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February 17, 2012, 8:10 AM

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Wall Street Journal:
Google Tracked iPhones, Bypassing Apple Browser Privacy Settings  —  Web Giant, Others Bypassed Apple Browser Settings for Guarding Privacy  —  Google Inc. and other advertising companies have been bypassing the privacy settings of millions of people using Apple Inc.'s Web browser …
John Battelle / John Battelle's Search Blog:
A Sad State of Internet Affairs: The Journal on Google, Apple, and “Privacy”  —  The news alert from the Wall St. Journal hit my phone about an hour ago, pulling me away from tasting “Texas Bourbon” in San Antonio to sit down and grok this headline: Google's iPhone Tracking.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Microsoft blasts Google over iPhone browser tracking, pushes IE9 while it's at it  —  With Google acknowledging that it utilised features in its services to bypass Apple's built-in security measures in its Safari mobile browser to track users, Microsoft has taken the opportunity to join the debate …
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® …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
The slow rise of the SoMoClo OS  —  Even at first glance, one can see that Apple's new desktop operating system, OSX Mountain Lion is unifying the user experience across its different devices and platforms.  Common applications and modes of interaction such a reminders, notes …
Steven Frank / Panic Blog:
About Gatekeeper  —  Today's Mountain Lion announcement introduces an important new security feature, called Gatekeeper, in addition to the “sandboxing” feature that premiered in Lion.  I'd like to talk a little bit about it, and why it's important to all Mac users.  —  Malware is out of control.
Jason Snell / Macworld:
Caterina Fake / Caterina.net:
Pinwheel!  In Private Beta  —  I'm happy we're about to start inviting people into the thing we've been working on!!  It's called Pinwheel, and it's a way to find and leave notes all around the world.  —  We're opening it up in private beta on the web and mobile web.  An iOS version is coming next.
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
Early Praise in Inspection at Foxconn Brings Doubt  —  The president of a nonprofit group hired by Apple to inspect its suppliers' factories has begun praising the Chinese plants of Foxconn, Apple's largest supplier, just days after his group began inspections there.
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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Apple and the New York Times not meshing  —  The Wall Street Journal's Jessica Vascellaro scores the access coup of the week, maybe month.  An exclusive interview with Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook yields insight on how the company is migrating iPhone functionality to boxes.
Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
Nevada Approves Rules for Self-Driving Cars  —  In a statement, the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles said that its Legislative Commission today approved regulations allowing for the operation of self-driving vehicles on the state's roadways.  Nevada's rules are the next step in a process began last June …
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
OpenXC: Ford Launches an Open-Source Platform for In-Car Connectivity and Apps  —  Cars and the Internet are slowly getting closer, but it's still hard for developers to get their apps into cars without being invited by the automobile industry.  Given the security and especially safety concerns involved …
Kukil Bora / International Business Times:
Anonymous Hacks U.S. Government Consumer and Trade Commission Web Sites, Posts Anti-ACTA Video … By KUKIL BORA: Subscribe to Kukil's RSS feed  —  The hacker group Anonymous took down a number of U.S. government websites early Friday in a fresh protest against the looming Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, or ACTA.
Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
Feds Propose Ban on In-Car Dialing, Texting, Surfing  —  The Department of Transportation has proposed guidelines that would block all in-vehicle communications by a driver, including texting, dialing, Internet browsing, and even entering a GPS address by hand.
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
YES!  Congress isn't killing white spaces broadband before it's born  —  Congress has reached a compromise on key wireless spectrum issues that had the potential to put the kibosh on innovation and competition when it came to both mobile broadband and unlicensed spectrum.

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Zoho:
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AdExchanger:
Digital Publishers Push Custom Advertising Ahead Of Display  —  Publishers looking for new digital dollars have homed in on native and custom advertising packages.  These initiatives, more than programmatic …
 

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