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February 23, 2012, 11:40 PM

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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple Acquires Chomp; App Store Search And Discovery To Be Completely Revamped  —  With the countdown underway to 25 billion total app downloads, there's no disputing the success of Apple's App Store.  We live in a world of hyperbole, but Apple's entry into this space really has changed the entire mobile world.
Connie Guglielmo / Forbes:
Apple Readying ‘Products That Will Blow Your Mind’  —  Apple's Tim Cook, addressing shareholders for the first time since he took over as CEO from Steve Jobs in August, said today the company will introduce mind-blowing products this year.  —  “You can be assured we are working as hard …
More: Forbes and parislemon
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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 …
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.
Greg Sandoval / CNET:
Google Music not living up to expectations (exclusive)  —  Google Music was supposed to have an inside track marketing music to the 200 million Android users, but performance so far is not what was expected.  —  Three months after launching, Google Music hasn't lived up to expectations, CNET has learned.
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Throttling unlimited data plans is pointless, study finds  —  AT&T's questionable policy with regard to unlimited smartphone data plan holders recently found its way back into the limelight following a new wave of subscriber complaints.  The nation's No.2 carrier no longer offers …
More: Bits, PhoneArena and Gizmodo
Wall Street Journal:
Proview Sues Apple in U.S. Over iPad  —  Proview Electronics Co. has taken its legal battles with Apple Inc. to a U.S. court, claiming the iPhone maker used deception in buying the iPad trademark and shouldn't be allowed to keep it.  —  The lawsuit, which was filed in the Superior Court …
Yang Jie / Wall Street Journal:
Emily Dreyfuss / CNET:
The challenge of wooing Generation C  —  As Nielsen coins a new term to describe young adults ages 18-34, a group it considers bound together by a digitally connected lifestyle, one Gen C'er has some advice for advertisers.  —  The C in “Generation C,” not surprisingly, stands for connected.
Tweets: @grg
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.
Victoria Barret / Upside Potential:
Marc Benioff Is Thinking Bigger  —  Salesforce beat Wall Street expectations and its investors benefited generously.  After announcing revenue of $632 million, up 38% from a year ago, shares jumped 10% in after-hours trading.  That puts the already pricey stock in the stratosphere.
Paul Marks / New Scientist:
Google ‘Seaview’ gives you underwater reef tour  —  Video: Explore underwater life with Google Seaview  —  An underwater variant of the Google Street View service will from today begin giving web users an unprecedented photographic tour of Australia's Great Barrier Reef …
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
How I Found the Human Being Behind Horse_ebooks, The Internet's Favorite Spambot  —  Horse_ebooks became a bona fide internet celebrity when organizers of ROFLCON, the premier conference on internet pop culture, asked in January: “Anyone know how we might be able to get in touch with @horse_ebooks?”
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 review  —  Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the world of email.  Yes, email!  Sure, many of you have given up on the stuff in favor of more instant means of communication, but don't worry, because that's here too!  Yes, the BlackBerry PlayBook …
More: eWeek and The Verge
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Redesigns Groups To Be More Timeline-y and Purposeful, Less Spammy  —  Today Facebook rolled out a limited redesign of Groups, featuring a big new Timeline-style cover image, and a prompt for users to prominently label “What should people post in this group?”
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Study: Mobile Web and App Usage Now at Parity  —  The online analytics company comScore released its annual “Mobile Future in Focus” report earlier this morning.  Just ahead of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week, comScore is taking a closer look at how consumers in the U.S. …
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide.net:
No PC to PC sync in new SkyDrive  —  One of the questions our commenters asked about the upcoming integration of Windows Live Mesh into SkyDrive was “what about direct Device to Device synchronization?”.  Currently, you can use Windows Live Mesh to sync folders from device to device …
Daniel Terdiman / CNET:
Uber-angel Ron Conway: Silicon Valley is stronger than ever  —  Known as one of the savviest tech investors, the founder of SV Angel has picked a slew of winners including Twitter, Groupon, Dropbox, Square, and Airbnb.  He shared some thoughts with CNET.  —  Ron Conway of SV Angel is seen …
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / Open Source Blog:
Intel distributes LibreOffice, can Microsoft be pleased?  —  Intel supports LibreOffice, can Microsoft be pleased?  —  LibreOffice, the OpenOffice fork, is a very popular open-source office suite.  But, while it has great support from Linux distributors, like openSUSE and Ubuntu …
Royal Pingdom:
Testing the speed of comment systems for blogs  —  For blogs and many other types of sites, getting an interaction going with readers is essential.  But it would seem that many believe that installing a third-party comment system on a website, something like Disqus, IntenseDebate, or LiveFyre, drags down the site's speed considerably.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple wants to reinvent keyboards, making them even thinner  —  Apple could make its notebook computers and keyboard accessories even thinner and lighter with a brand new take on the classic input method.  —  Apple's interest in reinventing the keyboard was revealed in a new patent application discovered this week by AppleInsider.
Kavi Goel / Inside Search:
See upcoming concerts in search results  —  I'm a big music fan, so I spend a lot of time searching for music bands and artists.  When I hear a new song or a friend tells me about an artist I should check out, I search to watch their music videos, find out recent news about them, and to learn more about them in general.

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