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February 10, 2012, 10:00 AM

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Wall Street Journal:
Google Developing Home Entertainment System  —  Google Inc. is developing a home-entertainment system that streams music wirelessly throughout the home and would be marketed under the company's own brand, according to people briefed on the company's plans.  —  The effort marks a sharp shift …
Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:
Google's Foray Into Hardware Will Be A Total Disaster — Here's Why  —  It's finally clear: Google is getting into the hardware business.  —  Last week, word came out that it was testing some sort of mysterious entertainment device in employees' homes.  —  Today the Wall Street Journal reported …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Apple is rushing to finalize apps for onstage iPad 3 demos and commercials  —  Now that the beans have been, mostly, spilled with regards to the early March announcement of the iPad 3, more information is coming forward about Apple's preparations for the event.
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 …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft: No plug-ins allowed on Windows on ARM  —  Summary: Microsoft has changed direction and is now disallowing browser plug-ins on Windows 8 on ARM devices, according to a blog post from the president of the Windows division.  —  As we Microsoft watchers continue to parse the 8,600-word post …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Music Labels' Joint Venture, VEVO, Shows Pirated NFL Game At Sundance  —  Over the last decade the major music labels — and their trade organization, the Recording Industry Association of America — have established a repeated pattern of attacking consumers in the name of squelching illegal file-sharing.
Los Angeles Times:
FBI: Steve Jobs had 2.65 GPA, avoided the gym, wasn't a communist  —  Steve Jobs shows off a Next computer in Redwood City, Calif., on April 4, 1991.  (Ben Margot / Associated Press)  —  We detailed the major tidbits from Steve Jobs' just-disclosed FBI files in an earlier post.
Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
Kickstarter crosses threshold as two projects hit $1 million in donations  —  The crowdsourced funding site Kickstarter has been doing remarkably well recently, giving thousands of entrepreneurs the opportunity to bring their projects to life.  It also just hit a major milestone …
Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
QWERTY FTW!  The Droid 4 Is Now Available, $199 From Verizon or $99 At Amazon  —  The Droid 4 has landed.  The fourth incarnation of the most important Android series is now on sale.  Verizon is hawking the phone for $199 with a two-year contact, but the phone is also available through Amazon where it's only $99 on-contract.
Katherine Noyes / PC World:
‘Do Not Track’ Tool Promises Page Loads Up to Four Times Faster  —  “Do Not Track” technologies have become an increasingly standard part of the Internet today, offering users a variety of ways to protect their privacy as they surf the Web.  —  Yet while there are numerous anti-tracking tools …
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Amazon: No plans to launch a standalone video service soon  —  Amazon has aggressively grown its Prime Instant Videos service over the past year, more than tripling the amount of content available to subscribers since launch.  And as Amazon continues to add more content to Prime Instant Video …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Download a Copy of The Pirate Bay, It's Only 90 MB  —  Last month The Pirate Bay announced that it will stop hosting torrents in the very near future.  —  This change is expected to go into effect before the end of the month.  From then on, Pirate Bay users can only download files through magnet links.
Sarah Lacy / PandoDaily:
Greg Kumparak Is Joining PandoDaily!  —  We're thrilled to announce our next big hire: Greg Kumparak — former Mobile Editor at TechCrunch — is joining PandoDaily.  —  Greg will be joining the Pando team as our editor in charge of incubators and accelerators.
Ari Levy / Business Week:
The Web's Perpetual Love Machine  —  Online dating site Zoosk works to stay friends with customers after making successful matches  —  Founders Shayan Zadeh (left) and Alex Mehr met at Tehran's top technical school  —  Online dating can be a good way to find a special someone for Valentine's Day.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Spotify Dollars Boost Warner Music, but Not as Much as iTunes  —  Music sales may have bounced back last year after a very, very long slide.  But we won't really know for some time.  Meantime, a short-term marker: Warner Music says revenue didn't increase last quarter.
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Roku adds BBC iPlayer channel as it starts shipping in the UK  —  Just as Netflix is nearly ubiquitous on media streaming platforms in the US, BBC's iPlayer is pretty much a default app in the UK so it's no surprise to see it show up on Roku's boxes just as they start shipping across the Atlantic.

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