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1:55 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  —  Google just announced that it is rolling out its 2-step authentication program to all of its users over the next few days.  Until now, this enhanced security feature was only available to Google Apps users.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Computerworld
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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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 …
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
Discussion: Computerworld 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.
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Ian Paul / PC World:
Is Apple TV Taking Aim at Xbox?
Discussion: Webscopia
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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Seth Rosenblatt / CNET News:
IE9 RC debuts with ‘do not track’  —  SAN FRANCISCO—The next generation of Internet Explorer is nearly ready for the public at large, as Microsoft announced the release candidate of Internet Explorer 9 at the Hang Art Gallery in San Francisco's Union Square this morning.
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report Blog:
IE9 Release Candidate review: will Microsoft's big browser bet pay off?
Discussion: Notebooks.com, Thanks:edbott
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 …
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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.
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.
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. …
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
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 …
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Financial Times:
New phones to give Facebook centre stage  —  Related Quotes … Facebook is stepping up its mobile phone offering via new handsets with its social networking services at their heart.  —  HTC (HTCXF.PK - news) , the Taiwanese smartphone maker, and INQ, a subsidiary of Hutchison Whampoa …
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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.
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.
Discussion: AppleInsider and Geeky-Gadgets
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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: SAI
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 …
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 …
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.
 
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Facebook Exploring Permitting a Tender Offer for $1 Billion …
Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
Report: Egypt Turned Off the Net With a Big Switch, Not Phone Calls
Yukari Iwatani Kane / Wall Street Journal:
Mobile Phone Makers Gravitate to Silicon Valley
Felix Gillette / Business Week:
HuffPo Contributors Would Like a Share
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Verizon successfully completes first VoLTE call on commercial network …
Discussion: Examiner
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Nearing A Million Users, Gowalla Moves Forward On The “Social Atlas” Path
Discussion: GigaOM and The Next Web
 Earlier Items: 
Abigail Holtz / The Official Google Blog:
Boutiques.com reveals the fashion trends on everyone's mind
Discussion: TechCrunch
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Can cable block the Google TV revolution?
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Feature: How one man tracked down Anonymous—and paid a heavy price
Discussion: Help Net Security
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft's Zune Video bites healthy chunk out of Apple's online movie share
Thanks:jayoakesy