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February 28, 2013, 11:10 AM

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Apple:
iTunes U Content Tops One Billion Downloads  —  CUPERTINO, CaliforniaFebruary 28, 2013Apple® today announced that iTunes U® content downloads have topped one billion. iTunes U features the world's largest online catalog of free educational content from top schools and prominent libraries …
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
UK judge who issued extreme ruling for Samsung against Apple hired by... Samsung!  —  By far and away the weirdest ruling in the worldwide smartphone and tablet wars came down last year in the UK, where a publicity order forcing Apple to promote Samsung's products and to make itself ridiculous …
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
I.B.M. Exploring New Feats for Watson  —  I.B.M.'s Watson beat “Jeopardy” champions two years ago.  But can it whip up something tasty in the kitchen?  —  That is just one of the questions that I.B.M. is asking as it tries to expand its artificial intelligence technology and turn Watson …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Time Warner Cable says there's no consumer demand for gigabit internet  —  Speaking at the Morgan Stanley Technology Conference moments ago, Time Warner Cable's Chief Financial Officer Irene Esteves seemed dismissive of the impact Google Fiber is having on consumers.
Avram Piltch / LAPTOP Magazine:
E Ink Android Phone Lasts a Week, Weighs Next to Nothing  —  Who would want a smartphone with a grayscale E Ink screen?  Anyone who want days of battery life, superior outdoor readability and low cost should be interested in using the technology in a phone.
MIT Technology Review:
An Autopsy of a Dead Social Network  —  Following the collapse of the social network Friendster, computer scientists have carried out a digital autopsy to find out what went wrong  —  Friendster is a social network that was founded in 2002, a year before Myspace and two years before Facebook.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Google, Facebook And Twitter Ordered To Delete Photos By UK Law Enforcement  —  It seems that, once again, the UK is going censorship crazy and not realizing how that only attacts more attention to that which they're trying to censor.  This time, it involves some photos that were posted online …
Casey Newton / CNET:
Sergey Brin: Smartphones are ‘emasculating’  —  During a talk at TED, the Google co-founder says Glass improves on the smartphone experience.  —  Mobile phones may generate the fastest-growing segment of Google's revenue, but the experience of using them still bothers Google co-founder Sergey Brin.
Bloomberg:
Apple Supplier Corning Sees Three-Year Wait for Flexible Display  —  Corning Inc. (GLW), the maker of glass for Apple Inc. (AAPL) iPhones, said it will probably take at least three years before companies start making flexible displays using its new Willow material.
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Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
With $1.8M From Andreessen, Chris Sacca & More, Rental Marketplace Getable Digs Into The $32B Construction Market  —  When we last caught up with Getable, the startup formerly known as Rentcycle, it was announcing that Netflix co-founder Marc Randolph was joining Collaborative Fund founder Craig Shapiro …
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Scott Webster / CNET:
Big screens and Jelly Bean mark Android trends at Mobile World Congress  —  The annual conference yields plenty of new Android products but what do they have in common?  —  As expected, the annual Mobile World Congress has delivered an army of new Android device devices.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Online Radio Service TuneIn Adds Recommendation Engine And Google+ Sign-In Integration  —  TuneIn, the popular online radio service that lets users listen to over 70,000 radio stations from around the world, just announced the launch of TuneIn Live, the company's new service for helping listeners discover new audio content.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Comcast Punishes BitTorrent Pirates With Browser Hijack  —  Earlier this week when the six strikes system launched, little was known (officially) about the punishments ISPs were planning for persistent pirates.  —  Since then Verizon reinstated their copyright alerts section, revealing the mitigation measured that leaked last month.
Evelyn M. Rusli / Wall Street Journal:
LinkedIn: The Ugly Duckling of Social Media  —  Shares of Facebook Inc., Zynga Inc. and Groupon Inc. tanked after their rocky stock-market debuts.  But LinkedIn Corp.'s stock is still soaring, closing at an all-time high of $168.55 on Wednesday.  —  That may be because of people such as Chris Hoyt …
Kunal / Sammy Hub:
Samsung planning something at Times Square on Galaxy S4 unveiling day  —  There's no doubt that Samsung will go on a marketing overdrive when they announce their Galaxy S4 on March 14 but according to an image posted by Samsung Mobile, they're planning to do something special on the unveiling day at the Times Square as well.
Vitalik Buterin / Bitcoin Magazine:
Bitcoin Price Breaks All Time High  —  The Bitcoin price has just broken the all-time high of $31.9099 that it set on June 9, 2011 on MtGox.  After a persistent, one-and-a-half month rally from $13 to $38, followed by nearly two weeks of bumping up against $30 and then hovering around the $28-$31.5 range …

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Intel:
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