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February 5, 2013, 11:35 PM

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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 …
Walter S. Mossberg / AllThingsD:
Surface Pro: Hefty Tablet Is a Laptop Lightweight  —  Microsoft is introducing its second-ever personal computer.  As with the first, it's a multi-touch 10.6-inch tablet that has some of the attributes of a laptop, such as a USB port and snap-on keyboards.  But unlike the first …
More: ZDNet, ABCNEWS and Mashable!Tweets: @cdixon
Dell, Inc.:
Dell Enters Into Agreement to Be Acquired By Michael Dell and Silver Lake  — Transaction implies a 37 percent premium over the average closing share price during the previous 90 calendar days ending Jan. 11, 2013  —  Dell Inc. today announced it has signed a definitive merger agreement under …
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.
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 …
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Pinterest in Talks for Funding  —  Online scrapbooking site Pinterest is in talks to raise a new round of financing at a $2 billion to $2.5 billion valuation, said people familiar with the matter.  —  The talks are fluid and a deal isn't finalized, said one of the people.
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
‘Radio Buy Buttons’ found in iOS 6.1 via newly jailbroken iPads, could mean new functionality coming  —  ‘Radio Buy’ buttons, above, enlarged, put together from files, below  —  Having a look around our newly jailbroken iPads with iFunBox, we happened on a new set of files in the iPad Music.app.
Jessica E. Lessin / Digits:
Apple Tries (A Little) Harder to Get Its Message Out  —  Apple has been subtly increasing some of its PR—at least for now.  —  Last week, the company issued a press release to announce it was upgrading its mobile operating system from iOS 6 to 6.1.  It was the first time Apple has issued …
TechCrunch:
Zynga's Q4 Beats, Revenue Flat To $311M, Net Income Swings To A Loss Of $48.6M  —  Zynga's revenues was flat year-over-year amid a tough quarter that saw layoffs and a continuing series of executive and mid-level departures.  —  The company's revenues came in at $311 million and the net loss was $48.6 million for the quarter.
James Grubel / Reuters:
Google wins landmark advertising case in Australia  —  (Reuters) - Global search engine Google Inc won a landmark court case in Australia on Wednesday when the country's High Court ruled the Internet giant was not responsible for messages conveyed by paid advertisers on its site.
Bobby Grasberger / CHRGD:
Twitter wasn't mentioned in 50% of Super Bowl ads after all - hashtags were  —  Matt McGee, writing about Super Bowl XLVII commercials for Marketing Land: According to my count, Twitter was mentioned in 26 of 52 national TV commercials — that's 50 percent of the spots that aired during CBS' game coverage.
Hamish McKenzie / PandoDaily:
Aaron Swartz and how to identify a martyr  —  In the penultimate speech of the evening at last night's memorial for Aaron Swartz in Washington DC, Berin Szoka, the president of the group TechFreedom, offered some words that were uncomfortable for some.  Speaking of the Internet activist's alleged crime …
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 …
More: The Register and paidContentThanks:@johnhcook
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
A Tasty Little Slice of Geek History: PBS's “Silicon Valley” to Debut Tonight (Video)  —  Tonight, the latest documentary from PBS's excellent “American Experience” series — “Silicon Valley” — arrives, and it is a can't-miss for anyone interested in the origins of the digital industry.

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Microsoft:
FansChoice.tv and Ooyala choose Microsoft to help them deliver content to anyone, on any device  —  On Monday at the 2014 NAB Show exhibition, Microsoft is showing the latest technology innovations for the broadcast media industry.
Atlassian:
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Zoho Blogs:
Zoho CRM - Discontinuing Integration with LinkedIn  —  Back in 2011, to help our customers focus more on selling and less CRMing, we started offering integration with LinkedIn along with various other important features.
Silicon Valley Bank:
Strengthening the U.S. Innovation Economy by Ending Abusive Patent Litigation  —  In Silicon Valley Bank's Innovation Economy Outlook 2014 survey, we asked executives what they see in today's patent system …
 

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