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February 8, 2012, 5:20 PM

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Dave Morin / Path Blog:
We are sorry.  —  We made a mistake.  Over the last couple of days users brought to light an issue concerning how we handle your personal information on Path, specifically the transmission and storage of your phone contacts.  —  As our mission is to build the world's first personal network …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
First Windows 8 ‘Consumer Preview’ preinstalled apps revealed  —  Microsoft's Windows 8 “Consumer Preview” is nearing release and the company is putting the finishing touches on the preinstalled application list.  We have learned from sources familiar with Microsoft's plans that the company …
Ed Bott / The Ed Bott Report Blog:
Windows 8 Consumer Preview due February 29: why it's not called beta  —  Summary: The Windows 8 Consumer Preview will be available for download on February 29.  Why isn't it called a beta?  Blame Google.  And Apple.  And Microsoft.  Especially Microsoft.
Amazon.com:
Amazon Announces Increased Prime Instant Video Selection for Kindle Fire and Prime Customers via Digital Video License Agreement with Viacom  —  Prime Instant Video now offers thousands of TV episodes from MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, TV Land, Spike, VH1, BET, CMT and Logo …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why we are buying paidContent  —  First the news: Yes, the rumors are true.  We are indeed buying the assets of ContentNext Media from Guardian News & Media Limited.  And no, we are not disclosing the terms of the deal, except that we are buying the entire group of properties — paidContent.org …
paidContent:
GigaOM And paidContent Join Forces  —  Yes, it's true: We are joining GigaOM.  And the combined group will be a powerhouse, with more than 20 writers and editors, a strong presence on the East and West coasts and in Europe, and coverage of everything from media and big data, to the cloud and mobile …
More: VentureBeatTweets: @mediatwitThanks:@bradmccarty
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Groupon Falls 13%: Q4 Rev Beats, Q1 View Tops Estimates  —  Online coupon distributor Groupon (GRPN), in its first report since going public, this afternoon reported Q4 revenue ahead of analysts' expectations but reported a surprise net loss instead of the expected profit.
David Goldman / CNNMoney.com:
The iPhone is a nightmare for carriers  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — The iPhone may be great for consumers, but takes a nasty toll on wireless carriers' bottom line.  —  Apple's ( AAPL, Fortune 500) iconic smartphone has almost single-handedly devastated profit margins for Verizon and AT&T. Sprint …
Scott Moritz / Bloomberg:
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google Screenwise: New Program Pays You To Give Up Privacy & Surf The Web With Chrome  —  Google is quietly taking requests from web users who want to get paid to surf the web using the Chrome browser while sharing data with Google.  The program is called Screenwise and …
Jeff Price / TuneCorner Music Blog:
Apple iMatch: The First Royalties Are In  —  The first royalty payments from iMatch are in, and they got me excited - the total amount is over $10,000 for the first two months.  —  This is magic money that Apple made exist out of thin air for copyright holders.  —  Let me explain:
Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
News Site Techmeme Aims For Community Aggregation With A Big New Tech Event Calendar  —  As part of news aggregator Techmeme's big redesign a couple weeks ago, it moved its flow of top stories to the left to make room for... white space.  But founder Gabe Rivera promised at the time that there'd …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple's $90 billion run  —  The company has gained nearly one Facebook in value since Steve Jobs died  —  On Oct. 4, the day before Steve Jobs passed away, Apple (AAPL) shares closed at $372.50 and its market cap stood at $347 billion.  —  Four months later, the stock is up nearly $100 and it's market cap is $437 billion.
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John Biggs / TechCrunch:
Executives Of Swedish Start-Up Klarna Arrested For Alleged Molestation  —  Details are sparse and we have calls in, but the two execs at Klarna, Jens Saltin and Niklas Adalberth, were arrested at the W Hotel in New York for alleged molestation.  The victim was a 19-year-old tourist from Texas.
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Behind the Scenes at Groupon's Tech Headquarters as It Prepares to Report First Public Earnings  —  In a three-story building in Palo Alto, Calif. — formerly occupied by Danger, the developer behind the T-Mobile Sidekick — Groupon has been trying to build out a Silicon Valley technology center, one acquisition at a time.
More: VentureBeatTweets: @rakeshlobster
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.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple Gets the Credit (And the Cash) for Growth of Mobile Computing Revenue  —  What would the mobile computing industry (defined for this purpose as smartphones and tablets) be without Apple, had the company not entered it in June of 2007 with the iPhone?  —  Less lucrative, that's what.
Julie Bort / Business Insider:
Cisco Is Back: Beats Expectations And Stock Jumps  —  Cisco reported fiscal second-quarter earnings of 47 cents a share on revenue of $11.5 billion.  Both figures exceeded the forecasts that Wall Street analysts were expecting.  —  Analysts were expecting 43 cents and $11.23 billion.
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
Tweetbot 2.0 Review  —  How do you improve something that's already great?  You keep working on it, trying to look at your product from as many perspectives as possible.  If you believe in it, you can make something great an even greater product.  Last year, I reviewed Tweetbot 1.0 for iPhone …
Stefanie Fogel / VentureBeat:
Study: U.S. gaming population has nearly tripled in three years  —  The number of people playing video games in the U.S. has risen 241 percent since 2008, according to a new study from market research and consulting company Parks Associates.  —  The study, Trends in Digital Gaming …
John Cook / GeekWire:
Supercomputer maker Cray forms YarcData, a new unit to capitalize on ‘big data’  —  One of the tech buzzwords du jour right now is “Big Data,” the idea of companies mining ever-increasing data sets to glean insightful information.  That's an arena where supercomputers can have an especially powerful role …
Matt Lynley / Business Insider:
Facebook Forced To Update Its IPO Filing To Confirm Its Special Relationship With Zynga  —  We now have proof Facebook and Zynga have a special arrangement, thanks to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  —  Here it is, direct from a new filing from the Securities and Exchange Commission:
More: TechCrunchTweets: @joshconstine and @cnbc

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