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February 22, 2012, 6:15 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.
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 …
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.
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%.
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.
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).
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.
Erica Ogg / GigaOM:
Apple sued by patent holding company Brandywine over voicemail  —  Apple is being sued by Brandywine Communications Technologies over multimedia voicemail in its iPhone and iPad products.  In the complaint filed in the U.S. district court for the middle district of Florida Tuesday …
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Amazon Yanks 5,000 Kindle Titles In Fight Over Terms  —  Updated: IPG's full memo to publishers on page 2.  —  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.
Jennifer Van Grove / VentureBeat:
iPhone owners ready to close the deal, 75% want to pay by phone  —  Forget your girlfriend, your mobile phone is fast becoming a better companion in times of crisis — you know, when you need to score the best deal on that sexy gadget or you've left your wallet in the car.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
HP Q1 Revenue Down 7 Percent To $30B; Net Income Down 44 Percent, Software Sales Up 30 Percent  —  HP just reported mixed first quarter earnings.  The company posted non-GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.92, down 32% from the prior-year period (GAAP diluted earnings per share were $0.73, down 38% from the prior-year period).
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 …
Dan Howley / LAPTOP Magazine:
Verizon Says 4G Service Restored, Service Still Spotty  —  For the fourth time in the last three months, Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE network suffered a service outage.  Verizon Wireless spokesman, Tom Pica, said the outage was brief and that service has since been restored.
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
State attorneys general: Google privacy changes appear to harm consumers  —  Dozens of state attorneys general on Thursday wrote Google's chief executive to express “strong concerns” that the company's new privacy policies starting next week will violate consumer privacy.
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Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Feds Request DNSChanger Deadline Extension  —  Extradition of Accused Masterminds Moves Forward  —  Millions of computers infected with the stealthy and tenacious DNSChanger Trojan may be spared a planned disconnection from the Internet early next month if a New York court approves a new request by the U.S. government.
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.

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