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February 13, 2012, 8:15 PM

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Rene Ritchie / iMore:
iPad 3 announcement March 7, quad-core, possible 4G LTE  —  According to sources who have been reliable in the past, Apple currently plans to hold their iPad 3 announcement on Wednesday, March 7, 2012.  Along with the 2048×1536 Retina display, the iPad 3 will feature a quad-core Apple 6 system …
Reuters:
Google gets approval to buy Motorola Mobility  —  (Reuters) - U.S. and European regulators approved Google Inc's $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility on Monday and said they would keep a sharp eye on the web search giant to ensure patents critical to the telecom industry would be licensed at fair prices.
Rachel King / ZDNet:
DOJ approves Google, Motorola Mobility merger  —  Summary: Following a seal of approval from the European Commission, now the U.S. Department of Justice is reportedly following suit in the matter of Google's proposed acquisition of Motorola Mobility.  —  Google could be well on its way to finalizing …
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
Report: Apple forcing contract manufacturer Pegatron to choose sides, give up Asustek Zenbook orders  —  The high-profile Apple business with Asian contract manufacturer Pegatron Technology is facing scrutiny as the iPhone-maker is reportedly exercising its supply chain influence by asking Pegatron …
High Scalability:
Tumblr Architecture - 15 Billion Page Views A Month And Harder To Scale Than Twitter  —  With over 15 billion page views a month Tumblr has become an insanely popular blogging platform.  Users may like Tumblr for its simplicity, its beauty, its strong focus on user experience, or its friendly and engaged community, but like it they do.
Dan Lyons / Real Dan Lyons Web Site:
Hit men, click whores, and paid apologists: Welcome to the Silicon Cesspool  —  It's tough being a journalist, especially if you're covering technology and living in Silicon Valley, because it seems as if everyone around you is getting fabulously rich while you're stuck in a job that will never, ever make you wealthy.
NPD Group:
U.S. Consumer Electronics Sales Reach $144 Billion in 2011  —  Apple tops 2011 as the #1 Brand and Best Buy is the #1 Retailer  —  U.S. consumer technology hardware and consumable sales* fell just one half of a percent in 2011 ending the year at nearly $144 billion, according to leading market research company The NPD Group.
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
VLC 2.0 arriving with all-new UI, native full screen in Lion, Blu-ray support, more  —  VideoLAN, the organization behind the open-source cross-platform VLC media player, is geared to launch VLC 2.0—a total rewrite of the program with new capabilities and an all-new user interface on the Mac platform.
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Bram Cohen: My goal is to kill off television  —  BitTorrent inventor Bram Cohen demoed his P2P live streaming protocol at the San Francisco MusicTech Summit on Monday, which he said could potentially stream live video to millions of computers with no central infrastructure.
Don Reisinger / CNET:
Apple shares shatter $500 milestone  —  Apple's stock has surpassed $500 a share today, reaching an all-time high and prompting many investors to wonder just how high the company's shares can go.  —  At their height this morning, Apple's shares reached $503.83 before falling to about $499.
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
DOJ closes investigation of Apple acquisition of Nortel and Novell patents on FRAND commitments  —  In a statement from the United States Department of Justice clearing Google's acquisition of Motorola, the DOJ also closed its investigations into Apple's acquisition of certain Novell patents …
Joshua Brustein / New York Times:
Start-Ups Aim to Help Users Put a Price on Their Personal Data  —  Facebook's pending initial public offering gives credence to the argument that personal data is the oil of the digital age.  The company was built on a formula common to the technology industry: offer people a service …
iFixit:
Motorola Droid 4 Teardown  —  It's the dawn of a new year, and 2012 brings another update to the line of Droid smartphones by Motorola.  Will this be the best Droid to date?  Will it fall completely on its face?  Will it blend?  The only way to find out is to scroll down and check out the teardown.
Twitter Blog:
Securing your Twitter experience with HTTPS  —  Last year, we added the option to always use HTTPS when accessing Twitter.com on the web.  This setting makes your Twitter experience more secure by protecting your information, and it's especially helpful if you use Twitter …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
YouTube's Offer Video-Makers Can't Refuse: We're Putting All Your Stuff Everywhere  —  Last night YouTube rolled out a new app for Google TV.  And behind the scenes, YouTube has made a small but important change in the way it deals with content owners.  —  YouTube is now insisting …
Kunal / Sammy Hub:
Samsung's 7-inch Galaxy Tab 2, runs Android 4.0 [Updated w/ pricing]  —  Samsung has officially announce their first tablet running the latest Android OS.  The Galaxy Tab 2 runs Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and is somewhat similar to the original Galaxy Tab.
Brian X. Chen / Bits:
Get Ready for 1 Billion Smartphones by 2016, Forrester Says  —  In just four years, one billion people will own smartphones, many of whom will be professionals taking these devices to work, says Forrester, a research company.  And because of that, businesses need to think big …
Chris Strohm / Bloomberg:
Obama Budget Calls for Cuts in Spending for U.S. Technology  —  (Updates with industry plans in the ninth paragraph.  For further information on the budget, see {BUDG <GO>}.)  —  Feb. 13 (Bloomberg) — U.S. government spending on information technology would decline 1.2 percent next fiscal year under …
TVexchanger.com:
TiVo And AT&T Partner On U-Verse Ad Data  —  Fresh from last month's $215 million legal settlement between AT&T and TiVo over DVR patents, the two have struck a licensing agreement to share and collect audience data covering the AT&T U-Verse IPTV system.  —  The deal has TiVo making use …
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Nathan Pensky / VatorNews:
Truveo out, Blinkx in for AOL video search  —  Blinkx shares spiked this morning as the announcement of the AOL video search partnership broke  —  AOL announced Monday that it has partnered with Blinkx, to will replace Truveo as AOL's video search feature.
Gordon Pitts / Globe and Mail:
Roger Martin: Defying RIM's critics  —  Five years ago, Roger Martin, the influential dean of business at University of Toronto, answered a call for help from Jim Balsillie.  —  As half of the leadership duo at Research In Motion Ltd., RIM-T Mr. Balsillie was anxious to restore the reputation …

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