February 16, 2012, 1:30 PM

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Apple Releases OS X Mountain Lion Developer Preview with Over 100 New Features  —  Apple® today released a developer preview of OS X® Mountain Lion, the ninth major release of the world's most advanced operating system, which brings popular apps and features from iPad® to the Mac® …
Jason Snell / Macworld:
Mountain Lion: Hands on with Gatekeeper  —  Apple rolls out new way to improve Mac security  —  The actual wording is in flux, but Mountain Lion will warn you if you try to open an app from an unidentified developer.  —  Last year saw the arrival of the Apple-curated Mac App Store …
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple releases public beta of Messages, replacing iChat  —  I mentioned in my first look of OS X Mountain Lion today that Apple was doing away with its messaging app iChat and replacing it with a new app called Messages.  —  With Messages you can chat with someone using their Apple ID or phone number …
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple bringing Macs to the living room with AirPlay for Mountain Lion  —  Apple plans to break down the barriers between the Mac and HDTVs with its forthcoming OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion operating system update, which will bring the AirPlay Mirroring feature currently found on iOS to the Mac.
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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 …
Steve Huff / Betabeat:
FBI Could Pull the Plug On Millions of Internet Users March 8  —  The Federal Bureau of Investigation may yank several crucial domain name servers (DNS) offline on March 8, blocking millions from using the Internet.  The servers in the FBI's crosshairs were installed in 2011 to deal with a nasty worm dubbed DNSChanger Trojan.
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Jake Smith / 9to5Mac:
Apple finally talks, says Proview refuses to honor agreement to transfer iPad trademark  —  Numerous online stores in China took the iPad off their shelves after Proview said Apple was breaking its trademark on the term “iPad.”  The fight continues in court, but Apple released a statement today …
Walter S. Mossberg / AllThingsD:
Samsung Galaxy Note Review: Better as a Jotter, not a Talker  —  Lots of folks carry a smartphone, and, at least some of the time, tote a second mobile device—an iPad or other tablet.  But some people might prefer a product that combines the two.  Similarly, many have come to love …
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
Groupon Is Testing A New $30 Per Year VIP Service  —  Groupon is offering a new “VIP” service that costs $30 a year.  —  A reader forwarded us the email below, and we've confirmed that it's real with Groupon.  —  What do you get for $30 a year?  Early access to deals, and ability to buy old deals …
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.
Quentin Hardy / Bits:
I.B.M.: Big Data, Bigger Patterns  —  It's not just about Big Data.  For the big players in enterprise technology algorithms, it's about finding big patterns beyond the data itself.  —  The explosion of online life and cheap computer hardware have made it possible to store immense amounts …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Music Industry Mulls Suing Google Over “Pirate” Search Results  —  It's no secret that the entertainment industries believe search engines are not delivering enough when it comes to protecting copyright works.  —  Two months ago the RIAA and IFPI accused Google of massively profiting …
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.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Bump Narrows Down Product to Contacts and Photos  —  Bump was first known as that nifty way to digitally share contacts by physically bumping smartphones together.  Over the last three years, it also became an app for sharing photos, other apps, calendars and songs.  —  No longer.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
With Clik, Your Smartphone Can Control Screens Everywhere  —  You've probably heard of Kik Messenger, a phone messaging app with the backing of Sequoia Capital.  It turns out Kik was just the beginning of the company's plans — today it's launching Clik, which is even more impressive.

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