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February 28, 2013, 4:15 PM

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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.
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 …
Brian Boland / Facebook Newsroom:
Facebook to Acquire Atlas from Microsoft  —  We're pleased to announce that we have agreed to acquire the Atlas Advertiser Suite from Microsoft.  Atlas is a leader in campaign management and measurement for marketers and agencies.  We believe this acquisition will benefit both marketers and users, and we'd like to explain why.
More: AllThingsD
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Confirms It Will Acquire Atlas Advertiser Suite From Microsoft To Close The Ad Spend Loop  —  After weeks of speculation and leaks, Facebook today announced it will buy the Atlas Advertiser Suite away from Microsoft.  The Seattle-based Atlas team will stay put …
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 …
More: BGR, Daily Dot and Examiner
Horace Dediu / asymco:
Measuring the iBook market  —  In June of 2011 Apple announced that 130 million ebooks were sold through iTunes.  In October of 2012 it announced that 400 million sold.  —  That means 270 million ebooks were sold in 16 months.  Or about 17 million units per month, on average.
More: Macgasm
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 …
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
AT&T “Hacker” Andrew Auernheimer's Sentencing Scheduled For March 18  —  Internet activist (and Crunchies winner) Andrew Auernheimer's sentencing trial will take place on March 18, 2013 at 10:30am.  Auernheimer aka Weev revealed a security flaw in AT&T's iPad user database, allowing him to scrape the data from 114,000 iPad users.
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
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.
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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