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February 16, 2012, 4:30 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.
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Pinterest's Rite of Web Passage - Huge Traffic, No Revenue  —  If you haven't heard of Pinterest, you likely will soon.  —  Traffic to the website—which lets users create online scrapbooks to share images of projects or coveted products—has grown tenfold over the past six months.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Daniel Terdiman / CNET:
Obama campaign opening tech field office in San Francisco  —  The president's re-election effort is looking for a boost in the middle of one of the most tech-savvy cities in the world.  It's not staffed up yet, but the campaign is looking for volunteers.  —  President Obama's re-election campaign …
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 …
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Israelis Tap In to Silicon Valley  —  PALO ALTO—A group of visiting Israeli technology entrepreneurs recently got some blunt advice on how to do business in Silicon Valley.  Be positive, smile a lot and don't bad-mouth a competitor, venture capitalist Itamar Novick told them.
Ryan Heise / The Verge:
Adobe shows off Photoshop CS6's content-aware move feature  —  Adobe has been previewing more and more CS6 features in the run up to its release, and today we have something significantly more interesting than its darkened UI.  In a video posted to its YouTube channel, Adobe demonstrated …
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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.

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