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February 15, 2012, 7:15 PM

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John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple: App Access to Contact Data Will Require Explicit User Permission  —  After a week of silence Apple has finally responded to reports that dozens of iOS applications have been accessing, transmitting and storing user contact data without explicit permission.
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Unauthorized iPhone And iPad Apps Leak Private Data Less Often Than Approved Ones  —  A screenshot of the ContactPrivacy feature in the unofficial Cydia iOS app platform.  —  Users have learned over the last few years that Apple's “walled garden” approach to third party apps isn't quite …
David Sarno / Los Angeles Times:
Twitter stores full iPhone contact list for 18 months, after scan  —  Twitter Inc. has acknowledged that after mobile users tap the “Find friends” feature on its smartphone app, the company downloads users' entire address book, including names, email addresses and phone numbers, and keeps the data on its servers for 18 months.
Terril Yue Jones / Reuters:
Apple iPad plant conditions better than the norm: agency  —  (Reuters) - Working conditions at Chinese manufacturing plants where Apple Inc's iPads and iPhones are made are far better than those at garment factories or other facilities elsewhere in the country, according to the head of a non-profit agency investigating the plants.
Joel Rosenblatt / Bloomberg:
Apple Asks for Court Approval to Sue Bankrupt Kodak in N.Y. Over Patents  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) asked a bankruptcy judge for permission to sue Eastman Kodak Co. (EK) over allegations it's infringing patents that Apple says cover technologies used in printers, digital cameras and digital picture frames.
Reuters:
Exclusive: Proview says any ban of iPad exports hard to impose  —  (Reuters) - A Chinese technology firm seeking to ban all shipments of Apple's popular iPad tablet into and out of the country has been told that China's customs authorities are unlikely to intervene in the trademark battle.
Kunur Patel / AdAge:
Facebook to Release Timeline for Brands This Month  —  Launch Announcement Expected at Company's Feb. 29 Marketer Conference  —  Facebook will be bringing its new Timeline profile pages to brands this month in the U.S., according to executives briefed on the company's plans.
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
The $600 Million Social Life Of Foursquare Founder Dennis Crowley  —  For Dennis Crowley, life has always been a game that should be played with friends.  Few people could turn that mentality into a $600 million business.  —  Dennis Crowley sold his first startup to Google.
Paul O'Brien / MoDaCo:
EXCLUSIVE: LG to attack the high-end with Tegra 3 powered P880 / X3 (screenshots!)  —  Well, it looks like the HTC Endeavor (or whatever it shall eventually be called) won't be the only device appearing at MWC sporting a Tegra 3 chip... as it will be joined by the LG X3 (internal name P880), LG's new flagship device!
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Cisco Appeals Europe's Approval of Microsoft's $8.5 Billion Skype Acquisition  —  Networking giant Cisco Systems today appealed to European regulators to reconsider their approval of Microsoft's $8.5 billion acquisition of the Internet calling service Skype.  The EU approved the deal without conditions in October.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Judge: Microsoft's Android tactics were ‘hard bargaining,’ not patent misuse  —  We learned a couple weeks ago that Barnes & Noble lost a key preliminary decision to Microsoft in their patent dispute.  A new court filing explains the judge's reasoning, and sheds light on some of the legal …
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
RIM: PlayBook 2.0 Likely Coming During MWC  —  The BlackBerry PlayBook's new 2.0 OS will likely arrive as a giant over-the-air update during the Mobile World Congress trade show at the end of this month, BlackBerry senior brand manager Jeff Gadway said in a meeting with PCMag today.
Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:
Sprint May Have to Return $65 Million to LightSquared  —  Sprint Nextel Corp. said it would have to return $65 million to Philip Falcone's LightSquared if the hedge-fund manager's wireless venture fails to get final Federal Communications Commission approval by a mid-March deadline between the two companies.
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Copyright enforcement and the Internet: we just haven't tried hard enough?  —  Kaleidescape, one of the many examples of innovative products squelched by copyright restrictions  —  On Tuesday, Mother Jones blogger Kevin Drum suggested that we don't have effective copyright enforcement …
Greg Sandoval / CNET:
Post SOPA, influential tech investor favors ‘blacklisting’ pirate sites  —  Fred Wilson told gathering of media execs, if they try to pass antipiracy legislation it will once again be ‘war.’  —  Fred Wilson, a well-known venture capitalist from New York, said yesterday he's in favor of creating …
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