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10:30 AM ET, February 10, 2011

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Bloomberg:
Nokia Is Said to Be Near Partnership With Microsoft  —  Feb. 10 (Bloomberg) — Nokia Oyj is close to announcing a software partnership with Microsoft Corp., a bet that together the two companies can better challenge Google Inc. and Apple Inc., according to a person with knowledge of the discussions.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Many Brilliant Layers Of Vic Gundotra's Nokia-Exposing, Microsoft-Bashing Tweet  —  You have to love Twitter and you have to love Vic Gundotra.  —  This morning, the Google Vice President decided he was going to have some fun on Twitter. “#feb11 “Two turkeys do not make an Eagle”.,” he tweeted.
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Exclusive: Nokia's Stephen Elop Talks About How He Made His Big OS Decision  —  In weighing the future of Nokia, Stephen Elop has had some tough decisions to make, but at least he has lots of people willing to offer up their two cents.  —  Whether he is walking the halls of Nokia's headquarters in Espoo …
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
In Nokia's Overhaul, an Opportunity for Deals
Discussion: SlashGear
Wall Street Journal:
Twitter as Tech Bubble Barometer  —  As Internet valuations climb and bankers and would-be buyers circle Silicon Valley in an increasingly frothy tech market, many eyes are on one particularly desirable, if still enigmatic, target: Twitter.  —  Executives at both Facebook Inc. and Google Inc. …
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Ross Miller / Engadget:
Apple TV gaming hinted strongly in iOS 4.3 beta code  —  Is Apple about to take on Xbox Live?  Let's not jump to any conclusions, but a trusted tipster has uncovered evidence that's, shall we say, very suggestive at the least.  New code in the iOS 4.3 beta 3 firmware hints that Apple TV may soon support online gaming.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Yes, Apple Is Lining Up For A “Surprise” This Fall.  And Yes, It's Likely An “iPad 3″  —  The following may sound a little crazy considering that the iPad 2 has not even been acknowledged or introduced by Apple yet.  But from what we're hearing, the next iteration of the iPad …
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Martyn Williams / PC World:
IPhone Attack Reveals Passwords in Six Minutes  —  Researchers in Germany say they've been able to reveal passwords stored in a locked iPhone in just six minutes and they did it without cracking the phone's passcode.  —  The attack, which requires possession of the phone, targets keychain, Apple's password management system.
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Former Apple and Lucasfilm Exec Joins HP To Help Bolster The webOS App Catalog  —  After HP unveiled the Pre3, Veer, and TouchPad at their big webOS event today, we figured they were pretty much done with news for the day.  —  Turns out, they had at least one more tid-bit to share.
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John Biggs / CrunchGear:
HP Announces The TouchPad
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
HP makes Google Android look even more creaky (and RIM, Nokia …
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
HP Will Ship WebOS As An Addition To Windows, Not A Replacement
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Exclusive Video Of INQ's Facebook Phone  —  Remember all that talk about a Facebook phone?  And by that I mean an Android phone built by various cell phone manufacturers optimized for social experiences with Facebook's help.  If you want a refresher, read this interview Mark Zuckerberg gave TechCrunch …
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
It's Official: Voice is Worthless  —  With AT&T announcing its free mobile to mobile calls to help fend off customers defecting for the iPhone on Verizon's network, it's time to recognize that voice is now worthless.  We can joke that AT&T clearly thought that all along (hello, dropped calls) …
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Adam Zeis / CrackBerry.com blogs:
16GB BlackBerry PlayBook Priced at $499 and heading to Office Depot  —  Earlier this week we saw some news that the BlackBerry PlayBook will be sold at Staples (among plenty of other retailers) and it looks like it will be on the way to Office Depot as well.
Byrne Reese / majordojo:
How did WordPress win?  —  When we are passionate about something, it is sometimes hard for us to wrap our heads around why someone else might not be passionate about the same thing.  You see this in the WordPress community often - fans and users of WordPress are often flabbergasted that someone might choose something else.
Joe White / AppAdvice:
The Verizon iPhone Has Landed: Get Yours From Apple, Verizon, Best Buy And Walmart  —  Today, the Verizon iPhone goes on general release.  The handset is available to purchase from a variety of different retailers, including Apple's retail stores, and Verizon Wireless Communications Stores, too.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Nearing A Million Users, Gowalla Moves Forward On The “Social Atlas” Path  —  A few weeks ago, we noted that with a few subtle changes being made to their service, it seemed as if Gowalla was starting to connect the dots on travel.  That is to say, it seems like they're starting to use …
Discussion: GigaOM and The Next Web
Wall Street Journal:
Oil Firms Hit by Hackers From China, Report Says  —  Hackers who appear to be based in China have conducted a “coordinated, covert and targeted” campaign of cyber espionage against major Western energy firms, according to a report expected to be issued Thursday by cybersecurity firm McAfee Inc.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Verizon successfully completes first VoLTE call on commercial network in the world, plans 2012 availability  —  Verizon has just announced that it has completed the first voice over LTE (VoLTE) call on a commercial network anywhere in the world today, a 33-second dialogue between employees …
Discussion: PhoneArena
 
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