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February 11, 2013, 10:40 PM

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Shira Ovide / Digits:
Twitter, Amex to Collaborate on E-Commerce Sales on Twitter  —  Twitter Inc. is experimenting with becoming a shopping mall.  —  Twitter and American Express Co. said Monday they struck a partnership to allow Twitter users to buy products for the first time directly on the short messaging service.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Bill Gates' biggest Microsoft product regret: WinFS  —  Summary: In his first AMA on Reddit, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates calls WinFS the Microsoft product he most wished had made it to market.  —  Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates is doing his first-ever Ask Me Anything (AMA) on Reddit on February 11.
John Boudreau / Mercury News:
Apple CEO Tim Cook to sit with First Lady Michelle Obama during Tuesday's State of the Union address  —  Once again, Silicon Valley royalty will join First Lady Michelle Obama to watch her husband deliver his State of the Union address Tuesday.  —  Apple (AAPL) CEO Tim Cook will sit in the First Lady's box …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft's Surface: Wifi updates, pen improvements, more cover colors in pipeline  —  Summary: More Microsoft Surface RT and Surface Pro questions and a few more answers from sites and spokespeople around the Web.  —  New tidbits about what's coming for Microsoft Surface RT and Pro devices are continuing to trickle out.
IEEE Spectrum:
Willow Garage to Shut Down  —  IEEE Spectrum has learned that Willow Garage, the Silicon Valley robotics powerhouse that brought the world the PR2, ROS, TurtleBot, and several robotics spinoffs, will likely be dissolving within the next few months.  —  While we have no official confirmation …
More: TechCrunchTweets: @bryce
Taylor Schreiner / Twitter Advertising:
New Compete study: Primary mobile users on Twitter  —  We like to say that Twitter was born mobile.  After all, the 140 character limit of Tweets was based on text messaging or SMS constraints.  That means our platform was actually designed to allow anyone, anywhere to read, write and share Tweets.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Apple releases iOS 6.1.1 for iPhone 4S which fixes issues that ‘could impact cellular performance’  —  Apple has released an iOS 6.1.1 update for the iPhone 4S, likely in response to issues that some users were reporting with 3G coverage on some European carriers.
Ben Martin / Telegraph:
Mike Lynch raises $1bn for technology investment  —  Former Autonomy boss Mike Lynch has raised $1bn through his Invoke Capital fund to invest in fledgling British technology companies.  —  Mike Lynch founded Autonomy and sold it to Hewlett Packard for $10bn in 2011.
Jessica E. Lessin / Digits:
Apple To Respond to Greenlight Suit by Wednesday  —  The walk-up to Apple's Feb. 27 shareholder meeting got more interesting last week when shareholder Greenlight Capital sued the company over its proxy as part of an effort to get Apple to return more cash to shareholders.
More: Reuters and TUAW
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Nexus 4 wireless charging orb finally selling through Google Play for $59.99  —  The elusive Nexus 4 wireless charging orb — one of the most striking features of Google's Android flagship — is finally on sale through Google Play, a few months after the phone's launch.
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 …
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
After Acquiring 15 Groupon Clones, CrowdSavings Finds a Buyer for Itself  —  Two daily deal companies that are far off the radar are joining forces with Half Off Depot, agreeing to acquire CrowdSavings for $6.4 million in cash and stock.  —  Together, the two will be rebranded as nCrowd, and will be headquartered out of Atlanta.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Amazon Will Get New CBS Stephen King Series While It's Still on the Air  —  On June 24, CBS starts running “Under the Dome,” a 13-episode miniseries based on a Stephen King novel, produced by Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television.  And on June 28, Amazon Prime customers can begin watching the show online for free.
Chris Velazco / TechCrunch:
Nike Pulled The Plug On Its FuelBand Android Companion App In Favor Of iOS And The Web  —  Of all the activity-tracking devices that have been churned out in the past year-and-a-half, Nike's FuelBand has been strapped to my person the longest.  Sadly, the wrist-worn gadget has never been able …
Justin Lafferty / AllFacebook:
Mark Zuckerberg, Priscilla Chan Among Biggest American Philanthropists In 2012  —  We all know that Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is one of the richest people in America, but he's also one of the most generous.  The Chronicle of Philanthropy announced Monday that Zuckerberg …

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