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February 9, 2012, 5:30 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.
Steven Sinofsky / MSDN Blogs:
Building Windows for the ARM processor architecture  —  One of the notable aspects of Microsoft Windows has been the flexibility the architecture has shown through shifts in technology and expansion of customer usage over time.  What started out as an operating system for one person working solo …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Chutzpah: Google also wants 2.25% of every iPhone sale  —  It's not enough that Google borrowed the phone's look and feel to make Android?  —  From Google's IEEE letter.  Source: FOSS Patents.  Click to enlarge.  —  It took a Techmeme news cycle for the import of Google's (GOOG) …
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).
Brian X. Chen / Bits:
AT&T Says Throttling Policy Isn't as Bad as You Think  —  Last year, AT&T warned smartphone customers with unlimited data plans that it may temporarily reduce their Internet connection speeds if they were in the “top 5 percent” of heaviest data users.  Only recently have some customers begun …
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.
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.
Twitter Blog:
Twitter SMS: Now available for satellite providers  —  Twitter began as an SMS service.  Today, we continue to build out SMS capability because we recognize the importance and value of making our service available to every person on the planet.  No matter what device people use …
Jim Harper / Cato @ Liberty:
The Senate's SOPA Counterattack?:  Cybersecurity the Undoing of Privacy  —  The Daily Caller reports that Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) is planning another effort at Internet regulation—right on the heels of the SOPA/PIPA debacle.  The article seems calculated to insinuate that a follow …
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Who's Ready for the (Heaven Forbid) Social Networking Patent Wars?  —  Please see the disclosure about Facebook in my ethics statement.  —  Tech companies have recently ratcheted up their offensive use of intellectual property, especially in the mobile space — but not so much in social networking.

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