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February 22, 2012, 8:15 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 …
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%.
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Poisoned iPhone factory workers beg for reform in open letter  —  A pair of workers who claim to have been poisoned by toxins in a Suzhou, China factory while assembling touchscreens for Apple's iPhone have written an open letter begging consumers to demand reform.
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 …
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 …
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.
Bob Brewin / Nextgov.com:
Air Force Special Operations cancels iPad buy  —  The Air Force Special Operations Command canceled its planned acquisition of Apple iPad tablet computers last week, two days after receiving a query from Nextgov about the inclusion of Russian-developed security and documents reader software specified in procurement documents.
Bits:
Apple, Google and Others in Agreement on App Privacy  —  Updated Adding Google statement. Updated Adding comments from Ms. Harris.  —  California's attorney general, Kamala D. Harris, said on Wednesday that the state had reached an agreement with Amazon.com, Apple, Google, Hewlett-Packard …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Pinterest's uneasy relationship with copyright law: what happens next  —  Pinterest is unquestionably among today's hottest new startups — the social networking service lets users “pin” images they like on the web to boards they can share with friends and publish to the world at large.
More: Engadget and GuardianTweets: @alexia and @cdixon
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).
Garett Sloane / New York Post:
Google ready to launch pilot pay-TV program in Kansas City  —  Call him Larry the Cable Guy.  —  Google CEO Larry Page is ready to launch a pilot pay-TV program to rival Time Warner Cable in Kansas City, Mo., The Post has confirmed.  —  Last week, the Internet giant filed for a video franchise license …
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 …
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.
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.
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).
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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