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9:50 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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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.
Wall Street Journal:
Nokia, Microsoft Talk Cellphones  —  Nokia Corp. is in talks with Microsoft Corp. about using the U.S. software giant's operating system on mobile phones, a person familiar with the situation said.  —  If an agreement can be reached in time, Nokia Chief Executive Stephen Elop likely …
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Exclusive: Nokia's Stephen Elop Talks About How He Made His Big OS Decision
Discussion: SlashGear and SAI
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
In Nokia's Overhaul, an Opportunity for Deals
Discussion: 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.
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 …
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
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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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.
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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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.
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:
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.
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
 
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Nearing A Million Users, Gowalla Moves Forward On The “Social Atlas” Path
Discussion: GigaOM and The Next Web
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Startup Charts the Future of Camera Phones, Ends Megapixel Myth
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Apple granted patent where carriers bid to provide service to iPhones