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February 24, 2012, 9:50 PM

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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 …
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.
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 …
Jennifer Van Grove / VentureBeat:
Flickr disables Pinterest pins on all copyrighted images (exclusive)  —  As the third most popular source of content on digital pin-board site Pinterest, Flickr and its photographers are subject to frequent acts of copyright infringement.  But a site-wide update to Flickr promises to better protect members and their copyrighted works.
More: The Verge and Gizmodo
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.
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.
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.
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 …
More: MacRumors
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 …
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 …
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.
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?
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.
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 …
More: Techdirt
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 …
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 …
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 …

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