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11:45 PM ET, February 4, 2011

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Federico Viticci / MacStories:
iOS 4.3 To Be Released On February 14th At 10 AM PST?  —  According to several reports surfaced earlier this week, Apple is targeting a release of the next major iOS update, version 4.3, in two weeks.  We just got word from a reliable source that iOS 4.3 should be available on February 14th at 10 AM PST.
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Apple prepared 2 million Verizon iPhone 4 for preorders, retail [u]  —  Apple prepared 2 million CDMA iPhone 4 units to deliver to Verizon Wireless and its own retail stores through January, manufacturer reports indicate, suggesting that this year's preorders and launch of iPhone 4 on Verizon …
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Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Verizon breaks first day sales record with iPhone 4 pre-orders — in only two hours  —  It took Verizon only two hours of having the iPhone 4 available for pre-order to break its all-time record for first day sales of a single device.  That's in spite of the fact it only opened up pre-orders …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Bing: Why Google's Wrong In Its Accusations  —  Along with everything else going on for Bing's Harry Shum on Tuesday — a panel about search spam, dealing with Google's accusations that Bing “copies” Google's results — Shum dealt with perhaps his most important worry.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
NBC: Here's Why We Fired The Today Show YouTube Leaker  —  Yup, NBC did indeed fire the guy who put that 1994 “Today Show” clip up on YouTube.  Here's the company's official statement: “The individual in question violated the company's standards of conduct by repeatedly copying and distributing …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
China's Tencent acquires majority stake in online game firm Riot Games for nearly $400M  —  Tencent, China's most valuable internet company, has acquired a majority stake in U.S. online games firm Riot Games for nearly $400 million.  —  The deal is another validation of the social game business …
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
China's Tencent Buys Riot Games For $400 Million
Discussion: Bloomberg and @pkafka
Pauli Asikainen / Nokia Beta Labs:
Introducing Nokia Bubbles - A fun and efficient way to unlock your phone and get to what matters  —  Bubbles is a fun and efficient way to take a shortcut to timely or useful things on your phone.  Bubbles appears when you press the “Apps” key while your device is in sleep mode …
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Takes Huge Steps towards a Graphics Pen for iPad  —  Just yesterday the news broke about HP's new graphics tablet dubbed the Digital Sketch coming to market with a three-button stylus and today you'll read all about Apple's latest research and development in this same area.
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Facebook holding Feb. 8 event to discuss new H.Q.  —  Facebook has sent out an invitation for a Feb. 8 press conference at an address in Menlo Park, Calif. which houses the city's municipal buildings.  —  Why the location?  Facebook said late last year that it was searching for locations …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Search Underdog Blekko Sees Over 30M Searches In January, More Than 110K Slashtags Created Since Launch  —  Nowhere has the need for a more diverse search market been more apparent than this week's revelation that Bing was cribbing Google's notes.  —  While Microsoft VP Harry Shum …
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
Zuckerberg's Old Best Friend Poaches From Facebook, As Quora Hires A New Product Leader  —  Quora just poached Facebook product whiz Sandra Liu Huang to lead product development, three sources confirm.  —  At Facebook, Sandra last worked on the Instant Personalization program …
Dan Nystedt / Computerworld:
Q&A: Asustek chairman vows ‘secret weapon’ for iPad 2  —  IDG News Service - The chairman of Asustek Computer, Jonney Shih, noticed the growing thirst for mobile computing early on.  When he challenged his engineering teams to design a new, more mobile computer, they came up with the netbook …
Devlin Barrett / Wall Street Journal:
Hackers Penetrate Nasdaq Computers  —  Hackers have repeatedly penetrated the computer network of the company that runs the Nasdaq Stock Market during the past year, and federal investigators are trying to identify the perpetrators and their purpose, according to people familiar with the matter.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Nokia, Microsoft announcing partnership next week, possibly involving Windows Phone 7?  —  As Nokia comes up on Capital Markets Day next Friday — an event where the company has historically unveiled interesting things and launched important initiatives — rumors are once again swirling …
Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:
Mexican drug cartel selling counterfeit Microsoft software  —  A notorious Mexican drug cartel has been selling counterfeit Microsoft software on the streets, a company attorney said today, and has been shoving it in authorities' faces by stamping fake Office 2007 discs, for instance, with the familiar “FMM” logo of the Familia cartel.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Former Owner of eHow Says Demand Media Model Is Flawed  —  Demand Media has been getting a lot of attention since its initial public offering, which gave the company a market value of more than $1.5 billion.  Much of that attention has been less than favorable, however, focusing on Demand's status as a …
Discussion: Adotas, Thanks:mathewi
Wendy Zukerman / New Scientist:
Giant archaeological trove found in Google Earth  —  Indiana Jones, put down your whip.  To scour the globe for archaeological sites these days all you need is a desktop computer.  —  Almost two thousand potential archaeological sites in Saudi Arabia have been discovered from an office chair in Perth …
Discussion: newsfeed.time.com, SAI, Slashdot and Gawker
Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing:
Egypt: Kenneth Cole's failtweet comes to life in street prank  —  A real-world prank making fun of Kenneth Cole's ill-timed and tone-deaf tweet.  —  Coilhouse has the story, and here are photos.  Adobe Illustrator, a little font knowledge, a vinyl cutter, and bitter, bitter sarcasm.
AppleInsider:
Over 60% of Apple's first-wave iPad 2 production to be 3G models  —  The majority of Apple's second-generation iPad models now being built will include either GSM/UMTS or CDMA 3G support, according to checks overseas manufacturers, suggesting the company plans on forging stronger relationships …
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
How Google removed the muzzle on Twitter in Egypt  —  Even before his first day on the job at Google, Ujjwal Singh was trying to figure out how to use his passion for the spoken word and the company's technological prowess to help Egyptians bypass government efforts to muzzle the massive protests there.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Gladwell Still Missing the Point About Social Media and Activism  —  After weeks of discussion in the blogosphere over whether what happened in Tunisia was a “Twitter revolution,” and whether social media also helped trigger the current anti-government uprising in Egypt, author Malcolm Gladwell …
Dharmesh Mehta / The Windows Blog:
Hotmail delivers aliases to help you manage and secure your email account  —  Starting today, you can create and manage multiple email aliases from a single Hotmail account.  Together with features that we introduced in November that let you use Hotmail with any existing email address …
Don Reisinger / CNET News:
TiVo offers free insight into TV ad effectiveness  —  If you ever wanted to know how well a particular company's commercial campaigns are performing in the increasingly DVR'd world, TiVo has the solution for you.  —  The company announced the launch of a free tool today, called Ad Scorecard …
Discussion: paidContent and The Digital Home
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
54% of Verizon's Android, Blackberry users to switch to iPhone, survey says  —  More than half of Verizon's current Android and Blackberry users indicated they are likely to switch to the iPhone when it arrives on the Verizon network on Feb. 10, according to a new survey.
Horace Dediu / asymco:
Nokia employs as many people to develop its smartphone software as Apple does to develop all its products  —  In a recent post I pointed out that Apple's R&D was about 2.2% of sales in the last quarter.  Bernstein took a look at the R&D for Nokia and presented a chart showing the difference between …
Larry Hardesty / MIT news:
Turning reviews into ratings  —  The proliferation of websites such as Yelp and CitySearch has made it easy to find local businesses that meet common search criteria — moderately priced seafood restaurants, for example, within a quarter-mile of a particular subway stop.  But what about the not-so-common criteria?
Discussion: PC Magazine and Fast Company
 
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: HuffPo's Eric Hippeau Stepping Down From Yahoo Board …
Tom Espiner / ZDNet:
Hague: UK government fell victim to Zeus attack
David Kaplan / mocoNews:
AP To Test Mobile Version Of Newspaper Ad Inserts
Discussion: ap.org
John Battelle / Searchblog:
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Ritsuko Ando / Reuters:
Cisco to buy digital video firm Inlet for $95 million
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Celebrates Birthday And 600 Million Users?
Discussion: TechCrunch and @facebook
 Earlier Items: 
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
As Egyptians Reconnect, Their Government Will Be Watching
Discussion: Gizmodo and Electronista, Thanks:trace360
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Boom: Forecast Calls for 180 Million Tablets by 2014
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple, Adobe, others join forces in software piracy lawsuit
Discussion: MacNN
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Rainbird: The Way Twitter Counts Tweets In Realtime (Which Will Be Open Sourced)
Discussion: VizWorld.com
Nick Bilton / Bits:
A Race Between Digital and Print Magazines
AppleInsider:
Apple reseeds Xcode 4 golden master, removes Mac OS X 10.7 Lion reference
Discussion: MacNN, TUAW and Softpedia News
Tony Romm / Politico:
Apple enlists new lobbying help
Discussion: Digital Daily, MacNN and 9 to 5 Mac, Thanks:tonyromm
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Apple's modern success story began with four investments made 10 years ago
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and MacDailyNews