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February 22, 2012, 3:10 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.
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 …
Horace Dediu / asymco:
How much does it cost to manufacture an iPhone?  —  An iPhone generates approximately $650 in revenue for Apple.  This figure has remained fairly steady over time.  Using deduction from overall margins, it's possible to estimate the gross margin on the product to be around 55%.
Rahul Vohra / The Rapportive Blog:
Rapportive Acquired By LinkedIn!  —  Hey there!  This is Rahul from Rapportive.  —  Our vision is to make you brilliant with people.  Not just good, not just effective, but actually brilliant.  That's our dream.  —  Since we accidentally launched, we have relentlessly pursued this vision …
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.
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).
Ian Lin / Bing:
Make a Good Search Impression with Bing's Linked Pages  —  Whether it's an old friend, a former classmate or (ahem) yourself, searching for people is one of the most common things we do on the web.  Last year, we took the first step to bring expanded search results of your Facebook friends into Bing …
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.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Why I am tired of Silicon Valley's focus on virality, Glassmap is far worse than Path ever was  —  You might have seen all the people beating up on Path about two weeks ago.  But that really is pretty benign behavior, in my experience, when compared to companies, like Glassmap, who really are hurting the entire app economy.
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.
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Amazon Yanks 5,000 Kindle Titles In Fight Over Terms  —  Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) has turned off the buy button on nearly 5,000 Kindle titles from distributor Independent Publishers Group after IPG refused to capitulate to Amazon's demand for better terms.  Updated: IPG's full memo to publishers on page 2.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Google Docs for Android Now Lets you Collaborate On the Go  —  Google Docs may not be as fully featured as a full-blown productivity suite like Microsoft Office, but its collaboration features are something many of its users can't live without anymore.  Until now, though …
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 …
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.
Joe Pollicino / Engadget:
‘Select’ PS Vita apps hit the US PlayStation Store: Netflix, LiveTweet and Flickr (Update: video hands-on)  —  Did you just brave the lines of a midnight launch party and snag yourself a PS Vita in the US?  Good news ye early adopters, Sony's PlayStation.Blog.US has just announced …

Sponsor Posts

Microsoft:
FansChoice.tv and Ooyala choose Microsoft to help them deliver content to anyone, on any device  —  On Monday at the 2014 NAB Show exhibition, Microsoft is showing the latest technology innovations for the broadcast media industry.
Atlassian:
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Zoho Blogs:
Zoho CRM - Discontinuing Integration with LinkedIn  —  Back in 2011, to help our customers focus more on selling and less CRMing, we started offering integration with LinkedIn along with various other important features.
Silicon Valley Bank:
Strengthening the U.S. Innovation Economy by Ending Abusive Patent Litigation  —  In Silicon Valley Bank's Innovation Economy Outlook 2014 survey, we asked executives what they see in today's patent system …
 

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