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February 27, 2012, 10:25 AM

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Kim-Mai Cutler / Inside Mobile Apps:
Android crosses 850,000 activations per day, Andy Rubin says  —  The Android platform is now seeing more than 850,000 device activations per day, up from the 700,000 figured shared back in January, according to Andy Rubin, who oversees the OS at Google.  —  The figures suggest that Android …
More: The Verge and InquirerTweets: @arubin
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Google's Mobile Sales Head: US Smartphone Ownership Grew 7% Last Year — Plus, Predictions  —  Jason Spero, Google's head of mobile sales and strategy, will be taking the stage at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona later today, where he'll be revealing new research about smartphone growth …
Daniel Cooper / Engadget:
Sharif Sakr / Engadget:
Nokia announces 808 PureView: Belle OS, 4-inch display, 41-megapixel camera(!) — we go hands-on (video)  —  Remember that Nokia PureView tease from a few days ago?  Well, suddenly it all makes sense.  We are indeed looking at an imaging flagship phone and a true successor to the N8.
Stratfor / PR Newswire:
Stratfor Statement on Wikileaks  —  Company Denounces Email Disclosure as Deplorable Breach of Privacy  —  AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Below is a statement from Stratfor on release of company emails by Wikileaks:  —  In December, thieves compromised Stratfor's data systems …
Farhad Manjoo / PandoDaily:
Steve Jobs was right: Dropbox is a feature, not a product  —  I've always been a big fan and committed user of Dropbox.  Over the last couple years the handy file-sync app has gotten me out of many scrapes—when I need to access six-month-old interview notes when I'm out of town, it's always a thrill to find them in my Dropbox.
More: GigaOMTweets: @tcarmody
Garry Tan / garry's posterous:
Steve Jobs and Farhad Manjoo are wrong: Dropbox can do what Apple, Microsoft and Google can never do.  —  Farhad Manjoo writes in Pando Daily about how Dropbox is just a feature.  Unfortunately the examples he talks about seem to support the exact opposite. … This assertion is about as wrong as could be.
Graham Spencer / MacStories:
Adobe Photoshop Touch Review  —  When I first heard that Adobe was bringing Photoshop to the iPad sometime last year, I was sceptical.  I presumed it would be a very limited app compared to the powerful desktop app, or maybe just a slightly improved version of Photoshop Express.
More: The Verge, everythingiCafe and MacworldTweets: @photoshoptouchThanks:@greyham
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
HTC: New Windows Phones with Apollo  —  EXCLUSIVE: New WP handsets confirmed  —  HTC has confirmed to Pocket-lint that it plans to launch new Windows Phone devices when Microsoft reveals the public availability of Windows Phone Apollo later in the year.  —  “For Windows Phone we haven't decided …
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple working on enhanced A5 chip (A5X) AND completely new chip (A6)  —  Apple's new iPad processor will likely offer improved gaming performance  —  Typically, when Apple's product launched approaches, many industry watchers offer conflicting views on the features the new products might sport.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Skype for Windows Phone beta released, full version due in April  —  Microsoft is releasing a beta version of Skype for Windows Phone today, with a full release due in April.  Skype for Windows Phone beta allows users to make audio and video calls to Skype contacts over 3G, 4G, and WiFi.
Daniel Cooper / Engadget:
Samsung announces Galaxy Note 10.1 at MWC (update: hands-on photos!)  —  Samsung's announced another 10.1-inch tablet to join its burgeoning collection of slates.  The Galaxy Note 10.1 is an S-Pen toting variant of the similarly sized-and-named Galaxy Tab.  It's running Touchwiz-infused ICS …
Sean Ludwig / VentureBeat:
Vimeo launches improved iOS app with full-screen iPad playback  —  When streaming video service Vimeo launched brand-new Android and Windows Phone applications in early January, the company teased that it was also working on a major update for iOS so it could support the iPad.
David Pierce / The Verge:
Samsung Galaxy S WiFi 4.2 adds one more screen size to Galaxy lineup  —  MWC 2012 is shaping up to be a relatively quiet show for Samsung, though true to form the company continues to roll out products — like the new Galaxy S WiFi 4.2.  Sure, there's already a Galaxy S WiFi 3.6, 4.0 …
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
ASUS Padfone formally unveiled: 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display, Snapdragon S4 CPU, ICS, HSPA+, coming in April  —  Just like it said it would, ASUS has formally unveiled its versatile, form-changing Padfone at Mobile World Congress.  There are two stories here, and they're both quite compelling, frankly.
Bloomberg:
No Company Follows Apple's Expanded China Audits  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s rivals aren't rushing to emulate the iPhone maker's decision to subject supplier factories to audits by a labor group.  Instead, they're sticking to internal checks that may leave room for violations — and negative public relations fallout.

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