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February 15, 2012, 8:50 PM

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John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple: App Access to Contact Data Will Require Explicit User Permission  —  After a week of silence Apple has finally responded to reports that dozens of iOS applications have been accessing, transmitting and storing user contact data without explicit permission.
David Sarno / Los Angeles Times:
Terril Yue Jones / Reuters:
Apple iPad plant conditions better than the norm: agency  —  (Reuters) - Working conditions at Chinese manufacturing plants where Apple Inc's iPads and iPhones are made are far better than those at garment factories or other facilities elsewhere in the country, according to the head of a non-profit agency investigating the plants.
Joel Rosenblatt / Bloomberg:
Apple Asks for Court Approval to Sue Bankrupt Kodak in N.Y. Over Patents  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) asked a bankruptcy judge for permission to sue Eastman Kodak Co. (EK) over allegations it's infringing patents that Apple says cover technologies used in printers, digital cameras and digital picture frames.
Kunur Patel / AdAge:
Facebook to Release Timeline for Brands This Month  —  Launch Announcement Expected at Company's Feb. 29 Marketer Conference  —  Facebook will be bringing its new Timeline profile pages to brands this month in the U.S., according to executives briefed on the company's plans.
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Did Samsung just reveal a Galaxy Note 10.1 for MWC?  —  Samsung's official website may have revealed the name of a heretofore unannounced product: a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1.  The name appears on the company's invitation to a Samsung Developer Day at MWC this year, alongside the Galaxy Note …
Reuters:
Exclusive: Proview says any ban of iPad exports hard to impose  —  (Reuters) - A Chinese technology firm seeking to ban all shipments of Apple's popular iPad tablet into and out of the country has been told that China's customs authorities are unlikely to intervene in the trademark battle.
Agam Shah / Computerworld:
HP CEO: Google-Motorola deal could close-source Android  —  HP CEO Meg Whitman said a closed-source Android and iOS could create a big opportunity for webOS in the long run  —  WebOS could be an important player in the long run as an open-source mobile operating system because Android …
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
The $600 Million Social Life Of Foursquare Founder Dennis Crowley  —  For Dennis Crowley, life has always been a game that should be played with friends.  Few people could turn that mentality into a $600 million business.  —  Dennis Crowley sold his first startup to Google.
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
FCC requires VoIP services to report outages, mirroring landline rule  —  In a US Federal Communications Commission meeting today, the Commission ruled that internet telephony (i.e. VoIP) providers are subject to the same outage reporting rules as other service providers. 31 percent …
More: The Verge and FCC.gov
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
RIM: PlayBook 2.0 Likely Coming During MWC  —  The BlackBerry PlayBook's new 2.0 OS will likely arrive as a giant over-the-air update during the Mobile World Congress trade show at the end of this month, BlackBerry senior brand manager Jeff Gadway said in a meeting with PCMag today.
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Cisco Appeals Europe's Approval of Microsoft's $8.5 Billion Skype Acquisition  —  Networking giant Cisco Systems today appealed to European regulators to reconsider their approval of Microsoft's $8.5 billion acquisition of the Internet calling service Skype.  The EU approved the deal without conditions in October.
Dante D'Orazio / The Verge:
Motorola Android 4.0 upgrade schedule released, many have a long wait ahead  —  Motorla has just updated its large chart detailing its upgrade plans, including specifics on what part of the upgrade process each phone is at and rough availability dates by region.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Judge: Microsoft's Android tactics were ‘hard bargaining,’ not patent misuse  —  We learned a couple weeks ago that Barnes & Noble lost a key preliminary decision to Microsoft in their patent dispute.  A new court filing explains the judge's reasoning, and sheds light on some of the legal …
Jennifer Van Grove / VentureBeat:
Pinterest keeps and engages members better than Twitter, data shows (exclusive)  —  To pin or not to pin: That is not the question on Pinterest.  —  In fact, according to data gathered by e-commerce analytics platform RJMetrics, Pinterest retains a remarkably high percentage of new users …
Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:
Sprint May Have to Return $65 Million to LightSquared  —  Sprint Nextel Corp. said it would have to return $65 million to Philip Falcone's LightSquared if the hedge-fund manager's wireless venture fails to get final Federal Communications Commission approval by a mid-March deadline between the two companies.
Greg Sandoval / CNET:
Post SOPA, influential tech investor favors ‘blacklisting’ pirate sites  —  Fred Wilson told gathering of media execs, if they try to pass antipiracy legislation it will once again be ‘war.’  —  Fred Wilson, a well-known venture capitalist from New York, said yesterday he's in favor of creating …

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