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February 9, 2013, 2:15 PM

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Ron / WinBeta:
128GB Surface Pro already sold out at MicrosoftStore.com, BestBuy, and Staples, hours into its launch  —  The Surface Pro, powered by Windows 8 Pro, was oficially launched online at MicrosoftStore.com, as well as BestBuy and Staples, and within a few hours, the 128GB model of the Surface Pro …
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.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
David Meyer / GigaOM:
Not so fast: Budget cut wipes out €7bn European broadband fund  —  The European Union has just agreed on its budget for the years 2014-2020, and it's the first time that budget has actually been cut.  Unfortunately for European broadband projects that were counting on money from a €7 billion …
More: Quartz
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
Clay Shirky / The Awl:
Your Massively Open Offline College Is Broken  —  I wrote a thing last fall about massive open online courses (MOOCs, in the parlance), and the challenge that free or cheap online classes pose to business as usual in higher ed. In that piece, I compared the people running colleges today …
More: TED Blog and SalonTweets: @ryantate
Kevin Bostic / AppleInsider:
Home Depot abandoning BlackBerry platform in favor of Apple's iPhone and iOS  —  EXCLUSIVE: Home improvement retailer Home Depot plans to replace thousands of BlackBerry smartphones issued to its managerial and corporate staffers with versions of Apple's iPhone 4S, AppleInsider has learned.

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