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February 10, 2013, 7:30 PM

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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.
Jessica E. Lessin / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Is Testing Watch-Like Device  —  Apple Inc. is experimenting with designs for a watch-like device that would perform some functions of a smartphone, according to people briefed on the effort.  —  The company has discussed such a device with its major manufacturing partner …
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
Before He Died, Steve Jobs Said He Wanted Apple To Make A Car  —  Here's a nugget of news buried in Nick Bilton's story on Apple potentially making an iWatch: In a meeting in his office before he died, Steven P. Jobs, Apple's co-founder and former chief executive, told John Markoff …
More: PadGadget and VentureBeatTweets: @samfbiddle
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
Tim Cook never wanted to sue Samsung  —  Interesting quotes aplenty from the ‘Apple and Samsung, frenemies for life’ Reuters article this weekend...  But, as the Samsung vs. Apple trial runs down to an effective stalemate, the Reuters opinion is that Apple is likely to settle.
More: Business InsiderTweets: @markgurman
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?
Danny Yadron / Wall Street Journal:
Churches, NFL Fight to Save the Cordless Microphone  —  Megachurches, Broadway producers and the National Football League have formed an unlikely alliance in a Washington lobbying fight.  Their battle cry: Save the wireless microphone.  —  Regulators are eager to open more of the nation's airwaves …
David Kravets / Wired:
DHS Watchdog OKs ‘Suspicionless’ Seizure of Electronic Devices Along Border  —  The Department of Homeland Security's civil rights watchdog has concluded that travelers along the nation's borders may have their electronics seized and the contents of those devices examined for any reason whatsoever …
Sarah O'Connor / Financial Times:
Amazon unpacked  —  The online giant is creating thousands of UK jobs, so why are some employees less than happy?  —  Between a sooty power station and a brown canal on the edge of a small English town, there is a building that seems as if it should be somewhere else.
Bill Howard / ExtremeTech:
Google: Self-driving cars in 3-5 years.  Feds: Not so fast  —  The self-driving car could be available to consumers in 3-5 years, the head of Google's autonomous driving project says.  That's the most optimistic timeframe yet.  Other projections have been for 2020 and beyond, which still beats “probably not in our lifetime.”
More: Bloomberg
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.

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