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February 21, 2013, 4:10 PM

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Google Chrome Blog:
The Chromebook Pixel, for what's next  —  Chromebooks were designed to make computing speedy, simple and secure.  For many of you, they have become the perfect, additional (and yes, affordable) computer: ideal for catching up on emails, sharing documents and chatting via Hangouts.
CNET:
Chromebook Pixel: Brilliant touch screen, hefty price (hands-on)  —  CNET Editors' Take  —  Chrome OS has been overshadowed for years by Android's success.  But with the arrival of the $1,299 Chromebook Pixel, Google's browser-based operating system can get over some of its inferiority complex.
Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider:
Apple patent filing points directly to ‘iWatch’ concept with flexible touchscreen display  —  A patent application discovered by AppleInsider on Thursday reveals Apple is indeed investigating a wearable accessory device that not only boasts a flexible touchscreen display …
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Google Looks to Make Its Computer Glasses Stylish  —  People wearing Google's glasses are transported to a strange new world in which the Internet is always in their line of sight.  But for people looking at the people wearing those glasses, the view is even stranger — someone wearing a computer processor …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Petition to make unlocking phones legal again passes 100,000 signatures; White House now required to respond  —  A White House petition to make unlocking cell phones legal again has passed the 100,000 signature mark.  Passing the milestone means the US government has to issue an official response.
Digits:
Saverin on the Future of Facebook  —  At the Wall Street Journal's Unleashing Innovation Conference in Singapore Facebook co- founder Eduardo Saverin talks with Executive Editor Almar Latour about what might lie ahead for the popular social network, and whether Facebook should buy LinkedIn.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Ahead of Apple Proxy Fight Explainer, ATD Late-Night Chat With Greenlight's Einhorn  —  Like me, David Einhorn — the brainy hedge fund star who is currently engaged in a proxy battle with Apple over a corporate governance procedure, related in this case to how to deal with its $137.1 billion cash hoard …
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
3.5m downloads on, CloudOn takes its Microsoft Office editing suite to Android smartphones  —  CloudOn, the mobile app for creating, editing and managing Microsoft Office and Adobe documents in the cloud, has today announced the launch of version4.0 of its productivity workspace, which sees it finally rolled out for Android smartphones.
Tom Bramwell / Eurogamer.net:
Sony tells Eurogamer: PlayStation 4 will not block used games  —  Shuhei Yoshida confirms it.  Plus: source tells EG patent wasn't PS4-related.  —  Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida has told Eurogamer that PlayStation 4 will not block the use of second-hand games …
Ginny Marvin / Search Engine Land:
Google Shopping Tops Amazon Product Ads: 32.7% More Cost Effective  —  A new report from CPC Strategy looks at how Google Shopping fared against its rival, Amazon Product Ads, after making the switch to a commercial model in Q3 last year.  The analysis finds its performance changed significantly compared …
John Leyden / The Register:
Ad-titan Google blocks Adblock Plus in Android security tweak  —  We're being singled out, claims app maker  —  The maker of Adblock Plus is upset its users must jump through hoops to get its advert-banishing app working on devices running Android - the mobile OS made by advertising giant Google.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
CNET Doesn't Have to Ban BitTorrent Clients, Court Rules  —  CBS and CNET have scored an important victory in their ongoing copyright infringement case against a coalition of artists.  —  The musicians, joined by billionaire Alki David, had requested a preliminary injunction to prevent …
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Microsoft Joins Oracle to Defend Software Patents Against Google  —  The top lawyers for Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) and Oracle Corp. (ORCL), saying software patents are important drivers of U.S. innovation and economic growth, pressed Congress today to reject calls to limit that legal protection.

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