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February 16, 2012, 11:40 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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Horace Dediu / asymco:
Apple sold more iOS devices in 2011 than all the Macs sold it in 28 years  —  Tim Cook on the 55 million iPads sold to date: … via Transcript: Apple CEO Tim Cook at Goldman Sachs - Apple 2.0 - Fortune Tech.  —  That gave me an idea.  Here is a plot of each major computing product Apple sold throughout …
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 …
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Glassmap is like Find My Friends but better  —  There are all sorts of new apps popping up to help users figure out where their friends and friends of friends are hanging out: There's Foursquare, which is the granddaddy of the Social-Local-Mobile movement.  There's Sonar, which aims to connect users at events and venues.
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 …
Cotton Delo / AdAge:
Twitter Opens Up Self-Serve Ad Platform to 10,000 Small Businesses  —  American Express Cardmembers and Merchants Are Eligible to Register for Platform Starting Tonight  —  Twitter is rolling out the self-serve ad platform it's been testing to 10,000 small and midsize businesses next month through …
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 …
David Cohen / All Facebook:
Orange Rolling Out Facebook To All Phones In Africa  —  Mobile phone users in Africa may be saying, “Orange you glad we can get on Facebook now?”  —  France Telecom's Orange service provider announced that the social network will soon available on any phone within its footprint across the continent …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
More Free Web TV Disappears: Some March Madness Games Will Go Behind Paywall  —  If you've gotten used to the idea that you can watch March Madness on the Web, for free, without breaking the law, you may be in for a surprise next month.  —  Some of the college basketball tourney's games …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft launches msnNOW, tracking trends using data from Facebook, Twitter, Bing  —  Microsoft's MSN is launching a new site called msnNOW, serving up the latest buzzworthy stories using technology that analyzes Twitter, Facebook, Bing and BreakingNews.com to identify trending topics by the minute.
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 …
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.
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 …
StreetInsider.com:
Yelp (YELP) Sees IPO Price of $12-$14/Share, to List on NYSE  —  In an amended S-1 filing with the SEC after the close Thursday, Yelp (NYSE: YELP) disclosed it expects to price 7.15 million shares of common stock for its initial public offering at $12-$14 per share.
More: DealBook and PandoDaily
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.
More: Bloomberg and SlashGear
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.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Google+ Sees 1400% Growth In Brand Followers Since December — BrightEdge  —  Brands on Google+ are seeing tremendous growth in followers, according to a new report from SEO and digital marketing startup BrightEdge.  —  Google+ was famously closed to brands when it launched …
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Swype hits Android 4.0 with Dragon Go! integration  —  Nuance added support for Ice Cream Sandwich, or Android 4.0, in the latest beta of its Swype software keyboard on Thursday.  The new version has a limited audience base since so few handsets and tablets currently run Google's …

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