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February 25, 2012, 8:55 AM

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Associated Press:
Judge awards iPhone user $850 in throttling case  —  SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — When AT&T started slowing down the data service for his iPhone, Matt Spaccarelli, an unemployed truck driver and student, took the country's largest telecommunications company to small claims court.  And won.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Sony Music Boss: Censored YouTube Videos Cost Us Millions  —  For years the music industry has blamed Internet piracy for all their troubles.  —  Slowly, however, the record labels are starting to realize that the Internet is the future and it will ultimately do more good than harm.
Jennifer Van Grove / VentureBeat:
Facebook resuscitates Digg, traffic up 35%  —  Think Digg is deader than a doornail?  Think again.  The news aggregation site is showing new signs of life and has Facebook to thank for its recent resuscitation.  —  Digg's pageviews jumped 35 percent in January, and the struggling company saw …
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Viddy pulled from the Apple App Store for adult material  —  Mobile video sharing app Viddy has been apparently been pulled from the Apple App Store not long after quickly rising up the ranks of free video and camera applications available for the iPhone.  A Viddy spokesperson confirmed …
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.
Mike Daisey:
David Pogue Is Only Competent To Review Gadgets  —  David Pogue weighed in yesterday about the Nightline piece.  —  I have been trying to engage with Mr. Pogue, but it hasn't gone well.  —  I hate to take the gloves off, but I feel like there's little choice after this latest column.
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 …
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Reddit Writes A Law: First Draft Of The Free Internet Act Emerges  —  As we noted last month, the community at Reddit responded to the whole SOPA mess by deciding that they should collaborate to write their own piece of legislation that protects internet freedoms.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
How Microsoft is killing off the Zune and Windows Live brands in Windows 8  —  Microsoft appears to be killing off two of its key user-facing brands with the upcoming Consumer Preview release of Windows 8.  Windows Live applications have been rolled into preinstalled apps that work as the core …
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Should All Web Traffic Be Encrypted?  —  The prevalence of free, open WiFi has made it rather easy for a WiFi eavesdropper to steal your identity cookie for the websites you visit while you're connected to that WiFi access point.  This is something I talked about in Breaking the Web's Cookie Jar.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Caterina Fake: Fast Growth for a New Social App Is a Very Bad Thing  —  Social Web entrepreneurs with successful careers just can't seem to find their way to a happy and boring retirement.  Flickr co-founder Caterina Fake just announced Pinwheel, joining Ev Williams and Biz Stone of Twitter and now Obvious …
Carl Franzen / TPM Idea Lab:
Kickstarter Expects To Provide More Funding To The Arts Than NEA  —  NEW YORK — Kickstarter is having an amazing year, even by the standards of other white hot Web startup companies, and more is yet to come.  —  One of the company's three co-founders, Yancey Strickler …
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 …
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.
Brendan Sasso / Hillicon Valley:
Judge dismisses lawsuit over Google privacy changes  —  A federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit from the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) that sought to force the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to block Google's planned privacy changes.  —  EPIC argued that Google's privacy changes …

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