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February 25, 2012, 12:00 PM

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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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
Apple's FairPlay DRM for iBooks cracked by Requiem app  —  Apple dropped its FairPlay DRM system for music back in 2009, but the remaining segments of the iTunes ecosystem — apps, videos, and iBooks — still utilize versions of the copy-protection scheme.  Ways to circumvent the first two have existed …
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.
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.

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