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February 16, 2012, 10:35 AM

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Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Apple to Bring iPhone, iPad Features to Mac  —  CUPERTINO, Calif.—Apple Inc. Chief Executive Tim Cook wants make its Mac more like an iPhone.  —  In an interview at the company's headquarters here, Mr. Cook unveiled a new version of the company's Macintosh operating system …
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 …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
For social sharing, Apple turns to Twitter again  —  Apple's decision to unfriend Facebook has turned out to be a boon for third-party social services that are now finding their way into Apple operating environments.  The biggest winner of them all is Twitter.  In iOS 5, Apple integrated Twitter.
More: MacRumors and Pocket-lintTweets: @gartenberg
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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
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 …
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 …
More: DealBook and BGR
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Brooke Crothers / CNET:
Nvidia targeting dual-core phones that undercut iPhone 4  —  Graphics chipmaker sees an opportunity to compete against the iPhone 4 with dual-core phones priced at a fraction of the Apple phone.  —  Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor.  —  Nvidia is eying a market for inexpensive dual-core smartphones …
More: The Verge
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Kodak gets the go-ahead for $950 million bankruptcy financing  —  Kodak has won approval to borrow $950 million to finance its restructuring process, after filing for bankruptcy last month.  The confirmation of the funding should allow the company to continue operating while it considers how to move forward.
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 …

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