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February 21, 2012, 5:35 PM

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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft Office for iPad: Separating fact from fiction  —  Summary: If the Daily.com is right, Microsoft's Office for iPad could be launching well ahead of Office for Windows 8 on ARM tablets.  —  The Daily.com — the folks that brought us last year's rumor that Microsoft planned …
John Cook / GeekWire:
Comcast unveils $4.99 per month Streampix service, taking aim at Netflix  —  Streampix movies will be available on the iPad  —  Comcast this week is rolling out a new video streaming service called Streampix, an offering that will be available only to subscribers of the giant cable company.
Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
Comcast launching new subscription VOD service  —  Comcast is announcing a new subscription VOD service that is aimed squarely at countering Netflix but requires already paying for cable.  —  Streampix will launch across the nation's largest video distributor this week with movies and TV content …
Jesse Hicks / The Verge:
Research, no motion: How the BlackBerry CEOs lost an empire  —  “We are no longer a company that is innovative and energetic, we are drowning in paperwork.”  —  By many accounts, the problems at RIM go deeper than just outdated software.  Things reached a crisis point in 2011, which could be known as “The Year of the Open Letter.”
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Adrianne Jeffries / Betabeat:
Flickr Is Getting a Major Makeover  —  The new Flickr photo view, slated to roll out 2/28/2012.  —  Markus Spiering has, as they say, a good eye.  Most of his resume was in mobile before he became a senior product manager for Flickr.  In March 2011, he slipped into the head product role, lording over Flickr's 45 or so employees.
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.
Christopher S. Stewart / Wall Street Journal:
Over-the-Air TV Catches Second Wind, Aided by Web  —  It's cool to have rabbit ears again.  —  Largely relegated to obscurity decades ago, old-fashioned television broadcasts—over the airwaves and not via cable or satellite—are enjoying an unexpected revival in the digital era.
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.
Katherine Rushton / Telegraph:
Legal claims can be served via Facebook, High Court judge rules  —  Legal claims can now be served via Facebook in Britain, after a landmark ruling in the English High Court.  —  Facebook can be used to serve legal claims in Britain, following a ruling by a High Court judge
Ray Walters / ExtremeTech:
Canonical reveals Ubuntu for Android  —  Canonical is making good on its promise to bring its popular Ubuntu flavor of Linux to a broader range of devices by announcing Ubuntu for Android, a release that will enable a full desktop computing experience on a docked Android smartphone.
Sarah McBride / Reuters:
Silicon Valley: The rise of the adolescent CEOs  —  (Reuters) - Josh Buckley, chief executive of an online gaming start-up, is looking forward to next month's Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, particularly for the parties and the accompanying schmoozing with industry A-listers.
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Amazon Appstore more lucrative for many devs than Android Market  —  Investment in Amazon Appstore is paying off in a big way for many top developers, a good chunk of whom are pulling in more money for their apps on Amazon than through Google's Android Market.
Richard Brewer-Hay / eBay Ink:
eBay to Acquire WHI Solutions  —  eBay Inc. has reached a definitive agreement to acquire WHI Solutions (WHI), a provider of software and digital catalog solutions for auto parts distributors and retailers. … I'm a fairly stereotypical guy for the most part... I like my beer, my sports, and my action movies.
Adrianne Jeffries / Betabeat:
Scroogle, Privacy-First Search Engine, Shuts Down for Good … Scroogle, the search engine operated by privacy militant and self-appointed Wikipedia watchdog Daniel Brandt, has folded for real.  After enduring DDOS attacks “around the clock” that sent a flood of unsustainable traffic to his servers …
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.

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