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February 7, 2013, 4:55 AM

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Esteban Kozak / 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.
Yodel Anecdotal:
Yahoo! Teams with Google on Contextual Advertising  —  Every day, people turn to Yahoo! for their daily habits — like search, weather, news or more.  At Yahoo!, we're focused on doing everything we can to make the user experience inspiring and engaging.  One way we do that is by providing relevant …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Coming Soon to Yahoo: Ads From Google  —  Remember when Google and Yahoo were talking about an ad alliance last year?  —  Maybe they worked something out, after all: Sources say Google is set to begin running some of its AdSense display ads on Yahoo sites, and will become …
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 …
Robert Hof / Forbes:
In Big Shift, Google Aims To Boost Mobile Ad Campaigns - And Its Own Revenues  —  It's no secret that the rapid shift of online activity from computers to smartphones and tablets presents a big challenge to online advertising leaders, from Google to Yahoo to Facebook.
George Avalos / Mercury News:
Silicon Valley job growth has reached dot-com boom levels, report says  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW — Silicon Valley's job growth has returned to dot-com boom levels and San Francisco has emerged as a major new tech hub.  But good times have not returned for all area residents and ethnic groups.
Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
Microsoft Attacks Gmail Over Privacy In Latest “Scroogled” Campaign  —  If at first you don't succeed, get negative once again, seems to be the game plan at Microsoft.  Having attacked Google Shopping with a “Scroogled” campaign last November, Microsoft is back again.
Chris Gonsalves / Channelnomics:
Judge Sides With Wi-Fi Patent Troll Over Cisco  —  Purveyors of public Wi-Fi networks beware.  The federal case that was supposed to bring a halt to patent troll Innovatio IP Ventures LLC's ongoing shakedown of hotels, restaurants, coffee shops and the like took a strange turn this week …
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple & Samsung capture 103% of handset profits as rivals lose money  —  Together, Apple and Samsung accounted for 103 percent of mobile phone profits in 2012, a number made possible because of losses incurred by rivals Motorola, Sony and Nokia.  —  Apple took a commanding 69 percent …
JR Raphael / Computerworld:
Hands on with Google's new Chrome message center  —  The tech world's been a-buzzin' this week with word of a new Chrome-based message center from Google.  Signs of the system first showed up in a Chrome OS screenshot captured by developer François Beaufort and shared on Google+.
More: Google+Thanks:@jr_raphael
JR Raphael / Computerworld:
The ‘Chromebook Pixel’?  Not so fast, bucko  —  Some days, you've just gotta love the Internet.  —  Today's bit of Web-fueled insanity revolves around a supposedly top-secret Google device called the “Chromebook Pixel.”  A video showing the device appeared online this afternoon and quickly turned into a hot topic of discussion.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
iPads (Thanks To The Mini) Were 1 In 6 ‘PCs’ Shipped, Tablets One-Third, And Windows RT Didn't Even Break 1M: Canalys  —  The PC market is fast shifting into a touchscreen world, and Apple is leading the charge.  Some new numbers from the analysts at Canalys note that in Q4 of 2012 …
Kevin Fitchard / GigaOM:
Facebook isn't making its own phone, but it's pre-loading its software into millions of devices  —  Facebook wants to ensure that billions of people in emerging markets have access to its mobile apps when they buy their first phones.  The social networking giant found an easy solution to that problem …
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Amazon's Executive Team Is Shrinking  —  Over the past year, Amazon's management team has had a lot of turnover.  —  The Seattle-based company has lost four of its top executives, representing 40 years of combined service.  So far, only one has been replaced.
John Koetsier / VentureBeat:
800 million Android smartphones, 300 million iPhones in active use by December 2013, study says  —  By the end of this current year, 1.4 billion smartphones will be in use: 798 million of them will run Android, 294 million will run Apple's iOS, and 45 million will run Windows Phone, according to a new study by ABI Research.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft hints at future Surface covers that could charge its tablet  —  Microsoft is holding a Surface AMA on Reddit today to answer questions from the community about its latest Surface Pro tablet.  Alongside responses about storage and battery life, the team appears to have revealed some future plans for its accessories.
Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
AngelList's Naval Ravikant Says The Future Of VC Is In Smaller Funding Rounds  —  In an on-stage conversation today with Dave McClure at 500 Startups' fifth Demo Day event, AngelList co-founder Naval Ravikant gave data-driven insights on the current state of venture capital.
Wall Street Journal:
Alcatel Chief Is Out as Turnaround Stalls  —  PARIS—Telecom giant Alcatel-Lucent SA, which has been burning cash and reeling from cutthroat competition, is expected to announce Thursday that its chief executive officer will step down after a transition period, people close to the board said Wednesday.
More: GigaOM, Forbes and ZDNet
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Google Drive now lets developers share hosted websites by storing HTML, JavaScript, and CSS files  —  Google on Tuesday announced that it will allow Web developers to share hosted websites via Google Drive.  All you have to do is store your HTML, JavaScript, and CSS files, and then share a link to your starting HTML file.

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