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February 11, 2013, 12:35 PM

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Ryan Gallagher / Guardian:
Software that tracks people on social media created by defence firm  —  Exclusive: Raytheon's Riot program mines social network data like a ‘Google for spies’, drawing ire from civil rights groups  —  A multinational security firm has secretly developed software capable of tracking people's movements …
David Meyer / GigaOM:
Hold off updating your iPhone 4S to iOS 6.1, European carriers warn customers  —  Two mobile operators in Europe have told customers with an iPhone 4S to avoid updating the device to iOS 6.1, because of reports that the upgrade brings connectivity problems with it.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
The GoogleReaderpocalypse Is Upon Us - Google's Feed Reading Service Unusable Since Sunday  —  Google Reader, the RSS feed-reading service Google has long since benignly abandoned, has gone completely mad, and Google has yet to acknowledge the problem even as it heads into its second day of unusability.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
At Facebook, zero-day exploits, backdoor code bring war games drill to life  —  Early on Halloween morning, members of Facebook's Computer Emergency Response Team received an urgent e-mail from an FBI special agent who regularly briefs them on security matters.
Jake Smith / Pocket-lint:
Google airs Nexus 4 commercial showing off Google Now during the Grammys  —  During the Grammys award show Sunday night, Google aired a new commercial highlighting the Nexus 4 and its Google Now found within Jelly Bean.?  —  Mountain View's Google Now voice-assistant has? …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Google Says $80M French Publishers' Fund Won't Be Replicated Elsewhere In Europe  —  Google says it not currently looking to create funds to support digital publishers outside France.  Google's comments follow calls last week by Francisco Pinto Balsemao, head of the European Publishers Council …
More: WebProNews
BBC:
Facebook sued over ‘like’ button  —  The widow of a Dutch programmer is seeking damages from Facebook over its use of patented technology  —  Facebook is facing legal action over its use of the “like” button and other features of the social network.  —  It is being sued by a patent-holding …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Menlo Ventures' Pishevar and Goldman's Stanford to Found Sherpa, a Startup Aimed at Making New Startups  —  Well-known Silicon Valley investor and entrepreneur Shervin Pishevar of Menlo Ventures and Goldman Sachs tech banker Scott Stanford are starting a new company that will focus on formulating a new model of how startups are created.
More: GigaOM, The Next Web and TechCrunchTweets: @shervin
Mark Serrels / Kotaku Australia:
Apple And Microsoft Summonsed To Explain Price Disparities In Australia  —  In the midst of the IT pricing inquiry major offenders Apple, Microsoft and Adobe have been reluctant to speak to the Committee handling the inquiry to explain themselves.  As a result of this all three companies …
Barry Schwartz / Marketing Land:
Flickr Privacy Bug Set Some Private Photos To Public  —  A bug at Flickr caused some people to have their private photos opened to public view over the past three weeks.  Flickr said the bug only impacted a small number of users and only photos uploaded from April to December 2012.
Chris Dixon:
The computing deployment phase  —  Technological revolutions happen in two main phases: the installation phase and the deployment phase.  Here's a chart (from this excellent book by Carlota Perez via Fred Wilson) showing the four previous technological revolutions and the first part of the current one:
Tweets: @stevesi and @jaredzlotnick
Glyn Moody / ComputerWorld UK:
EU Data Protection: Proposed Amendments Written by US Lobbyists  —  It's becoming clear that the lobbying around the proposed EU directive on Data Protection is some of the most intense ever seen - some activists have said it's even worse than during ACTA, while on the US side there's mutterings …
More: GigaOM

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