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February 13, 2012, 2:35 PM

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Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
Google wins EU approval for Motorola Mobility buy  —  (Reuters) - Google Inc won unconditional EU regulatory approval on Monday for its planned $12.5 billion purchase of mobile handset maker Motorola Mobility.  —  But the European Commission said it would monitor the company and rivals' use …
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
European Commission clears Google-Motorola deal but with reservations concerning standard-essential patents  —  The European Commission just announced that it has approved Google's proposed acquisition of Motorola Mobility.  In addition to a press release announcing the decision …
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
VLC 2.0 arriving with all-new UI, native full screen in Lion, Blu-ray support, more  —  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.
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.
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.
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 …
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:
iFixit:
Motorola Droid 4 Teardown  —  It's the dawn of a new year, and 2012 brings another update to the line of Droid smartphones by Motorola.  Will this be the best Droid to date?  Will it fall completely on its face?  Will it blend?  The only way to find out is to scroll down and check out the teardown.
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.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Says Goodbye to (Most) Torrents on February 29  —  For half a decade The Pirate Bay has been the leading BitTorrent site, but soon its users will no longer be able to download .torrent files.  —  The first step in this direction will be taken on February 29, the Pirate Bay announced today.
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Coming in 2012: Firefox for Windows 8's Metro  —  The Metro interface in an early build of Windows 8 that was shown to developers in September 2011.  —  Mozilla plans to release a concept version of Firefox for Windows 8's new Metro interface in the second quarter with alpha and beta versions to follow in the second half of 2012.
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
Report: Apple forcing contract manufacturer Pegatron to choose sides, give up Asustek Zenbook orders  —  The high-profile Apple business with Asian contract manufacturer Pegatron Technology is facing scrutiny as the iPhone-maker is reportedly exercising its supply chain influence by asking Pegatron …
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 …
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.
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 $30 million round of venture funding.  —  This is the company's sixth round of funding in as many years.  —  Marin offers an all-in-one platform …
Gordon Pitts / Globe and Mail:
Roger Martin: Defying RIM's critics  —  Five years ago, Roger Martin, the influential dean of business at University of Toronto, answered a call for help from Jim Balsillie.  —  As half of the leadership duo at Research In Motion Ltd., RIM-T Mr. Balsillie was anxious to restore the reputation …
Roni Zeiger / Inside Search:
Improving health searches, because your health matters  —  Every day, people search on Google for health information.  Many of these searches relate to symptoms they or their loved ones may be experiencing.  You might be trying to understand why you've had a headache every morning for a week …
MG Siegler / parislemon:
Content Everywhere, But Not A Drop To Drink  —  This morning, I woke up and read Nick Bilton's weekly New York Times' column.  Nick is a friend and one of the best bloggers/writers/journalists out there.  But with today's column, he was way off base.  —  Having already said what I wanted …
Bill Bishop / DigiCha:
Authorities Removing Apple iPads From Chinese Store Shelves?  —  So says this report (Chinese) from Hebei Youth Daily.  —  Apparently as a result of the Proview iPad trademark infringement verdict, some local Administrations of Industry and Commerce (AIC) have started to confiscate Apple ($AAPL) iPads they find on sale.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Apple Beats Out Google, Amazon For Highest Corporate Reputation Score  —  Apple took the top spot from Google for the highest corporate reputation score, according to the 2012 Harris Poll Reputation Quotient, a survey which measures corporate reputation for brands and companies in the U.S …
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.

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