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February 20, 2012, 10:50 PM

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Dean Hachamovitch / MSDN Blogs:
Google Bypassing User Privacy Settings  —  When the IE team heard that Google had bypassed user privacy settings on Safari, we asked ourselves a simple question: is Google circumventing the privacy preferences of Internet Explorer users too?  We've discovered the answer is yes …
MSDN Blogs:
Connecting your apps, files, PCs and devices to the cloud with SkyDrive and Windows 8 … A few months ago we published our vision for designing personal cloud storage.  While SkyDrive can store all types of files, the category of personal cloud storage is focused on the content that people create or capture themselves.
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Bigger files, remote access, OpenDocument, and more coming to SkyDrive  —  Microsoft's SkyDrive cloud storage service is set to receive some substantial upgrades this year, according to news from both official and unofficial channels.  File synchronization, secure remote access …
Josh Davis / LLSocial:
New code lets websites opt-out of Pinterest.  —  In my discussion this week with Ben Silbermann, the CEO of Pinterest, he laid out a number of future plans for the site, and three of them have been implemented in the past few days.  Pinterest has . . . Clarified their business model …
John Rath / Data Center Knowledge:
Google Seeks To Plant Antenna Farm in Iowa  —  An example of an array of 4.5 meter satellite dishes.  Google is seeking permission to deploy an array of 4.5 meter satellite dishes near its data center in Council Bluffs, Iowa.  (Source: SETI Institute)  —  Google subsidiary Google Fiber …
DigiTimes:
E Ink lands 6-inch color e-book reader module orders from Amazon, says paper  —  EPD maker E Ink Holdings (EIH) reportedly has landed orders for 6-inch color e-book reader modules from Amazon with shipments to begin in March, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Elaine Kurtenbach / Associated Press:
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Apple Plans 20MW of Solar Power for iDataCenter  —  The exterior of the Apple data center facility in Maiden, North Carolina (Source: Apple)  —  Apple has revealed new details about the operations of its huge data center in Maiden, North Carolina, including plans to build a 20-megawatt solar power facility to support its operations.
Bill Slawski / SEO by the Sea:
Google Acquires Cuil Patent Applications  —  According to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) assigment database, Google has acquired the pending patent applications of one time search rival Cuil, touted when launched as a potential Google Killer.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Why LightSquared failed: It was science, not politics  —  The seeds of LightSquared's failure to win government clearance to build a 4G-LTE network can, ironically, be found in the “approval” the company received just 13 months ago.  —  In January 2011, the Federal Communications Commission …
Darrell Etherington / BetaKit:
Convore Shutting Down as Founder Focuses on New Startup  —  Updated with comment from Convore co-founder Leah Culver.  Group communication is a crowded space, as we wrote about when we covered the reaction of messaging startups to Apple's OSX iMessage expansion.
Kyle Orland / Ars Technica:
Fake Pokemon Yellow rises to No. 3 position on iTunes app charts  —  For years now industry wags have been saying Nintendo should get out of the portable hardware business and just bring its popular game franchises directly to Apple's iOS devices.  So when an app called Pokemon Yellow appeared …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Nielsen: 66% of Americans ages 24-35 own a smartphone  —  But 55- to 64-year olds who make more than $100,000 a year are big buyers too  —  “Whether or not you have a smartphone is closely related to both how old you are and how much money you make,” finds a Nielsen survey of 20,000 Americans with mobile phones conducted in January.

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