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February 19, 2012, 12:40 AM

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Josh Lowensohn / CNET:
Settlement reached in iPhone 4 antennagate suit  —  A settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit targeting the antenna in Apple's iPhone 4.  Original buyers are entitled to $15 or a new bumper case from Apple.  —  An iPhone 4 being tested inside one of Apple's anechoic chambers …
Kyle Wagner / Gizmodo:
Everything Apple's Trying to Kill with OS X Mountain Lion  —  Apple's OS X Mountain Lion brings a lot of new features to the table.  It's the future of instant messaging, for one thing, and probably more than a few other things as well.  —  But with the update, Apple's also moving to push …
Chris Forsythe / Growl:
Growl's response to Notification Center: Welcome to the party, we were worried that we were being stood up  —  OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion was revealed yesterday.  A few people have noticed a new feature that is somewhat similar to Growl.  Apple calls it Notification Center.
More: The Verge and Macgasm
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Mountain Lion focuses on Cocoa, drops X11 and deprecates Carbon Core  —  In a continuation of its efforts to prune OS X of bundled support for alternative platforms to instead focus on Cocoa, Apple's Mountain Lion depreciates more Carbon APIs and drops X11, although users will still be able …
More: MacRumors
Ashley Lutz / Bloomberg:
Retailers Shut Facebook Storefonts Amid Apathy  —  Last April, Gamestop Corp. (GME) opened a store on Facebook to generate sales among the 3.5 million-plus customers who'd declared themselves “fans” of the video game retailer.  Six months later, the store was quietly shuttered.  —  Gamestop has company.
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
VLC 2.0 Released: What's New, And An Interview With VideoLAN Developers  —  Back in February 2010, I wrote a post for MacStories about Lunettes, a codename of a new interface for VideoLAN's popular media player VLC.  Back then, I used to spend a good portion of my days fiddling with media players …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Evidence of extended Microsoft SkyDrive plans, apps for Mac and Windows  —  Microsoft has been making huge improvements to its cloud storage service SkyDrive lately.  Over the past year it has integrated it into Windows Phone Mango, improved its capabilities significantly with HTML5 video support …
Jake Smith / 9to5Google:
FTC tells EPIC to mind its own business regarding Google's privacy changes  —  Consumer watchdog Electronic Privacy Information Center, also known as EPIC, sued the FTC last week in hopes to draw attention to Google's new privacy policy.  For those unfamiliar, Google's new privacy policy …
More: Bits, Bloomberg and epic.org
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Faster Chromebooks to leapfrog today's slowpokes  —  Even for those who buy into cloud computing, the first-generation Chromebook can be painfully pokey.  But next-gen models should appeal to more people.  —  Sundar Pichai, SVP of Chrome  —  Because I've got cloud-computing religion …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Coming March 22: Angry Birds Space  —  It seems that planet Earth isn't big enough for Angry Birds anymore.  The cute cartoon characters are headed into the void with the upcoming Angry Birds Space game from Rovio.  —  Angry Birds has been the major success story of mobile games …
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Wall Street Journal:
New Charges Against Megaupload  —  A Virginia grand jury filed additional criminal charges on Thursday against Megaupload, the online file sharing site that U.S. authorities shut down in January and charged with copyright theft.  —  The new indictment, filed in the Eastern District of Virginia …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Groupon On A Buying Spree: Buys Mobile Payment Specialist Kima Labs  —  Another acquisition for Groupon, and a sign of how the e-commerce company is getting more focused on mobile as a route to future growth: it has picked up Kima Labs, which makes mobile barcode reading app Barcode Hero and mobile payment app TapBuy.

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