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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.
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: Symbian and MeeGo not dead, still shipping this year  —  Amazing day, eh?  Something many of us thought would never happen just hit the smartphone industry like a sweaty madman screaming at developers.  But rest easy, even though Windows Phone 7 is being billed as Nokia's …
Discussion: LiveSide.net and Examiner
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Nokia to developers: no Qt for Windows Phone development
Discussion: Computerworld
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Live From the Nokia-Microsoft Press Conference: It's a Windows Phone World After All
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?
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.
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: Information Arbitrage
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Please Twitter, Don't Sell to Google or Facebook
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Felix Salmon
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
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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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: GigaOM, Reuters, Bloomberg, All Facebook and SAI
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Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
Facebook Earned ~$250 Million In Q4, Profits Growing At An Astounding Rate
Discussion: PE Hub Blog
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Next Web and CNET News
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 …
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: VatorNews
Andrew Rassweiler / iSuppli:
New iPhone Carries $171.35 Bill of Materials, IHS iSuppli Teardown Reveals  —  Despite having nearly the same functionality and a similar bill of materials (BOM) as the previous model, the new code division multiple access (CDMA) version of the iPhone 4 carried by Verizon Wireless includes significant changes …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Funny Coincidence between Bing's Rise And Conduit's Declining Traffic  —  Last December toolbar startup Conduit announced they were bailing on Google search in favor of Bing.  —  In January Bing surged in search market share, up over 2 points to 12.8%.  —  You wouldn't think Conduit was the main force behind the rise.
Rob Diana / Regular Geek:
Twitter Stops Whitelisting Applications  —  Much to my dismay, I read that Twitter has stopped whitelisting applications.  What does this mean?  Ryan Sarver updated everyone on the Twitter development Google Group that developers could no longer request to be granted a higher number of API calls through the API.
Discussion: SAI
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.
John Cook / TechFlash:
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz backs Groupon, joins board  —  Groupon is getting a double-shot of good news today.  The fast-growing daily deal site announced that Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has joined the board.  In a related move, Schultz's Seattle venture capital firm, Maveron …
 
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Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
PlayStation Move creator wants to open the device to PC users
Discussion: Geek.com and Digital Trends
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Hackers Build Android Encryption Apps For Egypt
Discussion: Threat Level and V3.co.uk, Thanks:forbestech
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Glassdoor CEO on the Company's New Round, Next Steps and the Threat …
Austin American-Statesman:
Amazon to close Texas distribution center amid sales tax fight
Discussion: Bloomberg and Wall Street Journal
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
PayPal's Micropayment Solution Opens to the Public
Discussion: SAI, The PayPal Blog and @davepell
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
What HP Really Announced: A Battle With Google Over the Cloud
Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
Rackspace Cloud Revenue Keeps Rising, Tops $100M
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Facebook Moves Could Disallow Apps From Running Google Ads
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