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February 10, 2014, 10:55 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.
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 …
Nermin Hajdarbegovic / CoinDesk:
Ryan Knutson / Wall Street Journal:
Sprint Rethinks Acquiring T-Mobile After Public Antitrust Opposition  —  Justice Department, FCC Officials Expressed Strong Opposition to a Deal  —  Sprint Corp. officials are regrouping to decide whether trying to acquire smaller rival T-Mobile US Inc. makes sense after antitrust officials …
Joe Palazzolo / Law Blog:
Apple Loses Bid to Shake Monitor But Doesn't Walk Away Empty-Handed  —  Apple Inc. will have to submit to a court-imposed monitor while the technology company challenges a ruling holding it liable for conspiring to raise the price of electronic books, a federal appeals court ruled on Monday.
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 …
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.
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 …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft building an ‘Xbox Reading’ app for Windows 8  —  Microsoft has already built Xbox Music and Xbox Video apps for Windows 8, but the next target is books.  A recent Microsoft job listing, discovered by LiveSino, notes that the software giant is looking to hire a software design engineer to build …
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
Agam Shah / PC World:
Intel aims to cut graphics power draw with research chip  —  Intel has designed a new integrated graphics core that the company claims can improve the battery life of smartphones, tablets and laptops.  —  Graphics can be power hungry and the new power-efficient core, when paired with a CPU …
More: Intel Labs and ComputerworldTweets: @pcworld
Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
Apple Wooed by Arizona as Obama Seeks U.S. Jobs Comeback  —  Arizona got snubbed by Apple Inc. in 2012 when the iPhone maker picked Texas to build a new operations hub.  Scott Smith, the mayor of the Phoenix suburb of Mesa, was determined to keep history from repeating itself.

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