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February 11, 2013, 6:20 AM

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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.
Mark Serrels / Kotaku Australia:
Apple And Microsoft Summonsed To Explain Price Disparities In Australia  —  In the midst of the IT pricing inquiry major offenders Apple, Microsoft and Adobe have been reluctant to speak to the Committee handling the inquiry to explain themselves.  As a result of this all three companies …
Jake Smith / Pocket-lint:
Google airs Nexus 4 commercial showing off Google Now during the Grammys  —  During the Grammys award show Sunday night, Google aired a new commercial highlighting the Nexus 4 and its Google Now found within Jelly Bean.?  —  Mountain View's Google Now voice-assistant has? …
Chris Dixon:
The computing deployment phase  —  Technological revolutions happen in two main phases: the installation phase and the deployment phase.  Here's a chart (from this excellent book by Carlota Perez via Fred Wilson) showing the four previous technological revolutions and the first part of the current one:
Tweets: @jaredzlotnick
Sam Biddle / Gizmodo:
Beat By Dre: The Exclusive Inside Story of How Monster Lost the World  —  There's never been anything like Beats By Dre.  The bulky rainbow headphones are a gaudy staple of malls, planes, clubs, and sidewalks everywhere: as mammoth, beloved, and expensive as their namesake.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Menlo Ventures' Pishevar and Goldman's Stanford to Found Sherpa, a Startup Aimed at Making New Startups  —  Well-known Silicon Valley investor and entrepreneur Shervin Pishevar of Menlo Ventures and Goldman Sachs tech banker Scott Stanford are starting a new company that will focus on formulating a new model of how startups are created.
More: GigaOM, The Next Web and TechCrunchTweets: @shervin
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?
Kevin Murphy / DomainIncite:
Closed gTLD debate threatens Google and Amazon  —  Howls of criticism about Google, Amazon and others' plans to grab huge swathes of new gTLD real estate and keep it to themselves seem to have spurred ICANN into action.  —  A public comment period opened this week seeks community feedback …
Andrew Higgins / New York Times:
Europe's Galileo GPS Plan Limps to Crossroads  —  FUCINO, Italy — With lofty dreams of European unity increasingly grounded by economic woe and the weight of narrow national interests, an array of computer screens here in central Italy blinks with faint signs that — far away in space …

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