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February 21, 2012, 7:35 AM

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Dean Hachamovitch / 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 …
T.C. Sottek / The Verge:
Google responds to Microsoft over privacy issues, calls IE's cookie policy ‘widely non-operational’  —  Earlier today, Microsoft accused Google of manipulating Internet Explorer's default privacy restrictions in order to “bypass user preferences about cookies.”
Emil Protalinski / Friending Facebook Blog:
Not just Google: Facebook also bypasses privacy settings in IE  —  Summary: Google isn't the only one bypassing Microsoft Internet Explorer's privacy settings: Facebook does it too, as do thousands of other companies.  So, who is to blame?  —  Following the news that Google …
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.
Ben Grubb / Sydney Morning Herald:
Aussies' fix for ‘stagnated’ email  —  Email has “stagnated” and three Australians who quit Google say they have built a product that will change the way we interact with email and allow us to get through our bulging inboxes “20 per cent faster”.  —  Cameron Adams, 32, and Dhanji Prasanna …
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
RIM finally rolls out BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 with integrated email and Android support  —  RIM has announced that the second version of the OS for its much-maligned BlackBerry PlayBook tablet is rolling out today - chances are that it's too late to do much good for the device's long-term chances on the market though.
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Chrome kingpin Pichai promises Android upgrades  —  In a Q&A, Chrome leader Sundar Pichai promises the Android version will improve “by leaps and bounds” and says the browser will make Google money directly.  —  Sundar Pichai, leader of the Chrome effort, when Google unveiled the first beta of its browser on September 2, 2008.
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
China Telecom to start selling iPhone 4S on March 9  —  China Telecom on Monday said it would begin selling the iPhone 4S on March 9.  The company will start taking online reservations on March 2.  —  iPhone 4S will be available starting at RMB for the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models …
Siobhan Gorman / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Official Warns About ‘Anonymous’ Power Play  —  U.S. Official Signals Growing Concern Over Anonymous Group's Capabilities  —  The director of the National Security Agency has warned that the hacking group Anonymous could have the ability within the next year or two to bring about a limited power outage through a cyberattack.
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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / ZDNet:
First IPv6 Distributed Denial of Service Internet attacks seen  —  Summary: You know IPv6 must finally be making it: The first IPv6 Distributed Denial of Service Internet attacks have been spotted in the wild.  —  The clock is running out on IPv4 on the Internet, but even so the next generation …
Ben Popper / VentureBeat:
Kickstarter gets its third $1M project in the span of two weeks with Order of the Stick  —  It was big news when a Kickstarter project broke the $1 million dollar mark for the first time on February 9th.  More amazingly, two projects shattered that record in the same day.
Sarah Mitroff / VentureBeat:
Meet the ZTE Mimosa X, the first smartphone powered exclusively by Nvidia  —  Nvidia's technology powers many cell phones on the market, including the T-Mobile G2X and Motorola Droid X2.  But until now, Nvidia only supplied its processors to external cell phone manufacturers.
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Apple Plans 20MW of Solar Power for iDataCenter  —  The exterior of the Apple data center facility in Maiden, North Carolina (Source: Apple)  —  Apple has revealed new details about the operations of its huge data center in Maiden, North Carolina, including plans to build a 20-megawatt solar power facility to support its operations.
Glyn Moody / Techdirt:
Twitter Suspends Four Accounts Critical of Sarkozy: Is This What He Meant By ‘Civilizing’ The Net?  —  Nicolas Sarkozy, who hopes to be re-elected as French President this year, seems to have little love for the Internet.  At best, he regards it as a “Wild West” that needs taming.
Lex Friedman / Macworld:
Siri: The missing Mountain Lion feature  —  Like many Mac users, I'm excited about Mountain Lion, the new version of OS X that Apple says will arrive late summer of this year.  But as excited as I am about the update, which brings a slew of iOS features and apps (inluding Reminders, Notes …
Jon Mitchell / ReadWriteWeb:
[Interview] Don't Break Search: Q&A with Google Lead Designer Jon Wiley  —  The design of the search page on Google.com is one of the most iconic in the Web's history, but it's in the midst of major changes.  Google has redefined itself with Google+.  Its notion of Web search as an index …
Dante D'Orazio / The Verge:
Google TV root achieved on Sony devices, enables Hulu streaming and more  —  Early adopters of the first Sony devices to run Google TV may have been feeling pangs of buyer's remorse when the Japanese company announced its revamped lineup at CES this year, but there's no reason to be glum …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Netflix, Whitney Houston and the Great Streaming Video Outrage That Didn't Happen  —  That story about an evil Hollywood studio pulling “The Bodyguard” away from Netflix, so it could sell more DVDs?  —  Totally evil.  —  Also, totally untrue.  —  So says Netflix PR rep Steve Swasey.

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