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February 6, 2013, 8:40 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 …
David Meyer / GigaOM:
Liberty buys Virgin, creating largest broadband company outside China  —  The cable giant Liberty Global has bought UK-based Virgin Media in a cash-and-stock deal worth $23.3 billion, creating what they claim is “the world's leading broadband communications company” with 25 million customers across 14 countries.
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 …
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:

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Microsoft:
Microsoft to modernize Special Olympics, raise system to the cloud  —  “We're so excited.  This is going to change our world.” says Special Olympics Chief Executive Officer Janet Froetscher.
Zoho:
Announcing Zoho SalesIQ - Real-time sales intelligence platform with tight Zoho CRM integration.  —  You run an apparel store.  There's a visitor who walked in after seeing your weekly ad.
SAY Media / SAY Daily:
Don't Look Now: Here Come the Disappearing Message Apps  —  Get ready for a world of expiring photos and vanishing status updates.
AdExchanger:
Eyeview Wants To Personalize Online Video Like Display And Search  —  It seems all online ads, except video ads, are targeted.  That online video largely isn't personalized seems odd, since the ad industry jumps …
 

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