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February 4, 2013, 10:55 PM

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Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
Twitter Makes Big Acquisition, Buys Social TV Analytics Company Bluefin Labs  —  Twitter has acquired Bluefin Labs, a social TV analytics company that was founded in 2008, sources say.  Although we don't know the exact acquisition price, we were told this is Twitter's biggest acquisition to date.
Douglas MacMillan / Bloomberg:
Facebook Is Said to Create Mobile Location-Tracking App  —  Facebook Inc. (FB) is developing a smartphone application that will track the location of users, two people with knowledge of the matter said, bolstering efforts to benefit from growing use of social media on mobile computers.
Wall Street Journal:
Dell Nears $23 Billion Deal to Go Private  —  Dell Inc. on Monday was close to finishing a $23 billion deal to take itself private at between $13.50 and $13.75 a share, said people familiar with the matter, in a buyout that marks an unofficial end to the era when a handful of young entrepreneurs made PCs the dominant computing device.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
“Evasi0n” Overloads Servers As Over 270,000 People Download The New Jailbreak For iOS 6.0/6.1 Devices, Including iPhone 5  —  Jailbreaking has returned, and already servers are overloaded.  Today, a group of iOS hackers styling themselves as the Evad3rs team has released a usable jailbreak for the iPhone 5 …
Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
AOL In Talks To Buy Gdgt, The Consumer Electronics Review Site Started By Former Engadget Founders  —  I'm hearing that gdgt (pronounced 'gadget'), the consumer electronics review site founded by Engadget co-founder Peter Rojas and former Engadget editor-in-chief Ryan Block, is in late-stage acquisition talks with AOL.
Paul Smith / Financial Review:
Nokia chief suggests Windows tablets on the way  —  Nokia chief executive Stephen Elop has given the clearest indication yet that the Finnish mobile phone stalwart will soon make its assault on the booming tablet computer market, and a windows-based device is the most likely starting point.
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Hailo closes $30.6m Series B round from Union Square Ventures, Richard Branson, KDDI and others  —  Hailo has scooped a whopping $30.6m Series B funding round led by Union Square Ventures (USV), with participation from a slew of high-profile investors including Richard Branson and Japanese telco KDDI.
More: TechCrunch and Skift
Kate Kaye / AdAge:
Facebook to Make Targeted Ads More Transparent For Users  —  Move Is Another Step Toward Web-Wide Ad Network  —  Facebook is about to get more transparent in the way it targets advertising at its users.  —  The social network has agreed to start displaying the little blue “AdChoices” …
Cade Metz / Wired:
Meet the Data Brains Behind the Rise of Facebook  —  Jay Parikh sits at a desk inside Building 16 at Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, California, and his administrative assistant, Genie Samuel, sits next to him.  Every so often, Parikh will hear her giggle, and that means she just tagged …
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Samsung Launches Strategy And Innovation Center, Will Invest $1.1 Billion On Innovation Through Two Funds  —  Samsung is already becoming one of the big heavy hitters in tech, but it's looking to make more investments to ensure its place as the so-called “fifth horseman” alongside Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google.
John Herrman / BuzzFeed:
How Monoprice Is Eating The Tech World From The Inside Out  —  An empire built on cheap HDMI cables stretches its reach.  Monoprice is angling to be the next huge electronics brand.  —  Five years ago, Monoprice was associated with two things: HDMI cables and nerds.
Josh Sternberg / Digiday:
Publishers Cool on Facebook  —  We are entering the end of the like era.  There was a time, not long ago, when all industries, including publishing, wondered how to turbocharge their growth via Facebook.  But as the plunging fortunes of Zynga show, that's a dangerous proposition.
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Beginning This Week, Expect to See a Lot Fewer Spammy Actions on Facebook  —  If there's one thing I hate about Facebook, it's reading about my friends' every single action.  The launch of Open Graph in 2011 made this possible, as developers began to create apps that automatically posted …
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Jennifer Van Grove / CNET:
Study: People don't use or understand digital wallets  —  Digital wallets from Square, Visa, MasterCard, and others have a major perception problem, a study from comScore found.  —  The digital wallet has been anointed by many as the future of payments.  In the present, however …
More: PR Newswire and ZDNet
Adrianne Jeffries / The Verge:
Digg's traffic rebounds after relaunch, but users remain on the sidelines  —  A look at the aggregator six months after its rebirth  —  Once a popular website begins to decline, it can be very difficult to revive — just look at Myspace.  But over the summer, a group of New Yorkers …
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
New FCC ‘Super Wi-Fi’ Initative Not Really New  —  White Space Broadband Still Running Political Gauntlet  —  The Washington Post's Cecilia Kang is exciting numerous people this morning by noting the FCC is pushing for a new, free “Super Wi-Fi” initiative that would deploy wireless service …
Violet Blue / ZDNet:
Anonymous posts over 4000 U.S. bank executive credentials  —  Summary: Anonymous appears to have published login and private information from over 4000 American bank executive credentials its Operation Last Resort, demanding US computer crime law reform.  —  Violet Blue
Tomio Geron / Forbes:
FreedomPop Plans ‘LTE Clip’ To Give Free LTE To iPad, Android Tablets  —  FreedomPop, the free Wi-Fi company that is looking to disrupt the ISP and broadband markets, is now planning to get into tablets.  —  The startup plans to release a new addition to its product line: a FreedomPop …
Steven Singer / Associated Press:
Amazon to collect Conn. sales tax, ending dispute  —  HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Amazon has agreed to collect Connecticut's sales tax, ending a dispute over the tax that the online retailer had refused to charge its customers, state officials and the company said Monday.
BBC:
Huawei launches Windows phone in Africa  —  The customised Huawei Windows phone will only be available in Africa  —  Chinese telecoms giant Huawei has unveiled a bespoke Windows-run smartphone exclusively available in Africa.  —  The customised device is being launched today in partnership …

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