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February 19, 2012, 8:35 AM

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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 MacgasmTweets: @mrjoeyp
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.
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 …
Kevin Lincoln / Business Insider:
Pinterest Might Be Enabling Massive Copyright Theft  —  Pinterest is one of the fastest-growing web sites in history.  —  Launched about six months ago, the site already has more than 10 million monthly visitors and, among social networks, is ranked below only Facebook and Tumblr in terms of average time-spent-per-user per month.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Apple posts gorgeous new ‘how to get started as an iOS developer’ guide  —  If there is one aspect of Apple's iDevice ecosystem that deserves a ton of credit for both growing and cementing its user base, it has to be the way developers flock to it.  Apple wants developers on that line, Apple needs developers on that line.
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 …
Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
Google Didn't “Track” iPhones, But It Did Bypass Safari's Privacy Settings  —  The Wall Street Journal is out with a story about how Google has been “bypassing the privacy settings of millions of people” who use Apple's Safari web browser, along with a headline about “Google's iPhone tracking.”
msnbc.com:
Report: UK anti-terror plan to sweep up email, phone, online records  —  Data on all phone calls, text messages, email traffic and online visits would be stored for a year in vast databases under a new anti-terrorism plan in Britain, The Telegraph reported Saturday on its website.
More: Telegraph and Slashdot
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

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