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February 23, 2012, 3:30 PM

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Bloomberg:
Google to Replace Motorola Mobility CEO  —  Google Inc. (GOOG), which won U.S. approval for its acquisition of Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. (MMI), is close to naming Dennis Woodside to run the business when the deal closes, three people familiar with the matter said.
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 …
Tom Ford / Google Voice Blog:
Your Circles, now in Google Voice  —  To help make it even easier for you to organize your contacts, today we're adding Google+ Circles to Google Voice.  Circles give you more control over how you manage your callers; for example, calls from your “Creepers” circle can be sent straight to Voicemail …
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 …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple Shareholders Meeting: No News, No Complaints, No Dividend  —  Apple's shareholders meeting Thursday, its first with Tim Cook as CEO, was as anticlimactic and uneventful as they come.  —  Shareholders reelected the company's board of directors, with each member garnering more than 80 percent approval.
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 …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
People don't care about scoops, they care about trust  —  We've written a number of times about how social media and the “democratization of distribution” has compressed the news cycle to the point where the half-life of a scoop is measured in minutes rather than hours or days.
Sean Ludwig / VentureBeat:
Box bets on Android in business with new update, gives all users 50GB storage free  —  Cloud storage powerhouse Box has updated its Android app with tons of new features.  And to celebrate, the company is giving away 50GB of free storage to any Android user who logs in during the next 30 days.
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 …
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 …
Mike Allen / Politico:
Exclusive: Susan Molinari to head Google's D.C. office  —  Former congresswoman Susan Molinari was named head of Google's Washington office on Thursday, increasing the tech giant's government firepower at a time of rising scrutiny from lawmakers and regulators on high-stakes issues that include privacy and antitrust.
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.
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.
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 …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Don't Just Pin It, Buy It: Pinterest Rival Fancy Figures Out Social Commerce  —  Amid the increased speculation surrounding Silicon Valley darling Pinterest's forthcoming revenue model, competitor Fancy, a social photo-clipping service popular among the style-conscious set, has been quietly working on revenue ideas of its own.
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 …
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 …

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