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February 6, 2013, 12:55 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 …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Dell's downward spiral: 10 years of failed consumer devices  —  Things haven't gone so well since the Dell Dude split  —  It's no secret why Dell's struggling so badly it just took a $2b loan from Microsoft and bought itself back from shareholders to become a private company …
More: BGR
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Welcome back, Michael Dell: It's time to reclaim your name  —  A lot is being said and a lot will be said about Michael Dell's decision to take the company he started in 1984 in his college dorm room private (with some cash from Silver Lake Partners, Microsoft and other investors.)
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Shira Ovide / Wall Street Journal:
Twitter on Route to Maturity—Maybe IPO  —  Since taking the helm in 2010, Dick Costolo has steered seven-year-old Twitter Inc. through frequent service outages, slow ad sales, executive turnover and into position as Silicon Valley's next big initial public offering candidate.
More: CNET, SocialTimes and ZDNetThanks:@steverubel
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
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 …
More: The Tech Report and MacgasmThanks:@mattlynley
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 …
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.
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
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.

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