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2:30 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.
Michael Hickins / Digits:   How Nokia Can Get Its Mojo Back  —  Newly minted Nokia Chief …
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 …
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John Biggs / CrunchGear:
HP Announces The Palm TouchPad  —  It's official.  Palm's new WebOS state is device is called the Palm Touchpad.  It has a 9.7-inch screen, front 1.3-megapixel camera, and comes in 16 or 32GB models.  It runs a 1.2GHz Snapdragon Processor processor and the screen resolution is 1024×768.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
The HP Veer: smallest smartphone in the webOS stable has 2.6-inch display  —  The HP Veer: smallest smartphone in the webOS stable, 2.6-inch display, coming this spring By Chris Ziegler posted Feb 9th 2011 1:31PM Breaking News You wanted a small smartphone?  Well, you've got it in HP's Veer …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Search Engine Land
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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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Sales of Apple's Verizon iPhone predicted to top 1M in first week
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Verizon iPhone 4 Now Available for Online Orders
Charles Starrett / iLounge:
Verizon iPhone 4 antenna problems persist (video)
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.
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: The Huffington Post and @jyarow
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 …
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.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Meet Microsoft's new Server and Tools boss: Satya Nadella  —  Microsoft has gone in-house and chosen Satya Nadella as the new president of the company's Server and Tools division.  —  Nadella will be replacing Server and Tools President Bob Muglia, who announced his plans to leave the company in January.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Andreessen Horowitz Invests $80 Million in Twitter  —  Andreessen Horowitz has invested more than $80 million in Twitter via purchasing stock in secondary markets.  —  When called about it by BoomTown, a spokeswoman at the high-profile Silicon Valley venture firm confirmed the purchase.
Discussion: @danprimack
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 …
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: The Big Blog, 9 to 5 Mac and TiPb
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: Adotas and 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
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Mitch Kapor Leads $600,000 Angel Round In Video Transcription Startup SpeakerText  —  SpeakerText, a scrappy startup that automates video transcriptions through a combination of clever algorithms and crowdsourcing, raised $600,000 from a group of angel investors led by Mitch Kapor.
Discussion: GigaOM and Beet.TV, Thanks:beet_tv
 
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Robert Andrews / paidContent:
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Ronny Kerr / VatorNews:
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Blogger Repression:
Urgent: Egyptian Blogger Kareem Amer Missing
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Judge points to problems with ‘unsecured Wi-Fi’ prosecutions
Discussion: The Register
Bloomberg:
EBay to Unveil Plan to Help PayPal Repel Google, Apple Threats
Discussion: GMSV and SAI
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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
Discussion: MarketingVOX
Mike Davies / < isolani />:
Breaking the Web with hash-bangs
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
Ron Carmel / 2D Boy:
Analysis: World of Goo's iPad Launch
Leslie Katz / CNET News:
Dell unveils 10-inch Windows 7 tablet
Discussion: eWeek, Softpedia News and ThinkMobile