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February 23, 2012, 4:50 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.
Chris Velazco / TechCrunch:
Veteran Googler Dennis Woodside To Replace Sanjay Jha As Motorola Mobility CEO  —  With Google's purchase of Motorola nearing completion, some anonymous sources close to the situation have revealed that a management shakeup is in the works too.  According to a new report from Bloomberg …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
People don't care about scoops, they care about trust  —  We have 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.
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.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Scan Gets $1.7M From Google Ventures And Shervin Pishevar To Make QR Codes Actually Useful  —  The most impressive thing about Scan is that it, as a humble QR code app, has raised over $1.7 million in seed funding from, wait for it, Shervin Pishevar via Menlo Ventures, Google Ventures …
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 …
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Feature: Mastered for iTunes: how audio engineers tweak music for the iPod age  —  In an age when Apple has become the top music retailer without selling a single physical disc, audio engineers are increasingly creating specially mastered versions of songs and albums designed to counteract the audio degradation caused by compression.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
A Series of New Apple Inventions Reveal a DJ-Styled Crossfading Feature, Advanced Camera Sensors & Possible 3D Motion TV Remote  —  On February 23, 2012, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a series of very interesting patent applications from Apple that reveal a wide range of technologies.
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Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
Walkie-Talkie App Voxer Popular With Investors, Too, Raising $15M to $20M At Up To $300M Valuation  —  There's been a few walkie-talkie mobile apps that have come out on iOS and Android over the last year or two, but it wasn't until last fall that when one of them had a breakout moment.
Klint Finley / SiliconANGLE:
Geoloqi Launches Platform for White Label Geolocation Apps  —  Geoloqi has been around as a multipurpose geolocation app for iPhone and Android since 2010, and its API has been available since last summer.  But today the Portland, OR startup is releasing its real product …
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 …
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.
Harrison Weber / The Next Web:
Tumblr bans self-harm blogs that glorify anorexia, bulimia and self-mutilation  —  Tumblr's massive growth over the past few years means that it's being used for nearly everything imaginable.  From the awesome blogs we highlight every Tumblr Tuesday to explicit content and heaps of Jonny Depp fan pages.
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. …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Canalys: Android apps cost 2.5X more than iPhone apps  —  The top 100 paid apps total $374.37 on Android Market, $147 on the Apple App Store  —  Here's a puzzler.  —  Although conventional wisdom has it that Apple (AAPL) iPhone users are more inclined to pay for apps than the owners of Google …

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