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February 8, 2012, 1:40 PM

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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 …
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:
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Tweets: @rakeshlobster
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!
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.
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 …
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
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.
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 …
Tweets: @cdixon and @cdixon
Dan Frommer / ReadWriteWeb:
Q&A: Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley on What He's Learning From Twitter and What's Next  —  Foursquare, about to celebrate its third birthday, is big but not huge.  It has signed up 15 million users, hired over 100 employees and now boasts several million check-ins per day.
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 …
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 …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Lance Tokuda's SchoolFeed rounds up $1.75M for fast-growing classmates network  —  Lance Tokuda was looking for an old high school friend, but instead he found his second big social networking startup.  The co-founder of RockYou happened to find an old acquaintance from high school on Classmates.com …
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 …
More: Forbes
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 …
Jamie Keene / The Verge:
Vonage Mobile app for Android and iOS promises to undercut Skype's rates by 30 percent  —  Vonage is gunning for the mobile VoIP market in a big way with its new Vonage Mobile app for iOS and Android, which it says offers calls that are typically 30 percent cheaper than Skype's rates …
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.

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