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8:05 AM ET, February 10, 2011

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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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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.
Wall Street Journal / @wsj:   Twitter is holding low-level acquisition talks at an estimated valuation of $8 billion to $10 billion http://on.wsj.com/elAbbC
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.
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
In Nokia's Overhaul, an Opportunity for Deals  —  Nokia's chief executive, Stephen Elop, issued a call to arms last week, warning his troops that the company was standing on a “burning platform.”  —  “We have more than one explosion,” he wrote in an internal memo, according to news reports and a person with knowledge of the document.
Discussion: SlashGear
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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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The Next Six Months  —  HP today announced their answer to the iPad: the TouchPad — a name that, not coincidentally, is drawn from those of two best-selling iOS devices.  The hardware is very iPad-like — similar dimensions, similar basic gist.  The software looks impressive …
Discussion: asymco, I4U News, DeviceMAG and AppleInsider
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
HP Announces The TouchPad  —  It's official.  Palm's new WebOS state is device is called the 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.
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
HP makes Google Android look even more creaky (and RIM, Nokia …
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Former Apple and Lucasfilm Exec Joins HP To Help Bolster The webOS App Catalog
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
HP's TouchPad Tablet Looks Great, But Feels Slow
Discussion: Engadget and SAI
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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Financial Times:
New phones to give Facebook centre stage
Discussion: Android Community and SlashGear
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.
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.
Discussion: SAI, Engadget, BGR and The Next Web
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.
Marco Arment / Instapaper Blog:
Full API now available  —  The full Instapaper API is now available for developers.  See the Full API documentation to get started.  —  I've made an unusual decision for it that I'd like to explain.  I was reluctant to make a full API before now for a few reasons:
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.
Abigail Holtz / The Official Google Blog:
Boutiques.com reveals the fashion trends on everyone's mind  —  Since we introduced Boutiques.com last November, we've been busy developing new features that we're proud to unveil as New York Fashion Week hits the runways.  —  More of the boutiques you love
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.
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft's Zune Video bites healthy chunk out of Apple's online movie share … Microsoft's Zune Video service gained over 50% more market share in 2010 compared to 2009.  —  The software giant's Zune video platform now accounts for 17.9% of the market compared to 11.6% in 2009.
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