most prominent critics  —  There are likely many things about Facebook that annoy you.  Wouldn't it be nice if you could sit down for six hours …
More: Gizmodo
Zachary Lutz / Engadget:
LG teases Optimus Vu Android smartphone with 5-inch screen, 4:3 aspect ratio (video)  —  If you're into high strangeness in the mobile realm, you'd be wise to check out the video of the Optimus Vu that LG just posted — just follow the break.  While our Korean translation skills aren't quite up to par …
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
European Apple resellers say lack of inventory is putting them out of business  —  Apple's network of authorized “Premium Resellers” across Europe have complained that they are no longer a priority since Apple began expanding its own retail locations.  —  The ongoing struggle was profiled …
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.
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Apple seeks industry-wide principles for patent licensing in Europe  —  Apple has asked the telecom standards body responsible for patent licensing across Europe to lay down a set of basic principles to define how companies license patents, according to a letter written in November that has emerged today.
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
Researchers boost processor performance by getting CPU and GPU to collaborate  —  Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a technique to take advantage of the “fused architecture” emerging on multicore CPUs that puts central processing units and graphics processing units on the same chip.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
IA Ventures Doubles Down On Big Data With A New $105M Fund  —  Before big data was a hot investing theme, Roger Ehrenberg was one of the first seed investors to focus almost exclusively on startups using data as a competitive edge.  His NYC-based fund, IA Ventures, has backed companies such as Billguard …
Brian Anthony Hernandez / Mashable!:
Lady Gaga's New Social Network Resembles Pinterest, Reddit [PICS]  —  LittleMonsters.com  —  Pop megastar Lady Gaga has pierced her powerful, digitally-willing paws deeper into the online world with the closed beta launch of her new social network.  —  LittleMonsters.com …
More: Betabeat
Sarah Mitroff / VentureBeat:
Extole turns regular customers into brand ambassadors, raises $10M  —  Nearly every company has a social presence these days, but personal recommendations are often a more powerful way to boost sales.  If you've never heard about a company before, but your friend has, you'll likely trust her opinion over that of a complete stranger.
Jolie O'Dell / VentureBeat:
Mystery music app TastemakerX nails down a $1.8M funding round pre-launch  —  It hasn't even launched yet, but TastemakerX has already sealed a reasonable deal to lock in funding from Silicon Valley investors.  —  Now that's what we call rock n' roll.  —  The social-mobile-music app raised …
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
Video Network Blip Drops ‘.tv’, Picks Up $12 Million  —  Another signal of the growing attention being paid to the streaming video sector, and specifically the growing emphasis on made-for-web content: online video network Blip.tv announced a $12-million round of funding, and a rebranding.
More: GigaOM and TechCrunch
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Boxee clashes with cable companies over encryption  —  Boxee's live TV dongle has only been available for a few weeks, but the company is already embroiled in a fight with cable giants like Comcast and Time Warner Cable over it, and it is now getting support from groups like Public Knowledge and the Consumer Electronics Association.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Exclusive: Nokia Lumia 800 Microsoft Store bundle launching February 14th for $899  —  Microsoft will launch Nokia's Lumia 800 device in the US as a special bundle item priced at $899.  That's the word from sources close to Microsoft's Lumia launch plans, who have confirmed the bundle …
Sarah Lacy / PandoDaily:
Yammer Closing Monster $50M+ Funding Round Imminently  —  We hear that the paperwork has just been signed on a monster new funding round for Yammer.  There was more than $100 million in interest, and the company took just north of $50 million, last we heard, although that may still creep up as the deal closes.

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Microsoft:
Kinect SDK 2.0 and new adapter kit now available  —  Read more from Technical Fellow Alex Kipman about the next chapter for Kinect.
Zoho:
Ringio helps sales teams close more deals by bringing Click To Call to Zoho CRM  —  This is a guest post by Sam Aparicio, CEO of Ringio.  —  Today we are announcing a new integration with Zoho that brings Ringio's Click To Call …
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