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February 16, 2012, 8:30 AM

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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.
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Google may launch Android 5.0 in 2Q12, say Taiwan makers  —  Viewing that the adoption of Android 4. has fallen short of original expectations and Microsoft will launch Windows 8 in the third quarter of 2012, Google is likely to launch Android 5. (Jelly Bean) in the second quarter and appeal …
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Intel to postpone mass shipments of Ivy Bridge processors  —  Intel recently notified its partners about plans to postpone mass shipments of its upcoming Ivy Bridge processors.  Despite that the company will still announce the new products and ship a small volume of the processors in early April …
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
DuckDuckGo Has Its First Million-Search Day  —  The growth chart continues to trend in the right direction for DuckDuckGo.  —  It was just about three weeks ago that we wrote about the search engine setting its own record with 731,000 searches in a single day.  To go from that to more than a million in a few weeks is impressive.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Insanely Simple: A new book about Apple and Steve Jobs that should be better than the bio  —  Ken Segall served as Apple's agency creative director under Steve Jobs from the NeXT years on through, including some years under John Sculley's disastrous reign.  Now he's written a book …
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 …
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Opera Acquires Two Mobile Ad Networks  —  Browser maker Opera said late Wednesday that it has acquired London-based 4th Screen Advertising and San Francisco-based Mobile Theory, two mobile advertising networks.  Opera said the moves should help the company “better monetize the traffic” from its Opera Mini and Opera Mobile browsers.
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
NPR Launches An Answer To Spotify On The iPad With Streaming, Concerts, Offline Playlists  —  Today, NPR launched the NPR Music app for the iPad, a new platform that gives listeners access to streaming content, first-listen albums, and live concerts.  But why should a nonprofit care about this kind of innovation?
Christopher Mims / Technology Review:
All Web Developers Should Stop Doing This Immediately  —  Why do websites insist on treating tablets like second class citizens?  —  A friend sends me a link to a 60 Minutes segment she feels it's important I watch.  I'm on an iPad — not that it matters, because it's just as much a PC …
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.
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 …
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
EU states must allow 4G Internet use on analogue TV spectrum by January 2013  —  The rollout of 4G wireless data connectivity in Europe took a step forward today as the European Parliament approved plans to free up radio spectrum for this and other uses.  —  While US consumers …
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
Book Publishers Force Down Piracy Sites (Updated)  —  Faced with a proliferation of unauthorized book-sharing sites, the publishing industry is embracing some of the same legal tactics as their counterparts in the music and movie industry.  —  On Wednesday morning, an international coalition …

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