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February 9, 2012, 2:30 PM

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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 …
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 …
Killian Bell / Cult of Mac:
Leaked iPad 3 Components Reveal New Internals, But No New Design [Exclusive]  —  Images of leaked iPad 3 components hot off the factory floor have been provided to Cult of Mac.  They reveal that the internal components of Apple's third-generation iPad are significantly different to those features …
Joshua Topolsky / The Verge:
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:
Patent Troll Claims Ownership of Interactive Web - And Might Win  —  The mother of all patent troll trials unfolds in Texas where Google, Amazon and Adobe are fighting a patent claiming ownership over online video, image rotation and search auto-complete.  We explain and start a series.
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Pew Internet:
The tone of life on social networking sites  —  Summary of findings  —  The overall social and emotional climate of social networking sites (SNS) is a very positive one where adult users get personal rewards and satisfactions at far higher levels than they encounter anti-social people or have ill consequences from their encounters.
Don Reisinger / CNET:
End of an era: Kodak discontinues camera business  —  Eastman Kodak has shocked the world today, announcing that it has put an end to its camera business.  —  By the end of June, Kodak expects to phase out its digital cameras, pocket video cameras, and digital picture frames, the company announced today.
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 …
Dan Graziano / BGR:
Ice Cream Sandwich coming to some HTC devices by the end of March  —  HTC announced on Thursday that an Ice Cream Sandwich update will be available for select devices by the end of March.  The announcement came through the company's Facebook page and states that the first devices to receive …
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple now worth more than Google and Microsoft combined  —  First on AI: Apple's stock soared to new heights on Thursday, pushing the company's market capitalization to $456 billion, a number that is greater than the values of rivals Google and Microsoft combined.
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).
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 …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Waze uses the iPhone proximity sensor to launch hands-free traffic reporting for iOS  —  Silicon Valley start-up Waze is launching a new addition to its iOS application today.  The free GPS and turn-by-turn navigation app is designed to crowd source information on traffic jams thanks to reports from fellow drivers.
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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Rackspace:
Another Patent Troll Slain.  You Are Now Free To Rotate Your Smartphone.  —  Rotatable Technologies is now an ex-patent troll.  I say “ex-troll” because its patent, US Pat.  No. 6,326,978, has been declared unpatentable …
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