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February 21, 2012, 10:05 AM

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Matt Hickey / The Daily:
Microsoft Office for iPad expected in coming weeks  —  Back in November, The Daily initially uncovered the existence of an iPad version of the Microsoft Office Suite.  Sources now say that the app will soon be submitted to Apple for approval.  —  A brief hands-on with a working prototype …
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 …
Steve Lo / M.I.C. Gadget:
The iPad 3 Rumor Roundup  —  iPad 3 has more tapered edges than the iPad 2, but a little bit thicker  —  What is the latest and greatest with the iPad 3?  We have all the rumors, and all the purported specs covered.  We also have an exclusive in depth look at the back shell of the iPad 3 …
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Nook Tablet 8GB official at $199, Nook Color price down to $169  —  Our sources were right on the money: Barnes & Noble has just announced an 8GB version of its Nook Tablet, pricing it in direct competition with the Kindle Fire at $199.  The Nook Color has also been reduced in price, down to $169.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Barnes & Noble Misses In Q3; NOOK Business Up 38 Percent To $542M  —  Barnes and Noble reported earnings this morning, with total sales increasing 5% compared to the prior year, from $2.3 billion to $2.4 billion, falling short of analyst expectations.  Net income was $52 million, which is flat with the previous year's earnings.
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.
Damaster / LiveSide.net:
Official screenshot confirms that web-based video chat is coming to Windows Live Wave 5  —  Back in August last year, we spotted an interesting set of resource icons from Windows Live Wave 5, suggesting that a web-based video chat service might be coming to Windows Live web properties soon.
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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.
More: CNET, WebProNews and Gizmodo
Trevor Gilbert / PandoDaily:
The Older You Are, The Harder It Is To Win At Social  —  A big problem investors and pundits have with companies like Google, Microsoft and Apple is that they are seemingly incapable of creating a successful social network, despite being successful in many other areas of the software world.
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Android is most-used smartphone OS in UK, overtaking Apple, data shows  —  With its iPhone, Apple may be the most-used brand, but Android now has more than a third of installed base of consumers  —  Android has taken over from Apple and now has the largest share of the installed base …
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.
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.
Robert M. McDowell / Wall Street Journal:
The U.N. Threat to Internet Freedom  —  Top-down, international regulation is antithetical to the Net, which has flourished under its current governance model.  —  On Feb. 27, a diplomatic process will begin in Geneva that could result in a new treaty giving the United Nations unprecedented powers over the Internet.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …

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