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February 24, 2012, 9:00 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.
Bloomberg:
Apple Is Said to Pay About $50 Million for Search Startup Chomp  —  Feb. 24 (Bloomberg) — Apple Inc., the world's most valuable company, acquired San Francisco-based Chomp Inc., which helps users sort through the widening array of software applications for mobile devices.
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 …
Peter / The Mac Security Blog:
Flashback Mac Trojan Horse Infections Increasing with New Variant  —  We recently reported about a new variant of the Flashback Trojan horse which is using novel techniques to infect Macs.  Since then, we have discovered a number of samples of this latest variant, Flashback.G …
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 …
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 …
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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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 …
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.
More: Mashable!
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Sebastian Anthony / ExtremeTech:
Mozilla partners up with LG to combat Apple and Google with its own device  —  At Mobile World Congress, which begins in three days, Mozilla will finally take the wraps off the Mozilla Marketplace and allow developers to submit their open web technology (HTML5, JavaScript, CSS) apps.
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?”

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