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11:55 PM ET, February 21, 2010

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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Why we don't trust Devil Mountain Software (and neither should you)  —  Ed note: We were going to publish this investigation Monday morning after buttoning down a few more key facts.  Given the fact that IDG just severed ties with Randall C. Kennedy over having an alter ego …
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InfoWorld:
An unfortunate ending  —  Due to a serious breach of trust, Randall C. Kennedy will no longer be writing for InfoWorld  —  On Friday, Feb. 19, we discovered that one of our contributors, Randall C. Kennedy, had been misrepresenting himself to other media organizations as Craig Barth …
Joseph Menn / Financial Times:
US experts close in on Google hackers  —  US analysts believe they have identified the Chinese author of the critical programming code used in the alleged state-sponsored hacking attacks on Google and other western companies, making it far harder for the Chinese government to deny involvement.
Discussion: Reuters
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David Barboza / New York Times:
Hacking Inquiry Puts China's Elite in New Light  —  SHANGHAI — With its sterling reputation and its scientific bent, Shanghai Jiaotong University has the feel of an Ivy League institution.  —  The university has alliances with elite American ones like Duke and the University of Michigan.
James T. Areddy / Wall Street Journal:
People's Republic of Hacking
Chauncey Dupree / 9 to 5 Mac:
Video Chat coming in future iPhones/iPads?  —  Some interesting information has come to light this evening that may indicate a future direction of Apple's iPhone OS products.  Below is some pretty definitive evidence that future iPhones and iPads will have video chatting capability.
Danieleran / Roughly Drafted:
An Adobe Flash developer on why the iPad can't use Flash  —  Daniel Eran Dilger  —  Morgan Adams, an interactive content developer who knows a lot about building Flash, wrote in with an interesting perspective on Flash and the iPad.  The remainder of this piece is his comments on the subject.
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Raju Vegesna / CloudAve:
Impact of Touch on WebApps
Thanks:rajuv
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
Textbooks That Professors Can Rewrite Digitally  —  Readers can modify content on the Web, so why not in books?  —  In a kind of Wikipedia of textbooks, Macmillan, one of the five largest publishers of trade books and textbooks, is introducing software called DynamicBooks …
Gagan Biyani / MobileCrunch:
RightSide Capital Announces New Seed Fund; Will Make 100-200 Investments Per Year  —  RightSide Capital Management is about to shatter the funding landscape.  Led by David Lambert, Kevin Dick and John Lee, RightSide Capital believes that seed-stage capital needs a complete overhaul.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Seattle 2.0
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
CHATROULOLZ Collects Great Chatroulette Screencaps So You Don't Have To  —  By now, you've probably heard of Chatroulette, the website where one can anonymously have video chat conversations with random strangers from around the world.  Needless to say, this freaks out just about everyone …
Discussion: New York Times and Gawker
Felix Salmon:
The NYT's blogs are set to be paywalled  —  Arthur Sulzberger, Janet Robinson, and Martin Nisenholtz of the NYT all took the opportunity of hosting today's PaidContent conference to talk at length about their paywall plans.  Which makes it all the more surprising that their message was so garbled …
Marsha Collier / Marsha Collier's Musings:
Disable Google Buzz and Lose your Google Profile ??  —  Of all the issues I've had with Google, this could be the icing on the cake.  I'm not happy with Google Buzz.  I hate getting emails from Google Buzz with my Tweets.  What put me over the edge?  —  I went to my Google profile …
 
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Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
Why Did Twitter Hire A Tech Policy Specialist As Comms Chief?
Thanks:atul
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
AOL Moves to Build Tech ‘Newsroom of the Future’
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace's Hail Mary Strategy: “Discovery”
Marco.org:
Business Insider will probably add an inflammatory headline …
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
ACTA “internet enforcement” chapter leaks
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Reid Hoffman Explains Putting His Angel Days Behind Him
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Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Google Buzz No Facebook, Twitter Killer, Google Exec Says
Discussion: Mashable!
Carmen Gentile / New York Times:
Cries for Help via Text Messages Are Used to Direct Aid to Haiti
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The AP Is Using Twitter To Send People To Facebook. Wait. What?
Discussion: The Steve Rubel Lifestream and Chris Saad, Thanks:atul
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
YouTube Expands Video Rental Program
Discussion: TechSpot and Softpedia News, Thanks:beet_tv
Jeremy Dean / PsyBlog:
Can You Trust a Facebook Profile?
Discussion: RyanSpoon.com