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11:45 PM ET, February 8, 2011

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Wall Street Journal:
Apple's New iPad in Production  —  Apple Inc. has started production of a new version of its iPad tablet computer, said people familiar with the matter.  —  The new device will be thinner, lighter and will come with a faster processor, more memory and a more powerful graphics processor, said the people familiar with the matter.
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Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
WSJ on iPad 2: FaceTime, thinner, lighter, faster, 1024 x 768 display  —  The well-informed Wall Street Journal has backed up just about every iPad 2 rumor we have heard so far.  The WSJ says the iPad 2 will have a front facing camera for FaceTime video calling, in addition to a new lighter, thinner design.
Discussion: SlashGear
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Nokia CEO Stephen Elop rallies troops in brutally honest ‘burning platform’ memo? (update: it's real!)  —  “The first iPhone shipped in 2007, and we still don't have a product that is close to their experience.  Android came on the scene just over 2 years ago, and this week they took our leadership position in smartphone volumes.
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Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch Europe:
Nokia heading to Silicon Valley?  And the ‘Standing on a burning platform’ memo
Wenzhang Zhu / Google Mobile Blog:
Introducing the Google Translate app for iPhone  —  Back in August 2008, we launched a Google Translate HTML5 web app for iPhone users.  Today, the official Google Translate for iPhone app is available for download from the App Store.  The new app has all of the features of the web app …
Charles Starrett / iLounge:
Verizon iPhone 4 antenna problems persist (video)  —  In the course of conducting our standard suite of iPhone 4 performance tests, iLounge has discovered that the Verizon CDMA iPhone 4 suffers from signal attenuation problems similar to ones discovered in the original GSM version of the iPhone 4.
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple's Verizon iPhone 4 has improved antenna, integrated GPS
Discussion: PC Magazine, iSuppli, App Advice, BGR and eWeek
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Mahalo's Calacanis: Time To End The Content Farm Arms Race  —  No stranger to controversy, Mahalo CEO Jason Calacanis threw down a gauntlet at his “content farm” competitors, arguing they're polluting the web and angering Google, to the detriment of searchers and their own companies.
Thanks:bobcaswell
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Mark Milian / CNN:
Verizon plans 4G internet calling service  —  Basking Ridge, New Jersey (CNN) — Verizon Wireless is close to launching a new cellular calling service that offers better sound quality than its current network and is capable of doing video chat.  —  The new voice and video protocol …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Facebook Makes It Official: We Bought The Old Sun Campus In Menlo Park (And Don't Forget We're Hiring!)  —  Why has Facebook brought together big time press from Agence France, ABC 7 and TechCrunch together here at Menlo Park City Hall?  Because it's hiring, and it wants to announce it by purchasing a building.
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Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook Will Move This Summer
Discussion: NBC Bay Area
Leslie Katz / CNET News:
Dell unveils 10-inch Windows 7 tablet  —  Steven Lalla, vice president and general manager of Dell's commercial client product group, holds up a non-working mockup of the company's new commercial Windows tablet.  —  Dell expanded its foray into tablets today with a new 10-inch Windows 7-based device designed …
Matt Baume / NBC Bay Area:
Mayor Lures Twitter to Dangerous Skid Row  —  Mayor Ed Lee wants to keep Twitter in San Francisco.  So why is he offering them office space in the worst part?  —  Ed Lee is expected to announce tax credits targeted specifically at companies like Twitter, according to the Gate.
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Eve Batey / SF Appeal:
Proposed Tax Cuts For Twitter Raise Questions Of “Corporate Blackmail …
Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
Valleywag's Ryan Tate Publishes Photo of Zuckerberg's House; Days Later, Stalker Shows Up  —  A few months back, I had a few harsh words for Valleywag editor Ryan Tate over his decision to pay a paparazzo for photographs of Mark Zuckerberg's house and girlfriend.  —  Specifically I said...
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Dan Goodin / The Register:
Microsoft finally says adios to Autorun  —  Worm bait purged from older Windows  —  After a decade of abuse, Autorun is finally being retired in older versions of Windows.  —  On Tuesday, Microsoft began pushing an update that changes the way Windows Server 2008 and earlier versions …
Mike Davies / < isolani />:
Breaking the Web with hash-bangs  —  Lifehacker, along with every other Gawker property, experienced a lengthy site-outage on Monday over a misbehaving piece of JavaScript.  Gawker sites were reduced to being an empty homepage layout with zero content, functionality, ads, or even legal disclaimer wording.
Ron Carmel / 2D Boy:
Analysis: World of Goo's iPad Launch  —  We attempted, and failed, to bring World of Goo to iPhone in the summer of 2009.  Development was sporadic and slow as we worked with a series of four different contractors who, for various reasons, did not bring the project to completion.  So we dropped it.
Laura Kusisto / New York Observer:
Apple's Next Stop?  Grand Central  —  Apple has begun a super-secret quest for a store in historic Grand Central Terminal, potentially creating a hive of buzzing techies in the glamorous Beaux Arts landmark.  —  Reliable sources tell The Observer that the maker of ubiquitous iGadgets …
Megan Friedman / TIME:
Smartphone Sins: Catholic Church Approves Confession by iPhone  —  First came the iPod, then the iPhone.  Now there's iPrayer.  —  The Catholic Church in America has approved Confession: A Roman Catholic App, for use among churchgoers and lapsed Catholics alike.
Jonny Evans / Computerworld:
Journey to the Center of the Mac App Store  —  Apple [AAPL] now plans to cease boxed software sales through its retail channels in favor of pushing all application sales via the Mac App Store, a report claims.  Is this a convenience for connected consumers or a move to take complete control of Mac software sales?
Discussion: App Advice and GigaOM
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Techmeme Opens the Door to Twitter Commentary by Select People  —  Technology news aggregator Techmeme sent an email today to a select group of readers it has put on a whitelist of Twitter users whose short commentary about news of the day will appear automatically on the site.
Fred / A VC:
Anatomy Of A Pirate  —  I like to buy music.  I buy it from emusic (where I pay $23/month for use it or lose it credits for music downloads), Amazon, and when in a pinch, iTunes.  I also have two Rhapsody music subscriptions that cost an additional $20/month.
Daniel Jacobson / The Netflix Tech Blog:
Redesigning the Netflix API  —  This is Daniel Jacobson, Director of Engineering for the API here at Netflix.  The Netflix API launched in 2008 with a focus on the public developer community.  The expectation was that this community would build amazing and inspiring applications …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and GigaOM
J.D. Falk / Return Path:
How the End of IPv4 Affects You  —  Anyone who has been watching the technology industry for more than a couple of years quickly learns to recognize FUD: Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt.  FUD is (apparently) widely believed to be an effective marketing technique, especially when it comes to security, privacy, or scarcity.
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 …
 
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Bryan Llenas / Fox News:
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Discussion: PC World
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