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6:00 PM ET, February 11, 2011

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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
RIP: Symbian  —  This slide was just presented by Stephen Elop and Nokia CFO, Timo Ihamuotila, at Nokia's Capital Markets Day.  Although there's no date listed, it's clear that Symbian — a “franchise” OS that Nokia will “harvest” — will be wholly consumed by Windows Phone on Nokia devices …
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Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Exclusive: Nokia's Windows Phone 7 concept revealed!  —  Look what we've found!  This is the first image you'll see anywhere of the early fruit of Microsoft and Nokia's budding new partnership.  We have it on good authority that the technicolor phone on show is an early conceptual device produced …
Eric S. Raymond / Armed and Dangerous:
The Smartphone Wars: Nokia's Suicide Note  —  Stephen Elop has jumped his company off the burning platform, all right.  And, I judge, straight into the fire.  —  No, the choice that seals Nokia's doom isn't the tie-up with Microsoft (though that's problematic enough, and I'll get back to it).
Discussion: PC World and Technologizer
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Dear Nokia fans: you're nuts!  —  If you go over to Nokia's announcement where they announced a sweeping deal with Microsoft and read all the comments you'll see that most of the comments are in total despair mode.  —  It's like a bunch of Google employees are astroturfing the comments there.
Horace Dediu / asymco:
In memoriam: Microsoft's previous strategic mobile partners  —  Microsoft's new “strategic partnership” with Nokia is not its first.  For a decade the software company has courted and consummated relationships with a variety of companies in mobile and telecom.  Here are the ones I can remember:
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Implications of Nokia's new strategy for the smartphone patent wars  —  This morning Nokia announced its new strategy, a wide-ranging alliance with Microsoft, and the adoption of Windows Phone as its principal smartphone operating system.  —  I'm not going to comment on what this may or may not mean …
Nokia:
Nokia and Microsoft announce plans for a broad strategic partnership to build a new global ecosystem  —  Companies plan to combine assets and develop innovative mobile products on an unprecedented scale  —  Nokia and Microsoft today announced plans to form a broad strategic partnership …
Matt Bencke / Windows Phone Developer Blog:
What the Nokia Deal Means for Microsoft Developers  —  By now you've likely heard about the announcement of our partnership with Nokia.  I'm incredibly excited about its long-term potential and how it could enable us to innovate, differentiate, and combine strengths to build a new global ecosystem …
TechNet Blogs:
Open Letter from CEO Stephen Elop, Nokia and CEO Steve Ballmer, Microsoft
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
AT&T says thank you to iPhone users with 1000 bonus minutes  —  AT&T is continuing to say thank you to their iPhone users who are sticking with them.  Last week was a 20% off an accessory coupon and this week is a free extra 1000 rollover minutes.  Some readers have sent in screenshots of the above …
Julian Lee / The Age:
War looms as Sony hints that it will abandon iTunes  —  SONY has signalled it may withdraw its artists from Apple's iTunes store and withhold its games from the iPhone in a sign the two companies are on the brink of all-out war.  Sony plans to open a competitor to iTunes …
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Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:   Abandoning iTunes Would Be SUICIDE For Sony Music
John Bussey / Wall Street Journal:
How to Handle Employee Activism: Google Tiptoes Around Cairo's Hero  —  As the world marveled this week at the remarkable story of Wael Ghonim, the Google manager who helped organize a popular rebellion in Egypt, a great sigh of relief could be heard rising from much of the rest of American business:
Discussion: Pulse2 and p2pnet
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Emily Bell / Guardian:
Can Google ever be a neutral news provider?
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
MacBook Air ‘Sandy Bridge’ update expected in June  —  Apple is targeting a MacBook Air update for this summer that will include a move to Intel's Sandy Bridge processors, CNET has learned.  —  Initial shipments of Intel's Sandy Bridge processor were snafued on January 31 by a minor glitch …
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
Samsung 10.1-inch Honeycomb tablet to debut at MWC  —  EXCLUSIVE: Tab two just days away  —  Pocket-lint sources have confirmed that Samsung will launch a Honeycomb-packing 10.1-inch tablet on Sunday night at the start of Mobile World Congress.  —  The new device will be thinner and lighter …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Wael Ghonim: If You Want To Liberate A Government, Give Them The Internet  —  By now, you've probably heard the news that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has stepped down, with massive crowds celebrating their new freedom in Cairo's Tahrir Square.  I happened to be watching the coverage …
Discussion: Computerworld and SAI
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Valentines Day Bait & Switch: Groupon Must Avoid Becoming Just Another Useless Coupon Site  —  I assume that “sale!” signs in retail businesses are usually just BS.  The stores keep normal prices higher than they should be so they can offer customers a faux discount.
Discussion: SAI
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Chris Pirillo / @chrispirillo:   UPDATE: @Groupon sends email related to the FTD coupon débâcle [CC: @techcrunch | tip @techmeme] - http://flic.kr/p/9hsjX1
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft accuses former manager of stealing 600MB of confidential docs  —  New motion alleges Matt Miszewski took cloud computing strategic plans when hired by CRM rival Salesforce.com  —  Computerworld - Microsoft yesterday accused a former manager of taking hundreds of megabytes …
Discussion: SAI, The Next Web and Neowin.net
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Sony to Inspect PlayStation Hacker's Hard Drive  —  SAN FRANCISCO — PlayStation 3 jailbreaker George Hotz must allow console-maker Sony to comb through his computer's hard drive and retrieve information “that relates to the hacking of the PlayStation,” a federal judge ruled Thursday.
Evan Blass / pocketnow.com:
Galaxy S 2, Desire HD2, Desire 2, Wildfire 2 Full Specs Leaked  —  Even more pre-MWC leaks from Expansys, as the company has now posted full spec sheets on the HTC Desire HD2, Samsung Galaxy S 2, HTC Desire 2, and HTC Wildfire 2.  As suspected, the Galaxy S 2 is said to run …
PR Newswire:
Pandora Files Registration Statement for Proposed Initial Public Offering  —  Pandora Media, Inc. ("Pandora") today announced that it has filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") relating to a proposed initial public offering of shares of its common stock.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
One Kings Lane Grows 500% In 2010, Takes $23 Million Investment  —  One Kings Lane, cofounded by Zynga CEO Mark Pincus' wife Alison Pincus, has raised its second round of financing.  —  And it's a big one - $23 million in a round led by Greylock Partners and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.
Serkan Toto / MobileCrunch:
Hitachi To Offer Super-Advanced Smartphone LCD Display  —  Hitachi subsidiary Hitachi Displays yesterday announced [JP] that it has developed a new LCD display for smartphones whose quality reaches the “limit of what is discernible to the human eye”.  And a look at the spec sheet reveals that big H is indeed prepping quite a display.
 
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David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
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Discussion: Digits and Computerworld
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Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report Blog:
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Discussion: paidContent, Ars Technica and MPEG LA, Thanks:fosspatents
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David Gewirtz / ZDNet:
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Google-ITA Deal Frightens Even More Legislators
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Information Arbitrage:
Froth or famine?  —  Let's be serious - EVERYBODY is wondering …
Discussion: broadstuff and TechCrunch
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
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David Meyer / ZDNet:
Common charger ready, but Apple stays mum on adapter
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
PlayStation Move creator wants to open the device to PC users
Discussion: Techland
AppleInsider:
Apple doubling orders for ‘hot-selling’ Macbook models, suppliers say
Discussion: DigiTimes, TUAW and Notebooks.com
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
PayPal's Micropayment Solution Opens to the Public