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February 12, 2012, 10:55 PM

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Nick Bilton / Bits:
Anger for Path Social Network After Privacy Breach  —  Last week, Arun Thampi, a programmer in Singapore, discovered that the mobile social network Path was surreptitiously copying address book information from users' iPhones without notifying them.  —  David Morin, Path's voluble chief executive …
Chris Dixon:
Some thoughts on the iPhone contact list controversy and app security  —  1. I've heard rumors that lots of apps have been uploading user contact lists for years.  One person who knows the iOS world well told me “if you download a lot of apps, your contact list is on 50 servers right now.”
Michael Arrington / Uncrunched:
I'm So, So Sorry.  Here's My Belly.  Now Please Move On.  —  Don't get mad at companies because they apologize so quickly.  It's the only way to survive in the Internet.  —  “All this social media nonsense is destroying our community,” a prominent venture capitalist told me on the phone a couple of weeks ago.
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
The Age of Big Data  —  GOOD with numbers?  Fascinated by data?  The sound you hear is opportunity knocking.  —  Mo Zhou was snapped up by I.B.M. last summer, as a freshly minted Yale M.B.A., to join the technology company's fast-growing ranks of data consultants.
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Uber Testing Begins In LA & Toronto; Edward Norton Gets Beaten Out For LA's “Rider 0″ Title  —  Uber, that pesky on-demand car service that lets you request a ride at any time using SMS or the company's iPhone and Android apps, has seen its fair share of struggles in providing a disruptive alternative to cab services.
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Samantha Murphy / Mashable!:
Twitter Breaks News of Whitney Houston Death 27 Minutes Before Press  —  Twenty-seven minutes before mainstream media broke the news of Whitney Houston's death on Saturday night, the story was on Twitter, reported by a man who tweeted the news out to his 14 followers.
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
Apple TVs are disappearing from shelves, could see an update next month as well  —  Last year, we learned that the new iPad is codenamed 'J2′ in the iOS 5.1Beta software and last week, we learned that it will likely be announced at the beginning of next month.
Joshua Topolsky / The Verge:
‘Saturday Night Live’ accurately skewers Verizon 4G advertising  —  Leave it to the writers of NBC's Saturday Night Live to sum up the confusion for average customers over 4G and 3G speeds with this hilarious send-up of Verizon advertising.  It's not clear what the pitch is here, but it sounds pretty good to us.
AppleInsider:
Steve Jobs wins posthumous Grammy, accepted by Apple iTunes chief Eddy Cue  —  Late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was awarded a Grammy Trustees Award on Saturday, and Apple senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue, accepted the award on his behalf.

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