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February 23, 2012, 12:40 PM

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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 …
Julia Angwin / Wall Street Journal:
Web Firms to Adopt ‘No Track’ Button  —  A coalition of Internet giants including Google Inc. has agreed to support a do-not-track button to be embedded in most Web browsers—a move that the industry had been resisting for more than a year.  —  The reversal is being announced as part …
Yang Jie / Wall Street Journal:
Chinese Court Rejects Injunction Against Apple's iPad  —  SHANGHAI—A Shanghai court rejected a Chinese company's effort to get a preliminary injunction against the sale of Apple Inc.'s iPad there over a trademark dispute and postponed the hearings pending the results of another case in a Chinese court.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
T-Mobile USA Reports Huge Customer Defections, Says to Launch LTE in 2013  —  Deutsche Telekom said on Thursday that T-Mobile USA will launch high-speed LTE service sometime next year.  —  The company is the last major U.S. carrier to announce LTE plans and it has been questioned whether …
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: @scobleizer, @manan and @parislemonThanks:@scobleizer
David Pogue / New York Times:
State of the Art: OnLive Desktop Plus Puts Windows 7 on the iPad in Blazing Speed  —  You're probably paying something like $60 a month for high-speed Internet.  I'm paying $5 a month, and my connection is 1,000 times faster.  —  Your iPad can't play Flash videos on the Web.  Mine can.
Joanna Stern / ABCNEWS:
Foxconn, Apple, and the Fair Labor Association Respond to ABC News' Exclusive Report  —  On Monday, ABC News' Bill Weir exclusively reported on the conditions inside Apple's main Chinese manufacturer — Foxconn.  For the first time ever, Apple allowed a journalist onto its production line …
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
Forgotten Apple founder takes to Facebook to explain his decision to quit after 12 days  —  The story of Ron Wayne, the third but oft-forgotten co-founder of Apple Computer (along with Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak), is well known in our circles.  —  See our recent interview with the man for more context …
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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.
Millsd / Identity at Mozilla:
Introducing Mozilla Persona  —  This past year we've been building the core of a Web-scale identity system.  We've been calling it BrowserID: our name both for the technology1 and the Mozilla service that implements the technology.  Today we'd like to introduce Mozilla Persona …
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Samsung's Galaxy S II celebrates 20 million sold, just in time for MWC  —  After crossing the 10 million units moved threshold back in September, Samsung has joyously announced ahead of MWC 2012 that its Galaxy S II family of phones has sold 20 million since launching in April.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple shareholders: The odds are against a dividend today  —  The company is likely to hold on to its $100 billion cash hoard — at least for now  —  Click to enlarge.  Source: Asymco.com  —  I suspect that the number one question on the mind of Apple (AAPL) shareholders gathering today …
More: Seeking AlphaThanks:@philiped
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Qualcomm Atheros expects a smoother rollout for next-generation WiFi  —  Qualcomm Atheros expects that the next-generation of WiFi wireless networking will roll out in a smoother manner than past industry transitions and with less confusion for consumers.  —  The new 802.11ac wireless technology …
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
LG Optimus 4X HD unveiled: Quad-core Tegra 3, Ice Cream Sandwich, 4.7-inch display  —  If LG failed to impress so far with the slew of Android 2.3 phones it's shown off in the run up to MWC 2012, perhaps the Optimus 4X HD can make up for it.  This 4.7-inch beast is its first to feature …
Aki Kuusela / The WebM Open Media Project Blog:
Fifth Generation VP8 Hardware Encoder Released  —  The fifth generation of the widely adopted H1 hardware encoder for VP8, internally known as “Evergreen”, has become available for licensing today.  In the Evergreen release, we focused on improving the real-time communication features …
Bloomberg:
Facebook Insiders Push $100 Billion Value  —  Facebook Inc. (FB) is already trading like a public company as insiders and wealthy investors use private marketplaces to buy and sell stock in the social- networking company ahead of its initial offering.  —  The shareholder base has grown …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Twitter Grabs Two Googlers for International Advertising Expansion  —  Twitter has hired two high-profile Google execs — Shailesh Rao and Stephen McIntyre — to lead an aggressive international expansion in advertising.  —  Rao (pictured right) will be joining the online communications network …
Antti Vilpponen / ArcticStartup:
Rovio Ownership Structure Revealed  —  The Finnish Arvopaperi magazine has announced the ownership structure of Rovio, the creators of Angry Birds.  The information has not come up in any IPO filing, but through public information in the Finnish governmental registry.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Report: Video Accounts For Half Of All Mobile Traffic; Android Biggest For Mobile Ads  —  Mobile video now accounts for half of all mobile traffic; and on some networks, that number is as high as 69 percent — a testament to the rise of smartphones and tablets as the mobile devices of choice for consumers …
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