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February 17, 2012, 9:45 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 …
Chris Rawson / TUAW:
Mountain Lion drops support for several older Mac models (Updated)  —  Every new version of OS X comes with harsh news for owners of older Macs: “Your Mac is too old.  You're stuck with your current OS.  Forever.”  For Mac OS X Leopard in 2007, anyone who owned a Mac with a processor slower than 867 MHz was stuck with Tiger.
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.
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Jason Snell / Macworld:
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
More: Fast Company and ReadWriteWebThanks:@stfncassu
Marguerite Reardon / CNET:
Spectrum auction compromise part of payroll tax cut bill  —  A Congressional compromise to extend the payroll tax cuts and unemployment benefits also includes authorization for the incentive spectrum auctions and funding for a public safety wireless network.
More: DSLreports
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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Amazon Web Services:
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Rackspace:
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