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February 28, 2012, 11:55 AM

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Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
The Mounting Minuses at Google+  —  Playing Catchup to Facebook, Google's Social Network Is a Virtual Ghost Town by Comparison  —  To hear Google Inc. Chief Executive Larry Page tell it, Google+ has become a robust competitor in the social networking space, with 90 million users registering since its June launch.
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Google exec hints of Android 5.0 release this fall  —  Pattern of earlier releases suggest fall, but Lockheimer says Google wants to be ‘flexible’ on timing  —  BARCELONA — Google is not letting on much about the next version of Android, even though it is rumored to be coming to a smartphone by early summer.
Michael J. de la Merced / DealBook:
Yahoo Warns Facebook of a Potential Patent Fight  —  As Yahoo struggles to keep up with younger competitors, the Web portal company is weighing a new tactic: threatening legal action over its patent holdings.  —  Yahoo is seeking to force Facebook into licensing 10 to 20 patents over technologies …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
FTC Chairman: New Google Privacy Plan Forces Consumers to Make a “Brutal Choice”  —  It's just a few days now until Google's new privacy policy goes into effect.  And lawmakers and regulators continue to raise eyebrows over the agreement, which will grant the company greater license …
More: The Verge and MediaPost
Michael Gorman / Engadget:
HBO Go coming to Xbox 360 on April 1st  —  HBO has slowly been bringing HBO Go to a multitude of connected platforms, from Roku boxes to some Samsung connected TVs, and now we finally know when it'll come to the Xbox 360.  Tonight at an HBO event in San Francisco, company Co-President …
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Google Will Offer $1 Million In Rewards For Hacking Chrome In Contest  —  For the last three years, Google's Chrome browser has left the world's premiere hacking competition unscathed, even as Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari have all been taken down by the assembled security researchers.
Alice Chan / PSFK:
Mercedes-Benz Brings Siri To Their Cars  —  Luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz unveiled plans to integrate Apple's Siri into its A-Class electronics system that would allow drivers access to their iPhone apps using voice commands.  The program, called the Drive Kit Plus will work in conjunction …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Once Film-Focused, Netflix Transitions to TV Shows  —  Belying the “flix” in its name, Netflix is now primarily an Internet streaming service for television shows, not feature films.  —  TV series now account for more than half of all Netflix viewing.  That helps to explain why this Wednesday …
Bill Rigby / Reuters:
Microsoft's next Steve: Windows boss faces biggest test  —  (Reuters) - For Steven Sinofsky, the stern but creative engineering manager who runs Microsoft Corp's flagship Windows division, February 29 is showtime.  —  On that day, in Barcelona, Sinofsky will preside over the public test release …
Jamie Keene / The Verge:
Intel lays out its plan for Android, will cut chip size in half by 2014  —  As Paul Otellini said at the Intel press event at Mobile World Congress, “it wouldn't be an Intel presentation without a roadmap.”  The company has laid out the long-term plans for its mobile processors …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft shows ‘Holoflector’ augmented-reality mirror  —  This afternoon at the Microsoft TechForum event in Redmond, the company's researchers showed a series of prototypes and demos in areas including advanced displays and augmented-reality applications.  —  One of the research projects …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
IBM takes big steps toward extremely fast quantum computing  —  IBM is announcing today that it has made major advances toward creating a practical, full-scale quantum computer, a fabled, theoretical machine that relies on the tiniest atomic properties to compute problems faster than any supercomputer that exists today.
Sean Ludwig / VentureBeat:
Seamless brings super simple food ordering to the iPad  —  Online food-ordering company Seamless has brought its ordering and menus to the iPad today — a move that hungry couch potatoes will likely applaud.  —  Seamless currently competes with smaller-but-still-potent startup GrubHub for online delivery and pickup order supremacy.
More: Gizmodo and AllThingsD
Don Kingsborough / The PayPal Blog:
The Home Depot Brings PayPal into its Nearly 2,000 stores in the U.S.  —  Just six weeks ago we announced a small five-store pilot with The Home Depot to test PayPal's in store payment system.  Today we're proud to report that The Home Depot is beginning a national roll-out that will let customers pay …
TechCrunch:
Goodbye Erick, Hello Eric  —  TechCrunch has been through a lot lately, and we need to focus on what truly matters: covering startups and innovation.  So, this post is going to be short.  —  But here is what's going on: Erick Schonfeld is leaving and Eric Eldon is replacing him as editor.
Emil Protalinski / Friending Facebook Blog:
Law firms: Facebook Credits violates antitrust law  —  Summary: Facebook is once again being accused of violating U.S. antitrust laws by requiring that social game developers use Facebook Credits on its platform.  This time two law firms are getting involved.

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