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February 5, 2013, 10:30 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 …
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 …
MarketWatch:
HP Issues Statement on Dell's Leveraged Buyout Plan  —  HP today issued the following statement related to Dell's announcement to enter into an agreement to be acquired by Michael Dell and Silver Lake: “Dell has a very tough road ahead.  The company faces an extended period of uncertainty …
Michael J. De La Merced / DealBook:
Dell in $24 Billion Deal to Go Private  —  Dell announced Tuesday that it had agreed to go private in a $24 billion deal led by its founder and the investment firm Silver Lake, in the biggest leveraged buyout since the financial crisis.  —  Under the terms of the deal, the buyers' consortium …
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 …
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 …
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.
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:
Bla1ze / CrackBerry.com:
BlackBerry Android runtime to be upgraded to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean  —  One personal gripe I've had with the Android runtime on BlackBerry 10 and the BlackBerry PlayBook is the fact that it's stull running Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread.  While I understand why this was done …
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 …
Adrianne Jeffries / The Verge:
Why Amazon wants its own currency  —  Coins are the latest attempt to shore up loyalty... and maybe avoid some taxes  —  Despite the failures of Facebook Credits, Microsoft Points, and the dot-com virtual currency Flooz, Amazon has decided to mint its own money.
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.

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