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February 10, 2012, 9:30 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Google's home entertainment foray: Why the Motorola deal may work  —  Summary: The search giant's Motorola acquisition, which on the surface looks like it's all about Android and patents, may ultimately turn out to be about the living room.  —  Google is reportedly developing …
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 …
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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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
EU seen approving Google's Motorola deal: sources  —  (Reuters) - Google Inc (GOOG.O) is expected to win approval next week from European regulators, as well as from U.S. antitrust authorities, for its planned $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility (MMI.N), according to people familiar with the matter.

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