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February 15, 2012, 11:45 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.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Launches Verified Accounts and Pseudonyms  —  Facebook, a service built on real names and real identities, will tomorrow start allowing prominent public figures to verify their accounts and then opt to display a preferred pseudonym instead of their birth name.
Jake Smith / 9to5Mac:
Apple finally talks, says that Proview refuses to honor their agreement to transfer iPad trademark  —  Numerous online stores in China have taken the iPad off their shelves, after Proview said that Apple was breaking their trademark on the term “iPad”.  The fight continues in court, but today …
Roger Cheng / CNET:
LightSquared blew it, and here's why  —  LightSquared may have had a great case for building its wireless network, but the fledgling company lacked the political tact to see it through.  —  LightSquared CEO Sanjiv Ahuja delivers a speech at CTIA 2011.  —  LightSquared today fired …
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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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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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 …
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 …
More: CNET
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.
Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
Sony completes Ericsson buyout, Sony Mobile Communications is born  —  With regulators signing off, we knew it was just a matter of time before Sony's buyout of mobile partner Ericsson was complete, and it looks like today's the day.  Sony has announced that it has completed its acquisition …
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.

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