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3:58 AM ET, February 5, 2011

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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.
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
Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:
New iPad details: RFID/NFC add-ons, carbon body, 7" iPad still in works  —  A previously accurate source has provided iLounge with some interesting new details on Apple's ongoing iPad development efforts, cautioning that some of the information is very preliminary.  Here's what we've heard.
Brian Barrett / Gizmodo:
The Xoom Super Bowl Ad: 1984 Meets 2011  —  Xoom's coming soon, but how is Motorola going to introduce its iPad foe to the general public?  The Super Bowl, of course!  And the biggest tech ad to invoke 1984 since... well... hmmm, let's see.  Oh, right.  Apple.
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
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 …
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.
Davidw / Joho the Blog:
Gladwell proves too much  —  Malcolm Gladwell is going further out on his cranky branch.  His reading of the role of social media in Tunisia and Egypt actually seems to lead to conclusions that I think he would acknowledge are extreme and extremely unlikely.  (I look at his new post in some detail after the big box below.)
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Gladwell Still Missing the Point About Social Media and Activism
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 …
Electronista:
AT&T fires back at Verizon's iPhone TV ads with an ‘Answer’  —  AT&T refused to remain silent on Verizon's iPhone ads and today posted one of its own (below).  The appropriately titled “Answer” focuses on the ability to call and use data at the same time on an HSPA phone and shows an example of where it could be useful.
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 …
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 …
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 and Slashdot
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 …
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.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Homeland Security Tries And Fails To Explain Why Seized Domains Are Different From Google  —  The Marketplace radio show from American Public Media spoke to Special Agent James Hayes from Homeland Security, who was apparently in charge of the “raids” (if you can call them that) …
Discussion: Tech Report
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 …
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
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 …
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.
Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
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
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.
 
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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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Larry Hardesty / MIT news:
Turning reviews into ratings
Discussion: PC Magazine
Ritsuko Ando / Reuters:
Cisco to buy digital video firm Inlet for $95 million
 Earlier Items: 
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Celebrates Birthday And 600 Million Users?
Discussion: TechCrunch and @facebook
Horace Dediu / asymco:
Nokia employs as many people to develop its smartphone software …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Boom: Forecast Calls for 180 Million Tablets by 2014
Nick Bilton / Bits:
A Race Between Digital and Print Magazines
Tony Romm / Politico:
Apple enlists new lobbying help
Discussion: Digital Daily, MacNN and 9 to 5 Mac, Thanks:tonyromm
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
54% of Verizon's Android, Blackberry users to switch to iPhone, survey says