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February 17, 2012, 6:05 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.
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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 …
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 labour practices, has raised wages of its Chinese workers by 16-25 percent from this month, the third rise since 2010.
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.
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? ”
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Lyle Ball / Groklaw:
SCO and IBM Stipulate on Going Forward with Utah Litigation — It's Game On  —  SCO and IBM have reached a stipulation [PDF] on how to go forward on reactivating the Utah litigation, and SCO has filed it in Bankruptcy Court in Delaware.  Assuming it's signed by the judge, the Hon. Kevin Gross …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.

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