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February 3, 2012, 2:05 PM

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Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Apple TEMPORARILY removed products from German online store due to Motorola injunction based on FRAND patent  —  There are two big Apple-Motorola news items from Germany today:  — As I reported earlier, Motorola Mobility today won a permanent injunction against the push email feature …
Reuters:
Analysis: A sobering look at Facebook  —  (Reuters) - It's the year's hottest initial public offering, but some wealth managers find themselves having a hard time recommending Facebook to their clients.  —  The world's biggest social network is expected to seek a $75 billion to $100 billion valuation …
Wall Street Journal:
Advertisers' Free Ride May End On Facebook  —  For advertisers on Facebook Inc., the free ride may be coming to an end.  —  When the social network filed for its initial public offering on Wednesday, the spotlight shifted from the site's exponential user growth to a metric that may have more bearing on its market value: ad sales.
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
Is Facebook Really a Good Business?  —  It's nothing without its users, and we're a fickle bunch.  —  Facebook is the strangest Internet company ever to make it big.  Compare Mark Zuckerberg's site with Amazon, which just wants to sell you stuff—an old business in a new medium.
Claire Davenport / Reuters:
EU regulators want Google to halt new privacy policy  —  A group of European regulators has written to Google Inc calling on it to halt the introduction of its new privacy policy, saying it needs to investigate whether the proposals sufficiently protect users' personal data.
Graham Cluley / Naked Security:
Anonymous spies on FBI / UK Police hacking investigation conference call  —  A recording of a confidential conference call between the FBI and UK law enforcement officers at the Metropolitan Police has been released by Anonymous on the internet.  —  And if you think that's bad enough news …
Pew Internet:
Why most Facebook users get more than they give  —  Half the adults and three-quarters of the teenagers in America use social networking sites (SNS) and Facebook by far is the most popular of these sites.  The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project fielded …
Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
The Dirty Little Secret Of Silicon Valley's Startup Boom...  In San Francisco cafes and bars, even on the street, I overhear people talking about their startup ideas, business plans, and goals.  And there are tons of incubators, Angels, wannabe Angels, VC firms, making investments in startups.
More: GeekWireThanks:@tomforemski
MarketWatch:
Statement by Micron Technology Board of Directors  —  We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Appleton, Micron MU +2.98% Chairman and CEO, passed away this morning in a small plane accident in Boise.  He was 51.  —  Our hearts go out to his wife, Dalynn, his children and his family during this tragic time.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
I switched to Bing on my iPhone and I kind of liked it  —  By the time that Microsoft announced its Bing search engine in 2009, Google had long since become a verb and several failed attempts at the search game were under the bridge.  But Bing was something different, a visually appealing …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Seized Sports Streaming Site Makes a Blazing Comeback  —  Yesterday, several sports streaming sites had their domain names seized by the Department of Justice and Homeland Security's ICE unit.  —  Leading up to the Super Bowl this weekend, a total of 307 domain names were seized …
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Motorola wins German injunction against Apple's iCloud (and MobileMe) push email service and client devices  —  This morning, Judge Andreas Voss of the Mannheim Regional Court pronounced a decision on a German Motorola Mobility lawsuit against Apple Sales International, Apple's Ireland-based European sales organization.
Reuters:
Panasonic headed for record $10 billion annual loss  —  (Reuters) - Japan's Panasonic Corp warned of a record annual $10.2 billion net loss, joining beleaguered rivals Sony and Sharp in a sea of red ink as they struggle to fix their broken TV businesses and show they have not lost their way.
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Mozilla developing Web push notification system for Firefox  —  Mozilla is developing a push notification system for the Firefox Web browser.  It will allow users to receive notifications from websites without having to keep those sites open in their browser.
More: MacStories
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Xbox co-creator Seamus Blackley launches mobile-game startup with Atari arcade veterans  —  Seamus Blackley, the co-creator of the Xbox, passionately believes that gameplay will triumph in the game business.  That is why he and his new startup are relying on a team of famous designers …
Horace Dediu / asymco:
First: Apple's rank in mobile phone profitability and revenues  —  Apple retained its top rank in profitability and regained the top spot in mobile phone revenues.  —  The relative shares of revenues and profits are shown below:  —  Individually, Apple's share of units, revenues and profits is chronicled below:
More: Fortune
Steve Kovach / Business Insider:
Whoops!  Motorola Accidentally Sold A Bunch Of Used Tablets With Personal Information Still Stored On Them  —  If you returned your Motorola Xoom tablet last year, your personal information could be in the hands of a stranger now.  —  We just got a notice from Motorola that says a bunch …
Associated Press:
Poland halts copyright law after mass protests  —  Poland halts ratification of international Internet copyright law under mass protests  —  WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's prime minister says he is suspending the ratification process for an international copyright treaty after widespread protests and attacks on government websites.

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