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February 8, 2012, 9:50 AM

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Arun Thampi:
Path uploads your entire iPhone address book to its servers  —  [Update]  —  Dave Morin, the CEO of Path has responded in the comments and I've pasted it below.  As an aside - never in my wildest dreams did I imagine this to blow up like this.  I hope we can keep calm and continue to discuss this sensibly.
Scott Moritz / Bloomberg:
Sprint Reports Wider-Than-Estimated Loss on Costs for Subsidizing IPhone  —  Sprint Nextel Corp., the third- largest U.S. wireless carrier, reported a wider fourth-quarter loss after demand for Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s iPhone boosted costs to subsidize the device.
Josh Davis / LL Social:
Pinterest is quietly generating revenue by modifying user submitted pins.  —  If you post a pin to Pinterest, and it links to an ecommerce site that happens to have an affiliate program, Pinterest modifies the link to add their own affiliate tracking code.  If someone clicks through the picture …
Michael C. Oldenburg / The Microsoft Office Blog:
OneNote Mobile for Android is now available worldwide  —  For all of you who've been asking (and patiently waiting) for a version of OneNote for your Android phones, we have great news: OneNote Mobile for Android is now available!  Download it from the Android Market app store today!
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
LinkedIn Is Acquiring Contacts Start-Up Rapportive  —  Rapportive, which makes a browser plugin that overlays Gmail with contextual information about email contacts, is being acquired by LinkedIn, sources said.  —  LinkedIn declined to comment, while Rapportive CEO Rahul Vohra ducked our attempts to talk to him.
Evan Blass / pocketnow.com:
LG Miracle Windows Phone Revealed (Image)  —  LG is preparing a mid-range Windows Phone codenamed LG Miracle — it's actually the same handset we saw in the wild back in December; at the time we speculated that it was another rumored WP7 known as the Fantasy.
Kashmir Hill / The Not-So Private Parts:
Max Schrems: The Austrian Thorn In Facebook's Side  —  Max Schrems, a 24-year-old law student from Austria, has become one of Facebook's most prominent critics  —  There are likely many things about Facebook that annoy you.  Wouldn't it be nice if you could sit down for six hours …
Brian Anthony Hernandez / Mashable!:
Lady Gaga's New Social Network Resembles Pinterest, Reddit [PICS]  —  LittleMonsters.com  —  Pop megastar Lady Gaga has pierced her powerful, digitally-willing paws deeper into the online world with the closed beta launch of her new social network.  —  LittleMonsters.com …
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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Exclusive: Nokia Lumia 800 Microsoft Store bundle launching February 14th for $899  —  Microsoft will launch Nokia's Lumia 800 device in the US as a special bundle item priced at $899.  That's the word from sources close to Microsoft's Lumia launch plans, who have confirmed the bundle …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Four Yahoo Board Members to Depart, Two New Ones Arrive and Three More on the Way (Like I Said)  —  According to sources close to the situation, Yahoo will announce the impending departure of four of its longtime board members, including chairman Roy Bostock.
Anita Hamilton / Time:
Will Car-Sharing Networks Change the Way We Travel?  —  Why would the world's largest car company partner with a tiny, little-known startup that could cannibalize its business by promoting car sharing instead of new-car buying?  —  According to General Motors Vice Chairman Steve Girsky …
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Elite Anti-Terror Police Went After Megaupload's Kim Dotcom  —  Even after taking in the details of today's 3Newz report several times, it is harder than ever to comprehend what happened at the Dotcom mansion last month.  —  We knew that dozens of police swooped on the location in helicopters and we knew they were armed.
More: 3 News, Gizmodo and 3 News
Amazon.com:
Amazon Announces Increased Prime Instant Video Selection for Kindle Fire and Prime Customers via Digital Video License Agreement with Viacom  —  Prime Instant Video now offers thousands of TV episodes from MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, TV Land, Spike, VH1, BET, CMT and Logo …
Sarah Lacy / PandoDaily:
Yammer Closing Monster $50M+ Funding Round Imminently  —  We hear that the paperwork has just been signed on a monster new funding round for Yammer.  There was more than $100 million in interest, and the company took just north of $50 million, last we heard, although that may still creep up as the deal closes.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Nokia to cut 4,000 smartphone production jobs in Hungary, Mexico and Finland  —  Nokia has said up to 4,000 jobs could be cut from its smartphone production plants in Mexico, Hungary and Finland, shifting them to Asia as it continues to adapt its market strategy and cut company costs associated with manufacturing.
Kevin Krause / Android Phone Fans:
Adobe: Chrome for Android will not get Flash support  —  When Google today launched Chrome for Android in beta they did so without support for Adobe Flash.  For many users this seemed surprising given the strong push for Flash on Google's mobile OS after Steve Jobs and Apple refused to allow Adobe's platform on their iOS devices.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
European Apple resellers say lack of inventory is putting them out of business  —  Apple's network of authorized “Premium Resellers” across Europe have complained that they are no longer a priority since Apple began expanding its own retail locations.  —  The ongoing struggle was profiled …
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Rice University And OpenStax Announce First Open-Source Textbooks  —  When we think about the distribution industry being disrupted, we tend to think about music and movies, whose physical media and vast shipment infrastructure have been rendered mostly obsolete over the last decade.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
UK Report Blames The Internet For Terrorism, Says ISPs Should Take Down Content  —  It appears that technologically clueless, reactionary politicians blaming the internet for terrorism and demanding ways to censor content are not just limited to US Senators named Lieberman.
More: ZDNet and Out-Law News

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