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Apple:
Bertrand Serlet to Leave Apple  —  Apple® today announced that Bertrand Serlet, Apple's senior vice president of Mac® Software Engineering, will be leaving the company.  Craig Federighi, Apple's vice president of Mac Software Engineering, will assume Serlet's responsibilities and report to Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO.
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Serlet's Surprise Departure From Apple More of a Planned Transition … So Bertrand Serlet, senior vice president of Mac software engineering and the guy who spent the past decade defining, redefining and iterating Mac OS X, is leaving Apple.  Why now?  —  The party line says he's decided …
Discussion: Daring Fireball
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
The Father of Mac OS X Is Leaving Apple  —  Bertrand Serlet, the guy who led the development of Mac OS X since the beginning, is leaving Apple.  He was one of the heavyweights and a legendary figure at the company, even while he wasn't well known by the general public.  But why is he leaving?
Bloomberg:
Apple Is Said to Consider Expanding AirPlay for Streaming Video  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) is weighing an expansion of its AirPlay audio service to include streaming video from an iPhone or iPad to television sets, according to two people familiar with the project.
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Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Is Considering Licensing AirPlay Software To TV Makers
Discussion: MacRumors
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Launches Its Answer To Google Instant: ‘Search Direct’  —  Yes, Yahoo is launching a new product today that you might actually be interested in.  It's derivative, but it looks useful.  —  Today at a press event in San Francisco, the company announced the launch of a new product called ‘Search Direct’.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:   Head-To-Head: Yahoo Search Direct Vs. Google Instant
Luis / VGHQ:
George Hotz Runs Away to South America; Lies About Having PSN Account  —  After the judge demanded George Hotz gives in his devices and hard drives, the PlayStation 3 hacker ran away to South America to avoid handing his possessions in and now has put his case in extreme jeopardy.
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Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:   Sony ties Hotz to PSN account, says he sabotaged hardware
Steve Schultze / Freedom to Tinker:
Web Browsers and Comodo Announce A Successful Certificate Authority Attack, Perhaps From Iran  —  Today, the public learned of a previously undisclosed compromise of a trusted Certificate Authority — one of the entities that issues certificates attesting to the identity of “secure” web sites.
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Paul Roberts / threatpost:
Phony SSL Certificates issued for Google, Yahoo, Skype, Others
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft readies tool for managing iPads, iPhones and Android devices  —  On day two of the Microsoft Management Summit (MMS), the Softies announced availability of a new beta of one of many products in its System Center family: System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2012.  —  Ho hum?
Ronald Grover / Bloomberg:
Steve Jobs Is Re-Elected to Disney Board Over Health Concerns  —  Walt Disney Co. (DIS) investors re- elected Apple Inc. (AAPL) Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs to the board of the entertainment company, rejecting the views of proxy advisers who say health issues may impair his ability to serve.
Patrick Darling / Intel:
Chip Shot: Intel Reaffirms Commitment to Itanium  —  As a result of recent announcements from Oracle, Intel is taking this opportunity to directly reiterate its plans for the Itanium processor.  “Intel's work on Intel Itanium processors and platforms continues unabated with multiple generations …
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Arik Hesseldahl / NewEnterprise:
Oracle Ceases Development For Intel's Itanium Chip
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google Plays To Its Strengths, Succeeds Brilliantly, With Lady Gaga Interview  —  As the battle for Silicon Valley engineering talent intensifies, it seems as if hot tech companies like Apple, Facebook, Google and Twitter have launched some sort of ridiculous competition as to who could can score …
Kunur Patel / AdAge:
McClatchy, a Groupon Partner, Starts Selling Its Own Daily Deals, Too  —  Will Still Use Groupon, but Becomes Latest Publisher to Try Social Coupon Game for Itself  —  After teaming up with Groupon to get daily deals on its websites last summer, McClatchy Co. has decided to also get into the business on its own.
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San Francisco Chronicle:
Twitter tax deal will create jobs, address blight  —  San Francisco's Mid-Market and Tenderloin neighborhoods have posed considerable challenges to San Francisco for decades.  Storefront vacancy on central Market Street exceeds 30 percent, the highest we know of in the city.
Discussion: bizjournals
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Exclusive Data On Groupon's U.S. Revenues And February Falloff  —  By most accounts, Groupon is growing like gangbusters.  It's taking market share around the world, hiring left and right, and priming for a $25 billion IPO.  But how much of the group-buying site's revenues are U.S. versus international …
Discussion: SAI and TechFlash
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Apple's Area 51: The Truth Is Out There  —  Scheduled to go live sometime this spring, Apple's 505,000-square-foot North Carolina data center is, according to COO Tim Cook, intended to support iTunes and MobileMe.  But we don't yet know in what capacity, and Cook's remark …
DigiTimes:
Apple considering accepting price hikes to secure supply of touch panels, say Taiwan makers  —  In order to secure sufficient supply of touch panels used in the iPad and iPhone, Apple has talked with Taiwan-based makers, considering some room for them to hike quotes, according to these makers.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
133 US cities now have their own broadband networks  —  If you want 100Mbps symmetrical broadband—which offers the same upload and download speeds—and you live in the state of North Carolina, you have only one choice: a city-owned broadband provider.  The city of Wilson's “Greenlight” …
Discussion: DSLreports and GamePolitics News
Joab Jackson / PC World:
Microsoft Intune Goes Live  —  After a yearlong beta program, the Windows Intune hosted desktop management service is going live, Microsoft announced Wednesday.  —  Designed for organizations with limited IT help, Intune is a Microsoft-hosted service that monitors and updates Windows 7-based desktop and laptop computers.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Pretty Flipboard Fundraising at an Even Prettier $200 Million Valuation  —  Flipboard, the high-profile and highly designed social media reading app for the Apple iPad, is out raising another round of funding at an eye-popping $200 million valuation, according to numerous sources close to the situation.
Discussion: alarm:clock and SAI
Abigail Pesta / The Daily Beast:
A Blogger's Sex Slavery Drama  —  Last spring, the Internet lit up with rumors of a Manhattan blogger who saved two Russian college students from possible human trafficking.  In an exclusive interview with the targeted women, Abigail Pesta reveals their terrifying ordeal.
Kim-Mai Cutler / Inside Mobile Apps:
Fueling 1.5 Million App Downloads a Day, Tapjoy Pushes for Exclusivity With Publishing Program  —  Tapjoy, the little and increasingly pricey secret that many app developers use to power their way up the charts, said today that it's launching a “self-publishing” program.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Publishers back Inkling's iPad textbooks  —  iPad textbook startup Inkling just announced that it has won financial backing from the two biggest names in the textbook business — McGraw-Hill and Pearson.  —  Founder and chief executive Matt MacInnis said Inkling's goal involves using …
 
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New York Times:
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Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft uses IE9 promoted Tweet to infiltrate Firefox 4 Twitter search results
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Greg Bensinger / Bloomberg:
Sprint Plans Appeal to Congress to Halt AT&T-T-Mobile Deal
DailyTelegraph:
Banning baby-faces from social site Facebook
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