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February 17, 2012, 4:35 AM

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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® …
Jason Snell / Macworld:
Hands on with Apple's new OS X: Mountain Lion  —  Summer 2012 release continues to bring iOS features “back to the Mac”  —  Apple updates its iOS mobile operating system once a year.  But why should the iPhone and iPad have all the fun?  On Thursday Apple announced that it will release …
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.
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 …
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 …
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Google Patent Reveals Future Unlock Features for Android Devices  —  Back in October 2011 we reported that Apple's “Slide to Unlock” patent stirred up a hornet's nest in Taiwan and we now see that Apple has filed another patent infringement lawsuit against Samsung over this feature.
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.
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.
Cotton Delo / AdAge:
Twitter Opens Up Self-Serve Ad Platform to 10,000 Small Businesses  —  American Express Cardmembers and Merchants Are Eligible to Register for Platform Starting Tonight  —  Twitter is rolling out the self-serve ad platform it's been testing to 10,000 small and midsize businesses next month through …
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.
More: Examiner and SlashGear
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Apple wins German injunction against most of Motorola's slide-to-unlock implementations  —  I just returned from the Munich I Regional Court, where Presiding Judge Dr. Peter Guntz publicly announced a decision in Apple's favor: most of Motorola Mobility's products were found to infringe …
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Swype hits Android 4.0 with Dragon Go! integration  —  Nuance added support for Ice Cream Sandwich, or Android 4.0, in the latest beta of its Swype software keyboard on Thursday.  The new version has a limited audience base since so few handsets and tablets currently run Google's …
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Glassmap is like Find My Friends but better  —  There are all sorts of new apps popping up to help users figure out where their friends and friends of friends are hanging out: There's Foursquare, which is the granddaddy of the Social-Local-Mobile movement.  There's Sonar, which aims to connect users at events and venues.
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 …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Demand Media Beats Expectations Slightly in Q4 Report; Buying Back More Stock; CEO: “Turbulent Year”  —  Demand Media, which has suffered from stock weakness and worries about its traffic and costs, beat Wall Street expectations in its fourth quarter earnings report, which was released after the market closed today.
David Cohen / All Facebook:
Orange Rolling Out Facebook To All Phones In Africa  —  Mobile phone users in Africa may be saying, “Orange you glad we can get on Facebook now?”  —  France Telecom's Orange service provider announced that the social network will soon available on any phone within its footprint across the continent …
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
Groupon Is Testing A New $30 Per Year VIP Service  —  Groupon is offering a new “VIP” service that costs $30 a year.  —  A reader forwarded us the email below, and we've confirmed that it's real with Groupon.  —  What do you get for $30 a year?  Early access to deals, and ability to buy old deals …

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Microsoft:
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