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February 9, 2013, 11:45 PM

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Ed Bott / ZDNet:
Microsoft officially (and confusingly) discloses Surface Pro storage figures  —  Summary: Microsoft's Surface Pro, which the company officially calls “a powerful PC in tablet form,” went on sale today.  On its website, Microsoft has officially disclosed how much data storage space you can expect to get from each model.
Ron / WinBeta:
Surface Pro already sold out at MicrosoftStore.com, BestBuy, and Staples, hours into its launch  —  The Surface Pro, powered by Windows 8 Pro, was officially launched online at MicrosoftStore.com, as well as BestBuy and Staples, and within a few hours, the 128GB model of the Surface Pro is already sold out at Microsoft's online store.
Adrianne Jeffries / The Verge:
Taxi race: can Uber and Hailo deliver a real-time revolution?  —  Naval Ravikant is the cofounder of the startup network AngelList and a small investor in Uber, the app that lets you order a car service or taxi from your phone.  He uses Uber X to get to work, Flywheel for long trips …
Tweets: @reckless
Owen Thomas / Business Insider:
Yammer Sales Will Report To Microsoft  —  Starting July 1—the beginning of Microsoft's fiscal year—Yammer salespeople won't be Yammer salespeople any more, Business Insider has learned.  —  They'll be Microsoft salespeople.  —  The social-collaboration startup, acquired by Microsoft …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Twitter Hikes Its Promoted Trend Prices Again, to $200,000 a Day  —  Twitter's ad business is still a work in progress, but here's one positive sign: Prices for the company's “promoted trends” have been steadily rising, and are now at the $200,000 a day mark in the U.S..
Jennifer Martinez / Hillicon Valley:
House panel to reintroduce controversial cyber bill, setting up White House fight  —  The leaders of the House Intelligence Committee plan to re-introduce on Wednesday a controversial cybersecurity bill that has faced pushback from the White House.  —  House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers …
More: rt.com, The Next Web, CNET and WebProNewsTweets: @csoghoian
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Former Apple Human Interface Developer Speculates on Future ‘iWatch’  —  Former Apple employee and human interface developer Bruze Tognazzini published a blog post earlier this week listing his thoughts on the iWatch, a potential Apple product that made headlines late in 2012.  —  The Pebble Smartwatch
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Y Combinator Opens Applications For New Class, As Total Funding For Alums Reaches $1.5B, Or $3.18M Each  —  Y Combinator founder Paul Graham tweeted today that the accelerator's 464 startup graduates (prior to its current batch) have raised an average of $3.18 million in funding each …
More: TechCrunchTweets: @paulg and @paulg
Wall Street Journal:
Toys and Apps Are Yet to Play Nice Together  —  Efforts to Link Tablets to Dolls and Board Games Falls Short So Far, but Industry Continues to Try  —  Last year, trying to show how the toy industry could remain relevant in the tablet age, Hasbro Inc. unveiled an iPad-enhanced version of its classic Game of Life.

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