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February 24, 2012, 4:05 PM

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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 …
Ian Paul / PC World:
Apple Dumping 30-pin Connector?  How About Dumping Cords Altogether?  —  Can Apple cut the 30-pin connector cord used for synching and charging iOS devices?  Let's hope it can.  —  Apple may be dumping the 30-pin dock connector in future iOS devices for a smaller component as the company looks …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
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 …
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.com  —  Facebook already built its own data center and its own servers.
Jason Kincaid:
A Farewell Ahoy — Thanks For Everything, TechCrunch  —  It isn't easy to feel sad when you're standing in front of a 14-foot ape who's wearing a polo shirt, a backwards baseball cap, and, for reasons only its designer could explain — no pants.  And yet, there I was.  —  Actually, “sad” would be an understatement.
Michael Arrington / Uncrunched:
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?
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 …
Alastair Sharp / Reuters:
Netflix: no plan to support BlackBerry, PlayBook  —  (Reuters) - Online and mail-order video company Netflix has no plans to bring its streaming service to Research In Motion's PlayBook tablet.  —  “We don't have any current plans to support BlackBerry devices, including PlayBook,” …
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 …
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Microsoft Invents New Kinect Feature Called the “Seekbar”  —  At this year's CES, Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer revealed that Kinect was coming to the PC - and on February one they introduced Kinect for Windows.  Even though we're not quite sure what Kinect for Windows will offer PC users …
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
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.
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 …
James B. Stewart / New York Times:
A Law Apple Would Like to Break  —  These days, it's hard to find a superlative that adequately describes Apple.  But maybe simplest is best: biggest.  —  Measured by market capitalization, Apple is the world's biggest company.  This week it solidified its lead over Exxon Mobil …
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Google Invents an Original Search Gesture for Future Devices  —  Google has invented an original search based gesture for future Android devices.  In some cases, the new “continuous gestures” will allow a user to simply and quickly draw a circle around what they want to search for in the form of the letter …
Alicia Eler / ReadWriteWeb:
Chill: It's Like Pinterest For Video  —  Pinterest has been blowing up all over the Internet.  Pinterest is focused on images, although you can pin videos too.  Chill however is a video-only pinboard site, which is its differentiation.  —  Based in Los Angeles, the site launched in its current iteration one month ago.
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.

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