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2:20 PM ET, February 24, 2010

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Matt Sucherman / The Official Google Blog:
Serious threat to the web in Italy  —  In late 2006, students at a school in Turin, Italy filmed and then uploaded a video to Google Video that showed them bullying an autistic schoolmate.  The video was totally reprehensible and we took it down within hours of being notified by the Italian police.
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Reuters:
Google execs convicted in Italy for Down's video  —  *Video showed bullying of boy with Down's  —  A Milan court has convicted three Google Inc (GOOG.O) executives for the 2006 transmission of a video showing the bullying of a youth with Down's syndrome, the judge in the case told Reuters on Wednesday.
Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
Analysis: Italian Decision Could Help Traditional Media Orgs
Discussion: BuzzMachine and Guardian
Tom Warren / Neowin.net:
YouTube removes original “Rickroll” video due to terms of use violation  —  UPDATE: YouTube has confirmed the removal was a mistake.  For more information and a comment from Rick Astley's manager please see our follow up story.  —  The Interwebs came together in a collective gasp on Wednesday …
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Brenna Ehrlich / Mashable!:
YouTube: Rickroll Removal Was a Mistake  —  This morning we reported that YouTube had taken down the famed Rickroll video, breaking the hearts of many an Internet prankser.  Well, we contacted YouTube and apparently it was a big ol' mistake.  Rickroll should be back in action soon …
Discussion: Erictric
Craig Grannell / Cult of Mac:
Is Apple Preparing To Add An ‘Explicit’ Section To The App Store?  —  Over the past few days, Cult of Mac has closely followed Apple's divisive decision to remove “overtly sexual” apps from the App Store.  Some apps caught in the purge (such as videogame Daisy Mae and swimwear retailer Simply Beach) …
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Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
Apple Quietly Reinstates Banned Bikini Shopping App
Discussion: TeleRead
Julia Holtz / European Public Policy Blog:
Committed to competing fairly  —  As Google has grown, we've not surprisingly faced more questions about our role in the advertising ecosystem and our overall approach to competition.  This kind of scrutiny goes with the territory when you are a large company.
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Kamal Ahmed / Telegraph:
Google under investigation for alleged breach of EU competition rules  —  The European Commission has launched an anti-trust investigation against Google after three online companies alleged that the internet giant's search functions were penalising their businesses.
Reuters:
Google scraps China leg of Nexus One event: source  —  BEIJING (Reuters) - Google Inc has scrapped the China leg of a regional event to show software developers its first smartphone, the Nexus One, in Beijing, its second such move following its threatened pull-out from the country.
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Google Didn't Cancel Beijing Nexus One Event
Discussion: Macworld and AndroidSPIN, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Malcolm Moore / Telegraph:   Google China advertises for new staff
Arn / MacRumors:
iPad SDK Support for Front Facing Camera, Camera Flash, Zoom and Video Conferencing  —  Unfortunately, we already know how this story ends.  Apple introduced the iPad in late January and made no mention of a camera - either on the front or back of the device.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Yelp Hit With Class Action Lawsuit For Running An “Extortion Scheme”  —  Two law firms, Beck & Lee from Miami and The Weston Firm in San Diego, have filed a class action lawsuit in Los Angeles federal court alleging unfair business practices by local business review and rating website operator Yelp.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Andrew Lim / Recombu:
Flash might not be a battery hog but Adobe needs to charge its batteries  —  It's annoying that the iPhone and iPad don't support Flash but according to Gawker, when Steve Jobs went to see The Wall Street Journal, he claimed the iPad's battery performance would be degraded from 10 hours …
Thanks:recombu
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Mark Doherty / www.flashmobileblog.com:
Battery Performance with Flash Player 10.1 on Nexus One
Thanks:sjespers
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Arnold Kim Celebrates 10 Years as Apple Rumor King  —  Arnold Kim quit his job treating kidneys to dissect the secrets of his favorite electronics company, the famously confidential Apple.  —  Kim launched his independent blog MacRumors.com on Feb. 24, 2000 during his fourth year in medical school.
Discussion: MacRumors and Pulse2
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Windows 7 Activation Technologies Update now live, ready to be dodged  —  Remember that polarizing Windows 7 Activation Technologies Update we told you about?  You know, the one that helps you to “verify that the copy of Windows 7 that is running on your computer is activated correctly and is genuine?”
Discussion: Softpedia News, Neowin.net and Erictric
Alex Williams / ReadWriteWeb:
Wordpress.com Founder Matt Mullenweg: The Cloud is Marketing Speak  —  The Wordpress.com network went down last week.  In the wake of the outage, we started looking at what infrastructure Wordpress.com uses for serving its 10 million blogs.  —  Wordpress.com is run from data centers in Chicago and San Antonio.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Only 50% Of Twitter Messages Are In English, Study Says  —  Paris-based Semiocast, which helps brands understand and interact with real-time Web services, has performed a semantic and quantitative study of Twitter based on an analysis of 2.8 million tweets.  —  Turns out roughly half …
Discussion: Mashable!
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Cablevision Promises to Introduce Your PC to Your TV  —  What if you could move the contents of your PC directly onto your TV?  If you're a tech-savvy reader, you may already be doing this.  And if you're not, you may wonder why you'd want to.  —  But Cablevision says it will let subscribers pull …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Dramatically Expands Twitter Relationship in Next Stage of “Project Rushmore” (Complete With Cutesy Bird Puns)  —  Yahoo announced tonight that it is dramatically expanding its relationship with Twitter, integrating it broadly through its Web site, much in the same way it did recently with Facebook.
Sue Marek / FierceWireless:
Clearwire net additions soar to 87K in Q4  —  Clearwire's aggressive WiMAX deployment schedule paid off.  During the fourth quarter, the company added 87,000 net new subscribers, bringing its total subscriber base to 688,000.  The number of quarterly net adds is the largest in the company's history.
Discussion: CNET News and DSLreports
Clay Dillow / Popular Science:
Augmented Identity App Helps You Identify and Friend Perfect Strangers, Face to Face  —  By this point, we're all familiar with augmented reality, but Swedish mobile software firm The Astonishing Tribe is taking information overload to the next logical step: augmented identity.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Buzz Boosts Sharing On Google Reader By 35 Percent  —  Social sharing is becoming a big contributor to traffic for many sites.  While Facebook and Twitter drive more sharing than any other services, Google is trying to compete with Buzz, which is now part of Gmail but shares links to article and blog posts through Google Reader.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Seeking Alpha
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
H.P., Tech Powerhouse, Stumbles in Smartphones  —  Hewlett-Packard is one of the world's most successful makers of desktop computers, laptops, servers and printers.  It owns a powerful consumer brand, and it is a growing provider of services for businesses.  In the first quarter, the company's sales rose 8 percent.
Discussion: pocketnow.com, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Brad Hargreaves / startup adventures in nyc:
The Death of the Fameball and the Evolution of the NY Startup Scene  —  Entrepreneurship in New York City is evolving.  Everyone is talking about it — at meetups, at conferences, at drinks with friends.  While there's a lot of (warranted) concern about the venture community as a whole …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Mobile Cloud Computing: $9.5 Billion by 2014  —  According to the latest study from Juniper Research, the market for cloud-based mobile applications will grow 88% from 2009 to 2014.  The market was just over $400 million this past year, says Juniper, but by 2014 it will reach $9.5 billion.
Discussion: Datamation, IntoMobile and PC World
 
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Graham Cluley / Graham Cluley's blog:
This you???? : Phishing attack hits Twitter users
Discussion: Mashable! and The SocialToo Blog
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Apple iPad Should Default To Bing Search Engine
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Apple iTunes: 10 billion songs later
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
CA Continues Shopping Spree; Acquires 3Tera To Boost Presence In The Cloud
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Citrix adds IT search to its roster with Paglo acquisition
Discussion: Network World and TechCrunch
 Earlier Items: 
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Passlogix: One Authenticator To Rule Them All
John Voelcker / The Car Connection:
NHTSA Has No Software Engineers or EEs To Analyze Toyotas
Discussion: Tech Eye
Lifehacker:
When It Doesn't Pay to Be Google's Guinea Pig
Thanks:labnol
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
When using open source makes you an enemy of the state
Discussion: Boing Boing and freakbits.com
Casey Johnston / Ars Technica:
Cell phones show human movement predictable 93% of the time
Discussion: IntoMobile
 

 
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