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February 20, 2012, 4:20 PM

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MSDN Blogs:
Connecting your apps, files, PCs and devices to the cloud with SkyDrive and Windows 8 … A few months ago we published our vision for designing personal cloud storage.  While SkyDrive can store all types of files, the category of personal cloud storage is focused on the content that people create or capture themselves.
MSDN Blogs:
Google Bypassing User Privacy Settings  —  When the IE team heard that Google had bypassed user privacy settings on Safari, we asked ourselves a simple question: is Google circumventing the privacy preferences of Internet Explorer users too?  We've discovered the answer is yes …
Bill Slawski / SEO by the Sea:
Google Acquires Cuil Patent Applications  —  According to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) assigment database, Google has acquired the pending patent applications of one time search rival Cuil, touted when launched as a potential Google Killer.
Bill Weir / ABCNEWS:
A Trip to The iFactory: ‘Nightline’ Gets an Unprecedented Glimpse Inside Apple's Chinese Core  —  A worker at a Foxconn factory in Shenzen, China, puts the finishing touches on an Apple iPad.  ABC News Nightline's Bill Weir was the first journalist allowed onto the Apple production line in China …
Dan McDermott / Google+:
Dancing on Whitney Houston's grave: Streaming rights pulled after her death to make a “very large amount of money” from DVD sales according to Netflix rep  —  I was inspired to watch the movie The Bodyguard tonight after watching Kevin Costner's stirring tribute to his former co-star at Whitney Houston's funeral this afternoon.
Elaine Kurtenbach / Associated Press:
John Rath / Data Center Knowledge:
Google Seeks To Plant Antenna Farm in Iowa  —  An example of an array of 4.5 meter satellite dishes.  Google is seeking permission to deploy an array of 4.5 meter satellite dishes near its data center in Council Bluffs, Iowa.  (Source: SETI Institute)  —  Google subsidiary Google Fiber …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Photo of iPad 3 Logic Board with “A5X” System on a Chip  —  A forum post at Chinese site WeiPhone offers a photo of what is claimed to be the iPad 3's logic board showing an “A5X” system-on-a-chip.  —  Apple is expected to introduce an upgraded processor and graphics package for the iPad 3 …
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Nook 8GB Tablet coming on February 22nd to better compete with Kindle Fire  —  The Nook Tablet's biggest problem so far has been that it costs $50 more than Amazon's Kindle Fire while targeting the same budget-conscious Android tablet market.  That's likely to change soon, however …
Ed Bott / The Ed Bott Report Blog:
Microsoft quietly extends consumer support for Windows 7, Vista  —  Summary: This month, with almost no fanfare, Microsoft has revised its support policy for consumer versions of Windows.  The two most recent releases, Vista and Windows 7, now qualify for a full 10 years of support.  I've got the details.
Robert McMillan / Wired Enterprise:
Intel Chefs Bake WiFi Into Mobile Chips  —  Intel's Rosepoint chip combines a digital WiFi radio with a CPU  —  Researchers at Intel have come up with a way to make WiFi faster and more energy efficient.  —  It's a chip called Rosepoint, and although it's just a research project today …
Joseph Walker / Digits:
Flash-Sale Site Fab.com Acquires Germany's Casacanda  —  Design e-commerce site Fab.com Inc. is going global, expanding into Europe with its first international acquisition.  New York-based Fab.com will acquire Germany's Casacanda GmbH in an all-stock deal valuing the start-up at around $10 million …
Peter Sayer / PC World:
LightSquared Defaults on $56M Payment to Spectrum Owner Inmarsat  —  LightSquared has defaulted on a US$56.25 million payment due under a 2007 wireless spectrum cooperation agreement with Inmarsat, the U.K. satellite communications operator said Monday, adding that it could terminate the agreement …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Nielsen: 66% of Americans ages 24-35 own a smartphone  —  But 55- to 64-year olds who make more than $100,000 a year are big buyers too  —  “Whether or not you have a smartphone is closely related to both how old you are and how much money you make,” finds a Nielsen survey of 20,000 Americans with mobile phones conducted in January.
Telegraph:
Facebook hacker jailed for eight months  —  A student who hacked into Facebook has been jailed in the in the “most extensive and grave” case of its kind to come before a British court.  —  Glenn Mangham, 26, admitted infiltrating the social media website from his bedroom at his parents' house between April and May last year.

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