February 10, 2012, 8:55 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.
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
What DON'T we know about the next iPad (besides its name)?  —  The next iPad will have the name “iPad 3,” according to the consensus of rumors, and it features a faster processor/GPU while remaining the same size as the current iPad 2.  Its unveiling is in a month and will be available (in Wi-Fi certainly) almost immediately after.
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 …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft unveils Office 15 Metro design look and feel  —  Microsoft revealed the finer details of its Windows 8 ARM edition today, but the company also revealed the look and feel of its next-generation Office experience.  The software giant casually revealed beta copies of Word, Excel …
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 …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Big News: Germany Says It Won't Sign ACTA  —  Okay, things just got serious over ACTA.  In our post on Latvia bailing on signing ACTA, we noted that in joining with Poland and the Czech Republic, these were still much smaller European states, and unlikely to have too much of an impact.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn Beats The Street, Q4 Revenue Up 105 Percent To $167.7M  —  Professional social network LinkedIn just reported stronger than expected fourth quarter 2011 earnings today.  Earnings came in at $0.12 per share.  Revenue for the fourth quarter was $167.7 million, an increase of 105% compared …
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.
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Iran reportedly blocks Google & all SSL sites on the eve of the revolution anniversary  —  Not for the first time, Iran is reportedly stepping up its website-blocking efforts, on the eve of the anniversary of the revolution that overthrew the country's monarchy and replaced it with an Islamic republic.
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
DST Global's Deal With Facebook  —  For some investors, Facebook shares came with extra restrictions.  —  Mark Zuckerberg, who extracted voting rights from shareholders to retain control of the social networking company he started, also set the terms for when at least one major investor could sell stock …
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Coming Soon to Chrome: Faster 3D Graphics for Slower Computers  —  Chrome 17 just launched yesterday, but today, the development team announced the next beta of Chrome.  This new beta includes improved support for hardware-accelerated 2D graphics using Canvas, as well as the promise …

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