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February 21, 2012, 1:55 PM

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Matt Hickey / The Daily:
Microsoft Office for iPad expected in coming weeks  —  Back in November, The Daily initially uncovered the existence of an iPad version of the Microsoft Office Suite.  Sources now say that the app will soon be submitted to Apple for approval.  —  A brief hands-on with a working prototype …
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Nook Tablet 8GB official at $199, Nook Color price down to $169  —  Our sources were right on the money: Barnes & Noble has just announced an 8GB version of its Nook Tablet, pricing it in direct competition with the Kindle Fire at $199.  The Nook Color has also been reduced in price, down to $169.
Steve Lo / M.I.C. Gadget:
The iPad 3 Rumor Roundup  —  iPad 3 has more tapered edges than the iPad 2, but a little bit thicker  —  What is the latest and greatest with the iPad 3?  We have all the rumors, and all the purported specs covered.  We also have an exclusive in depth look at the back shell of the iPad 3 …
Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
Comcast launching new subscription VOD service  —  Comcast is announcing a new subscription VOD service that is aimed squarely at countering Netflix but requires already paying for cable.  —  Streampix will launch across the nation's largest video distributor this week with movies and TV content …
Ray Walters / ExtremeTech:
Canonical reveals Ubuntu for Android  —  Canonical is making good on its promise to bring its popular Ubuntu flavor of Linux to a broader range of devices by announcing Ubuntu for Android, a release that will enable a full desktop computing experience on a docked Android smartphone.
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Android is most-used smartphone OS in UK, overtaking Apple, data shows  —  With its iPhone, Apple may be the most-used brand, but Android now has more than a third of installed base of consumers  —  Android has taken over from Apple and now has the largest share of the installed base …
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / Open Source Blog:
Apache releases first major new version of popular Web server in six years  —  Summary: The first new version of Apache, the world's most popular Web server, has just been released after six years with new cloud-friendly features The Apache Software Foundation has just announced the release version 2.4 …
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
RIM finally rolls out BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 with integrated email and Android support  —  RIM has announced that the second version of the OS for its much-maligned BlackBerry PlayBook tablet is rolling out today - chances are that it's too late to do much good for the device's long-term chances on the market though.
Ari Levy / Business Week:
‘PayPal Mafia’ Gets Richer  —  Yelp and Facebook's IPOs will give another boost to Silicon Valley's influential PayPal alumni  —  The fortunes of the so-called PayPal Mafia are poised to grow.  —  Jeremy Stoppelman and Max Levchin own about $200 million in Yelp Inc. shares heading …
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Amazon Appstore more lucrative for many devs than Android Market  —  Investment in Amazon Appstore is paying off in a big way for many top developers, a good chunk of whom are pulling in more money for their apps on Amazon than through Google's Android Market.
Robert M. McDowell / Wall Street Journal:
The U.N. Threat to Internet Freedom  —  Top-down, international regulation is antithetical to the Net, which has flourished under its current governance model.  —  On Feb. 27, a diplomatic process will begin in Geneva that could result in a new treaty giving the United Nations unprecedented powers over the Internet.
Trevor Gilbert / PandoDaily:
The Older You Are, The Harder It Is To Win At Social  —  A big problem investors and pundits have with companies like Google, Microsoft and Apple is that they are seemingly incapable of creating a successful social network, despite being successful in many other areas of the software world.
Reuters:
Google gets real-time data from LSE  —  (Reuters) - The London Stock Exchange Group is to provide real-time market data to Google, bolstering the search-engine's Google Finance offering with free access to London prices previously only available with a delay.
Benny Evangelista / San Francisco Chronicle:
Facebook expected to unveil plan for mobile ads  —  Facebook disclosed an eye-opening fact when it filed plans to go public this month - 425 million members access the social network on smart phones and tablets.  —  The disclosure sent up red flags for analysts, because the company also said it does not …
Christine Haughney / New York Times:
Panel to Consider Computer Option for Taxis  —  Just as New Yorkers have grown used to blaring televisions in the back of taxis, the Taxi and Limousine Commission is considering another electronic option: embedded tablet computers.  —  The commission is weighing a proposal by Square …
More: Betabeat and Gothamist
Jesse Hicks / The Verge:
Research, no motion: How the BlackBerry CEOs lost an empire  —  “We are no longer a company that is innovative and energetic, we are drowning in paperwork.”  —  By many accounts, the problems at RIM go deeper than just outdated software.  Things reached a crisis point in 2011, which could be known as “The Year of the Open Letter.”
More: eWeek

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