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February 16, 2012, 5:05 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 …
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 …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Apple officially renames Mac OS X to OS X, drops the ‘Mac’  —  Apple's making a big deal out of Mountain Lion today, but there's an equally big change quietly afoot: the “Mac” in “Mac OS X” is no more.  Instead, Apple's desktop operating system is now simply called OS X. We confirmed …
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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 …
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 …
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Apple wins German injunction against most of Motorola's slide-to-unlock implementations  —  I just returned from the Munich I Regional Court, where Presiding Judge Dr. Peter Guntz publicly announced a decision in Apple's favor: most of Motorola Mobility's products were found to infringe …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Google Drive in the wild?  Screenshot and possible logo  —  Google appears to be getting closer to the launch of its online storage service: A GeekWire reader says Google Drive has been enabled in his Google Account — as shown in the screenshot above, which has been redacted for the sake of his privacy.
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 …
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.
Deborah Gage / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Rackspace Buys Up SharePoint911 To Gird For Cloud Fight  —  Rackspace US has acquired SharePoint911, one of the leading consultants on Microsoft SharePoint, and will add SharePoint hosting and consulting services to its cloud, VentureWire has learned.
Vishay Nihalani / Inside AdSense:
Mobile becomes a core component of AdSense  —  We launched AdSense for mobile content before the smartphone revolution when everyone had a flip phone.  Our goal was to help pioneering publishers monetize their mobile content.  Since then, we've seen mobile technology advance and an increasing number …
Eric Pryne / Seattle Times:
Amazon to buy Denny Triangle property; plans 3 big office towers  —  In one of Seattle's biggest real-estate deals in years, Amazon.com has agreed to buy three blocks from Clise Properties and plans to build a 1 million-square-foot office tower on each.  —  In one of Seattle's biggest real-estate deals …
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.
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 …
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 …
Ben Popper / VentureBeat:
Memory grand master Ed Cooke gets $1M to teach his tricks at new startup, Memrise  —  There is nothing extraordinary about Ed Cooke's brain.  Sure he can memorize a 1000 digit number in less than an hour, but so can you, he believes.  —  “It's not like I was born with special cognitive abilities.
More: TechCrunch and GigaOM
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Twitter + Robots = Instant Stories, No Humans Required  —  Hey, how's Newt Gingrich doing on Twitter?  —  You could try answering this question yourself by combing through Twitter and looking at what Newt says there, and what people are saying about Newt there.  But that would take time and effort.
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
First look: Mozilla's Boot2Gecko mobile platform and Gaia UI  —  Mozilla launched a new project last year called Boot2Gecko (B2G) with the aim of developing a mobile operating system.  The platform's user interface and application stack will be built entirely with standards-based Web technologies …
More: Engadget and CNET

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