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February 6, 2013, 9:05 AM

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Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Microsoft Surface Pro review  —  It's a compelling proposition: all the power and application compatibility of a laptop running a proper desktop operating system, all the portability and convenience of a tablet, all mixed together in one package.  That's the core idea behind Microsoft's Surface tablets but …
Bloomberg:
Google Said in Talks to Invest $50 Million in Vevo Site  —  Google Inc.'s YouTube is negotiating a $50 million equity investment in music video service Vevo LLC, according to two people with knowledge of the situation.  —  Google would own less than 10 percent of the company …
Ali Rowghani / Twitter Blog:
Welcoming Bluefin Labs to the Flock  —  Today we're happy to announce that we have acquired Bluefin Labs, a leading social TV analytics company that provides data products to brand advertisers, agencies, and TV networks.  We believe that Bluefin's data science capabilities and social TV expertise …
Kevin Systrom / Instagram:
Introducing Your Instagram Feed on the Web  —  Today, I'm very excited to announce the launch of a product we've been wanting to build for quite some time now.  Since our launch in October of 2010, we've focused on building a simple app that has inspired creativity while capturing everyday moments through the lens of your mobile phone.
Matthew Lynley / Digits:
OUYA Finds a Friend With Amazon  —  OUYA, an Android-powered video game console that was funded on crowd-funding site Kickstarter, will begin selling consoles through Amazon, Gamestop and several other retailers.  —  The retailers will begin accepting pre-orders for both consoles and controllers on Tuesday …
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
Google Acquires Retail Tracking Company Channel Intelligence For $125 Million  —  Google has acquired Channel Intelligence for $125 million in cash.  —  According to its blog, Channel Intelligence tracks online retail sales for a number of categories ranging from computing to consumer packaged goods.
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
FedEx's file-transfer capacity versus the Internet  —  Today on XKCD's “What If...?”, Randall Munroe runs the numbers of when and whether the Internet's throughput will ever exceed FedEx's sneakernet file-transfer capacity (one interesting note here: why not treat FedEx's trucks and planes full …
More: What If? and Gizmodo
Juliana Schincariol / Reuters:
Apple to lose iPhone trademark in Brazil: source  —  (Reuters) - Brazil's copyright regulator will strip Apple Inc of the right to use its iPhone trademark in Latin America's biggest market and granted the trademark to a local company that registered it first, a source familiar with the decision said on Tuesday.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Amazon wins broad patent on reselling and lending ‘used’ digital goods  —  In the real world, lending a book to a friend or selling your used music collection isn't exactly groundbreaking.  In the digital world, it's patentable.  —  Amazon.com has been awarded what appears to be a broad patent on a …
Todd Wasserman / Mashable!:
Go Daddy Posts Biggest Sales Day in History After Super Bowl Ads Run  —  The company on Tuesday reported that the Monday after the game was its biggest sales day in company history.  The company provided Mashable with the following stats that illustrate a big increase over the comparable day in 2012:
Micah Schaffer / Wired:
We Need to Think Beyond the Aaron in 'Aaron's Law'  —  The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA)'s disproportionate penalties and lack of nuance played a role in Aaron Swartz' prosecution and likely in his subsequent suicide.  So three weeks ago, California Representative Zoe Lofgren introduced “Aaron's Law” to update the CFAA.

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