TechFast: Mozilla’s Ad-Blocking Plan, Pirate Bay’s Next Disruptor, Motorola’s Tablet

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Good morning! Here are some of today’s top tech stories so far. We’ll cover a few of these throughout the day but feel free to get a head start.

Motorola Xoom launching February 17th at Best Buy (update: priced at $700)

Link: Engadget

Motorola’s iPad-like "Xoom" tablet is apparently slated for release at Best Buy next month. The slick and powerful 10-inch slate will run Android’s made-for-tablet operating system, called Honeycomb, and will reportedly start at $700.

Mozilla offers do-not-track tool to thwart ads

Link: CNET

Whether you realize it or not, much of your web browsing behavior may be constantly (yet anonymously) collected by advertisers as you make your way from site to site. Mozilla’s Firefox web browser is looking to offer a do-not-track feature that would allow you to prevent yourself from being tracked as you surf. Rumor has it that Google is working on a similar feature for its Chrome web browser as well.

$10K iTunes Winner Hung Up On Apple, Thought It Was a Prank

Link: Cult of Mac

Apple has now officially served up 10 billion apps, with the person who downloaded the 10 billionth app to receive a $10,000 iTunes gift card as a reward (What? No $10 billion gift card?). Problem is, some lady’s kid downloaded the magic app and when Apple called with news of the $10,000 reward, she hung up the phone thinking it was a telemarketer.

The Music Bay: Pirate Bay Crew Instill More Fear Into The Music Industry

Link: TorrentFreak

Notorious file-sharing site, the Pirate Bay, apparently has something special in store for the 78th anniversary of the IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry), saying, "The music industry can’t even imagine what we’re planning to roll out in the coming months. For years they’ve complained bitterly about piracy, but if they ever had a reason to be scared it is now," the group told TorrentFreak in a recent interview.

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