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February 22, 2012, 8:10 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.
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.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
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.
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.
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
BBC:
Acta: EU court to rule on anti-piracy agreement  —  The European Union's highest court has been asked to rule on the legality of a controversial anti-piracy agreement.  —  The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (Acta) has been criticised by rights campaigners who argue it could stifle free expression on the internet.
Jeff / Amazon Web Services Blog:
Amazon Simple Workflow - Cloud-Based Workflow Management  —  Simple Workflow  —  Today we are introducing the Amazon Simple Workflow service, SWF for short.  This new service gives you the ability to build and run distributed, fault-tolerant applications that span multiple systems (cloud-based, on-premise, or both).
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.
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Microsoft launches no holds barred anti-Google campaign [video]  —  “What happens when the world's largest advertising business tries to sell productivity software on the side?”  Microsoft asks users in its new Googlighting video.  “Beware the Googlighting Stranger.”
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.
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
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
Greg Sandoval / CNET:
MegaUpload founder released on bail  —  In a surprise move, a New Zealand court released Kim DotCom today after concluding that he was not enough of a flight risk.  —  Kim DotCom, founder of cyberlocker MegaUpload, has been released on bail following the emergence of new evidence, according to media reports in New Zealand.
Bloomberg:
Google Sued by Apple Safari-User Over Web-Browser Privacy  —  Feb. 17 (Bloomberg) — Google Inc. officials were sued for violating users' privacy rights on Apple Inc.'s Safari Web browser by bypassing computer settings designed to block monitoring of consumers' online activity.
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
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.

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