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February 21, 2012, 1:45 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 …
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.
Josh Davis / LLSocial:
New code lets websites opt-out of Pinterest.  —  In my discussion this week with Ben Silbermann, the CEO of Pinterest, he laid out a number of future plans for the site, and three of them have been implemented in the past few days.  Pinterest has . . . Clarified their business model …
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 …
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.
More: Kickstarter and ForbesThanks:@forrestkoba
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Elaine Kurtenbach / Associated Press:
Darrell Etherington / BetaKit:
Convore Shutting Down as Founder Focuses on New Startup  —  Updated with comment from Convore co-founder Leah Culver.  Group communication is a crowded space, as we wrote about when we covered the reaction of messaging startups to Apple's OSX iMessage expansion.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Why LightSquared failed: It was science, not politics  —  The seeds of LightSquared's failure to win government clearance to build a 4G-LTE network can, ironically, be found in the “approval” the company received just 13 months ago.  —  In January 2011, the Federal Communications Commission …
More: Techdirt
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.
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 …

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