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February 6, 2012, 3:40 PM

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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Honeywell Files Patent Lawsuit Against Smart Thermostat Developer Nest  —  Conglomerate Honeywell, which develops thermostats, has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Nest Labs, the developer of the innovative smart thermostat.  The lawsuit, which was filed United States District Court …
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
The details behind the Honeywell, Nest lawsuit  —  On Monday morning, thermostat giant Honeywell surprised the world by slapping startup Nest, and retailer Best Buy, with a lawsuit over patent infringement for smart thermostat technology.  According to the lawsuit document, Honeywell says that …
Michael Kozlowski / Good E-Reader:
Amazon in the Process of Launching a Retail Store  —  Amazon sources close to the situation have told us that the company is planning on rolling out a retail store in Seattle within the next few months.  This project is a test to gauge the market and see if a chain of stores would be profitable.
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Samsung's quad-core Galaxy S III reportedly just 7mm thick, set to launch in May  —  Samsung's next-generation Galaxy S III will reportedly be one of the thinnest smartphones in the world when it is unveiled in the coming months.  South Korea's Electronic Times News on Monday cited unnamed sources …
The Official Google Blog:
Super Bowl XLVI: Mobile, Manning and Madonna  —  Now that the final Super Bowl touchdown has been scored, the dip bowl wiped clean and the last of the chicken wings devoured, we're taking a look at some game-day search trends to see what football fans were searching for this year.
Paul Carr / PandoDaily:
Sorry Nick, Mark Zuckerberg Doesn't Owe You Fifty Dollars  —  Nick Bilton wants his fifty bucks.  The New York Times tech writer figures that's his share of Facebook's $100 billion valuation — based on his own contribution to the “poking, liking and sharing on the site”.
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Facebook's Mobility Challenge  —  Lots of people love their cellphones.  Facebook, so far, is not a big fan.  —  Amid the jaw-dropping financial figures the company revealed last week when it filed for a public offering was an interesting admission.  Although more than half …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
BitTorrent Giant BTjunkie Shuts Down For Good  —  Founded in June 2005, BTjunkie has been among the top BitTorrent sites for more than half a decade.  —  The site was never involved in any legal action, and to keep it this way the site's operators decided to shut the site down for good today.
Chris Matyszczyk / CNET:
Samsung's Bowl ad claims it can help Apple fanboys break free  —  Many of the deeply affected have been standing in line waiting to see how Samsung would attack Apple in launching the Galaxy Note.  —  So here we were, during the Super Bowl, with Apple fanboys and fangirls lining up in San Francisco.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple's Macroscalar Architecture: Will it Take iOS to the Next Level?  —  The general consensus in the market today is that Apple's upcoming A6 quad core processor is to bring more performance to the 2012 iPad and iPhone.  It's said that it will also preserve battery life due to a shift from a 40-nanometer to a 28-nanometer process.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Over 3 years later, “deleted” Facebook photos are still online  —  Facebook is still working on deleting photos from its servers in a timely manner nearly three years after Ars first brought attention to the topic.  The company admitted on Friday that its older systems for storing uploaded content …
Clare Jim / Reuters:
Taiwan smartphone maker HTC sees Q1 revenue falling  —  (Reuters) - HTC was once the standard bearer of the Android phone but that was 2010 — a long time ago in mobile terms.  Now analysts say it faces another weak quarter and an uphill struggle to prove to investors it still retains its innovative touch.
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
RedBox Partners With Verizon, Launches Streaming Service  —  Coinstar subsidiary Redbox today announced a new partnership with Verizon for the launch of a streaming video service.  The joint venture will launch in second half of 2012, and be subscription-based and “affordable service …
Matt Lynley / Business Insider:
An Ex-Zynga Engineer Is Ripping The Company Apart In Plain Sight  —  Whales, abusing contractors, and pushing metrics.  —  That's pretty much all Zynga is about, according to a former engineer.  —  An ex-engineer who was there about six months ago is opening up on an “ask-me-anything” question and answer thread in Reddit.
Ted Sarandos / The Official Netflix Blog:
“Lilyhammer” Premieres Today  —  Hello.  Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer for Netflix here.  —  Do you love the indulgence of watching episode after episode of your favorite shows on Netflix?  —  Have you ever wished you could do the same with new shows when they premiere on TV?
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Is GigaOM Buying paidContent?  —  Who wants to pay for paidContent?  We'll find out soon, it seems, because the sales process for the pioneering blog and its parent company ContentNext appears to be wrapping up.  —  But if you were making a bet, you'd get good odds that the most likely buyer …
Artem Russakovskii / Android Police:
The Secret Google X Lab May Be Revealed Today (Feb 6), As “Solve For x” Website And YouTube Channel Go Live [Video]  —  The veil of secrecy surrounding Google's mysterious X lab may be getting pulled back later on today, as evident from new developments around the web in the last couple of days.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft to deliver CRM apps for iPad, iPhone, Android, Windows Phone in Q2  —  Summary: Microsoft will deliver mobile versions of its Dynamics CRM app and service for iPad, iPhone, Android phone, BlackBerry and Windows Phone 7 in the second quarter of 2012.

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