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Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
iOS 4.3 to be released at 10AM today; personal hotspot supports 5 connections?  —  One of our sources has just let us know something pretty interesting.  There has been a lot of talk surrounding Apple's personal hotspot feature, specifically it's capability of only supporting 3 wireless connections …
Bloomberg:
Deutsche Telekom, Sprint Said to Discuss T-Mobile USA Deal  —  Deutsche Telekom AG has held talks to sell its T-Mobile USA unit to Sprint Nextel Corp. in exchange for a major stake in the combined entity, said people with knowledge of the matter.  —  Talks have been on and off …
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Sprint, T-Mobile merger talks spurred by network sharing needs
Discussion: Smartphones … and FierceWireless
Gregg Kilday / Hollywood Reporter:
Warner Bros. to Rent Movies Digitally on Facebook, Starting With ‘Dark Knight’ … Warner Bros. is turning to Facebook, where it hopes to find an electronic audience interested in digitally renting The Dark Knight.  —  Warners said Monday that it is the first Hollywood studio to offer movies directly on Facebook.
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
YouTube, Netflix, Hulu: Meet Facebook  —  Every digital heavyweight is making a play for your living room.  Apple, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Google, Microsoft, everyone.  With one odd exception: Facebook.  —  Now that's over.  The social media giant is taking its first step to connect …
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft Is Said to Pay Nokia More Than $1 Billion in Deal  —  Microsoft Corp. will pay Nokia Oyj more than $1 billion to promote and develop Windows-based handsets as part of their smartphone software agreement, according to two people with knowledge of the terms.
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Bobbie Johnson / GigaOM:
Microsoft's $1 Billion For Nokia: Cool Or Calamity?  —  Somewhere in the dark heart of David Fincher's The Social Network, an excited Justin Timberlake-as-Sean-Parker conspires with his protegé, the fake Mark Zuckerberg, with a line that has already gone down in cinematic history: “A million dollars isn't cool.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and DailyTech
Dan York / Disruptive Telephony:
Google Voice Now Offers SIP Addresses For Calling Directly Over IP  —  Wouldn't it be great if you could call a Google Voice number directly via SIP?  So that you could bypass the PSTN when calling a GV number and go directly over IP?  With potentially all the advanced capabilities that could give? …
Bobbie Johnson / GigaOM:
Adobe Hopes Wallaby Can Vault Apple's Flash Blockade  —  Ever since Steve Jobs issued his “Thoughts on Flash” almost a year ago, there's has been a lot written about the conflict between Adobe's favorite runtime and Apple's iOS platform, supported by the powerful new capabilities of HTML5.
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Nick Bilton / Bits:
Used iPads Selling Quickly Online  —  Steve Jobs was still on stage introducing the new iPad 2 last week when my inbox and Twitter stream started filling up with the same question : “I want the iPad 2, but what can I do with my old iPad?”  —  At first I didn't know how to respond.
Daniel Ek / Spotify:
Spotify reaches one million subscribers  —  It seems like only yesterday we were hatching ideas for a new music service in a tiny office-cum-apartment with a broken coffee machine, and the party we threw having reached one million users almost two years ago today was one to remember.
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple to cut 32 games, some hardware from retail stores  —  Apple is in the process of cutting software titles and some hardware peripherals from its retails stores to make room for other services.  —  Sources that I've spoken with said Apple is going to expand its personalized in-store setup service for customers that purchase a Mac.
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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple's iPad 2 launch predicted to have stronger sales but shorter lines
Discussion: PhoneArena
Dwight / blogs.chron.com:
When good apps go bad: Twitter for iPhone 3.3  —  Twitter was originally designed to be a mobile service, with updates pushed out via text message.  That's why it only uses 140 characters for messages.  Its web page was almost an afterthought.  —  Today, while it's often used with traditional computers …
Discussion: Technologizer, ThinkMobile and The Loop, Thanks:dsilverman
Joe Svetlik / Electricpig.co.uk:
The 10 idiosyncrasies of Steve Jobs  —  Think you know Apple's enigmatic leader?  Think again.  The great man is famously secretive, but we've unearthed some nuggets of info from work and home that provide a glimpse to what he's really like, from his car's numbers plates, how he decorates his house, to where he parks.
Robert McMillan / PC World:
Top Student Charged With Fixing Grades for Cash  —  A Nevada student who gave the opening address at his high school graduation last year has been charged with breaking into his school district's computer system and bumping up his classmates' grades for a fee.
Electronista:
Samsung reaches 1TB per disk platter, hints 4TB drives  —  Samsung has found a way to build 1TB platters for hard drives, which will allow it to build 4TB hard drives for computers.  The news came from CeBIT courtesy of German newspaper Heise and indicates a new record.
Steve Lohr / Bits:
Software Progress Beats Moore's Law  —  One of the old jokes in computing is that what the hardware giveth, the software taketh away.  —  The biblical vernacular is meant to convey the commandmentlike certainty of a set order of things.  And the implication of the old saw is that chip-based progress …
Discussion: Feld Thoughts
Tim Steele / Google Chrome Blog:
Speedier, simpler and safer: Chrome's basics get even better  —  cross-posted on the Official Google Blog  —  Just three weeks ago, we kicked off the Year of the Rabbit with a speedy Chrome beta.  Today, we're excited to bring these speed improvements and more to everyone using Chrome.
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Handset Hackers Get Google's Music Syncing Service For Android To Work A Bit Early  —  Sometimes you just gotta do things because you can, you know?  It's the sign of being a true gadget geek.  Lets say you stumble across the Music application that comes built into the Motorola Xoom …
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
HTC seeks EVO View 4G trademark, all but confirming WiMAX tablet for Sprint  —  Not that we were doubting the veracity of our tipster's info, but here's a nice fat slice of pseudo-official confirmation of what we were told a couple of days ago.  HTC has laid claim to the trademark of …
Samuel Gibbs / Download Squad:
Flash Player 10.3 beta released with enhanced privacy controls, VoIP tools and analytics  —  Adobe's just let loose Flash Player 10.3 beta for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux, featuring a few new talents ready for developers to take advantage.  —  First up we've got 'Acoustic Echo Cancellation …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Fast Society Is Ready To Party At SXSW (Exclusive Demo Video)  —  If you are a group texting startup worth your salt, you've got to have a new app ready for the upcoming SXSW conference in Austin.  GroupMe, Beluga (which was just bought by Facebook), Kik, TextPlus, and offshoots like Yobongo will all be strutting their stuff.
Discussion: SAI, CNET News, The Next Web and Mashable!
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
AMD launches world's fastest dual-chip graphics card  —  Advanced Micro Devices is announcing today that it has launched the world's fastest dual-chip graphics card for screaming-fast gamer PCs.  —  The new card takes two of AMD's fastest graphics chips and marries them inside a single graphics card …
Rebecca Boyle / Popular Science:
New Algorithms Match Police Sketches to Real Mug Shots, Helping Nab Suspects  —  The new computer system found a match 45 percent of the time  —  Sketch and Photo A new facial recognition system matches a police artist's sketch with a photograph.  MSU  —  A new set of algorithms …
 
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Matthew Lynley / VentureBeat:
Car-sharing service RelayRides raises $5.1M from Google Ventures
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Audrey Watters / ReadWriteWeb:
Will E-Book Prices & Restrictions Lead to E-Book Piracy?
Tricia Duryee / eMoney:
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Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Mog, the Digital Music Service, Takes Aim at the TV and the Car
Tom Cheshire / Wired.co.uk:
In depth: How Rovio made Angry Birds a winner (and what's next)
Discussion: The Next Web and Eurogamer
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Business Insider Turns A $2,127 Profit On $4.8 Million In Revenue
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Zach Epstein / BGR:
Apple shipped 1.1 million MacBook Air laptops last quarter, analyst claims
Discussion: GigaOM, Pulse2, SAI, AppleInsider and PC World
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Netflix spooks Hollywood more than ever
Discussion: DailyTech
Emily Steel / Speakeasy:
Charlie Sheen Signs His First Twitter Sponsor: Internships.com
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Patricia Reaney / Reuters:
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Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
YouTube Buys Next New Networks, a Video Producer