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9:20 AM ET, February 21, 2011

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
DST About To Lead Huge Spotify Funding  —  European streaming music startup Spotify is in the process of closing a very large financing, say multiple sources.  DST, the venture firm that has backed Facebook, Groupon and Zynga, is said to be leading the deal, which values Spotify at around $1 billion.
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple stops selling MacBook Pros until the refresh  —  You can no longer get your hands on a MacBook Pro from the Apple online store until after the refresh expected to be on Thursday this week.  Apple's got a 3-5 day wait on new MacBook Pros which puts them right about on schedule.
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AppleInsider:
Apple tells some stores to expect ‘sealed packages’ early this week
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Motorola Xoom will ship without Flash support on February 24th, expects it in ‘Spring 2011’?  —  Verizon's webpage dedicated to the Xoom has just gone up and one of our eagle-eyed readers has already spotted a disquieting bit of small print: “Adobe Flash expected Spring 2011.”
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Kno Student Tablet Start-Up in Talks to Sell Off Tablet Part of Its Business  —  Kno-the much-funded and high-profile Silicon Valley start-up aimed at making tablet computers focused at students-is considering selling off the entire hardware part of the business and is in talks …
Wolfgang Gruener / ConceivablyTech:
Google May Kill Chrome URL Bar  —  Google is working on a “major” overhaul of its Chrome browser user interface (UI).  Among the options on the table is the elimination of the URL bar, which could be the most significant UI change to the web browser since its invention.
Arn / MacRumors:
Could the iPad 2 Be Getting Light Peak?  —  After reading the report that Apple is planning to introduce its new Light Peak-based high speed interconnect technology “soon”, it struck us that Light Peak could help explain some particularly incongruous rumors we've been hearing about the iPad 2 over the past few months.
Agence France Presse:
China's Huawei ‘in London Underground phones bid’  —  LONDON — Chinese technology giant Huawei is offering to install for free a mobile phone network worth £50 million on the London Underground train system in time for the 2012 Olympics, a report said Sunday.
Marco.org:
Verizon iPhone selling mostly to existing iPhone owners?  —  Instapaper's App Store rank is very stable.  It's almost always between #2 and #5 in the paid News categories on iPhone and iPad, and usually around #90-110 in the top-paid iPad category.  —  Since my ranks rarely change significantly …
Discussion: MacStories
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Steve Jobs gave Russian President an AT&T iPhone, still locked  —  A somewhat humorous note from our Russian readers this morning.  Apparently, the iPhone that Steve Jobs gave to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev was, and still is locked to AT&T. Woops!  A translated Tweet from his assistant, above tells the tale.
Discussion: Pulse2, SAI and MobileWhack
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
After iPad's Head Start, Rival Tablets Are Poised to Flood Offices  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The billboards promoting the iPad have a simple message: The tablet is a device for leisure, to be held on one's lap while lounging on a couch in casual clothes, to watch a film or read a magazine.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Twitter Reinstates UberMedia Apps UberSocial And Twidroyd  —  Looks like Ubermedia has had it's API access reinstated this Sunday afternoon, after a dramatic turn of events Friday.  —  From Twitter Support: … No word yet on whether the apps are actually functioning as it's …
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Why I don't care very much about tablets anymore  —  I've realized recently that I'm just not very excited about tablets—anybody's tablets, no matter the OS or maker.  I first realized I felt this way when I was only mildly disappointed (as opposed to heartbroken) to find myself too sick …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Engadget loses its second editor in two days: Ross Miller resigns  —  Engadget will be saying farewell to its second editor in the space of a week after its Associate Editor Ross Miller announced he was to leave the popular technology website after five years of service with Weblogs, Inc.
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Andrew Dowell / Wall Street Journal:
Huawei Ends Bid to Win U.S. Approval for 3Leaf Deal
Discussion: BBC and Associated Press
David Carnoy / Crave: The gadget blog:
Kindle e-book piracy accelerates
Discussion: TeleRead
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
TV Industry Taps Social Media to Keep Viewers' Attention
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