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February 8, 2012, 9:00 PM

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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 …
Dustin Curtis / dcurt.is:
Stealing Your Address Book  —  It's not really a secret, per se, but there's a quiet understanding among many iOS app developers that it is acceptable to send a user's entire address book, without their permission, to remote servers and then store it for future reference.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
First Windows 8 ‘Consumer Preview’ preinstalled apps revealed  —  Microsoft's Windows 8 “Consumer Preview” is nearing release and the company is putting the finishing touches on the preinstalled application list.  We have learned from sources familiar with Microsoft's plans that the company …
Ed Bott / The Ed Bott Report Blog:
Windows 8 Consumer Preview due February 29: why it's not called beta  —  Summary: The Windows 8 Consumer Preview will be available for download on February 29.  Why isn't it called a beta?  Blame Google.  And Apple.  And Microsoft.  Especially Microsoft.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why we are buying paidContent  —  First the news: Yes, the rumors are true.  We are indeed buying the assets of ContentNext Media from Guardian News & Media Limited.  And no, we are not disclosing the terms of the deal, except that we are buying the entire group of properties — paidContent.org …
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.
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).
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Justice Department Poised to Clear Google-Motorola Deal  —  WASHINGTON—The U.S. Justice Department is poised to clear Google Inc.'s $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. as early as next week, according to people familiar with the matter, giving Google a powerful armory …
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 …
David Goldman / CNNMoney.com:
The iPhone is a nightmare for carriers  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — The iPhone may be great for consumers, but takes a nasty toll on wireless carriers' bottom line.  —  Apple's ( AAPL, Fortune 500) iconic smartphone has almost single-handedly devastated profit margins for Verizon and AT&T. Sprint …
Grant Gross / PC World:
EPIC Sues FTC Over Google's Planned Privacy Changes  —  The Electronic Privacy Information Center has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, asking a court to force the agency to take action against Google over planned changes in the company's collection of personal data.
Kim-Mai Cutler / Inside Social Games:
Developers say Facebook Credits is converting fewer paying users than they had hoped  —  Facebook's top developers say the company's payments infrastructure and virtual currency Credits is converting fewer paying users than they had hoped a year ago.  —  Facebook made it mandatory for developers …
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
Executives Of Swedish Start-Up Klarna Arrested For Alleged Molestation  —  Details are sparse and we have calls in, but the two execs at Klarna, Jens Saltin and Niklas Adalberth, were arrested at the W Hotel in New York for alleged molestation.  The victim was a 19-year-old tourist from Texas.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple's $90 billion run  —  The company has gained nearly one Facebook in value since Steve Jobs died  —  On Oct. 4, the day before Steve Jobs passed away, Apple (AAPL) shares closed at $372.50 and its market cap stood at $347 billion.  —  Four months later, the stock is up nearly $100 and it's market cap is $437 billion.
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Mary Ann Azevedo / bizjournals:
Apple moving 400 to Sunnyvale Town Center … is moving into a new 156,000-square-foot office building in the Sunnyvale Town Center, an embattled property that has been at the center of litigation for nearly three years.  —  Apple will be moving about 400 people into the building on South Mathilda …
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Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google Screenwise: New Program Pays You To Give Up Privacy & Surf The Web With Chrome  —  Google is quietly taking requests from web users who want to get paid to surf the web using the Chrome browser while sharing data with Google.  The program is called Screenwise and …

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