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February 11, 2012, 10:30 AM

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HTC / Facebook:
Update on Android Ice Cream Sandwich upgrades  —  HTC has been working hard to get its Ice Cream Sandwich upgrades ready, and we're excited to announce that our first round of ICS upgrades will roll out by the end of March for the HTC Sensation, HTC Sensation 4G and HTC Sensation XE, followed soon there after by the HTC Sensation XL.
Andy Baio / Wired:
The Perpetual, Invisible Window Into Your Gmail Inbox  —  The other day, I tried out Unroll.me, a clever new service that reads your inbox to let you unsubscribe from mailing lists and other unwanted e-mail flotsam with a single click.  —  As I was about to connect my Gmail account, my finger hovered over the “Grant access” button.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Instagram Just Gave You One Less Reason To Use Camera+  —  Photosharing app Instagram went through a subtle redesign this afternoon.  In addition to the brand new “Sierra” filter, Notifications improvements and a UI/UX refresh where the feed, popular, share and news buttons have all been divorced …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
VEVO CEO Tries To Explain Their Hypocritical Act Of Piracy At Sundance  —  Yesterday I reported on a bizarre incident I witnessed at Sundance last month: VEVO, the music portal owned by some of the biggest record labels in the US, had a pirated NFL playoff game playing on screens throughout its ‘PowerStation’ venue.
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 …
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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Olga Kharif / Bloomberg:
Kleiner Perkins Considering New Fund for Cloud-Computing Services Startups  —  Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, the venture firm that backed Zynga Inc. (ZNGA) and Groupon Inc., is considering starting a new fund focused on startups selling cloud services to corporations.
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.
Brendan McGarry / Bloomberg:
U.S. Air Force May Buy 18,000 Apple IPad 2s for Flight Crews  —  Feb. 10 (Bloomberg) — The U.S. Air Force may buy as many as 18,000 iPad 2s in what would be one of the military's biggest orders of computer tablets, accelerating Apple Inc.'s inroads into the federal government.
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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