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February 10, 2013, 11:50 AM

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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft's Surface Pro launch marred by supply shortages  —  Summary: Microsoft is touting ‘amazing’ customer response to its new Surface Pro.  But customers are saying they couldn't get their hands on devices due to lack of supply.  —  What if they threw a product launch and potential customers came — but the product didn't?
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.
Nick Bilton / NYT Bits:
Disruptions: Apple Is Said to Be Developing a Curved-Glass Smart Watch  —  Dick Tracy and James Bond had watches that served as computers.  Tim Cook of Apple wears a Nike FuelBand, which tracks his physical activity.  —  Dick Tracy had one.  As did Inspector Gadget and James Bond.
Reuters:
Insight: Apple and Samsung, frenemies for life  —  (Reuters) - It was the late Steve Jobs' worst nightmare.  —  A powerful Asian manufacturer, Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, uses Google Inc's Android software to create smartphones and tablets that closely resemble the iPhone and the iPad.
More: 9to5Mac and Forbes
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Snapchat, a Growing App, Lets You See It, Then You Don't  —  LOS ANGELES — The ephemeral now has value, at least for users of cellphones.  —  More than 60 million photos or messages are sent each day through an app called Snapchat and then, after they are viewed for a few seconds, the missives vanish.
Ben Lovejoy / MacRumors:
Enterprise Information Workers Favor Microsoft Tablets and Apple Phones  —  Information workers in the enterprise sector would like a Microsoft tablet but an Apple phone, according to Forrester Research's annual Mobile Workforce Adoption Trends survey of 10,000 enterprise staff (via AppleInsider).
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..
More: PandoDaily and The Next WebTweets: @pkafka
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 …
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 …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Twitter quietly releases lolcat language option for all, kthxbai  —  It's Friday.  Twitter already had big search announcements on Wednesday and Thursday this week, so now it's time for a little fun.  The company has quietly turned on lolcats as a new language for the site.

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