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February 17, 2012, 4:05 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.
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 …
David Sarno / Los Angeles Times:
Federal lawmakers question if Google violated FTC agreement  —  Google Inc. has come under fire for the way it tracks users on Apple's Safari Web browser, which operates on iPhones (above), iPads and Macs.  (iPhone screenshot)  —  In the wake of evidence that Google Inc. circumvented privacy protections …
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 …
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 …
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.
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? ”
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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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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.
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.
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?

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