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February 17, 2012, 2:05 PM

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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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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? ”
Dan Graziano / BGR:
Chinese firm may sue Apple for $2 billion in U.S. over iPad name  —  On Friday, the Chinese company that claims to hold the trademark on the “iPad” name, threatened to sue Apple in the U.S. for $2 billion dollars, reports the AFP.  Proview Technology claims it owns the Chinese rights …
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 …
Andrew Tarantola / Gizmodo:
Netflix Is Bringing DVD-Only Rentals Back  —  Since the whole Qwikster debacle, Netflix has tried to distance itself from DVD rentals in favor of its streaming service.  But red envelopes will soon be popping through mail slots again now that Netflix has reintroduced DVD rentals.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Brightcove Shares Pop Over 30 Percent On First Trade; Valued At Nearly $400M  —  Online video service Brightcove has just made its public debut on the NASDAQ under the symbol ‘BCOV’, with an opening trade of $14.50.  This is up over 30 percent from the company's original pricing of $11 per share …
Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
BuiltWith Reveals The Tech Used By The 130 Million Web Sites That Matter Most  —  Search engines like Google scour the web to figure out how to rank content.  Measurement firms like comScore sample users to estimate traffic to web sites.  But what if you want to know which of some 2000 technologies a web site is using?
WinstonTPB / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Bay: The RIAA Is Delusional and Must Be Stopped  —  The following is a guest post by The Pirate Bay's ‘Winston’ in reply to an article published by RIAA boss Mitch Glazier.  —  The Senior Executive Vice President of the RIAA (wow, what a long title), Mitch Glazier …
Reuters:
Apple's iPhone loses China market share  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc's share of China's booming smartphone market slipped for a second straight quarter in October-December, as it lost ground to cheaper local brands and as some shoppers held off until after the iPhone 4S launch last month.
Horace Dediu / asymco:
Apple sold more iOS devices in 2011 than all the Macs it sold 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 …
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.
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.

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