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February 27, 2012, 9:45 AM

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Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Google to ‘double down’ on Android tablets in 2012, says Andy Rubin  —  It's no secret that Android tablet sales have lagged far behind Apple's iPad, and Google's planning to do something about it.  In a meeting with reporters today at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona …
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: Inquirer, The Verge and Business InsiderTweets: @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 …
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.
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
HTC One X announced for April release with quad-core Tegra 3, 4.7-inch HD display, and Android 4.0  —  Shockingly, the rumors were all true.  HTC has today confirmed the existence of a 4.7-inch, quad-core superphone, which it is dubbing the One X and using as the hero device of its new One smartphone family.
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: @stevecheney, @tcarmody and @davewiner
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.
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 …
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: everythingiCafe, The Verge and MacworldTweets: @photoshoptouchThanks:@greyham
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Motorola can't enforce standard-essential patents against Apple in Germany while appeal is ongoing  —  Apple scored a breakthrough court victory today against Motorola (Bloomberg was first to report).  Its importance can hardly be overstated.  This is so huge that it even begs the question …
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 …

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