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February 8, 2012, 8:45 AM

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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.
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 …
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
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!
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.
Kevin Krause / Android Phone Fans:
Adobe: Chrome for Android will not get Flash support  —  When Google today launched Chrome for Android in beta they did so without support for Adobe Flash.  For many users this seemed surprising given the strong push for Flash on Google's mobile OS after Steve Jobs and Apple refused to allow Adobe's platform on their iOS devices.
MG Siegler / parislemon:
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 …
Evan Blass / pocketnow.com:
LG Miracle Windows Phone Revealed (Image)  —  LG is preparing a mid-range Windows Phone codenamed LG Miracle — it's actually the same handset we saw in the wild back in December; at the time we speculated that it was another rumored WP7 known as the Fantasy.
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 …
Anita Hamilton / Time:
Will Car-Sharing Networks Change the Way We Travel?  —  Why would the world's largest car company partner with a tiny, little-known startup that could cannibalize its business by promoting car sharing instead of new-car buying?  —  According to General Motors Vice Chairman Steve Girsky …
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.
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Elite Anti-Terror Police Went After Megaupload's Kim Dotcom  —  Even after taking in the details of today's 3Newz report several times, it is harder than ever to comprehend what happened at the Dotcom mansion last month.  —  We knew that dozens of police swooped on the location in helicopters and we knew they were armed.
More: 3 News, Gizmodo and 3 News
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Nokia to cut 4,000 smartphone production jobs in Hungary, Mexico and Finland  —  Nokia has said up to 4,000 jobs could be cut from its smartphone production plants in Mexico, Hungary and Finland, shifting them to Asia as it continues to adapt its market strategy and cut company costs associated with manufacturing.
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Rice University And OpenStax Announce First Open-Source Textbooks  —  When we think about the distribution industry being disrupted, we tend to think about music and movies, whose physical media and vast shipment infrastructure have been rendered mostly obsolete over the last decade.
Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:
Flickr wasn't a fan of Snapjoy's Flickraft importing service, cuts off its API access  —  Earlier, we told you about a new feature from photo hosting site Snapjoy called “Flickraft”.  The premise is simple: get all of your photos off of Flickr and onto Snapjoy's platform.
More: TechCrunch
Dan Graziano / BGR:
Siri accounts for nearly 25% of Wolfram Alpha queries  —  Nearly 25% of queries fielded by the Wolfram Alpha answer-engine come from Apple's voice-powered assistant Siri, according to the New York Times.  Wolfram Alpha is an online service that gives fact-based answers to queries directly …
Pui-Wing Tam / Wall Street Journal:
Silicon Valley Recovering Faster Than Nation  —  Even before Facebook Inc. goes public, Silicon Valley is experiencing a surge in jobs and per-capita income, in contrast to the weak economic situation dogging the rest of the nation.  —  According to a new closely watched report on Silicon Valley …

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