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February 22, 2012, 10:45 AM

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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.
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: CNET, Bloomberg and Reuters
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.
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.
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.
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.
More: Macgasm
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
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 …
Mike Swift / Mercury News:
Mozilla to challenge big players in mobile web  —  Mozilla, the Mountain View nonprofit that took on Microsoft's Internet browser dominance nearly a decade ago and won, now wants to play the same transformative role with the mobile web.  —  Mozilla is expected on Wednesday to announce plans …
More: eWeek
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.
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.
Reuters:
Chinese firm seeks halt of iPad sales in Shanghai  —  (Reuters) - A Chinese technology firm sought to halt the sale of Apple Inc's iPads across the affluent city of Shanghai, arguing at a local court hearing on Wednesday that the U.S. firm had infringed on its trademark.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Storify launches a slick iPad app to open its story-building service to a new audience  —  Storify is today announcing a brand new app for the iPad, bringing its drag and drop curation of Tweets, videos and other web links to the tablet.  The experience looks smooth and carries over the core features of the web app.
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
Qualcomm just announced the chip that would be a one-stop shop for Apple's mobile needs  —  Chipmaker Qualcomm today took the wraps off a new piece of silicon—a fifth iteration of its Gobi reference platform.  It packs comprehensive support for TD-SCDMA, TD-LTE, LTE on FDD and TDD networks worldwide and embedded GPS capability.
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.
Andrew Webster / The Verge:
Chinese mobile subscribers grew to 987.58 million in January  —  China is already the biggest mobile market in the world, and it's only getting bigger, as the country's three state-owned telecom companies revealed a 1.2 percent increase in subscribers in January.
More: IntoMobile and Reuters
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.
More: Kevin Fox
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” …
Meghan Kelly / VentureBeat:
6Scan releases WordPress plugin that hacks your site on purpose (exclusive)  —  6Scan released a new plugin for WordPress today, aimed at giving small businesses the same level of cyber security that enterprises can afford.  —  “I think what SMBs [small to medium-sized businesses] …
More: TechCrunch

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