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February 22, 2012, 6:50 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.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft Office for iPad: Separating fact from fiction  —  Summary: If the Daily.com is right, Microsoft's Office for iPad could be launching well ahead of Office for Windows 8 on ARM tablets.  —  The Daily.com — the folks that brought us last year's rumor that Microsoft planned …
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.
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
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 …
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
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.
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.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Awesome Inventory Management Startup Stitch Labs Nabs $1M From True Ventures  —  Small business inventory management startup Stitch Labs is announcing a $1 million seed investment this morning led by True Ventures.  In the same space as Bizelo and Ordoro, Stitch Labs allows design-focused small businesses …
Michal Lev-Ram / Fortune:
Intel's (latest) mobile comeback  —  CEO Paul Otellini thinks he's finally found a way to get Intel into the mobile game.  Will phone makers take his call?  —  FORTUNE — There are two kinds of CEOs: Those who love the spotlight and those who hate it.  Paul Otellini, chief executive officer of Intel, falls into the latter category.
Brad Molen / Engadget:
Samsung Galaxy S II announced for US Cellular: ‘coming soon’ for $230  —  We already had a strong hunch that it was coming to US Cellular, thanks to the FCC, but now it's official: Samsung's iconic Galaxy S II is finally making its way to the regional carrier in the coming weeks for $230 …
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.

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