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3:40 PM ET, February 10, 2011

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Nishit Shah / The Official Google Blog:
Advanced sign-in security for your Google account  —  Has anyone you know ever lost control of an email account and inadvertently sent spam—or worse—to their friends and family?  There are plenty of examples (like the classic “Mugged in London” scam) that demonstrate why it's important …
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Frederic Lardinois / NewsGrange:
Google Rolls Out Optional 2-Step Authentication For All: Secure but Frustrating
Bloomberg:
Nokia Said to Be Near Software 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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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 …
Preston Gralla / Computerworld:   Google and Microsoft offer Nokia hundreds of millions to abandon MeeGo, Symbian
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Please Twitter, Don't Sell to Google or Facebook  —  According to sources quoted by the Wall Street Journal in a story published late Wednesday night, Twitter has been having what the paper called “low-level” discussions about a possible acquisition by either Google or Facebook, at a valuation of between $8 billion and $10 billion.
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MSDN Blogs:
Acting on Feedback: IE9 Release Candidate Available for Download  —  The Release Candidate of Internet Explorer 9, available now at www.BeautyOfTheWeb.com in 40 languages, reflects our unique approach to building the best experience of the Web on Windows.  IE9 also reflects a more open …
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Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report Blog:
IE9 Release Candidate review: will Microsoft's big browser bet pay off?  —  With Internet Explorer 9, Microsoft gets to show off some of its best work to an audience that is increasingly indifferent and hard to please, and in some cases downright hostile and dismissive.  It is not an enviable task.
Discussion: WMPoweruser.com and Notebooks.com, Thanks:edbott
Blake Irving / Yodel Anecdotal:
Livestand from Yahoo! - Your Digital Newsstand  —  The way we access and experience the Web is changing every day.  By 2013, more than one billion Internet-enabled mobile devices are projected to be in circulation—that equals more than half the total pool of Internet users today.
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David Kaplan / paidContent:
Yahoo Unveils ‘Livestand’ Tablet Newsstand And ‘Personalized News’ Focus  —  Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) revealed details of its mobile “personalization” initiative that were hinted at earlier this week.  In a conference call led by Blake Irving, the company's chief product officer, Yahoo's The platform …
The White House:
President Obama Details Plan to Win the Future through Expanded Wireless Access  —  Initiative expands wireless coverage to 98% of Americans, reduces deficit by nearly $10 billion, invests in nationwide public safety network  —  WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama will today detail his plan …
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Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:   President Obama pitches $18 billion wireless broadband plan
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.
Bing:
Making search yours  —  For years people have talked about personalized search as the next evolution of our amazing technology.  Over the years, the biggest obstacle facing search engineers is the simple fact that human behavior is not predictable.  Don't get us wrong, people can be creatures …
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:   Bing Results Get Localized & Personalized
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Facebook Exploring Permitting a Tender Offer for $1 Billion of Employee Shares at $60 Billion Valuation  —  Facebook is exploring permitting a tender offer up to $1 billion of its employee shares, after being approached by a number of big institutional investors about investing in the company …
Discussion: SAI, Reuters and Bloomberg
Ian Paul / PC World:
Is Apple TV Taking Aim at Xbox?  —  Hoping to play Angry Birds on your television?  You may not have to wait for the official console versions because iOS gaming may be coming to the new Apple TV, according to rumors.  Bits of code found in the latest beta version of iOS 4.3 released …
Discussion: Webscopia
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Ross Miller / Engadget:
Apple TV gaming hinted strongly in iOS 4.3 beta code
Wall Street Journal:
Google Sets Sights on Next New Networks  —  Google Inc. is in final-stage discussions to acquire online video site Next New Networks Inc., people familiar with the matter said.  —  Google is expected to pay tens of millions of dollars for the New York-based company, these people said.
Discussion: Fortune, Pulse2 and SAI
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Unifies UI As It Rolls Out New Design For ‘Pages’  —  Back in December Facebook unveiled a significant redesign to user profiles, which now feature a handful of photos at the top of the page, new sections for featuring your family members and best friends, and some other mostly-cosmetic tweaks.
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Facebook:
An Upgrade for Pages  —  We are excited to introduce major improvements to Pages.
Discussion: Facebook Developers
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Mobile Insiders Say Apple's iAds Are “Hurting”  —  Apple's iAds are hitting a rough spot.  Across the board, several developers I've spoken to confirm that “fill rates” for iAds dropped drastically after the New Year and have yet to recover.  The fill rate—what percentage of the ad inventory …
Discussion: MacRumors and MacStories
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Steve Jobs Spotted At Apple HQ With A Big Smile, And A Spring In His Step  —  Here's some good news about Steve Jobs.  —  Despite some glum reports about his health, and future after he took a medical leave from Apple, an eyewitness spotted Jobs on campus a few weeks ago and said he was looking good.
CNN:
Few customers lining up for Verizon's iPhone  —  (CNN) — After years of anticipation, relatively few people waited in line Thursday morning to buy the new Verizon Wireless iPhone 4, according to anecdotal reports.  —  Fifteen minutes before the phone went on sale, eight people were in line …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
500 Startups Announces First Class Of New Incubator Program  —  Six months ago 500 Startups, the angel fund headed by Dave McClure, started investing in dozens of startups — they're now up to around 90 investments.  And today the fund is announcing an incubator program similar in many ways to Y Combinator …
 
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John Cook / TechFlash:
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz backs Groupon, joins board
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Paul Thomasch / Reuters:
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Discussion: New York Post
Kim-Mai Cutler / The Quora Review:
On Quora, Journalism and Disintermediation
Thanks:dankaplan
Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
Report: Egypt Shut Down Net With Big Switch, Not Phone Calls
Discussion: DSLreports
Yukari Iwatani Kane / Wall Street Journal:
Mobile Phone Makers Gravitate to Silicon Valley
Felix Gillette / Business Week:
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Verizon successfully completes first VoLTE call on commercial network …
Discussion: Examiner, Techland and Softpedia News
 Earlier Items: 
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Nearing A Million Users, Gowalla Moves Forward On The “Social Atlas” Path
Discussion: The Next Web and GigaOM
Abigail Holtz / The Official Google Blog:
Boutiques.com reveals the fashion trends on everyone's mind
Discussion: Softpedia News and TechCrunch
Byrne Reese / majordojo:
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Feature: How one man tracked down Anonymous—and paid a heavy price
Discussion: Help Net Security
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Yes, Apple Is Lining Up For A “Surprise” …