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February 10, 2012, 10:55 PM

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Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple to disrupt notebook space with radically redesigned MacBook Pros  —  While most of its rivals are struggling to match innovations Apple pioneered with its first MacBook Airs over three years ago, the Mac maker this year is hoping to further distance itself from the competition with a pair …
Gabe Donnini / Chitika Insights:
iOS passes Mac OS in Share of Web Traffic Propelled by Record Sales for Mobile and Tablet Devices  —  Apple sold a historic number of mobile devices in 2011.  IDC reports that in 2011, Apple shipped 93.2 iPhone units and sold an impressive 40 million+ iPad units.
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.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
New Microsoft Office University product comes with tougher verification rules  —  Summary: Microsoft is replacing its Office Academic SKU with a new Office University one that it hopes will help curtail fraudulent use.  —  Whenever folks complain about how expensive Microsoft's Office suite is …
More: Neowin.net and WinBeta
Sarah Lacy / PandoDaily:
Workday Talking to Bankers.  The S1 Is Coming.  The Revenge Is Almost Complete.  —  I've been digging around for a few days about Oracle, trying to figure out if another $1 billion-plus acquisition is imminent following yesterday's news about Oracle buying Taleo for $1.9 billion.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Fire in the Hole!  Amazon May Ship 9-Inch Kindle by Midyear.  —  There's no question that Amazon's going to sell a lot of Kindle Fires this year.  And it might sell even more if it rolls out new and larger versions of the device.  And according to some, that's the plan.
Yancey Strickler / Kickstarter Blog:
24 Hours  —  There are crazy days and then there are days like yesterday.  Kickstarter has experienced some frantic hours but nothing like what happened in the 24-hour span between Wednesday at 6:54pm and Thursday at 6:44pm.  Two million-dollar projects, a major political speech involving Kickstarter …
Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
Wow.  Facebook Rules Prohibit Users From Promoting Their Work, Company, And Much, Much More...  Have you seen Facebook's rules for users, developers, and partners?  They give Facebook tremendous powers to disable accounts and to make money from your content.
Joanna Stern:
Five years later, I'm off to ABC News...  Funny enough, it was exactly five years ago this week that I decided I wanted to be a technology reporter.  —  I was working at a New York PR agency — my first job out of college — and knowing that I loved new technology, my friend Becca asked …
Erica Ogg / GigaOM:
Apple sues Samsung over autocorrect, other iOS patents  —  You may be familiar with the humor blog that aggregates examples of iPhone spelling correction malfunctions that cause (amusing) communication chaos called DamnYouAutoCorrect.com.  Samsung lawyers are probably thinking something along those lines right now.
Brid-Aine Parnell / The Register:
EU competition chief threatens patent war smackdown  —  Tough-talking Almunia will take mobile giants to task  —  European anti-competition chief Joaquin Almunia has warned that the EU won't stand for any messing about with technology standards-related patents.
Prakash Chakravarti / Reuters:
Exclusive: Alibaba plans to take Hong Kong unit private  —  (Reuters) - Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba Group plans to take its Hong Kong-listed unit private, two sources familiar with the matter said, and is working with Yahoo on an asset-swap deal that may result in Yahoo owning …
More: CNET and Forbes
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Amazon hiring creative execs for original programming  —  Add Amazon to the list of online video providers that could soon release some new original programming.  The company is looking to hire creative executives to develop and produce original comedies and kids shows for online and traditional distribution.
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.
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
Netflix Pays $9 Million To Settle Video Privacy Lawsuit (Update)  —  Netflix (NSDQ: NFLX) disclosed this afternoon that it will pay to settle nationwide claims that it illegally retained customers' rental histories.  (Updated with Netflix statement)  —  The settlement, disclosed in a securities filing …

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