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7:58 AM ET, February 11, 2011

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Nokia Conversations:
Open Letter from CEO Stephen Elop, Nokia and CEO Steve Ballmer, Microsoft  —  GLOBAL - Today in London, our two companies announced plans for a broad strategic partnership that combines the respective strengths of our companies and builds a new global mobile ecosystem.
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Nokia:
Nokia outlines new strategy, introduces new leadership, operational structure  —  London, UK - Nokia today outlined its new strategic direction, including changes in leadership and operational structure to accelerate the company's speed of execution in a dynamic competitive environment.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Nokia Confirms Microsoft Partnership, New Leadership Team, Organizational Changes  —  Ahead of its Strategy and Financial Briefing in London, Nokia has shared some details on what it plans to announce at the event.  As expected, the company is aligning its strategy with Microsoft.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Nokia Q&A reveals more MeeGo details and tablet plans — says Android ‘risk of commodification was very high’  —  The Steve show just ended with both Elop and Ballmer hosting a very informative media Q&A following the reveal of Nokia's plan to use Windows Phone 7 as its “primary smartphone platform.”
Microsoft:
Nokia and Microsoft Announce Plans for a Broad Strategic Partnership to Build a New Global Mobile 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 …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Nokia to developers: no Qt for Windows Phone development  —  Nokia's been beating the Qt warpath for years after purchasing the developer framework from Trolltech back in January of 2008.  In fact, Nokia just made the switch to Qt exclusively back in October in a sign of its unrelenting support for the unified development environment.
Discussion: Download Squad and Computerworld
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Nokia: Symbian and MeeGo not dead, still shipping this year
Discussion: LiveSide.net
Bloomberg:
Apple Working on Cheaper, More Versatile IPhone Models  —  Apple Inc. is working on new versions of the iPhone that are aimed at slowing the advance of competing handsets based on Google Inc.'s Android software, according to people who have been briefed on the plans.
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Could Apple Be Your Next Phone Company?
Discussion: Los Angeles Times, Thanks:sgbass83
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The iPhone Nano Rumor Reborn: 1/3rd Smaller, Older Components, $200 With No Contract
Discussion: Electricpig.co.uk and TiPb
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 …
Yukari Iwatani Kane / Wall Street Journal:
Despite Leave, Jobs Keeps a Hand on Apple  —  Three weeks into a medical leave he took “to focus on my health,” Apple Inc. Chief Executive Steve Jobs is staying closely involved in the company's strategic decisions and product development, according to people familiar with the matter.
BBC:
Stop the presses: Facebook CTO says news next in social revolution  —  Facebook CTO Bret Taylor says news and media are set get the social treatment  —  Each week we ask chief technology officers and other high-profile tech decision-makers three questions.
Discussion: The Next Web and ReadWriteWeb
David Meyer / ZDNet:
Common charger ready, but Apple stays mum on adapter  —  A sample of the new common mobile phone charger for Europe has been ceremonially handed over to European industry commissioner Antonio Tajani, ahead of a continent-wide roll-out this year.  —  The charger was given to Tajani by Bridget Cosgrave …
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 …
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Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
Facebook Earned ~$250 Million In Q4, Profits Growing At An Astounding Rate
Discussion: PE Hub Blog
Bloomberg:
RIM Said to Plan PlayBook Software to Run Google's Android Apps  —  Research In Motion Ltd., looking to score a hit with its PlayBook tablet computer, is working on software to allow the device to run applications for Google Inc.'s Android, three people familiar with the matter said.
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
eHarmony Hacked  —  Online dating giant eHarmony has begun urging many users to change their passwords, after being alerted by KrebsOnSecurity.com to a potential security breach of customer information.  The individual responsible for all the ruckus is an Argentinian hacker …
Carolyn Penner / Twitter Blog:
Twitter for Android - new and improved  —  Twitter for Android is one of the fastest growing Twitter applications.  Six months ago, it wasn't among the top 10 most-used Twitter applications.  However, in the last two months, usage has doubled, and now it's among the top five …
Royal Pingdom:
Microsoft's woes: It's a Windows-eat-Windows world  —  Pardon the wordplay on “dog-eat-dog world,” but as you'll see it applies perfectly to what is going on with Windows in the desktop OS space.  —  Because there are several interesting things going on.  Some quite expected, others not so much.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
(Founder Stories) Fred Wilson On Frothy Valuations  —  With acquisition feelers out to Twitter for a reported $8 billion to $10 billion, bubble talk is once again the topic of discussion.  It's a recurring theme, and on this episode of Founder Stories venture capitalist Fred Wilson talks …
Discussion: SAI
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 …
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
PayPal's Micropayment Solution Opens to the Public  —  Online payment company PayPal has opened up its micropayment solution to “game developers, media publishers, or anyone interested in selling digital content on a global scale.”  The solution was first announced last October when the company …
AppleInsider:
Apple doubling orders for ‘hot-selling’ Macbook models, suppliers say  —  Apple's Asian manufacturing partners have seen orders for popular Macbook models as much as double, while shipments of notebooks to other brand-name vendors have failed to meet expectations, a new report claims.
Discussion: DigiTimes
Michael Wolf / GigaOM:
Pure Digital CEO Leaving Cisco; Was Flip Deal a Flop?  —  Updated.  Pure Digital CEO Jonathan Kaplan will be leaving Cisco on Friday, less than two years after Cisco bought the maker of the Flip video camera franchise for a cool $590 million.  According to the company, as part of the reshuffling …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
(Virtually) face to face: how Aaron Barr revealed himself to Anonymous  —  Aaron Barr, CEO of security company HBGary Federal, spent the month of January trying to uncover the real identifies of the hacker collective Anonymous—only to end with his company website knocked offline …
Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
Rackspace Cloud Revenue Keeps Rising, Tops $100M  —  Rackspace saw its cloud revenue hit the stratosphere during the fourth quarter of 2010, according to its financial results issued Thursday afternoon.  The managed hosting and cloud provider reported “cloud revenue” of $31.4 million during the quarter …
Stefan Parker / Facebook:
Developing Facebook's New Photo Viewer  —  When we looked to revamp the Photos experience, we faced many challenges.  While Photos is one of the most core experiences on Facebook, with over 100 million photos uploaded per day, it's supported by some of the oldest code in the system and was in dire need of an upgrade.
Discussion: Facebook Blog and VatorNews
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Twitter Tells Advertisers To Dig Deeper: “Promoted Trends” Get a Price Hike  —  Twitter's “promoted trends” ads may be the company's most consistent source of revenue.  Now the company wants to wring more money out of them: It has told buyers to expect a significant price bump for the ads in the next few months.
 
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Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
PlayStation Move creator wants to open the device to PC users
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Austin American-Statesman:
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Discussion: Bloomberg and Wall Street Journal
Rob Diana / Regular Geek:
Twitter Stops Whitelisting Applications
Discussion: SAI
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Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
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