February 11, 2012, 8:15 PM

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Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Apple requests U.S. preliminary injunction against the Samsung Galaxy Nexus based on four high-power patents  —  Apple has brought a motion in the United States for a preliminary injunction against the Galaxy Nexus, the official Android 4.0 ("Ice Cream Sandwich") lead device developed by Samsung in close cooperation with Google.
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 …
Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
DEAR TWITTER: Don't Mean To Be Rude, But Maybe It's Time To Hire A Full-Time Product Guy?  —  It's hard to find anyone anywhere who has anything less-than-glowing to say about Jack Dorsey, the entrepreneur who invented Twitter and another red-hot company called Square and is now Twitter's product guru.
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Hackers target CIA, Mexican, Alabama websites  —  (CNN) — Websites affiliated with the CIA, Mexico's mining ministry and the state of Alabama were down Friday, allegedly done in by hackers, government officials and a well-known hacking group reported.  —  A message Friday on a Twitter page …
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.
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.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Whale Hunting: Facebook Hooks 1st-Time Buyers With $5 Of Game Credits For $1  —  Only about 5% Facebook gamers pay to play freemium games.  If Facebook could up this percentage, it and its third-party app developers could make a lot more money.  That's the idea behind a new promotion Facebook announced today …
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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