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February 23, 2012, 5:35 AM

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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Scoble: hit man of Silicon Valley?  —  Today a “journalist” (Dan Lyons) says I have been hitting up VCs to start my own fund.  —  Really?  I didn't know that!  —  For the record, I'm not raising a fund.  This article is NOT accurate.  —  But, it sure comes up in conversation a lot.
More: parislemon and Dan LyonsTweets: @parislemon and @scobleizerThanks:@scobleizer
Elinor Mills / CNET:
Obama unveils Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights  —  President promises privacy legislation and says Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, and AOL are committed to working with Do Not Track technology in browsers.  —  The Obama administration plans to work with Congress to enact legislation …
Walter S. Mossberg / AllThingsD:
Dell Goes on Ultrabook Diet With Slimmed-Down Laptop  —  As 2012 rolls on, consumers shopping for a PC will be seeing more of the thin, light, quick-starting Windows laptops called ultrabooks.  —  Big names like Lenovo and Toshiba already have entered this new category, and on Tuesday …
William D. Cohan / Vanity Fair:
Reed Hastings on Netflix's Recent Rise and Fall  —  Still bloodied by one of the worst self-inflicted corporate disasters in recent memory—last year's $12 billion wipeout—Netflix C.E.O. Reed Hastings remains adamant about his goal: moving from red envelopes to streaming video.
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 …
Eliot Van Buskirk / Wired:
Tomahawk, the Most Important Music App Nobody's Talking About  —  In order for a technology to take off these days, it has to be simple.  Twitter, Facebook, iTunes, Spotify — each can be summed up in a sentence or so and readily understood from the very first time you use it.
More: Lifehacker
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 …
Kashmir Hill / The Not-So Private Parts:
Facebook's Top Cop: Joe Sullivan  —  Facebook chief of security Joe Sullivan, sitting in front of a display of the bad guys his team has taken down (Photo Credit:Timothy Archibald)  —  This story appears in the March 12, 2012 issue of Forbes magazine.  —  If Facebook were a country …
Dan Frommer / SplatF:
iPad + Office + Apple + Microsoft: Why It All Makes Sense  —  In case you missed the craziness this week, Microsoft appears to be making some Office apps for the iPad.  Or maybe it's not.  Or whatever.  MG Siegler has a good wrapup of the nonsense here.  —  Office for the iPad makes total sense, though.
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).
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 …
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 …
Asher Moses / Sydney Morning Herald:
Social revolution coming to Australian TV  —  The NICTA technology can overlay the Twitter discussion on top of any show on any channel.  —  Your TV experience is about to get a whole lot more social, with government researchers partnering with the ABC to bring Twitter and Facebook integration to virtually any show on any channel.

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