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February 17, 2012, 9:55 PM

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Sam Moreau / The Windows Blog:
Redesigning the Windows Logo  —  We have said that Windows 8 is a complete reimagination of the Windows operating system.  Nothing has been left unexplored, including the Windows logo, to evaluate how it held up to modern PC sensibilities.  The Windows logo is a strong and widely recognized mark …
Jonathan Mayer / Web Policy:
Safari Trackers  —  Apple's Safari web browser is configured to block third-party cookies by default.  We identified four advertising companies that unexpectedly place trackable cookies in Safari.  Google and Vibrant Media intentionally circumvent Safari's privacy feature.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Google hit with FTC complaint, says circumventing Safari privacy features accidental  —  The Consumer Watchdog advocacy group today asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate whether Google violated a previous privacy agreement with the FTC by tracking cookies in a way that circumvents …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Confirmed: iPad 3 Has a 2048x1536 Retina Display  —  Over the past couple of months, several photos of displays claimed to be for the iPad 3 have surfaced from various sources.  Such parts leaks are typical with the device's expected debut early next month.
Peter Burrows / Bloomberg:
Foxconn Auditor Finds ‘Tons of Issues’  —  Feb. 17 (Bloomberg) — The Fair Labor Association, a watchdog monitoring working conditions at makers of Apple Inc. products, has uncovered “tons of issues” that need to be addressed at a Foxconn Technology Group plant in Shenzhen, China, FLA Chief Executive Officer Auret van Heerden said.
Clare Jim / Reuters:
iPad maker Foxconn lifts China workers pay again  —  (Reuters) - Foxconn Technology Group, the top maker of Apple Inc's iPhones and iPads whose factories are under scrutiny over labor practices, has raised wages of its Chinese workers by 16-25 percent from this month, the third rise since 2010.
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.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Study: Windows Web Browsing Market Share Drops 10% Over Past 6 Months  —  Following up on its earlier report on iOS browser market share, ad network Chitika today released new results from a study which analyzed the impact mobile computing has had on traditional web browsing trends.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
US Returns JotForm.com Domain; Still Refuses To Say What Happened  —  There's been a lot of interest in the story of the Secret Service completely shutting down JotForm.com through a request to GoDaddy.  It appears that the suspension is now ending, though it hasn't fully propagated.
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Audrey Watters / Hack Education:
iPads in Auburn, Maine's Kindergartens: A First Look at Their Effect on Learning  —  By now, it might not even be newsworthy when a school district announces it's buying a bunch of iPads for students.  But last spring, when the Maine's Auburn School District announced that it was implementing …
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Why Pinterest Is Playing Dumb About Making Money  —  Despite the company's protests to the contrary, Pinterest already knows how to make money, and may already have a model that would work for users, retailers, and itself.  —  Over the past few weeks, we've seen Pinterest rise out of the pack …
Peter Lattman / DealBook:
Court Overturns Conviction of Ex-Goldman Programmer  —  A federal appeals court late Thursday reversed the conviction of Sergey Aleynikov, a former Goldman Sachs programmer found guilty of stealing proprietary code from the bank's high-frequency trading platform.
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? ”
Michael Holden / Reuters:
Briton jailed for “extensive” Facebook hack  —  (Reuters) - A British student, who hacked into Facebook's internal network risking “disastrous” consequences for the website, was jailed for eight months on Friday in what prosecutors described as the most serious case of its kind they had seen.
Kim-Mai Cutler / Inside Mobile Apps:
Apple begins countdown to 25 billion downloads on iOS  —  Apple is inching closer to crossing 25 billion mark for downloads of iPhone and iPad apps.  That's up from 15 billion downloads in early July, implying that the iOS platform has on average seen about 1.5 billion downloads per month between then and now.

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