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February 10, 2012, 2:10 PM

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Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Winning streak ends: Motorola Mobility fails to win 3G/UMTS-based injunction against Apple in Germany  —  Apple's Mannheim jinx has been broken: this morning, Judge Andreas Voss of the Mannheim Regional Court announced that a Motorola Mobility lawsuit over a patent declared essential …
Wall Street Journal:
Apple vs. Google: The Stakes Are Rising  —  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 …
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
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Aviary bringing photo-editing tech to Windows Phone apps  —  Aviary, a photo-editing tech startup backed by investors including Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, is placing a bet on Nokia and Windows Phone with plans to expand its platform to the Microsoft mobile operating system …
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 …
Joe Mullin / Wired:
Texas Jury Strikes Down Patent Troll's Claim to Own the Interactive Web  —  TYLER, Texas — After threatening web companies for more than a decade, Michael Doyle and his patent-holding company Eola — named after the Irish word for knowledge — may be finished.
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.
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.

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