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iPad Prototype Photos Released In Apple Court Documents (The Huffington Post)
While Yoni Heisler of Network World was searching through court documents made public in an Apple-Samsung lawsuit, he discovered photos of an un-sleekly named device called “the 035 mockup” that famed Apple product designer Jonathan Ive and team were working on from 2002 to 2004, according to Heisler. As the name conceals, the 035 mockup was an early prototype for the iPad. Bloomberg Apple was ordered by the judge to publish a notice on its U.K. website and in British newspapers alerting people to the ruling, that Samsung Electronics didn’t copy designs for the iPad with the Galaxy tab. The order means Apple will have to publish “an advertisement” for Samsung, Richard Hacon, a lawyer for Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple, told the court. “No company likes to refer to a rival on its website.” CNET The images show a device with a prominent screen and small black bezel. However, the prototype appears to show a device that’s much thicker than the original tablet Apple launched, and comes with the familiar Apple logo on the back. Mashable Although the iPhone launched in 2007 — three years before the iPad — Apple CEO Steve Jobs once said during an All Things D conference in 2010 that the concept of a tablet came years before the iPhone. “I’ll tell you a secret — it began with the tablet,” he told attendees. “I had this idea about having a glass display, a multitouch display you could type on with your fingers … ” AllThingsD The ordered notice is humiliating twist of the knife for Apple, which has repeatedly accused Samsung of “slavishly” copying its mobile devices, branding the company “a copyist.”

Sen. Al Franken Grills Facebook About Facial Recognition (AllFacebook)
Not everyone was excited when Facebook acquired facial recognition software company Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., the radio host-turned-politician, called a hearing Wednesday to discuss issues regarding facial recognition. In particular, he didn’t care for Facebook’s opt-in by default setting and what it means for privacy. Star Tribune Franken challenged Facebook’s practice of automatically including its members in a facial recognition program that lets people “tag” their Facebook “friends” so those friends’ pictures are initially published without their knowledge. Facebook’s manager of privacy and public policy, Rob Sherman, told Franken that “Facebook is an opt-in experience,” but he said the network made it easy for users to stop photo tracking if they wanted. The Hill Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., pressed Sherman to commit that Facebook will never use its facial recognition tool on children younger than 13 years old. Sherman emphasized that if Facebook does open up to young children, it will use strong privacy protections.

1 Million Likes! TODAY’s Facebook Page Hits Milestone (
Thumbs up, TODAY fans! The NBC show’s main Facebook page surpassed 1 million followers Tuesday afternoon.

Infographic: Mobile Use in Developing Nations Skyrockets (PC Magazine)
In a surprising twist on technology, mobile phone use in developing countries has surpassed that of developed areas, according to a recent World Bank report. About three-quarters of the world now have easier access to a mobile phone than a bank account, electricity, or clean water, the report said.

YouTube Enables One-Click Face Blurring for Cyberheroes and Overprotective Parents (BetaBeat)
After human rights organization WITNESS reported that no video-sharing platforms offered one-click face blurring, YouTube – the overachieving video arm of Google – decided, “Wait a second, we could build that!” YouTube announced Wednesday that it implemented the tool with the hopes that it will help activists in repressed countries be able to share their footage without fear of retaliation. Wired Rebels fighting against Bashar Assad in Syria’s civil war are outgunned, outmanned and largely aren’t professional soldiers. So they’re turning to social media for tutorials in how to use their weapons.

Foursquare Paves the Way for Ad Products With Release of Local Updates (VentureBeat)
Local Updates, now rolling out to the nearly million merchants who have claimed their businesses on Foursquare, is in its simplest state a status update option for business owners. The free-to-use feature is designed to help merchants reach nearby and loyal customers with timely messages that can include text, one to three photos, and an attached special.

Who Will Stop People From Sharing Photos at the Olympics? [Infographic] (SocialTimes)
The 2012 Olympic Games should inspire a flurry of activity on social media sites, but London officials have already banned ticket holders from sharing their photos and videos. How will they stop millions of people from breaking the rules? This infographic crunches the numbers.

Dropbox Hires ‘Outside Experts’ to Investigate Possible Email Breach (ars technica)
Dropbox users have been complaining for a couple of days about spam delivered to email accounts they created solely to log into Dropbox. There have been no reports of unauthorized activity on Dropbox accounts, but it’s happening to enough users that Dropbox is investigating the matter with its internal security team. The company has also brought in “outside experts” to find out if there has been a breach.

The Guardian Formalizes Audience Curation With #smarttakes (Nieman Journalism Lab)
If nothing else, The Guardian is persistent in its desire to ask the public for help with its journalism. The Guardian U.S. Wednesday launched #smarttakes, a way to aggregate timely news and analysis from Guardian readers.