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February 23, 2012, 8:35 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
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Elinor Mills / CNET:
Tom Warren / The Verge:
A closer look at Microsoft's Office 15 Technical Preview  —  Microsoft's next-generation Office suite recently reached the Technical Preview stage, allowing third parties to test Microsoft's pre-beta code.  The software giant released early copies of Office 15 to a number of businesses …
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 …
More: msnbc.com
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 …
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 …
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 …
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?”
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.
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. …
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 …
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 …
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 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.
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.
More: App Advice
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 …
John Cook / GeekWire:
Stealth startup CrowdStrike wants to obliterate security threats, raises $26M  —  George Kurtz has a deep affinity for Seattle, previously working as a consultant at Microsoft and raising cash for his first startup, Foundstone, from Kirkland's OVP Venture Partners.
More: Reuters

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