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10:50 PM ET, February 13, 2011

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Wall Street Journal:
Apple Works on Line of Less-Expensive iPhones  —  Apple Inc. is working on the first of a new line of iPhones and an overhaul of software services for the devices, people familiar with the matter said, moving to accelerate sales of its smartphones amid growing competition.
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Arn / MacRumors:
Small iPhone to Have Edge to Edge Screen, Voice Navigation?  —  The Wall Street Journal has updated their previous story, adding some new details about the rumored smaller iPhone. … The new phone is said to have an “edge to edge” screen with (obviously) a touch interface.
Arn / MacRumors:   New MobileMe to Offer Wireless Access to iTunes Library?
Joanna Stern / Engadget:
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 official: Tegra 2, Honeycomb, dual cameras (hands-on with video)  —  Geez, it's been a long weekend of almost incessant Galaxy Tab II teasing, but the time has come: Samsung's finally releasing the official details of its 10.1-inch, Android Honeycomb tablet to the world.
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Samsung Galaxy S II official: dual-core 1GHz CPU, 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus, coming this month (hands-on with video)  —  One of the worst-kept secrets of MWC this year — the Galaxy S II — is finally official, and we'd say it definitely lives up to its name as a proper successor …
Nancy Gohring / Computerworld:
Microsoft to pay out ‘billions’ as part of Nokia deal  —  IDG News Service - Nokia on Sunday hinted that Microsoft essentially won a bidding war against Google to supply software to the world's largest handset maker and that the software giant agreed to pay “billions” of dollars for the privilege.
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Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Nokia CEO Elop Denies Being “Trojan Horse” For Microsoft  —  Nokia finished up its press conference at Mobile World Congress a few minutes ago, and toward the end of the conference somebody in the audience yelled to CEO Stephen Elop: “Are you a Trojan Horse?”
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Nokia hints we'll see first Windows Phone 7 device this year
Discussion: The Next Web
Aaron Saenz / Singularity Hub:
Yes, The Khan Academy IS the Future of Education (video)  —  Salman Khan has taken a simple idea, YouTube videos that explain math, and transformed it into the future of education.  —  I'm just going to come out and say it: the Khan Academy is the best thing that has happened to education since Socrates.
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
BitTorrent Partners With Khan Academy to Distribute Education
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
HP's ‘Everybody On’ ad goes to the Grammys, causes nationwide cringing  —  HP told us to watch for a special new campaign during the Grammys, so watch we did — only to find this commercial and occasional on-stage pimping of the HP TouchPad.  The latter is standard business practice, to be sure, but the former?
Wall Street Journal:
Zynga's Talks With Investors Value Gaming Concern at Over $7 Billion  —  Social-gaming company Zynga Inc. is holding discussions with potential investors about raising around $250 million in new funding in a deal that could value the three-year-old start-up at between $7 billion and $9 billion …
Ross Miller / Engadget:
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play (update: video and full spec sheet!)  —  We'll forgive you if you thought the Xperia Play was eons before.  Let's quickly run through its short-yet-illustrious history: we published first details in August last year, followed by the very first pictures in late October.
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Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Search is amazing compared to 10 years ago at AltaVista  —  We all use web search engines a lot...about 3 Billion times a day around the world.  We hear pundits say that search sucks, or hasn't advanced much beyond 10 blue links.  Eleven years ago I was director of engineering at AltaVista …
Discussion: @arrington, @carnage4life and New York Times, Thanks:dondodge
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Search Still Sucks
Fred Oliveira / Helloform:
On Search and spoiled bloggers
Discussion: @arrington and TechCrunch
Anupreeta Das / Wall Street Journal:
J.P. Morgan Plans a Fund Geared to Firms Like Facebook and Twitter  —  J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., riding the wave of investor interest in fast-growing, privately held technology firms such as Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc., plans to start a fund that would invest in Internet and digital-media companies …
Discussion: SAI, more at Mediagazer »
Peter Norvig / New York Post:
The machine age  —  This week, Watson takes on humans at “Jeopardy!”  But how close are we to a computer that thinks?  Google's director of research explains how far we've come ...  Forty years ago this December, President Nixon declared a war on cancer, pledging a “total national commitment” to conquering the disease.
Discussion: @google
Bob Warfield / SmoothSpan Blog:
Scoble Discovers Developers are Schizo About New Platforms  —  I just listened to Scoble's bar interview of @longview (Nick Long) and @renatto (Paul Robinett), two Dreamworks developers who are building a mobile app of their own.  They're talking about the Mobile World, and there are some great sound bites coming from the interview.
Discussion: Scobleizer
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Om Malik / GigaOM:   The End of the (Nokia) Raj
 
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
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 Earlier Items: 
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Intel promises, teases MeeGo smartphone and tablet for MWC
Vivek Wadhwa / TechCrunch:
How to Fix the Flawed Startup Visa Act
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI:
StumbleUpon Hits 500 Million Pageviews A Month
Discussion: Soshable
Joanna Stern / Engadget:
Fisher Price releases iCan Play Case and Kid-Tough See Yourself Camera, you'll thank 'em