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February 9, 2012, 11:25 AM

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John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple to Announce iPad 3 First Week in March  —  Apple's not holding an event in February.  But it is holding one in March — to launch its next iPad.  —  Sources say the company has chosen the first week in March to debut the successor to the iPad 2 and will do so at one of its trademark special events.
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Google Near Launch of Cloud Storage Service  —  Google Inc. is close to launching a cloud-storage service that would rival one of Silicon Valley's hottest start-ups, cloud-storage provider Dropbox Inc., according to people familiar with the matter.  —  Like Dropbox, Google's storage service …
Sebastian Anthony / ExtremeTech:
Google Drive: Dropbox killer or mediocre also-ran?  —  It's one of Silicon Valley's greatest pink elephants: Why doesn't Google offer a cloud storage service to rival Dropbox, Box.net, or Microsoft's SkyDrive?  Google has the most internet-connected servers in the world …
Joshua Topolsky / The Verge:
Alleged iPad 3 casing photo appears, sources say coming soon with improved GPU but no quad-core, thicker profile  —  Today the Apple rumor mill is fixated on a photo doing the rounds which allegedly shows the back housing of the next iPad (the iPad 3, or iPad HD, depending on who you talk to).
Evelyn M. Rusli / New York Times:
Zuckerberg Takes Control, You Get $100  —  Mark Zuckerberg must be one persuasive deal maker.  —  After eight years, Mr. Zuckerberg, the co-founder and chief executive of Facebook, has an ironclad grip on the social networking giant.  He owns 28.4 percent of all class B shares …
Elliot Telford / Compete Pulse:
Google Social is Exploding Online!  —  Now that the dust has settled from the initial launch of Google+ it is time for some analysis of the social network's functionality and popularity.  No doubt people are extremely excited with the new release of Google's social platform …
Joe Mullin / Wired:
Tim Berners-Lee Takes the Stand to Keep the Web Free  —  The inventor of the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee, testified in a courtroom Tuesday for the first time in his life.  The web pioneer flew down from Boston, where he teaches at M.I.T., to an eastern Texas federal court to speak to a jury …
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 …
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
No New Mail?  Try Google+  —  What's the message displayed by Gmail when there's no message in your inbox?  If you answered “No new mail!  Want to read updates from your favorite sites?  Try Google Reader”, you are right.  It was Google's subtle way to promote Google Reader.
DeepField Networks:
File Sharing in the Post MegaUpload Era  —  On January 18, 2012 global file sharing traffic collapsed.  In a series of coordinate raids, US and New Zealand authorities seized thousands of MegaUpload servers and arrested its founder (at his own birthday party, no less).
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
Foxconn hacked by group called SwaggSec, here's what they are looking at...  Hacker group SwaggSec just released a dump of Foxconn internal information, including a mail server login/password dump and logins to various online procurement sites and Intranets.  The hack seems to be a retaliation …
Neil Callanan / Bloomberg:
Google May Open Retail Store at European Headquarters in Dublin  —  Google Inc. (GOOG) may open its first stand- alone retail store at its European headquarters in Dublin, according to a filing by the world's most popular search engine.  —  The Google Store would be open to the public and sell unspecified …
Gabe Rivera / Techmeme News:
Why Techmeme now lists events, and how to get your event listed  —  Events have always played an important role in the tech industry.  Knowledge exchange and networking opportunities have long been a key draw, as Apple's history attests.  The motivations for meeting have certainly expanded since the 1970s.
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John Cook / Gawker:
Steve Jobs' FBI File Released  —  The FBI has released, and posted on its web site, Steve Jobs' 191-page FBI file.  Read it here.  The file consists of a 1991 background investigation conducted when Jobs was being considered for an appointment to the President's Export Council in the Bush I White House …
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
Skimlinks is the real story behind Pinterest's success  —  I love it when a startup I've been covering for literally years suddenly finds itself in the spotlight, and for the right reasons.  In this case, Skimlinks, originally from London but now with a growing US base …
Erica Ogg / GigaOM:
Protests against iPhone factory conditions planned Thursday for Apple Stores  —  Still unhappy with Apple's response to the New York Times' series on labor conditions in Chinese factories that make iPhones and iPads, two organizations are planning a globally coordinated protest on Thursday.
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Inside Yahoo: Less Show, More Sell  —  New CEO Aims to Reduce Emphasis on Ads, Boost Commission Revenue  —  New Chief Executive Scott Thompson's plan for turning around Yahoo Inc. is beginning to take shape: He wants to push the Internet company away from its advertising roots …
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Michael Cooper / New York Times:
If Silicon Valley Costs a Lot Now, Wait Until the Facebook Update  —  PALO ALTO, Calif. — Imagine looking for a house in San Francisco or one of the nicer parts of Silicon Valley, which are already among the most expensive parts of the country.  Now imagine having to bid against a legion of newly minted Facebook millionaires.

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