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February 24, 2012, 11:35 AM

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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.
Rene Ritchie / iMore:
Apple getting ready to ditch the traditional iPhone, iPad, and iPod dock connector  —  An updated “micro dock” would make room for bigger batteries, 4G radios, and other components far more important to the iPhone and iPad in a PC free world.  —  We've heard that Apple is getting ready …
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Google to sell stake in Clearwire for $47m, a tenth of the price it originally paid  —  Google has filed documents with the SEC today in preparation for the sale of its entire stake in the troubled Clearwire Corporation.  Having spent $500 million to acquire a 6.5 percent share back in 2008 …
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.
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Feature: If Android is a “stolen product,” then so was the iPhone  —  According to his official biographer, Steve Jobs went ballistic in January 2010 when he saw HTC's newest Android phones.  “I want you to stop using our ideas in Android,” Jobs reportedly told Eric Schmidt, then Google's CEO.
More: Guardian
Michael Arrington / Uncrunched:
Jason Kincaid Exits TechCrunch  —  A whole lot of amazing people have left TechCrunch in the last several months.  I'm sad to hear that the next to go is Jason Kincaid (his personal blog is here), who is leaving without firm plans for his next job.  —  I first met Jason in 2008 via Mark Hendrickson …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Dropbox Can Now Automatically Sync Your Android Photos (And It Has More Up Its Sleeve)  —  Last year, Dropbox raised a whopping $250 million funding round at a valuation in the ballpark of $4 billion.  The raise had been rumored for months so it didn't come as a huge surprise, but it still raised plenty of eyebrows.
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 …
Jennifer Van Grove / VentureBeat:
Facebook behind budget on Q1 ad revenue, sources say  —  Facebook's newest advertising product, expected to be unveiled on Feb. 29, leaked to the web yesterday.  The ads themselves would appear to be a natural evolution of the company's primary money-making business, but perhaps there's …
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Tech media misconceptions  —  Journalism is rife with conflict.  Get over it.  —  The tech media wars continued yesterday, with LA Times columnist Michael Hiltzik basically accusing certain tech bloggers of being “influence peddlers.”  —  The whole issue has become fairly tired …
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Drive Will Support Third Party Apps  —  Back in November 2010, a comment from the Google Docs source code revealed some new features that will be available: third party apps, Cloud Print integration and sync.  —  It turns out that the upcoming Google Drive release will add support …
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
iCloud and MobileMe push email disabled on iOS devices in Germany due to Motorola lawsuit  —  Following a German court ruling earlier this month that deemed Apple's email sync services were in breach of a Motorola patent, the Cupertino company has decided to disable the offending functionality on iOS devices in the country.
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.
More: Nielsen WireTweets: @grg
Brooke Crothers / CNET:
Google may enter tablet market with 7-inch design  —  Google is set to dip its toes in the tablet market with a 7-inch design later this year, says an analyst.  —  The Google tablet would be in the same size class as Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet.  —  Wondering when Google is going to jump into the tablet fray?
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Pseudonymous Mobile Messaging App Vibe Acquired By Betaworks  —  Back during the heyday of #OccupyWallStreet in New York City (before winter dispersed most of the protestors there), an iPhone app called Vibe became popular among that community.  It allows people to post messages, photos …
More: Betabeat
Joshua L. Weinstein / The Wrap:
MPAA's Chris Dodd Extends SOPA Olive Branch to Silicon Valley  —  MPAA Chief Chris Dodd made a peace overture to Silicon Valley Wednesday, telling an audience that “Hollywood is pro-technology and pro-Internet.”  —  But he also made clear the legislative battle against piracy wasn't over …
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