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February 17, 2012, 7:25 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 …
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® …
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.
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 …
Jason Snell / Macworld:
Charles Duhigg / New York Times:
How Companies Learn Your Secrets  —  Andrew Pole had just started working as a statistician for Target in 2002, when two colleagues from the marketing department stopped by his desk to ask an odd question: “If we wanted to figure out if a customer is pregnant, even if she didn't want us to know, can you do that? ”
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.
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 …
Josh Lowensohn / CNET:
Apple labor petitioners to make deliveries again next week  —  The petitions that were delivered to Apple's retail stores last week are coming back for a second round.  The group says it's not satisfied with Apple's response.  —  Change.org member Sarah Ryan delivers a box filled with signatures …
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 …
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.
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 …
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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.
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.

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