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1:25 PM ET, February 9, 2011

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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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Reuters:
Nokia drops first MeeGo phone before launch -sources  —  Nokia (NOK1V.HE) has ended development of its first smartphone using its new MeeGo operating system before it was ever launched, two industry sources close to the company said.  A spokesman for Nokia declined to comment.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Palm TouchPad leaked: 1.5 pounds, 13mm thick, and just moments from official  —  According to PreCentral, Palm's forthcoming tablet — which we suspect will be officially revealed in just a few hours — will be dubbed TouchPad.  They were able to sneak in and hear a few details during …
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
WebOS-based Veer, Pre 3 and TouchPad leaked on HP's site, likely on sale today  —  Whoa, Nelly!  With HP's highly touted press event just hours from commencing, it looks as if the web admins are testing the waters with what's about to go down.  On HP's Home & Home Office shopping page …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Preview of HP launch today: smartphone so small it is cool  —  I really hated Palm's devices the past couple of years.  Why?  I wrote I hated their small screens.  I still do.  —  But recently I got a look at the smartphone that HP will be announcing in an hour and a half.  More on that later today.
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
Tom Nguyen / Adobe Flash Player Team Blog:
Flash Player 10.2 is Here: Available Now for Windows, Mac, and Linux  —  Today, we're launching Flash Player 10.2 for Windows, Mac, and Linux.  We're especially excited that this release introduces Stage Video, a full hardware accelerated video pipeline for best-in-class, beautiful video across platforms and browsers.
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Dell Adamo, spunky MacBook Air rival, is no more  —  After a few last gasps at deep discounts, the Dell Adamo line and brand name will be discontinued, CNET has learned.  First revealed—with much fanfare—at CES in 2009, the Adamo was a worthy competitor to Apple's groundbreaking laptop.
Ross Miller / Engadget:
PS3 ‘jailbreak code’ retweeted by Sony's Kevin Butler, no punchline needed  —  Oh, honey.  Sony PlayStation's (entirely fictional) Kevin Butler holds many (also fictional) positions within the company, but apparently none of them require him to keep up with (very real) news events.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Wal-Mart to Carry Verizon iPhone in Nearly 600 Stores Tomorrow  —  Wal-Mart today announced that it wil offer the Verizon iPhone for sale in nearly 600 of its retail store locations, joining Apple, Verizon, and Best Buy as a launch retailer for the device at its debut for general availability.
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Charles Starrett / iLounge:
Verizon iPhone 4 antenna problems persist (video)
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Verizon iPhone 4 Now Available for Online Orders
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Bill Gates Dumping Microsoft Shares By The Millions  —  Over the past 12 months, Chairman Bill has sold off 90 million shares in the company he co-founded.  Does he think it's become that bad an investment?  —  Maybe he's not impressed with its tablet strategy.
Discussion: @jyarow
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Google 2000 vs. Google 2011  —  I sometimes hear people say “Remember when Google launched and the results were so good?  Google didn't have any spam back then.  Man, I wish we could go back to those days.”  I know where those people are coming from.  I was in grad school in 1999 …
James Holland / Electricpig.co.uk:
Steve Jobs' first TV appearance: video  —  Was Steve Jobs always the polished performer?  No. Was he always cool, calm and confident in front of the cameras?  From this warm-up footage prior to what's claimed to be his first appearance on TV, it seems so.  Read on, gawp at Steve Jobs sans …
Gartner:
Gartner Says Worldwide Mobile Device Sales to End Users Reached 1.6 Billion Units in 2010; Smartphone Sales Grew 72 Percent in 2010  —  Apple and RIM Displaced Sony Ericsson and Motorola in Mobile Device Manufacturers Ranking  —  Worldwide mobile device sales to end users totaled 1.6 billion units in 2010 …
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Rolls Out Major Upgrades To Ad System  —  This evening Facebook has rolled out a number of significant upgrades to the company's self-serve advertising system which will benefit those marketing their Facebook Pages as well as advertisers in general.  —  Sponsored Stories
Discussion: Softpedia News
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Visa Buys Virtual Goods Monetization Platform PlaySpan For $190 Million In Cash  —  PlaySpan, a virtual goods monetization platform, has been acquired by Visa.  According to the release, Visa will pay $190 million in cash for the company, plus additional payouts for performance milestones.
Seth Weintraub / Fortune:
Industry first: Smartphones pass PCs in sales  —  International Data Corp is showing that in the final quarter of 2010, smartphones passed global PC shipments for the first time in history.  —  As predicted a few months ago, Smartphones have passed PCs in global numbers.
Joseph Galante / Business Week:
Amazon's Data-Center Guru Honed Skills Fixing Lamborghinis  —  James Hamilton's challenge: making data centers more efficient while fending off a threat from IBM, AT&T, and Microsoft  —  Amazon.com (AMZN) Vice-President James Hamilton's schooling in computer data centers started under the hood of a Lamborghini Countach.
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge
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.
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Skype for iPhone now lets you make video calls to TVs  —  A small, but interesting, update to Skype's iPhone app got pushed out today.  Version 3.0.1 builds on the video calling capability that was added back in December by adding support for a wider range of Skype clients and devices, including Skype for TV.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, TiPb and The Big Blog
Bloomberg:
EBay to Unveil Plan to Help PayPal Repel Google, Apple Threats  —  EBay Inc., preparing for a day when its PayPal online-payment unit is its biggest source of revenue, will lay out a three-year plan tomorrow for expanding the business and warding off threats from Google Inc. and Apple Inc …
Discussion: SAI
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 …
 
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Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Confirmed: UK's YouView IPTV JV Delayed To 2012
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Ronny Kerr / VatorNews:
Bubbli raises $2 million to build the matrix
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Urgent: Egyptian Blogger Kareem Amer Missing
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Judge points to problems with ‘unsecured Wi-Fi’ prosecutions
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Google Mobile Ads: Looking For More Engagement
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Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
Valleywag's Ryan Tate Publishes Photo of Zuckerberg's House …
Discussion: @ryantate
J.D. Falk / Return Path:
How the End of IPv4 Affects You
Matt Baume / NBC Bay Area:
Mayor Lures Twitter to Dangerous Skid Row
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Mahalo's Calacanis: Time To End The Content Farm Arms Race
Jonny Evans / Computerworld:
Journey to the Center of the Mac App Store
Discussion: AppAdvice
Ron Carmel / 2D Boy:
Analysis: World of Goo's iPad Launch
Leslie Katz / CNET News:
Dell unveils 10-inch Windows 7 tablet