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February 24, 2012, 5:30 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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Rafe Needleman / CNET:
We're not paying enough for apps  —  Rafe Needleman tries to convince a developer he's charging too much for his utility, ends up convincing himself that a lot of software is underpriced instead.  —  If the cool automatic monitor and computer location algorithm gets things wrong …
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
RapidShare Slows Download Speeds To Drive Away Pirates  —  During the wake of the Megaupload raids in January, TorrentFreak continuously monitored the cyberlocker world.  We watched file-hosters panic and we watched bewildered users of their services try to find alternatives.
Nicola Clark / New York Times:
Selecting a Seatmate to Make Skies Friendlier  —  PARIS — On his eight-hour flight to New York from Switzerland last month, Jeff Jarvis, a well-known blogger and journalism professor, found himself seated next to a woman eager to discuss the finer points of management theory.
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.
More: Guardian
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 …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
TiVo transcoder and IP-based set top box coming ‘by the end of summer’  —  Nestled within TiVo's surprisingly decent fourth quarter results was a statement from CEO Tom Rogers, who said that “By the end of the summer, we'll further that lead with the addition of the four-stream transcoder and an IP-STB.”
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
CNBC: Sprint board rejects $8b MetroPCS acquisition ‘hours’ before announcement  —  CNBC is reporting that Sprint and regional carrier MetroPCS were literally hours from announcing an $8 billion merger when Sprint's executive board rejected it — even after it had CEO Dan Hesse's sign-off.
More: PhoneArenaTweets: @davidfabercnbc
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Game Closure raises $12M for HTML5 cross-platform games  —  Game Closure has raised $12 million in a first round of funding for its HTML5-based cross-platform multiplayer game business, which aims to provide tools to developers that can help them deal with one of their most painful tasks …

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