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February 24, 2012, 6:55 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.
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 …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
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.
Maureen Tkacik / The Great Debate:
The Book of Jobs  —  Steve Jobs smelled so foul that none of his co-workers at Atari in the seventies would work with him.  Entreating him to shower was usually futile; he'd inevitably claim that his strict vegan diet had rid him of body odor, thus absolving him of the need for standard hygiene habits.
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.
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 …
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
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.
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
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?”
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.
Kim-Mai Cutler / Inside Mobile Apps:
Chinese developer Hoolai on how half its iOS revenue got eaten by virtual currency scams last fall  —  After bringing its hit social game Three Kingdoms to the iPhone last fall, everything was looking up for Beijing-based developer Hoolai.  The game had climbed to the top of the grossing charts in China …
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 …
More: AllThingsDTweets: @kevinmarks
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 …
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.
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 …
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.

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