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February 16, 2012, 12:55 PM

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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® …
Jason Snell / Macworld:
Hands on with Apple's new OS X: Mountain Lion  —  Summer 2012 release continues to bring iOS features “back to the Mac”  —  Apple updates its iOS mobile operating system once a year.  But why should the iPhone and iPad have all the fun?  On Thursday Apple announced that it will release …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Mountain Lion  —  “We're starting to do some things differently,” Phil Schiller said to me.  —  We were sitting in a comfortable hotel suite in Manhattan just over a week ago.  I'd been summoned a few days earlier by Apple PR with the offer of a private “product briefing”.
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.
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 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
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.
Rhoda Alexander / iSuppli®:
Apple's Toughest Competition in the Fourth-Quarter Tablet Market Was...Apple  —  Although soaring sales of Amazon's Kindle Fire and other low-priced tablets trimmed Apple Inc.'s media tablet market share in the fourth-quarter, it was Apple's own newly introduced iPhone 4S that proved …
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.
More: rt.com
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 …
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 …
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Hulu Plus Comes to the Wii Today, Nintendo 3DS Later this Year  —  Remember the Nintendo Wii?  That game console you really wanted to have a few years ago but that is now gathering dust somewhere in your attic?  Neither did we, until we heard about the launch of Hulu Plus for the Wii today.
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.
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 …
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.
Lizette Chapman / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Lady Gaga, Then The World: Top Investors Join Social Media Site Backplane  —  The architects behind Lady Gaga's social media campaign have raised around $4.5 million to scale The Backplane and accelerate its goal to become the world's home page. … The infusion was not entirely needed …
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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