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5:30 AM ET, February 15, 2011

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DigiTimes:
Apple to expand iPhone screen size to 4-inches  —  Apple reportedly will change the screen size of iPhone to 4-inch for its fifth generation iPhone to compete with the Google Android platform in the 4- to 7-inch smartphone market, according to upstream component suppliers.
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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple rumored to be evaluating 3 new iPhone prototypes, one with slideout keyboard  —  A Taiwanese website that has been the source of numerous Apple hardware leaks now claims that Apple has built three hardware prototypes for its next-generation iPhone, including one model with a slide-out physical keyboard.
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
iPhone 5 to pack 4-inch display, A5 processor?  —  Although the last few days have been packed with rumors pointing to a smaller iPhone with a smaller display, Digitimes is now reporting that Apple's fifth-generation iPhone, due in June, will pack a 4-inch display to go toe-to-toe with Android device's larger displays.
Discussion: TechEye, DigiTimes and MacStories
Matt Cutts / The Official Google Blog:
New Chrome extension: block sites from Google's web search results  —  We've been exploring different algorithms to detect content farms, which are sites with shallow or low-quality content.  One of the signals we're exploring is explicit feedback from users.
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Vlad Savov / Engadget:
HTC launches 1.5GHz, 7-inch Android 2.4 Flyer into the tablet wars (update: hands-on pics!)  —  Boy oh boy, HTC is entering the tablet arena with quite a bang.  The company has just taken the wraps off its brand new 7-inch Flyer Android tablet, which touts a 1.5GHz single-core CPU …
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook's Web of Frenemies  —  Facebook Inc.'s growing ambitions are redrawing battle lines in Silicon Valley.  —  As the seven-year-old company ramps up its hiring and adds new features to its social network, it is disrupting the businesses of established companies like Yahoo Inc …
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Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:   Yahoo Opts to Friend Facebook
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
HTC Salsa and Chacha bring the dedicated Facebook button to Android  —  Yes folks, the leaks were for real, HTC really is bringing out a pair of new handsets adorned with a dedicated, delicately illustrated Facebook key front and (almost) center.  HTC is very careful not to call its Salsa …
Arik Hesseldahl / NewEnterprise:
IBM “Jeopardy” Challenge Day One Ends in a Tie  —  Day one of the three-day battle between the human brain and silicon on the game show “Jeopardy” ended in a tie.  —  The IBM supercomputer and human player, Brad Rutter, each had $5,000 on the scoreboard, while Ken Jennings …
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Netflix Finally Arrives On the Boxee Box  —  Can you hear that?  That's the sound of relief coming from Boxee's offices in New York, as the startup is finally able to add a Netflix app to its Boxee Box today.  Owners of the device can access the app by manually initiating a firmware update …
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Avner Ronen / Boxee Blog:
Happy Valentine's Day: Netflix on the Boxee Box
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Is UberMedia On a Collision Course With Twitter?  —  Bill Gross, a Silicon Valley legend and serial entrepreneur — best known for coming up with the advertising model that now makes Google billions — has gotten some attention lately by buying up Twitter clients, including the recent purchase of Tweetdeck, a popular desktop app.
Discussion: MediaMemo, @cdixon, The Ben Weiss Blog and SAI, Thanks:mathewi
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Bill Gross' UberMedia Raises $17.5 Million From Accel, Index and Steve Case
Discussion: Pulse2, mocoNews and @loic
Ethan Bauley / Data Central:
HP research shows mainstream media drive Twitter ‘trends’ to a surprising degree  —  Who gets to determine the big topics of conversation on social media?  And how do they do it?  Looking to find out, HP researchers recently examined how popular subjects get to be listed among the top ‘trending’ topics on Twitter.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
3 Months To The First Million Users, Just 6 Weeks To The Second Million For Instagram  —  Back in late December of last year, we noted a huge milestone for photo-sharing app Instagram: a million users.  As we noted at the time, remarkably, it took them only three months to hit the mark.
Discussion: Asiajin
Jackie Cohen / All Facebook:
First Facebook SIM Card Released  —  Every GSM cell phone will soon have Facebook built right in, as Gemalto has created the first SIM card including functions related to the social network.  —  A spokesperson for the social network confirmed the development in via email:
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
AOL CEO Tim Armstrong buys $10 million in company stock  —  AOL Inc. Chief Executive Tim Armstrong is putting his money where his mouth is.  —  He has invested more than $10 million in 477,000 shares of his company's stock, according to a Monday filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Discussion: paidContent
Aron Kozak / The Qt Blog:
Update on Qt  —  Judging by the sheer volume of comments on Daniel's post on Saturday you are all feeling like we are.  Not the finest time in the history of Qt for sure, but also not the death of Qt that some of you are predicting either.  —  I was unable to continue to reply to all the comments …
Nokia Plan B:
An open letter to Nokia shareholders and institutional investors  —  We are a group of nine young Nokia shareholders.  All of us have worked with Nokia in different capacities in the past.  We plan to challenge the company's strategy and partnership with Microsoft in the next Annual General Meeting scheduled for May 3, 2011.
Elizabeth Woyke / Mobilized:
Asus Tried Windows Phone 7 Two Years Ago, Assessing Whether To Try Again  —  Microsoft has won Nokia's support for its mobile platform but Asus is still weighing whether to release handsets that utilize Windows Phone 7.  —  Asus' hesitance stands out since the Taiwan-based electronics maker signed …
Jennifer Preston / New York Times:
Facebook Officials Keep Quiet on Its Role in Revolts  —  With Facebook playing a starring role in the revolts that toppled governments in Tunisia and Egypt, you might think the company's top executives would use this historic moment to highlight its role as the platform for democratic change.
Mark Landler / New York Times:
U.S. Policy to Address Internet Freedom  —  WASHINGTON — Days after Facebook and Twitter added fuel to a revolt in Egypt, the Obama administration plans to announce a new policy on Internet freedom, designed to help people get around barriers in cyberspace while making it harder …
Discussion: Associated Press
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Mobile app store GetJar raises $25 million  —  (Reuters) - GetJar, the largest independent mobile software store, said on Tuesday it had raised $25 million from Tiger Global Management and Accel Partners to fund its wider push into Android software distribution.
Discussion: VentureBeat, PE Hub Blog and GetJar
Tony Romm / The Politico:
Tech firms snap up GOP lobbyists  —  Facebook, Apple, Google and other tech titans are loading up on Republican lobbyists — a partisan shift as Democratic-leaning Silicon Valley comes to terms with the reddening tint of Capitol Hill.  —  Facebook revealed Friday that it had friended Catherine Martin …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Firefox's Director to Leave the Consumer Tech World  —  Mike Beltzner, the man in charge of the development of open source browser Firefox, announced this morning that he'll be leaving Mozilla once the 4.0 version of the popular browser launches and he's helped transition the team towards developing 5.0 without him.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Apple's 2011 supplier report: child workers, bribes, “involuntary labor”  —  Apple discovered underage workers, “involuntary labor,” worker endangerment, and bribery at some of its supplier facilities over the course of 2010, the company revealed in its 2011 Supplier Responsibility Progress Report.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / Open Source Blog:
The London Stock Exchange moves to Novell Linux  —  September 8th 2008 was one of the worst days ever for the London Stock Exchange (LSE), and high-end Windows server-based applications.  That was the day that the LSE came to a crashing stop.  What happened?
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Millennial: For The Second Month, Android Leads iOS For Mobile Ad Impression Share
Discussion: FM Blog
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Citysearch Launches Daily Deals Service For PC, Mobile
Discussion: ClickZ
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Can Microsoft And Nokia Make Windows Phone 7 The Most “Operator Friendly” Without Ruining It For Consumers?
Reuters:
Lawsuit accuses Google of stealing trade secrets
Bloomberg:
Zynga Said to Be in Talks to Raise Cash From T. Rowe, Fidelity
Discussion: TechCrunch and PC Magazine
Michael Hickins / Digits:
Google Cloud Boosting YouTube Upload Speeds
Discussion: YouTube Blog
Ars Technica:
Call it “3G” or “4G,” America's wireless networks are still slow
Discussion: PE Hub Blog
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Judge tosses iPad overheating lawsuit
Discussion: PadGadget and MacStories
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Huge Vote Of Confidence: Uber Raises $11 million From Benchmark Capital
Discussion: Pulse2
Paul Miller / Engadget:
The iPhone nano to forgo local storage? Common sense says ‘no’
Aza Raskin / Co.Design:
The Untold Story of How My Dad Helped Invent the First Mac
Discussion: MacStories, TUAW, Gizmodo and iClarified
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
LG Optimus Pad first hands-on! (video)
Scott Austin / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Kleiner Perkins Invests In Facebook At $52 Billion Valuation
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Microsoft to Add Multitasking, Internet Explorer 9 to Windows Phone Later this Year