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February 22, 2012, 12:45 PM

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Dave Heiner / Microsoft on the Issues:
Google: Please Don't Kill Video on the Web  —  Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Corporate Standards & Antitrust Group, Microsoft  —  Earlier today, Microsoft filed a formal competition law complaint with the European Commission (EC) against Motorola Mobility.
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
After Apple, Microsoft also files an EU antitrust complaint against Motorola Mobility over FRAND abuse  —  Less than a week after Apple's EU antitrust complaint against Motorola Mobility became publicly known, Microsoft has also filed formal competition charges against MMI with the European Commission.
More: Reuters
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Google to Sell Heads-Up Display Glasses by Year's End  —  People who constantly reach into a pocket to check a smartphone for bits of information will soon have another option: a pair of Google-made glasses that will be able to stream information to the wearer's eyeballs in real time.
Joshua Topolsky / The Verge:
What we learned from the ‘Nightline’ report on Foxconn factories  —  After teasing the story yesterday, Nightline has aired its report from Foxconn's factories on ABC.  In the report, host Bill Weir speaks directly to factory workers as well as their managers.
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Factory workers claim Foxconn hid underage employees before FLA inspection  —  Workers at Apple partner Foxconn have alleged that their employer transferred underage employees to other departments or did not schedule them to work overtime in order to avoid discovery during recent inspections …
Billy Steele / Engadget:
Verizon 4G LTE outage hitting parts of the US (Updated)  —  Experiencing some issues downloading those expense reports via your Verizon LTE device this morning?  You're not alone.  We've received reports of data outages in Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Phoenix, Pennsylvania and Ohio.
Lukas Mathis / ignorethecode.net:
Please Steal These webOS Features  —  When Apple introduced the first iPad in 2010, I bought one immediately.  I didn't know what I'd use it for, but I was sure that I would find some use for it.  I never did.  I played around with it, wrote some code for it, but eventually stopped using it.
Peter Corbett / GigaOM:
Facebook plans to release a new premium ads product Feb. 29  —  According to leaked documents, Facebook plans to upgrade its premium ads on February 29.  The company expects the new ads to perform 40 to 8o percent better than its previous product.  —  As the owner of a social creative agency …
Michael Arrington / Uncrunched:
San Francisco Or Palo Alto?  —  When I started TechCrunch in 2005 there was no question that Palo Alto was the center of the tech universe.  San Francisco was really pretty and a nice place to see the symphony, but all the startup action was in and around Stanford University in Palo Alto.
Jim Wolf / Reuters:
CIA to software vendors: A revolution is coming  —  (Reuters) - The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency told software vendors on Tuesday that it plans to revolutionize the way it does business with them as part of a race to keep up with the blazing pace of technology advances.
More: TechEye
Dcurtis / Dustin Curtis:
Google's new “bats**t crazy” UX  —  In a recent update to Gmail and Google+, Google removed the ability to go “home” by clicking the logo.  Kevin Fox, who worked at Google as a designer for many years, had this to say: … I am amazed that Google allowed this change, but not really surprised.
Boris Khvostichenko / Google LatLong:
Street View on Google Maps comes to Russia  —  Welcome to Russia!  You can now virtually travel through the world's largest country to the cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg using Google Maps Street View.  —  Take an online stroll around famous Red Square and Moscow Kremlin …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Police Raid File-Hosting Site, Arrest Operator and ISP  —  On June 11th last year Europe witnessed one of the largest piracy-related busts in history.  —  An international operation shut down the movie streaming portal Kino.to and police made more than a dozen arrests.
More: BGR and SlashGear
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
The Beatles Launch Exclusive Ringtones Through iTunes Store  —  Continuing their close relationship with the iTunes Store following a landmark deal to launch their music in the store in late 2010, The Beatles today announced the release of their first official ringtones, available exclusively through the iTunes Store.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Google Patent Clearly Eying the Desktop Market for Android  —  A recent patent filing by Google surprisingly indicates that they're seriously eying the desktop and notebook markets for Android.  Interestingly, the patent seems to focus on similar capabilities now found in Apple's Multi-Touch Trackpad and Magic Trackpad.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
How to parse a Microsoft denial  —  Summary: Microsoft's response to The Daily's latest Office on iPad story provides a lesson in how to interpret Microsoft's official responses to information the company isn't ready to share.  —  As a long-time Microsoft watcher, I've seen lots of Microsoft denials in my day.
Brad Molen / Engadget:
Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G making its way into T-Mobile stores in March for $150  —  We heard about Samsung's Galaxy S Blaze 4G — a device that wins second place for longest name behind the Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch — last month at CES, but details were incredibly scarce.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Now You Need Quora Credits To Ask Questions, But Can Also Use Them To Promote Content  —  Quora has fiddled around with its Credits system and unveiled some new features today, making two very notable changes.  The first one is the elimination of the original “Pay to show to Topics” …

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