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February 13, 2012, 11:40 AM

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Apple:
Fair Labor Association Begins Inspections of Foxconn  —  Apple® today announced that the Fair Labor Association will conduct special voluntary audits of Apple's final assembly suppliers, including Foxconn factories in Shenzhen and Chengdu, China, at Apple's request.
Jamie Keene / The Verge:
UK's ITV denies warning Apple away from iTV name  —  ITV has denied that there is any truth in reports that it has approached Apple to warn it off using the ITV name.  The Telegraph this morning suggested that British television network ITV's CEO Adam Crozier had written a letter to Apple regarding …
Katherine Rushton / Telegraph:
ITV warns Apple not to brand smart television ‘iTV’  —  ITV has written to Apple to warn the Silicon Valley technology giant off using its three-letter name for its long-awaited, “iTV” smart television.  —  ITV insiders fear Apple may ignore past assurances that it would not muscle into its territory with its new smart television.
Kunal / Sammy Hub:
Samsung's 7-inch Galaxy Tab 2, runs Android 4.0 [Updated w/ pricing]  —  Samsung has officially announce their first tablet running the latest Android OS.  The Galaxy Tab 2 runs Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and is somewhat similar to the original Galaxy Tab.
MG Siegler / parislemon:
Content Everywhere, But Not A Drop To Drink  —  This morning, I woke up and read Nick Bilton's weekly New York Times' column.  Nick is a friend and one of the best bloggers/writers/journalists out there.  But with today's column, he was way off base.  —  Having already said what I wanted …
Jurek Foryciarz / The Official Google TV Blog:
New Updates to YouTube for Google TV  —  In the next few days we're releasing an update to your YouTube experience on Google TV making it faster and easier to find great content, adding YouTube channel pages, and giving you more control over your experience.
Joshua Brustein / New York Times:
Start-Ups Aim to Help Users Put a Price on Their Personal Data  —  Facebook's pending initial public offering gives credence to the argument that personal data is the oil of the digital age.  The company was built on a formula common to the technology industry: offer people a service …
Bill Bishop / DigiCha:
Authorities Removing Apple iPads From Chinese Store Shelves?  —  So says this report (Chinese) from Hebei Youth Daily.  —  Apparently as a result of the Proview iPad trademark infringement verdict, some local Administrations of Industry and Commerce (AIC) have started to confiscate Apple ($AAPL) iPads they find on sale.
Nicole Perlroth / New York Times:
Electronic Security a Worry in an Age of Digital Espionage  —  SAN FRANCISCO — When Kenneth G. Lieberthal, a China expert at the Brookings Institution, travels to that country, he follows a routine that seems straight from a spy film.  —  He leaves his cellphone and laptop at home and instead brings …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Where The Ladies At?  Pinterest.  2 Million Daily Facebook Users, 97% Of Fans Are Women  —  OMG.  Pinterest now has over 10.4 million registered users, 9 million monthly Facebook-connected users, and 2 million daily Facebook users, according to Inside Network's AppData tracking service.
Sean Buckley / Engadget:
PlayStation Vita review  —  Look familiar?  It should: that's the PlayStation Vita, Sony's up-and-coming challenger to the mobile gaming throne.  It's made the rounds a few times before, from E3, to Tokyo Game Show, to San Francisco's Vita Hill Social Club, and it even took …
Politico:
Google tells FTC of progress on privacy  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Amid controversy over its plans to combine user data from search to YouTube, Google told the Federal Trade Commission in a self-assessment report that the upcoming changes in its privacy policy are fully in compliance …
Gordon Pitts / Globe and Mail:
Roger Martin: Defying RIM's critics  —  Five years ago, Roger Martin, the influential dean of business at University of Toronto, answered a call for help from Jim Balsillie.  —  As half of the leadership duo at Research In Motion Ltd., RIM-T Mr. Balsillie was anxious to restore the reputation …
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David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Digital Services Seek a Captive Consumer  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Technology used to be so simple.  —  In the old days, you listened to music on your iPod while exercising.  During an idle moment at the office you might use Google on your Microsoft Windows PC to search for the latest celebrity implosion.
Zee / The Next Web:
Anonymous take down Greece government and police websites  —  Online activist group Anonymous has reportedly taken down a number of Greece government run websites in response to the people powered uprising in Athens.  This latest attack comes just over a week after the ‘hacktivist’ group defaced the Greek Ministry of Justice website.
Jolie O'Dell / VentureBeat:
Ad startup Marin Software takes a late-stage $30M  —  Marin Software, a San Franisco startup focusing on online advertising, has just announced a $30 million round of fundraising.  —  This is the company's sixth round of funding in as many years.  —  Marin offers an all-in-one platform …
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
VLC 2.0 arriving with all-new UI, native full screen in Lion, Blu-ray support, more  —  Click to view slideshow.  —  VideoLAN, the organization behind the open-source cross-platform VLC media player, is geared to launch VLC 2.0—a total rewrite of the program with new capabilities and an all-new user interface on the Mac platform.

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Microsoft:
FansChoice.tv and Ooyala choose Microsoft to help them deliver content to anyone, on any device  —  On Monday at the 2014 NAB Show exhibition, Microsoft is showing the latest technology innovations for the broadcast media industry.
Atlassian:
5 Steps to launching a thriving Q&A Community  —  Imagine having a self-governing community of engaged employees answering each others' questions, solving problems, and sharing new ideas!
Zoho Blogs:
Intuit lobbies against small businesses  —  With tax day behind us, small businesses across the country can finally move on to enjoying the warmth of spring.  Unfortunately, the tax system has grown increasingly complex and burdensome for small businesses.
Silicon Valley Bank:
Strengthening the U.S. Innovation Economy by Ending Abusive Patent Litigation  —  In Silicon Valley Bank's Innovation Economy Outlook 2014 survey, we asked executives what they see in today's patent system …
 

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