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February 9, 2012, 12:15 AM

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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.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
FYI.  Dave Morin Didn't Lie To Gawker About Path Storing User Data  —  Some people always see the good in people and some people always see the bad ... Gawker just published a post with what at first seems to be some pretty damning evidence against Path founder Dave Morin …
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Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Don't Forgive Path, the Creepy iPhone Company that Misled Us Once Already  —  The tech world has been consumed today with news the app Path quietly uploaded users' iPhone address books without permission.  Path, in an increasingly common Silicon Valley ritual, apologized and promised it wouldn't happen again.
Groupon, Inc.:
Groupon Announces Fourth Quarter 2011 Results  —  Revenue of $506.5 million, up 194% year-over-year Free Cash Flow of $155.1 million, up 258% year-over-year Operating Income of $15.0 million, up from $336.1 million loss Non-GAAP EPS of negative $0.02, including $0.07 of tax from international operations …
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).
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:
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.
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 …
More: Wired and The Register
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 …
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
Foxconn hacked by group called SwaggSec, here's what they are looking at...  Hacker group SwaggSec just released a dump of Foxconn internal information, including a mail server login/password dump and logins to various online procurement sites and Intranets.  The hack seems to be a retaliation …
More: MacRumors
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 …
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 …
More: CNET, MacNN and NBC Bay Area
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.

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