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February 9, 2012, 8:45 AM

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Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Google Near Launch of Cloud Storage Service  —  Google Inc. is close to launching a cloud-storage service that would rival one of Silicon Valley's hottest start-ups, cloud-storage provider Dropbox Inc., according to people familiar with the matter.  —  Like Dropbox, Google's storage service …
Dave Morin / Path Blog:
We are sorry.  —  We made a mistake.  Over the last couple of days users brought to light an issue concerning how we handle your personal information on Path, specifically the transmission and storage of your phone contacts.  —  As our mission is to build the world's first personal network …
Joshua Topolsky / The Verge:
Alleged iPad 3 casing photo appears, sources say coming soon with improved GPU but no quad-core, thicker profile  —  Today the Apple rumor mill is fixated on a photo doing the rounds which allegedly shows the back housing of the next iPad (the iPad 3, or iPad HD, depending on who you talk to).
Evelyn M. Rusli / New York Times:
Zuckerberg Takes Control, You Get $100  —  Mark Zuckerberg must be one persuasive deal maker.  —  After eight years, Mr. Zuckerberg, the co-founder and chief executive of Facebook, has an ironclad grip on the social networking giant.  He owns 28.4 percent of all class B shares …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Chutzpah: Google also wants 2.25% of every iPhone sale  —  It's not enough that Google borrowed the phone's look and feel to make Android?  —  From Google's IEEE letter.  Source: FOSS Patents.  Click to enlarge.  —  It took a Techmeme news cycle for the import of Google's (GOOG) …
Joe Mullin / Wired:
Tim Berners-Lee Takes the Stand to Keep the Web Free  —  The inventor of the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee, testified in a courtroom Tuesday for the first time in his life.  The web pioneer flew down from Boston, where he teaches at M.I.T., to an eastern Texas federal court to speak to a jury …
Joe Mullin / Wired:
Patent Troll Claims Ownership of Interactive Web - And Might Win  —  The mother of all patent troll trials unfolds in Texas where Google, Amazon and Adobe are fighting a patent claiming ownership over online video, image rotation and search auto-complete.  We explain and start a series.
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Elliot Telford / Compete Pulse:
Google Social is Exploding Online!  —  Now that the dust has settled from the initial launch of Google+ it is time for some analysis of the social network's functionality and popularity.  No doubt people are extremely excited with the new release of Google's social platform …
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
Skimlinks is the real story behind Pinterest's success  —  I love it when a startup I've been covering for literally years suddenly finds itself in the spotlight, and for the right reasons.  In this case, Skimlinks, originally from London but now with a growing US base …
Neil Callanan / Bloomberg:
Google May Open Retail Store at European Headquarters in Dublin  —  Google Inc. (GOOG) may open its first stand- alone retail store at its European headquarters in Dublin, according to a filing by the world's most popular search engine.  —  The Google Store would be open to the public and sell unspecified …
Gabe Rivera / Techmeme News:
Why Techmeme now lists events, and how to get your event listed  —  Events have always played an important role in the tech industry.  Knowledge exchange and networking opportunities have long been a key draw, as Apple's history attests.  The motivations for meeting have certainly expanded since the 1970s.
Erica Ogg / GigaOM:
Protests against iPhone factory conditions planned Thursday for Apple Stores  —  Still unhappy with Apple's response to the New York Times' series on labor conditions in Chinese factories that make iPhones and iPads, two organizations are planning a globally coordinated protest on Thursday.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Google Wallet PIN cracked on rooted Android devices  —  The security of the PIN that protects Google Wallet transactions has been compromised — though most users won't need to worry about the issue for now, as it only applies to users who have rooted their Android smartphone.

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