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February 6, 2013, 5:15 PM

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Twitter Blog:
Search and Discover improvements: Get more great content faster  —  Today we're updating the Android and iOS apps, as well as mobile.twitter.com.  This release provides a single stream of content in each tab, so you can better find what's most important to you when you're on the go.
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 …
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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:
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.
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Exclusive: Google and Twitter execs form VC fund  —  Google and Twitter product pros form venture capital firm.  —  FORTUNE — A pair of product managers from Google and Twitter are forming a new venture capital firm, Fortune has learned.  —  One of the two principals is Hunter Walk …
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Yelp's disappointing Q4 net loss of $5.3m comes despite $41.2m in revenue, up 65% from Q4 2011  —  Today Yelp reported its fourth quarter financial performance, including revenue of $41.2 million and an earnings per share loss of $0.08.  Analysts had expected the company to lose $0.03 per share on revenue of $40.2 million.
Anand Lal Shimpi / AnandTech:
Microsoft Surface Pro Review  —  There's clearly interest in a device that converges the tablet and notebook.  ASUS saw some of the earliest success in this department with its Transformer line of Android tablets.  Once the first Windows RT/8 designs started appearing …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Dropbox Unveils Sync API For Mobile Developers, Allows Apps To Work With Cloud-Based Files As If They Were Local  —  Dropbox is unveiling a brand new API for developers today that should give mobile app makers an excellent new tool to work with.  The Dropbox Sync API allows apps for iOS …
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 …
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.
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.
Jim Finkle / Reuters:
Exclusive: Microsoft and Symantec disrupt cyber crime ring  —  (Reuters) - Software makers Microsoft Corp and Symantec Corp said they disrupted a global cyber crime operation by shutting down servers that controlled hundreds of thousands of PCs without the knowledge of their users.
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Reseller claims Mac Pro coming, Apple points to Cook's comments  —  Apple has long been coy about its plans to replace its languishing Mac Pro workstation, which it plans to stop selling in the EU March 1 due to regulatory changes.  However, the company has reportedly been a little more up-front with some of its European resellers.
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
Sheryl Sandberg Turned Down A Chance To Be LinkedIn CEO  —  Sheryl Sandberg had an opportunity to be CEO of LinkedIn in 2006, but turned down the job, she reveals in her new book, “Lean In”.  —  The book isn't out yet, but Tom Gara at the Wall Street Journal landed an advanced copy …
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Crooks Net Millions in Coordinated ATM Heists  —  Organized cyber criminals stole almost $11 million in two highly coordinated ATM heists in the final days of 2012, KrebsOnSecurity has learned.  The events prompted Visa to warn U.S. payment card issuers to be on high-alert for additional ATM cash-out fraud schemes in the New Year.
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.

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