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February 10, 2014, 9:35 PM

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Wall Street Journal:
Nokia Prepares to Release Android Phone Ahead of Sale to Microsoft  —  Finnish Smartphone Maker Readies Device for Barcelona Exhibit  —  Nokia Corp. plans to release this month a smartphone that runs a version of Google Inc. 's Android mobile software, according to people familiar with the matter …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
New Apple TV hardware references already appearing in iOS 7 builds  —  We reported last fall that a revamped Apple TV set-top-box is in the works, and then we learned earlier this year that the new box would likely be introduced in the first half of 2014.  Sources said at the time that the new model …
Reuters:
Chastened HTC turns to cheaper smartphones in search for profit  —  (Reuters) - Smarting from growing losses, Taiwanese phone maker HTC Corp says it will expand its range of cheaper products as it fixes off-target marketing for its premium smartphones.  —  The company that has long prided itself …
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
Barnes & Noble Fired Its Nook Hardware Engineering Staff  —  Barnes & Noble laid off its Nook hardware engineers, according to a source that tipped Business Insider.  —  The engineers were let go last Thursday, according to our source.  This follows Barnes & Noble dismissing the VP of Hardware, Bill Saperstein in January.
Nermin Hajdarbegovic / CoinDesk:
Melanie Hicken / CNNMoney.com:
Facebook's Zuckerberg tops list of America's 50 biggest donors  —  From Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg to a “secret millionaire,” the country's 50 biggest donors were far more generous last year.  —  This crew donated a total of $7.7 billion in 2013, 4% more than in 2012, according to a new report from The Chronicle of Philanthropy.
Brian Fung / Washington Post:
This blogger paid Facebook to promote his page.  He got 80,000 bogus Likes instead.  —  If you manage a Facebook page for a company, interest or organization, then you know there are two main reasons Facebook Likes are important.  One is pretty obvious: The number of Likes you receive …
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
Facebook Changed How The News Feed Works — And Huge Website Upworthy Suddenly Shrank In Half  —  In November, viral-content-for-a-cause site Upworthy posted insane traffic numbers, reaching almost 90 million people around the world, according to Quantcast.  —  Then, in December …
Jeffrey Grubb / VentureBeat:
Twitch reaches 1M monthly broadcasters as its parent company adopts the Twitch name  —  The livestreaming company announced that it is changing its corporate name to better reflect the huge growth of its gaming business.  While Twitch Interactive is now the umbrella name that the tech startup's …
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Rackspace CEO Napier to retire; Q4 solid  —  Summary: Rackspace named co-founder Graham Weston CEO.  The company's fourth quarter report looked solid.  —  Rackspace CEO Lanham Napier said he will retire as the company delivered fourth quarter earnings that were in line with expectations.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Microsoft beats Google by adding Bitcoin currency conversion to Bing  —  Microsoft today added Bitcoin currency conversion to Bing, which supports over 50 currencies in its index.  Conversion is as simple as typing in “x btc to currency” or “x currency to btc.”  The data is provided by digital wallet company Coinbase:
Bloomberg:
Gilt Groupe Said to Choose Goldman to Manage Web Retailer's IPO  —  Gilt Groupe Inc., an online retailer of discounted luxury goods, picked Goldman Sachs Group Inc. to manage its initial public offering, according to people with knowledge of the deal.  —  Timing for the IPO has still not been decided …
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Ed Bott / ZDNet:
HP to begin charging for firmware updates and service packs for servers  —  Summary: HP server customers are about to get an unwelcome surprise when they need to update firmware or apply a service pack.  Effective later this month, those downloads, which often fix critical bugs …
More: Computerworld, eWeek and InquirerTweets: @edbott

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