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February 24, 2012, 12:35 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.
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 …
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 …
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?
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 …
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.
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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 …
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.
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 …
Tim Nudd / Adweek:
Apple's iPhone TV Ads: The Complete Campaign  —  Apple's “Get a Mac” campaign for the Macintosh computer, starring Justin Long and John Hodgman, set the bar for creativity in tech advertising.  Created by TBWA\Media Arts Lab, it was simply the best TV ad campaign of the last decade, and the best advertising comedy series ever.
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Nokia becomes top Windows Phone vendor after just one quarter  —  Nokia was late to the game with regard to Windows Phone (among other things).  The Finnish phone giant announced early last year that it would be dumping Symbian in favor of Microsoft's mobile platform, and its first two Windows Phones …
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 …
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 …
Cade Metz / Wired Enterprise:
Facebook Shakes Hardware World With Own Storage Gear  —  Facebook's hardware team is now building storage gear — while decorating the walls at the company's new HQ in Menlo Park, California.  (Photo: Jon Snyder/Wired)  —  Facebook already built its own data center and its own servers.
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 …
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 …

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