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February 10, 2012, 2:35 PM

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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 …
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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.
Miguel Helft / Fortune:
Ron Conway is a Silicon Valley startup's best friend  —  The prolific angel investor has rarely met an Internet startup he didn't like.  When it comes to picking the next big thing, there's a right way and a wrong way.  And then there's the Conway.  —  Ron Conway, with Coco, his rescue dog, photographed at their San Francisco home
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Apple sues Samsung in Mannheim over patent based on which Munich court denied preliminary injunction last week  —  Apple does not let anyone off the hook too easily when it comes to patent litigation.  Samsung, which has so far also shown quite some perseverance, knows exactly what I mean.
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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 …
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
As Iran Cracks Down Online, Tor Tests Undetectable Encrypted Connections  —  Keeping secrets on the web in a country as digitally repressive as Iran isn't easy.  But as Iran tightens the screws on its Web censorship, the hackers at the anti-censorship Tor project are working on something harder …
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 …
Anand Babu / The Windows Blog:
Solving the attachment problem with SkyDrive … The attachment problem  —  Every day, the average office worker receives over 170 email messages a day, and sends over 35.  With that kind of volume, it's understandable that over half of the average work day consists of dealing with email.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
BitTorrent Piracy Doesn't Effect US Box Office Returns, Study Finds  —  With their unconditional support for SOPA, PIPA and ACTA, Hollywood is pressing hard for new legislation to curb piracy.  The studios want ‘rogue’ websites to be censored and are calling on Google and Internet providers to take responsibility.
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
EU expected to approve Google's Motorola deal: sources  —  (Reuters) - Google Inc (GOOG.O) is expected to win approval next week from European regulators as well as U.S. antitrust authorities for its planned $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility (MMI.N), according to people familiar with the matter.
Paul Thurrott's / SuperSite for Windows:
Windows 8 Secrets: Windows 8 Is NOT Dropping The Start Button  —  There's been a lot of silliness and angst about Windows 8 supposedly dropping the Start button, the first time this central user interface has been absent from Windows since its debut in 1995.  There's just one problem: The Start button isn't going anywhere.
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 …
Mike Ramsey / Wall Street Journal:
Cars That Tweet, Buy Tickets  —  As Distracted-Driving Push Fades, Auto Makers Will Let Drivers Check Facebook, Buy Movie Tickets  —  Undaunted by fear of safety regulations, auto makers are piling new technologies into their vehicles: everything from 17-inch dashboard screens to services that check Facebook and buy movie tickets.
Joanna Stern / The Verge:
MacBook Air with Windows 7 review: the ultrabook to rule them all?  —  Does putting Windows 7 on the MacBook Air make it the best ultrabook?  Let's be honest: The ultrabook phenomenon is by and large Intel's and the rest of the PC industry's reaction to Apple's MacBook Air.
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.
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
iTunes customers facing mysterious account hacks, disappearing gift card money  —  Scattered reports from customers suggest that Apple continues to have a difficult time combating hackers who are draining iTunes account balances and changing account information.

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