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Look out: That app accessing your photos is coming from inside your pants. Elsewhere, there’s conflicting stories on audio quality in iTunes, a new Italian Apple Store shrouded in secrecy, and spine-tingling Apple event rumors. The remainders for Tuesday, February 28, 2012 are alone in the dark.

Apple Loophole Gives Developers Access to Photos (New York Times)

So, I hope you saved some outrage. Seems that not only can apps get access to your iPhone’s contacts, but once you allow them to know your location they can also copy all your photos. I’m just relieved that they don’t have access to most embarrassing data on my phone—my Hero Academy scores.

Sprint committed to $15.5B iPhone contract in 2011, expects to buy more (AppleInsider)

The iPhone’s not all rosy for carriers. In the short term, Sprint is expecting to take a hit on Apple’s handset, due to the higher subsidy cost of the phone; the network hopes to make up the money in subscriber fees. Well, at least they can remain satisfied in the knowledge that they’re not T-Mobile.

How To Fight AT&T Data-Throttling: Small-Claims Action (MacTech)

Speaking of the carriers and general non-rosiness, MacTech has some suggestions for how to take on AT&T’s data-throttling in small claims court. Tip #1: When in doubt, fall back on the old “I’m out of order? You’re out of order! The whole trial is out of order!” Judges love that.

Apple developing new audio file format to offer ‘adaptive streaming’ (The Guardian)

According to The Guardian, iTunes Match users may soon be able to listen to their music in even higher fidelity. Rumor has it Apple is working on a new format for adaptive audio streaming, which would let the company deliver the appropriate sound quality for the bandwidth available. So, for example, if you’ve only got one bar of cell reception, you can still rock out to AC/DC’s Shoot to Thrill—it’s just in MIDI.

Mastered for iTunes ‘sounds closer to the the CD’ – I’m calling BS (Production Advice)

While we’re on the subject of audio, audio engineer Ian Shepherd says Apple’s Mastered for iTunes tracks are actually not closer to the CD version of songs, as they purport to be. Which raises the real question: How close to the CD do you really want to be? Like an inch? Half an inch? Five millimeters? TOO CLOSE.

New Turin Apple Store To Become Italy’s “Most Important” One (MacStories)

Apple’s got plenty of stores in Italy, but its next one may be the country’s “most important,” according to a report at Italian site Macity. The rumored Turin store will be the nation’s flagship store, possibly covering more than 10,0000 square feet. Hey, you know how they put the Green Monster on the Boston store before it opened? I’ve got a great suggestion for what to do with this one.

Sources: New Apple TV launching in March, near-immediate availability hinted for new iPads (9to5Mac)

The ever-popular “sources” seem to be saying that not only will we see a new iPad at next week’s Apple event, but the company will also take the wraps off a next-generation Apple TV. Of course, nobody has any idea exactly what that new Apple TV might do, but I’m hoping for improved quality. Not in the device, I mean, but in like television shows.

Product News:

MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update 2.8 - Apple released a firmware update on Tuesday for the MacBook Pro (15-inch, late 2008) models. The 1.79 MB update resolves a graphics issue that causes the internal display to flicker.

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