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February 17, 2012, 10:40 AM

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Wall Street Journal:
Google Tracked iPhones, Bypassing Apple Browser Privacy Settings  —  Web Giant, Others Bypassed Apple Browser Settings for Guarding Privacy  —  Google Inc. and other advertising companies have been bypassing the privacy settings of millions of people using Apple Inc.'s Web browser …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Microsoft blasts Google over iPhone browser tracking, pushes IE9 while it's at it  —  With Google acknowledging that it utilised features in its services to bypass Apple's built-in security measures in its Safari mobile browser to track users, Microsoft has taken the opportunity to join the debate …
Chris Rawson / TUAW:
Mountain Lion drops support for several older Mac models (Updated)  —  Every new version of OS X comes with harsh news for owners of older Macs: “Your Mac is too old.  You're stuck with your current OS.  Forever.”  For Mac OS X Leopard in 2007, anyone who owned a Mac with a processor slower than 867 MHz was stuck with Tiger.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
The slow rise of the SoMoClo OS  —  Even at first glance, one can see that Apple's new desktop operating system, OSX Mountain Lion is unifying the user experience across its different devices and platforms.  Common applications and modes of interaction such a reminders, notes …
Jason Snell / Macworld:
Dan Graziano / BGR:
Chinese firm may sue Apple for $2 billion in U.S. over iPad name  —  On Friday, the Chinese company that claims to hold the trademark on the “iPad” name, threatened to sue Apple in the U.S. for $2 billion dollars, reports the AFP.  Proview Technology claims it owns the Chinese rights …
Andrew Tarantola / Gizmodo:
Netflix Is Bringing DVD-Only Rentals Back  —  Since the whole Qwikster debacle, Netflix has tried to distance itself from DVD rentals in favor of its streaming service.  But red envelopes will soon be popping through mail slots again now that Netflix has reintroduced DVD rentals.
Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
Nevada Approves Rules for Self-Driving Cars  —  In a statement, the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles said that its Legislative Commission today approved regulations allowing for the operation of self-driving vehicles on the state's roadways.  Nevada's rules are the next step in a process began last June …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Apple and the New York Times not meshing  —  The Wall Street Journal's Jessica Vascellaro scores the access coup of the week, maybe month.  An exclusive interview with Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook yields insight on how the company is migrating iPhone functionality to boxes.
Cotton Delo / AdAge:
Twitter Opens Up Self-Serve Ad Platform to 10,000 Small Businesses  —  American Express Cardmembers and Merchants Are Eligible to Register for Platform Starting Tonight  —  Twitter is rolling out the self-serve ad platform it's been testing to 10,000 small and midsize businesses next month through …
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Swype hits Android 4.0 with Dragon Go! integration  —  Nuance added support for Ice Cream Sandwich, or Android 4.0, in the latest beta of its Swype software keyboard on Thursday.  The new version has a limited audience base since so few handsets and tablets currently run Google's …
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
OpenXC: Ford Launches an Open-Source Platform for In-Car Connectivity and Apps  —  Cars and the Internet are slowly getting closer, but it's still hard for developers to get their apps into cars without being invited by the automobile industry.  Given the security and especially safety concerns involved …
More: Fast Company and ReadWriteWebThanks:@stfncassu
Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
BuiltWith Reveals The Tech Used By The 130 Million Web Sites That Matter Most  —  Search engines like Google scour the web to figure out how to rank content.  Measurement firms like comScore sample users to estimate traffic to web sites.  But what if you want to know which of some 2000 technologies a web site is using?
Reuters:
China's Baidu looks to mobile search for growth  —  (Reuters) - China's top search engine, Baidu Inc, plans to begin monetizing its mobile search traffic and social media platforms this year in an effort to boost growth outside its traditional PC domain, Baidu's chief executive said on Friday.
Marguerite Reardon / CNET:
Spectrum auction compromise part of payroll tax cut bill  —  A Congressional compromise to extend the payroll tax cuts and unemployment benefits also includes authorization for the incentive spectrum auctions and funding for a public safety wireless network.
More: DSLreports
Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
Feds Propose Ban on In-Car Dialing, Texting, Surfing  —  The Department of Transportation has proposed guidelines that would block all in-vehicle communications by a driver, including texting, dialing, Internet browsing, and even entering a GPS address by hand.
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
YES!  Congress isn't killing white spaces broadband before it's born  —  Congress has reached a compromise on key wireless spectrum issues that had the potential to put the kibosh on innovation and competition when it came to both mobile broadband and unlicensed spectrum.

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