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February 20, 2012, 1:45 PM

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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 …
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 …
Elaine Kurtenbach / Associated Press:
Lower Chinese court rules shops should pull iPads  —  SHANGHAI (AP) — Apple's dispute over the iPad trademark deepened Monday after the Chinese company that claims ownership of the name said it won a court ruling against sales of the popular tablet computer in China.
Michael Kan / PC World:
Apple Threatens to Sue Chinese Firm for Defamation in IPad Trademark Dispute  —  Apple has threatened to take legal action against a little-known Chinese firm for inflaming an ongoing dispute over the iPad trademark, alleging that the company's founder and its lawyers have made misleading statements …
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.
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.
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
The Pirate Bay could be blocked in UK  —  Filesharing site unlawfully shares copyrighted music, says UK high court  —  The filesharing website The Pirate Bay has come a step closer to being blocked in the UK after the high court ruled that the site breaches copyright laws on a large scale.
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 …
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.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Google Developing Siri-Like User Interface for Google TV  —  Just six days prior to Apple officially launching iCloud and Siri, Google was rushing their patent application to the US Patent and Trademark Office covering a new Google TV remote and/or application.
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.
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.
Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
Google quietly launches Latitude Leaderboards, threatens Foursquare under its breath  —  Google didn't exactly offer much fanfare for this new feature — as far as we can tell, it still hasn't been officially announced.  With the latest update to the Maps app, Mountain View delivered …

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