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February 18, 2012, 10:35 AM

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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.
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:
Greg Sandoval / CNET:
Microsoft mulls plan for new music service (exclusive)  —  The software maker has discussed with some of the major record companies about creating a music service to serve Xbox as well as an upcoming Windows-based phone.  —  Microsoft is in talks with some of the major record companies …
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 …
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 …
Felix Salmon:
Aleynikov goes free  —  Count me in, with Choire Sicha, as being very happy that Sergey Aleynikov is once again a free man.  To cut a long story short, Aleynikov used to work in high-frequency trading for Goldman Sachs, earning $400,000 a year.  He then got offered a job in Chicago, earning three times that amount.
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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.
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.
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 …
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
After Beta, Messages Will Be Exclusive to OS X Mountain Lion  —  Consomac has discovered that the OS X Lion Messages Beta that was released yesterday will not be a permanent feature for Lion users.  Messages is the new iMessage-compatible version of iChat that will be included in OS X Mountain Lion.

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