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February 24, 2012, 4:35 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 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
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 …
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?
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
More: The Verge and Gizmodo
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.

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