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February 6, 2013, 2:50 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 …
Rob Gillies / Associated Press:
U.S. release of new BlackBerry with keyboard may be delayed  —  TORONTO — A modern BlackBerry with a physical keyboard might not arrive in the U.S. until May or June, a month or two behind other parts of the world, the chief executive of the smartphone maker suggested in an interview.
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 …
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Vine gets 17+ age rating, option to report users; finally enables social sharing after videos are posted  —  Users of Vine finally have the option to share their videos after they are posted after the newly-released short video app from Twitter got an update that also adds an age rating, following issues with pornographic content.
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
Google Spends $125 Million On Channel Intelligence To Improve Google Shopping  —  Google has acquired Channel Intelligence for $125 million in cash.  —  According to its blog, Channel Intelligence (CI) tracks online retail sales for a number of categories ranging from computing to consumer packaged goods.
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Apple announces new iTunes Store record with 25 billion songs sold  —  Apple today issued a press released announcing the iTunes Store has a hit a new record with 25 billion songs sold.  Apple's senior vice president of Internet Software and Services noted that Apple averages 15,000 songs downloaded per minute.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Urban Airship Nabs $25 Million in Additional Funding  —  Urban Airship, the Portland-based startup that specializes in helping power mobile app notifications, has raised another $25 million, as the company seeks to further expand beyond its roots.  —  AllThingsD.com
Christina Farr / VentureBeat:
Salesforce.com has acquired French startup EntropySoft  —  Salesforce.com has acquired EntropySoft, a French startup that offers content integration solutions.  —  A spokesperson confirmed that the deal recently closed, but the company won't be making a formal announcement.
DannyD / SamMobile:
RUMOR: Samsung will unveil the GALAXY S IV on March 15th and on sale from early April  —  We have some hot news for all those happy Samsung Galaxy owners.  Samsung is going to announce the Galaxy S IV on March 15th.  The biggest Android smartphone unpacked event is still not confirmed by Samsung self …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
More Change At AOL: Photosharing App Hipster.com Is Shutting Down February 16  —  Another change afoot at AOL today: Hipster.com, a hyperlocal photosharing app AOL acquired in March 2012, is shutting down as of February 16.  Registered users are being sent emails (a copy, sent to us by a reader …
Tweets: @hipster
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
After Instagram controversy, a watchdog site tracks shifting Terms of Service  —  In January, it got a lot harder to sue Skype.  If you had checked its Terms of Service last week, you would have found a new sweeping class action waiver, a huge headache for anyone thinking of taking the service to court.
More: GizmodoTweets: @reckless
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?
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Social Commenting Platform Livefyre Raises $15M To Scale Mobile Experiences, Moderating Features And More  —  Social commenting platform Livefyre has raised $15 million in funding led by U.S. Venture Partners (USVP) and included existing investors Greycroft Partners, Cue Ball, HillsVen Group, and ff Venture Capital.

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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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