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February 9, 2012, 9:15 PM

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Wall Street Journal:
Google Developing Home Entertainment System  —  Google Inc. is developing a home-entertainment system that streams music wirelessly throughout the home and would be marketed under the company's own brand, according to people briefed on the company's plans.  —  The effort marks a sharp shift …
Steven Sinofsky / MSDN Blogs:
Building Windows for the ARM processor architecture  —  One of the notable aspects of Microsoft Windows has been the flexibility the architecture has shown through shifts in technology and expansion of customer usage over time.  What started out as an operating system for one person working solo …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft unveils Office 15 Metro design look and feel  —  Microsoft revealed the finer details of its Windows 8 ARM edition today, but the company also revealed the look and feel of its next-generation Office experience.  The software giant casually revealed beta copies of Word, Excel …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple to Announce iPad 3 First Week in March  —  Apple's not holding an event in February.  But it is holding one in March — to launch its next iPad.  —  Sources say the company has chosen the first week in March to debut the successor to the iPad 2 and will do so at one of its trademark special events.
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
What DON'T we know about the next iPad (besides its name)?  —  The next iPad will have the name “iPad 3,” according to the consensus of rumors, and it features a faster processor/GPU while remaining the same size as the current iPad 2.  Its unveiling is in a month and will be available (in Wi-Fi certainly) almost immediately after.
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Joe Mullin / Wired:
Texas Jury Strikes Down Patent Troll's Claim to Own the Interactive Web  —  TYLER, Texas — After threatening web companies for more than a decade, Michael Doyle and his patent-holding company Eola — named after the Irish word for knowledge — may be finished.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Music Labels' Joint Venture, VEVO, Shows Pirated NFL Game At Sundance  —  Over the last decade the major music labels — and their trade organization, the Recording Industry Association of America — have established a repeated pattern of attacking consumers in the name of squelching illegal file-sharing.
Pew Internet:
The tone of life on social networking sites  —  Summary of findings  —  The overall social and emotional climate of social networking sites (SNS) is a very positive one where adult users get personal rewards and satisfactions at far higher levels than they encounter anti-social people or have ill consequences from their encounters.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Download a Copy of The Pirate Bay, It's Only 90 MB  —  Last month The Pirate Bay announced that it will stop hosting torrents in the very near future.  —  This change is expected to go into effect before the end of the month.  From then on, Pirate Bay users can only download files through magnet links.
John Cook / Gawker:
Steve Jobs' FBI File Released  —  The FBI has released, and posted on its web site, Steve Jobs' 191-page FBI file.  Read it here.  The file consists of a 1991 background investigation conducted when Jobs was being considered for an appointment to the President's Export Council in the Bush I White House …
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple now worth more than Google and Microsoft combined  —  First on AI: Apple's stock soared to new heights on Thursday, pushing the company's market capitalization to $456 billion, a number that is greater than the values of rivals Google and Microsoft combined.
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Zynga Inks Deal With Hasbro to Bring FarmVille Into the Real World  —  Zynga has partnered with Hasbro to develop a wide range of toy and gaming experiences based on Zynga's most popular Facebook games and characters.  —  In other words, we could see a board game of FarmVille …
Sebastian Anthony / ExtremeTech:
Google Drive: Dropbox killer or mediocre also-ran?  —  It's one of Silicon Valley's greatest pink elephants: Why doesn't Google offer a cloud storage service to rival Dropbox, Box.net, or Microsoft's SkyDrive?  Google has the most internet-connected servers in the world …
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Don Reisinger / CNET:
End of an era: Kodak discontinues camera business  —  Eastman Kodak has shocked the world today, announcing that it has put an end to its camera business.  —  By the end of June, Kodak expects to phase out its digital cameras, pocket video cameras, and digital picture frames, the company announced today.
Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
Kickstarter crosses threshold as two projects hit $1 million in donations  —  The crowdsourced funding site Kickstarter has been doing remarkably well recently, giving thousands of entrepreneurs the opportunity to bring their projects to life.  It also just hit a major milestone …
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 …
Greg Farrell / Business Week:
Dinner at Rupert's  —  What happened on the fateful night last May when Rupert Murdoch decided how News Corp. would manage its phone-hacking scandal?  —  An artist's imagining of the dinner at Murdoch's townhouse based on multiple attendees' accounts  —  Photo illustration by Justin Metz

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