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February 11, 2013, 9:15 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.
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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
Ryan Gallagher / Guardian:
Software that tracks people on social media created by defence firm  —  Exclusive: Raytheon's Riot program mines social network data like a ‘Google for spies’, drawing ire from civil rights groups  —  A multinational security firm has secretly developed software capable of tracking people's movements …

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