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February 10, 2012, 4:40 PM

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Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
As Iran Cracks Down Online, Tor Tests Undetectable Encrypted Connections  —  Keeping secrets on the web in a country as digitally repressive as Iran isn't easy.  But as Iran tightens the screws on its Web censorship, the hackers at the anti-censorship Tor project are working on something harder …
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
EU seen approving Google's Motorola deal: sources  —  (Reuters) - Google Inc (GOOG.O) is expected to win approval next week from European regulators, as well as from U.S. antitrust authorities, for its planned $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility (MMI.N), according to people familiar with the matter.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple sues Motorola in the U.S. over Qualcomm patent license  —  Apple, today, has filed a lawsuit against Motorola over their use of Qualcomm technology, as reported by Reuters.  Apple explains that Motorola has breached a contract in regards to their use of a patent license …
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple to disrupt notebook space with radically redesigned MacBook Pros  —  While most of its rivals are struggling to match innovations Apple pioneered with its first MacBook Airs over three years ago, the Mac maker this year is hoping to further distance itself from the competition with a pair …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Fire in the Hole!  Amazon May Ship 9-Inch Kindle by Midyear.  —  There's no question that Amazon's going to sell a lot of Kindle Fires this year.  And it might sell even more if it rolls out new and larger versions of the device.  And according to some, that's the plan.
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Apple sues Samsung in Mannheim over patent based on which Munich court denied preliminary injunction last week  —  Apple does not let anyone off the hook too easily when it comes to patent litigation.  Samsung, which has so far also shown quite some perseverance, knows exactly what I mean.
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Apple is rushing to finalize apps for onstage iPad 3 demos and commercials  —  Now that the beans have been, mostly, spilled with regards to the early March announcement of the iPad 3, more information is coming forward about Apple's preparations for the event.
Katherine Noyes / PC World:
‘Do Not Track’ Tool Promises Page Loads Up to Four Times Faster  —  “Do Not Track” technologies have become an increasingly standard part of the Internet today, offering users a variety of ways to protect their privacy as they surf the Web.  —  Yet while there are numerous anti-tracking tools …
Miguel Helft / Fortune:
Ron Conway is a Silicon Valley startup's best friend  —  The prolific angel investor has rarely met an Internet startup he didn't like.  When it comes to picking the next big thing, there's a right way and a wrong way.  And then there's the Conway.  —  Ron Conway, with Coco, his rescue dog, photographed at their San Francisco home
Anand Babu / The Windows Blog:
Solving the attachment problem with SkyDrive … The attachment problem  —  Every day, the average office worker receives over 170 email messages a day, and sends over 35.  With that kind of volume, it's understandable that over half of the average work day consists of dealing with email.
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
BitTorrent Piracy Doesn't Affect US Box Office Returns, Study Finds  —  With their unconditional support for SOPA, PIPA and ACTA, Hollywood is pressing hard for new legislation to curb piracy.  The studios want ‘rogue’ websites to be censored and are calling on Google and Internet providers to take responsibility.
Rio Caraeff / VEVO:
VEVO Powerstation at Sundance: An Explanation  —  You may know we had some fun at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah last month.  Our VEVO Powerstation & Sorel Suite was a popular spot for celebrities to get warm, pick up some gifts from our friends at Sorel and Fresh and …
Paul Thurrott's / SuperSite for Windows:
Windows 8 Secrets: Windows 8 Is NOT Dropping The Start Button  —  There's been a lot of silliness and angst about Windows 8 supposedly dropping the Start button, the first time this central user interface has been absent from Windows since its debut in 1995.  There's just one problem: The Start button isn't going anywhere.
Mike Ramsey / Wall Street Journal:
Cars That Tweet, Buy Tickets  —  As Distracted-Driving Push Fades, Auto Makers Will Let Drivers Check Facebook, Buy Movie Tickets  —  Undaunted by fear of safety regulations, auto makers are piling new technologies into their vehicles: everything from 17-inch dashboard screens to services that check Facebook and buy movie tickets.
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Brid-Aine Parnell / The Register:
EU competition chief threatens patent war smackdown  —  Tough-talking Almunia will take mobile giants to task  —  European anti-competition chief Joaquin Almunia has warned that the EU won't stand for any messing about with technology standards-related patents.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft: No plug-ins allowed on Windows on ARM  —  Summary: Microsoft has changed direction and is now disallowing browser plug-ins on Windows 8 on ARM devices, according to a blog post from the president of the Windows division.  —  As we Microsoft watchers continue to parse the 8,600-word post …

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