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12:45 PM ET, February 23, 2010

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Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Apple Bans Some Apps for Sex-Tinged Content  —  Apple has started banning many applications for its iPhone that feature sexually suggestive material, including photos of women in bikinis and lingerie, a move that came as an abrupt surprise to developers who had been profiting from such programs.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Apple Exec Phil Schiller Speaks On The App Store's Sex Ban  —  It took them four days, but Apple is finally explaining its surprise decision to remove nearly all “sexy” content from the App Store.  Once again, the morsels of information come from Apple SVP of Worldwide Product Marketing Phil Schiller …
Gartner:
Gartner Says Worldwide Mobile Phone Sales to End Users Grew 8 Per Cent in Fourth Quarter 2009; Market Remained Flat in 2009  —  Combined Market Share of Top Five Mobile Phone Vendors Dropped More Than 4 Percentage Points in 2009  —  Worldwide mobile phone sales to end users totalled 1.211 billion units …
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Gartner: Apple, Android, and RIM winners in 2009 smartphone growth, Nokia and Symbian still dominate  —  Gartner just released its annual numbers for worldwide mobile phone sales to end users in the year known as two thousand nine.  Looking at smartphone OS market share alone …
Steven Levy / Wired:
Exclusive: How Google's Algorithm Rules the Web  —  Want to know how Google is about to change your life?  Stop by the Ouagadougou conference room on a Thursday morning.  It is here, at the Mountain View, California, headquarters of the world's most powerful Internet company …
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Google-China Talks to Resume  —  Google Inc. representatives are scheduled to resume discussions in coming days with Chinese officials about the fate of Google's China business, said people briefed on the matter.  —  The schedule and the status of the talks, which are being picked …
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Taimur Asad / Redmond Pie:
FarmVille on Nexus One - Flash 10.1 Demo on Android  —  I have been extensively testing the new HTC Sense from HTC Desire ROM on Nexus One and so far has been very impressed with what HTC has to offer with this new version of Sense experience for Android phones.
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Twitter Ad Platform ‘Imminent’  —  Twitter plans to launch an advertising platform in about a month, according to Seth Goldstein.  The chief executive officer and co-founder of socialmedia.com led a panel Monday focused on the next wave of interactive advertising at the IAB Annual Leadership Meeting 2010 …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
iPhone Game House ngmoco Raises $25 Million Series C, Buys Freeverse  —  Neil Young, the CEO of iPhone game startup ngmoco, wants to “amass enough scale” to accelerate “away from the pack.”  He just raised a $25 million series C round and acquired Freeverse, another top iPhone game developer, to help ngmoco keep moving forward.
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
YouTube to kill IE6 support on March 13  —  Over six months ago, Google announced it would start phasing out support for Internet Explorer 6 on Orkut and YouTube, and started pushing its users to modern browsers.  The search giant has now given a specific kill date for old browser support …
Kevinweil / Twitter Blog:
Measuring Tweets  —  As a member of the Twitter analytics team, part of my job is to measure and understand growth.  The graph above tells a story of how we've grown over the past three years in terms of number of tweets created per day.  Please note that tweets from accounts identified …
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Google's CEO Demanded His Mistress Take Down Her Blog: Source  —  Eric Schmidt might advocate for making information “even more open and accessible,” but not when it comes to his mistresses.  We're told the Google CEO's aggressive lawyers brought down ex-girlfriend Kate Bohner's online recovery diary this weekend.
Amy Schatz / Digits:
Nearly 20% of U.S. is “Digitally Uncomfortable” or “Digitally Distant,” FCC Says  —  Less than a month before the Federal Communications Commission is set to release its voluminous plan for bringing high-speed Internet to all Americans, the agency is out with a new report profiling which Americans …
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:   FCC: Cost a major barrier to broadband adoption
Ethan / ...My heart's in Accra:
Internet Freedom: Beyond Circumvention  —  Secretary Clinton's recent speech on Internet Freedom has signaled a strong interest from the US State Department in promoting the use of the internet to promote political reforms in closed societies.  It makes sense that the State Department …
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Rene Ritchie / TiPb:
Should Apple TV switch to the iPhone OS?  The Apple TV was introduced in late 2006 but debuted alongside the iPhone at the Macworld 2007 keynote.  Since then, the iPhone has become a huge, mainstream success and the Apple TV... well it reamins just a “hobby”.
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
PocketGear acquires Handango, becomes world's largest cross-platform app store  —  Now this is intriguing.  PocketGear has just acquired its former competitor Handango in the cross-platform app store space, and can now claim a library of software that places it right alongside Apple's App Store …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Zoho Adds A Social Layer To Productivity Suite With Facebook Connect  —  Online productivity suite Zoho has been open to allowing users to use their Google, Google Apps and Yahoo accounts to log-in to Zoho Apps.  Zoho says that most of its users are using their log-ins for other applications to use Zoho's offerings.
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft, Amazon strike patent deal covering Kindle and Linux  —  Microsoft and Amazon.com say they've reached a wide-ranging agreement in which each company has granted the other a license to its patent portfolio.  Microsoft says the agreement covers technologies in products including Amazon's Kindle …
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
Google's Music Strategy: Past, Present and Future  —  Google may have lost to Apple in its bid to acquire Lala, a music service that grabs users' digital music collections and hosts them in the cloud, allowing them to add to those collections for a mere 10 cents per song.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:atul
Stryde Hax:
The Spy at Harriton High  —  This investigation into the remote spying allegedly being conducted against students at Lower Merion represents an attempt to find proof of spying and a look into the toolchain used to accomplish spying.  Taking a look at the LMSD Staff List, Mike Perbix is listed as a Network Tech at LMSD.
Don Clark / Wall Street Journal:
Intel Plans $2 Billion Investment Fund  —  Intel Corp. is working with venture-capital firms to establish a $2 billion fund that would invest solely in U.S. companies, people familiar with the chip maker's plans said.  —  The move comes a year after Intel said it would invest $7 billion …
Discussion: Pulse2 and Tech Eye
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Motorola Break-Up Plans May Include Relocating Handset Business To California  —  Now that Motorola (NYSE: MOT) has made its break-up plans public, it's clear it won't be completed without a number of painful decisions.  —  Under consideration is whether Motorola's handset business should move …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Seeking Alpha:
Alibris to Acquire Amazon Partner Monsoon Works  —  Amazon Strategies has learned that Alibris, Amazon (AMZN) competitor and partner, has acquired Monsoon Works.  Monsoon provides desktop software that allows mostly media sellers, but some EGM as well, to list and sell on a variety of marketplaces including Amazon, Alibris and more.
Discussion: PR Newswire
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
How Random Is Microsoft's Random Browser Choice Screen In Europe?  —  After a lengthy legal face-off, Microsoft and European antitrust officials recently agreed on the implementation of a so-called ballot screen that will give European Windows users a chance to download rivals' browsers …
Discussion: Neowin.net
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
B&N: Nook “Single Best-Selling Product”; CEO Rebuffs iPad Fears  —  Calling the “Nook,” eBook reader its “single best-selling product,” Barnes & Noble (BKS) CEO Steve Riggio this morning argued the gadget is helping lure customers to its stores and boosting online traffic.
 
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Mark Sullivan / PC World:
AT&T Roars Back in PCWorld's Second 3G Wireless Performance Test
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Jason Snell / Macworld:
TextFlow brings document comparisons to Box.net
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Visage Mobile raises $4.5M to help companies manage their smartphone budget
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Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Mobile Roadie brings celeb apps from iPhone to Android
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
RemakingMySpace: Controversial. Bold. Progressive. And Dead.
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David Talbot / Technology Review:
Can Twitter Make Money?  —  Twitter plans to become the leader …
Discussion: Daily Patricia, Thanks:atul
Emily Steel / Digits:
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