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February 21, 2012, 11:15 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 …
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 …
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.”
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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
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.
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 …
Christine Haughney / New York Times:
Panel to Consider Computer Option for Taxis  —  Just as New Yorkers have grown used to blaring televisions in the back of taxis, the Taxi and Limousine Commission is considering another electronic option: embedded tablet computers.  —  The commission is weighing a proposal by Square …
More: Betabeat
Ari Levy / Business Week:
‘PayPal Mafia’ Gets Richer  —  Yelp and Facebook's IPOs will give another boost to Silicon Valley's influential PayPal alumni  —  The fortunes of the so-called PayPal Mafia are poised to grow.  —  Jeremy Stoppelman and Max Levchin own about $200 million in Yelp Inc. shares heading …
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.
Benny Evangelista / San Francisco Chronicle:
Facebook expected to unveil plan for mobile ads  —  Facebook disclosed an eye-opening fact when it filed plans to go public this month - 425 million members access the social network on smart phones and tablets.  —  The disclosure sent up red flags for analysts, because the company also said it does not …

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