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February 13, 2012, 10:30 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.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Apple's external inspections of Foxconn a good first step  —  Summary: It's likely that other tech firms will join the Fair Labor Association and outside audits in Apple's wake.  —  Apple said it has asked the Fair Labor Association to audit the company's Foxconn factories in Shenzhen and Chengdu, China.
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.
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.
Ben Sisario / Media Decoder:
MySpace to Announce One Million New Users  —  When MySpace changed ownership last June, it was in free fall.  MySpace, the pioneering social media and music site, which at its peak in 2008 was attracting 75.9 million unique visitors a month, was down to about 33 million, according to comScore, and it was bleeding users every month.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Mike Swift / Mercury News:
Google has intriguing plans at the Googleplex  —  Google (GOOG) is in the midst of more than $120 million in construction projects at its Mountain View headquarters, including work on a series of new or previously secret hardware testing labs that hint at the Internet giant's expanding interest …

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