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12:40 PM ET, February 8, 2011

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Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch Europe:
Nokia heading to Silicon Valley?  And the ‘Standing on a burning platform’ memo  —  With Nokia expected to unveil a shift in its long term strategy at the company's annual Capital Markets Day this Friday, it should be no surprise that rumor and conjecture are rife.
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Ingrid Lunden / mocoNews:
Operators To Nokia: Use MeeGo, Or WP7 If You Must.  But Please, No Android  —  In the lead-up to Nokia's strategy presentation at the end of this week comes a report on what mobile operators are hoping the challenged handset maker decides to do to turn around its business.
TMZ.com:
Mark Zuckerberg — I Fear My Facebook Stalker  —  Mark Zuckerberg claims he's being stalked by a man who's been sending him creepy messages through Facebook and threatening his safety ... TMZ has learned.  —  Zuckerberg has obtained a restraining order against 31-year-old Pradeep Manukonda …
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Jackie Cohen / All Facebook:   Facebook CEO Gets Restraining Order Against Stalker
Kindle Post US:
Early Preview of Free Software Update for Kindle  —  We're excited to tell you about some new features coming to the latest generation Kindle and Kindle 3G:  —  • Public Notes - This feature lets Kindle users choose to make their book notes and highlights available for others to see.
iFixit:
iPhone 4 Verizon Teardown  —  We got our hands on the new iPhone 4 Verizon on the morning of February 7th, 2011.  Compare this phone to our original GSM iPhone 4 teardown.  If you're happy with your current coverage, then by all means hang on to it!  Keep it running if you drop …
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Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Verizon iPhone tear-down posted, reveals Qualcomm Gobi chip!
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft Is Said to Seek More Management Changes  —  Feb. 8 (Bloomberg) — Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer plans to extend a management shake-up aimed at adding senior product executives with an engineering background, two people with knowledge of the decision said.
Frederic Lardinois / NewsGrange:
Google's Logo Dives 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (with Accelerometer Support)  —  It isn't quite the Pacman doodle, but today's version of Google's iconic logo introduces a whole new degree of interactivity to the animated logos the company sometimes produces for special occasions.
Kevin Systrom / instagr.am:
A More Open Platform: The Instagram API  —  One of our guiding principles at Instagram is to create & maintain an open ecosystem that changes the way we see our world.  With nearly 300k photo uploads happening every day, we feel encouraged by the strength of our community and platform.
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Wannabe Cool Kids Aim to Game the Web's New Social Scorekeepers  —  Sites Use Secret Formulas to Rank Users' Online ‘Influence’ From 1 to 100; 'It's an Ego Thing'  —  When Katie Miller went to Las Vegas this Thanksgiving, she tweeted about the lavish buffets and posted pictures of her seats …
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
LG Optimus 3D - new tantalising video leaked  —  EXCLUSIVE: We've got the HD clip and pics  —  We know that LG?will launch the LG Optimus 3D at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.  We know that the LG Optimus 3D will have a 3D screen and dual cameras.  And we now know what the new phone will look like.
Andrew Mason / Groupon Blog:
Our Super Bowl Ads, and How We're Helping These Causes  —  I've been spending the day listening to the negative feedback about our Tibet Super Bowl commercial, and want to take a crack at explaining why we created this campaign.  We take the causes we highlighted extremely seriously …
Ronald D. White / Los Angeles Times:
Fake iPods and iPhones are seized from downtown warehouses  —  More than $10 million in counterfeit and stolen goods are recovered in a case stemming from a theft investigation begun by Los Angeles Port Police.  —  These are some of the counterfeit iPods, iPhones and other items seized …
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
White House will propose new digital copyright laws  —  The Obama administration has drafted new proposals to curb Internet piracy and other forms of intellectual property infringement that it says it will send to the U.S. Congress “in the very near future.”
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
BBC iPlayer app landing on UK iPads this Thursday, US in June  —  A BBC Interactive Operations Engineer has British hearts all aflutter tonight with a tweet announcing that the iPlayer app for the iPad is ready to roll out this Thursday, February 10th.  It's specific to the tablet for now …
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Meebo Acquires Psychographic Ad Targeter Mindset  —  Social content sharing and IM platform Meebo is putting last fall's $25 million funding round to work: the company is buying online ad measurement and targeting firm Mindset Media.  As an online branding specialist that has a particular focus …
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Sony Lawyers Expand Dragnet, Targeting Anybody Posting PlayStation 3 Hack  —  Sony is threatening to sue anybody posting or “distributing” the first full-fledged jailbreak code for the 4-year-old PlayStation 3 gaming console.  —  What's more, the company is demanding that a federal judge order Google …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
ComScore Says You Don't Got Mail: Web Email Usage Declines, 59% Among Teens!  —  In introducing his messaging platform last November Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said one of the primary motivations behind Messages product strategy was that teenagers have given up on email, “High school kids don't use email, they use SMS a lot.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Early Facebook execs back artificial-intelligence startup Vicarious Systems  —  It looks like several key players from the early days of Facebook have taken an interest in an artificial intelligence startup called Vicarious Systems.  —  The company, which is based in Union City, Calif. …
Kashmir Hill / The Not-So Private Parts:
Case Settled: Union Employees, You Can Badmouth Your Boss on Facebook  —  Ambulance company worker wins right to bash her boss  —  Last November, Dawnmarie Souza got the country talking about the right to complain about your job on Facebook.  The American Medical Response of Connecticut employee …
Ross Miller / Engadget:
HTC to invest $40 million into OnLive to help with games on smartphones  —  Let's be fair, for a company that pulled in NT$14.59 billion (about $500 million in US currency) in net profit last fiscal quarter, $40 million isn't exactly a huge chunk of change.  But the recipient of HTC's money …
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
In-app purchases in iPad, iPhone, iPod kids' games touch off parental firestorm  —  Over the winter break from school, 8-year-old Madison worked to dress up her simple mushroom home on the iPhone game Smurfs' Village.  In doing so, she also amassed a $1,400 bill from Apple.
Discussion: MacStories
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
Drobo Takes Aim At Small Businesses With New 12-Bay Version  —  Over the years we've seen Drobo expand its portfolio of devices from a strictly consumer-oriented lineup to a broader and more business-friendly one.  October's DroboPro FS made a beeline for small businesses by mashing …
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
T-Mobile to offer free phones on heels of Verizon's iPhone launch  —  T-Mobile USA has done this before — offering all of its phones for free under a limited-time promotion.  But the timing of this one is particularly interesting, on the Friday and Saturday following the long-awaited Feb. 10 launch of the iPhone 4 on Verizon.
iSuppli:
Apple iTunes Remains Dominant in U.S. Online Movies in 2010, Despite Competitors' Inroads  —  Despite intensified competition from fierce rivals including Microsoft Corp. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Apple Inc.'s iTunes store in 2010 managed to hold onto its dominance in the U.S. market …
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
AT&T's Chief Marketing Officer on How the Company Has Found (Android) Religion  —  Although AT&T has dabbled with Android in the past, the carrier is now dead serious about making sure that it has a range of products running Google's operating system.  —  While many will observe …
Discussion: DSLreports
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
McAfee: Malware going mobile  —  New mobile malware threats increased 46 percent in the fourth quarter compared to a year ago, according to McAfee's quarterly report on emerging threats.  —  In a nutshell, hackers are following popular platforms.  For instance, email spam continues to decline as usage drops.
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Online Dating Site Zoosk's 2010 Sales Up 250 Percent To $90 Million
Brodie Beta / The Next Web:
Waze launches real-time voice alerts to help drivers avoid hazardous roads
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Stephen Coles / Fonts In Use:
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
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Discussion: SiliconANGLE, GigaOM and ReadWriteWeb
Patrick Rhone / Minimal Mac:
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Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
By The Time US Gaming Giants Figure Out Tencent's Playbook It May Be Too Late
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Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Mint Drops iOS 3 Support: Bold or Blunder?
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
Tear down this PDF  —  The PDF document format is digital publishing's worst enemy.
James Kendrick / ZDNet:
Not all iPhone apps work on the Verizon iPhone — fragmentation looming?
Discussion: ZDNet, Zatz Not Funny! and TechCrunch
K. T. Bradford / LAPTOP Mag:
Kyocera Echo Video Hands-On: First Dual-Screen Android Phone Comes …
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
“It just feels inevitable”: Nick Denton on Gawker Media sites' long …