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February 28, 2013, 3:40 PM

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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 …
Apple:
iTunes U Content Tops One Billion Downloads  —  Apple 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, museums and organizations helping …
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
Exclusive: EU regulators likely to fine Microsoft by end-March - sources  —  (Reuters) - EU competition regulators plan to fine Microsoft before the end of March in a case tied to the U.S. software giant's antitrust battle in Europe more than a decade ago, two people familiar with the matter said on Thursday.
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Koozoo turns every old iPhone into a 24/7 spycam  —  Rick's American Cafe is the most popular bar where I went to school in Ann Arbor, MI.  Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, rain or shine, the line to get into Rick's wraps around the block.  One entrepreneurial student with a great view …
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
As Nook revenues plunge, B&N says it's “calibrating” strategy but “committed” to devices  —  Barnes & Noble had warned investors that its third-quarter Nook earnings would be disappointing.  The earnings report was released before the market opened Thursday morning, and indeed, Nook revenues …
Anton Troianovski / Wall Street Journal:
Unsold iPhones Piling Up at Leap Wireless  —  For one of the country's prepaid cellphone carriers, a big bet on the iPhone is becoming a big headache.  —  Leap Wireless International Inc., which operates the Cricket cellphone brand, said it is on pace to sell half as many iPhones as it committed …
Alex Fitzpatrick / Mashable!:
ISPs Finally Explain How ‘Six Strikes’ Anti-Piracy Program Will Work  —  Internet Service Providers are finally revealing how they will implement a new anti-piracy system known as “Six Strikes” which has been rolling out this week.  —  The program, officially called the Copyright Alert System …
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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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Ellyne Phneah / ZDNet:
China says US regularly hacks its military sites  —  Summary: Web sites of Defense Ministry and China Military Online were hacked approximately 144,000 times per month in 2012, with over 60 percent of IP addresses originating from the U.S., says China's defense ministry.  —  Ellyne Phneah
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Video Chat Startup Rabbit Raises $3.3 Million From Google Ventures, CrunchFund, And Bebo Founder Michael Birch  —  Just a few weeks ago, we told you about Rabbit, a new video chat app that launched in private beta.  Separating itself from other video chat services, the company seeks to enable persistent …
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 …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
AOL Confirms Susan Lyne As CEO Of Brand Group, Artie Minson Out As COO Role Goes (Memo)  —  AOL today confirmed a couple of big changes at the top of the company, as first reported yesterday by ourselves, Bloomberg and AllThingsD.  Susan Lyne, the exec who had previously been CEO of Gilt Groupe …
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.

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