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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Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI: Apple Also Planning BIGGER iPhone, Could The “iPhone Nano” Just Be A Cheaper iPhone 4?
Thomas Ricker / Engadget: iPhone 5 to feature a bigger 4-inch display?
Luigi Lugmayr / I4U News: iPhone 5 has 4-inch Screen says Rumor
Khizer Hayat Farooq / BlogsDNA: iPhone 5 To Feature 4-inch Screen
Mufaddal Fakhruddin / t-break: Rumor: Apple to increase iPhone screen size to 4″
Paul Butler / Electricpig.co.uk: iPhone 5: 4-inch screen planned?
Rene Ritchie / TiPb: Apple going to 4-inch display for iPhone 5?
Kyle Thibaut / CrunchGear: Rumor: iPhone 5 To Have A Larger 4-Inch Screen?
Steven Musil / CNET News: Report: Next iPhone to feature larger screen
Federico Viticci / MacStories: iPhone 5 To Feature 4-inch Screen?
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.
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Erica Ogg / CNET News: An iPhone with slide-out keyboard?
Anthony / tw.apple.pro: iPad2iPhone5 .
Oliver Haslam / Redmond Pie: Apple Working On 3 New iPhone 5 Prototypes, 1 With Slide-Out Physical Keyboard
Michael Grothaus / TUAW: Apple reportedly testing three iPhone 5 prototypes
Andrew Wray / TiPb: Apple prototyping iPhone with physical keyboard?!
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac: Apple to offer iPhone 5 with physical keyboard?
Androided / MobileWhack.com: Apple testing new iPhone prototypes?
Charles Starrett / iLounge: Apple working on iPhone with slide-out keyboard?
Christopher Meinck / everythingiCafe: Apple Testing Three iPhone 5 Prototypes?
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
Matthew Finnegan / TechEye: Apple could hand production of processors to TSMC
Nancy Cheng / DigiTimes: Apple reportedly to hand processor orders to TSMC
Federico Viticci / MacStories: Apple To Outsource A4 and A5 Production? iPad 2 With “Enhanced” A4?
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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Manan Kakkar / @manan: wonder if Microsfot employees have been told to install Chrome on their home PCs and block Google.com in Chrome...
Chris Crum / WebProNews: Google Chrome Extension Provides Search Quality Signals, Blocks Content Farms
Jared Newman / Technologizer: Google Farms Out Blocking of Content Farms to Users
Michael Muchmore / PC Magazine: Google Fights Content Farms with Chrome Extension
Jason Calacanis / @jason: Loving new Chrome extension to block sites frm Google search! took out ehow,answers.com & y! answers. so much better
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek: Google Launches Chrome Site Blocking Extension
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat: Google asks users to help fight content farms
Amir Efrati / Digits: Google Acts Against Web Content Farms
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent: Google Moves Ahead With Its ‘Content Farm’ Campaign
Amit Chowdhry / Pulse2: Google Announces Chrome Extension For Blocking Content Farms
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog: Google Chrome's Personal Blocklist can remove sites from Google search results
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media: Google to Users: Tell Us Which Content Farms You Hate
Alan Patrick / broadstuff: Google - an Akismet Almanac arms race
Tom Krazit / Relevant Results: Google unveils anti-content farm Chrome tool
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land: New: Block Sites From Google Results Using Chrome's “Personal Blocklist”
Paul Kedrosky / @pkedrosky: What's doubly interesting is that the Chrome extension to block sites is from Google itself. It's handing content farm problem to us.
Steve Kovach / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider: Now Google Is Helping You Block Search Spam With New Chrome Extension
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online: Don't Like Content Farms? Help Google Block Them
Donald Melanson / Engadget: Google rolls out Chrome extension that lets you block sites from search results
Matthew Humphries / Geek.com: Google launches Chrome extension for blocking unwanted search results
Andrew Allemann / Domain Name Wire: New Chrome Extension Lets You Block Content Farms in Google
Sam Diaz / Googling Google Blog: Chrome extension: Users can clean their search results, alert Google to possible spammers
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google Crowdsources Content Farm Detection With A Chrome Extension
Google Crowdsources Content Farm Detection With A Chrome Extension
Discussion: Techdirt, ReadWriteWeb, PC Magazine, Computerworld, BetaNews and Gizmodo
Mike Masnick / Techdirt: JC Penney Feels The Wrath Of Google For Using Spammy Techniques To Get To The Top
Robert X. Cringely / Computerworld: Is Google corrupt? Search me
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 …
Discussion: Computerworld, Mobilized, The Mobile Gadgeteer Blog, Softpedia News, IntoMobile, Electronista, BGR, wirelessgoodness.com, Unwired View, CrunchGear, The Next Web and Gizmodo
Ina Fried / Mobilized: Live: HTC Shows off First Tablet, Android Phone with Facebook Button and More
Matthew Miller / The Mobile Gadgeteer Blog: MWC 2011: HTC finally gets into the tablet game with the 7 inch HTC Flyer
Andrew Munchbach / BGR: HTC introduces 7-inch Flyer tablet; 1.5GHz single-core, Android 2.4
Japa / wirelessgoodness.com: HTC unveils the Flyer, a 7" Android 2.4 (!) tablet with OnLive gaming, support for T-Mobile
Greg Kumparak / CrunchGear: HTC Announces Their First Android Tablet: The HTC Flyer
Matt Brian / The Next Web: HTC Flyer Is Official: 7-inch Aluminium Android Tablet With A Media Focus
Kat Hannaford / Gizmodo: HTC Flyer, the Aluminium Android Tablet That Plays Console Games
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Telegraph, Smartphones …, Electronista, IntoMobile, MobileCrunch, The Next Web and Gizmodo
Matthew Miller / Smartphones and Cell Phones Blog: MWC 2011: HTC announces five new Android smartphones, two with Facebook buttons
Kelly Hodgkins / IntoMobile: HTC to announce the ChaCha, Salsa, Flyer, Wildfire S and the Incredible S?
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch: Meet HTC's Facebook Phones: The ChaCha, and the Salsa
Matt Brian / The Next Web: HTC announces the HTC Salsa and HTC ChaCha, the Facebook phones you were looking for
Gary Cutlack / Gizmodo: Zuckerberg Claims “Multiple” Facebook Phones Coming This Year
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 …
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Ian Kennedy / everwas: IBM Watson on Jeopardy
Chris Matyszczyk / CNET News: IBM's Watson bores as ‘Jeopardy’ big shot Sherlock
Peter Pachal / PC Magazine: Why IBM's Watson Is NOT Skynet (It's Better)
@bettyfckinwhite: Tonight on Jeopardy Ken Jennings & Brad Rutter are going up against a cold, soul-less machine. And that's just the host. #jeopardy
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat: Man vs. Machine: IBM's Watson ties for first on Jeopardy
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear: Angry Nerds: IBM's Watson Finishes Night One Of Jeopardy Challenge Tied For First Place
Michael Gartenberg / @gartenberg: I won't say how Jeopardy turned out so as not to ruin it for west coast folks. #humanityisdoomed #hal900 #totallydoomed
Peter Cohen / @flargh: Watson is now addressing the world using the smoking corpse of Alex Trebek as a marionette. #jeopardy
Timothy Prickett Morgan / The Register: Man matches machine in Jeopardy! showdown
Damon Lindelof / @damonlindelof: When Trebek wanders over to the podium tonight, I wonder which amusing human enslavement anecdote Watson is gonna go with. #JEOPARDY
John D. Sutter / CNN: Computer ties human as they square off on ‘Jeopardy!’
Katie Hoffmann / Bloomberg: ‘Jeopardy’ Champion Jennings Senses Target on Back in IBM Match
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog: IBM's Watson on Jeopardy: Round 1 ends in a tie
Katie Linendoll / Crave: The gadget blog: Me versus Watson: Putting myself in ‘Jeopardy’
Fahmida Y. Rashid / eWeek: IBM's Watson Ties for Lead on Jeopardy but Makes Some Doozies
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
Chris Dixon / @cdixon: The likely next move for UberMedia is to start dual posting tweets to twitter and their own twitter-like system.
Nicholas Carlson / SAI: Why Is Twitter So Afraid Of This Man?
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Bill Gross' UberMedia Raises $17.5 Million From Accel, Index and Steve Case
Bill Gross' UberMedia Raises $17.5 Million From Accel, Index and Steve Case
Amit Chowdhry / Pulse2: UberMedia Raises $17.5 Million, Acquires TweetDeck For $30 Million
Joseph Tartakoff / mocoNews: UberMedia Raises $17.5 Million For Its Growing Portfolio Of Twitter Clients
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 …
Discussion: Macworld, Gearlog, Appletell, Electronista and NYConvergence.com
Danny Gallagher / Macworld: Boxee Box gains Netflix support
Jennifer Bergen / Gearlog: Netflix Available on Boxee Box at Long Last
Josh Holat / Appletell: Netflix streaming now available on Boxee Box
Scott Rosenblum / NYConvergence.com: Boxee Box Gets Neftlix App
Avner Ronen / Boxee Blog:
Happy Valentine's Day: Netflix on the Boxee Box
Happy Valentine's Day: Netflix on the Boxee Box
Discussion: TechSpot, PC Magazine, The Digital Home, The Toybox Blog, SlashGear, ReadWriteWeb, VentureBeat, Engadget, Hacking NetFlix, eHomeUpgrade, Reddit, Gizmodo, The Next Web, Gadgetell and Switched, Thanks:richdemuro
Matthew DeCarlo / TechSpot: Boxee Box finally gets Netflix support
Chloe Albanesius / PC Magazine: Netflix Added to Boxee Box
Don Reisinger / The Digital Home: Netflix streaming finally arrives on Boxee Box
Rachel King / The Toybox Blog: Boxee Box gifted with Netflix for Valentine's Day
Rue Liu / SlashGear: Netflix Available Now On Boxee Box
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb: Netflix (Finally) Finds its Way Onto Boxee
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat: Netflix finally lands on the Boxee Box
Richard Lawler / Engadget: Netflix on the Boxee Box is a much better Valentine's Day gift than what you had planned
Alexander Grundner / eHomeUpgrade: Boxee is Now Officially Netflix Enabled
Primesuspect / Reddit: Netflix FINALLY available on Boxee Box (blog.boxee.tv)
Jason Chen / Gizmodo: Boxee's Streamer Finally Gets Netflix
Brad McCarty / The Next Web: The Boxee Box: Now with 100% more Netflix support
Shawn Ingram / Gadgetell: Netflix is Boxee's Valentine's Day gift to Boxee Box users
Terrence O'Brien / Switched: Boxee Box Finally (Finally!) Gets Netflix
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.
Discussion: SAI, Mashable!, VentureBeat, ReadWriteWeb and Fast Company, more at Mediagazer »
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI: Twitter Trending Topics Come From Mainstream Media, Not “Influencers”
Austin Carr / Fast Company: Twitter Trends Driven Mostly by Mainstream Media
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.
Serkan Toto / Asiajin: Japan Gets “How To Use Instagram” Book
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.
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:
Discussion: ReadWriteMobile, TechCrunch, Beyond Search, Geek.com, Pulse2, MarketingVOX, Gizmodo, Redmond Pie, The Register, Hardware 2.0 Blog, Pocket-lint and The Next Web
MG Siegler / TechCrunch: Facebook SIMs, HTC/INQ Phones — Facebook's Phone Project Lingers, But It's None Of Those
Stephen E. Arnold / Beyond Search: A Facebook Revolution? — On a flight across the US this afternoon …
John Brownlee / Geek.com: Facebook will now come back into SIM cards
Amit Chowdhry / Pulse2: Gemalto Creates First Facebook SIM Card
Jason Chen / Gizmodo: A SIM Card With Facebook On It
Bill Ray / The Register: Gemalto squeezes Facebook onto a SIM
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0 Blog: Gemalto brings Facebook on a SIM, turning ‘dumbphones’ into smartphones
Paul Lamkin / Pocket-lint: Gemalto manages to dumb down Facebook
Matt Brian / The Next Web: Gemalto brings Facebook to all mobile phones
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.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent: Armstrong Puts Another $10 Million In AOL; Huffington Takes Stock
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 …
Discussion: Engadget, MobileTechWorld, WPCentral.com, The Next Web, Disruptors and WMPoweruser.com
Donald Melanson / Engadget: ASUS still considering Windows Phone 7 device, carriers ‘key factor’
Daniel Rubino / WPCentral.com: Asus still considering next move with Windows Phone 7
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web: Asus might rejoin the Windows Phone 7 team
Parmy Olson / Disruptors: Nokia Shares Extend Fall On JPMorgan Downgrade
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 …
Discussion: Guardian, Daring Fireball, PC Magazine, The Register and CrunchGear
Josh Halliday / Guardian: The Technology Newsbucket: Google's war on content farms, Internet Explorer 9 woes and more
Chloe Albanesius / PC Magazine: After Nokia-Microsoft Deal, Qt Is ‘Not Dead’
Gavin Clarke / The Register: Qt sees its future in Microkia
Kyle Thibaut / CrunchGear: Nokia's Qt Isn't Dead Yet
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.
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
Matthew Lee / Associated Press: Clinton: Nations suppress Internet at own risk
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: SAI, PE Hub Blog, VentureBeat and GetJar
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI: GetJar, The Biggest App Store You've Never Heard Of, Raises Another $25 Million
Alastair Goldfisher / PE Hub Blog: GetJar Gets $25M from Accel and Tiger Global
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.
Discussion: beltzner, The Register and ConceivablyTech
Cade Metz / The Register: Lead Firefox developer exits Mozilla
Kurt Bakke / ConceivablyTech: Firefox Chief Leaves Mozilla
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.
Jim Dalrymple / CNET News: Apple reports on Foxconn, supplier workplace standards
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily: Apple Reports Progress on Supplier Responsibility, But Major Violations Doubled Last Year
Rik Myslewski / The Register: Apple suppliers: Child labor, bribery, suicides
Steven Sande / TUAW: Apple issues report on supplier workplace audits and standards
David Chartier / Macworld: Apple releases 2011 Supplier Responsibility report
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0 Blog: Apple audit uncovered 37 serious breaches of code of conduct at supplier facilities
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac: Apple posts Supplier Responsibility Progress Report 2011
Graham Spencer / MacStories: Apple's Supplier Responsibility Report Updated with 2010 Data
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Can Microsoft And Nokia Make Windows Phone 7 The Most “Operator Friendly” Without Ruining It For Consumers? — BARCELONA — Microsoft and Nokia say they want to make Windows Phone 7 the most “operator friendly” OS in the smartphone industry. Can they do it without ruining the user experience for consumers?