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February 16, 2012, 11:45 AM

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Apple:
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® …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Surprise!  OS X Mountain Lion Roars Into Existence (For Developers Today, Everyone This Summer)  —  Confirmed: Apple can still surprise.  —  On July 20 of last year, Apple began a journey.  With OS X Lion (aka OS X 10.7), the company started taking some of what they had learned from iOS …
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.
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 …
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 nickname instead of their birth name.
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 …
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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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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Dara Kerr / CNET:
Facebook's Zuckerberg racks up followers on Pinterest  —  With profiles on Twitter and Google+ already, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg adds the social network Pinterest to his cache.  —  Mark Zuckerberg's Pinterest profile.  —  Either a social networking-addict or nervous competitor …
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.
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 …
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 …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
iSuppli: Amazon shipped 3.9 million Kindle Fires last quarter to Apple's 15.4 million iPads  —  According to this report, the iPad's chief competitor was not the Fire but the iPhone 4S  —  Data: IHS iSuppli.  Chart: PED  —  Amazon (AMZN) had a one-time shot to loosen Apple's (AAPL) …

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