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February 23, 2012, 2:00 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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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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
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 …
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.
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, it will give away 50GB of free storage to any Android user who logs in during the next 30 days.
More: GigaOM and TechCrunch
Sean Buckley / Engadget:
NVIDIA officially brands Tegra 3's five-core quad-core architecture as 4-PLUS-1  —  NVIDIA's cooked up a few ways to describe the Tegra 3's quad-core-with-a-spare architecture, usually by giving the extra Cortex A9 a cute nickname like “ninja,” or “companion.”

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