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5:15 PM ET, February 28, 2010

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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Exclusive: First Windows Phone 7 Series partner device unveiled (with video!)  —  Microsoft's Aaron Woodman just pulled off a little surprise here at The Engadget Show: he brought out LG's Windows Phone 7 Series pre-production prototype!  The QWERTY slider is the first branded Windows Phone 7 Series device …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter To Add “Nifty” Site Features That May Make You Forget Third-Party Clients  —  Twitter appears to be on the verge of some big changes to its website if a tweet that Twitter engineer Alex Payne sent today is any indication.  In fact, the new features may be so good that they could make …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Twitterrati, Thanks:alexiat
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Redrawing the Route to Online Privacy  —  ON the Internet, things get old fast.  One prime candidate for the digital dustbin, it seems, is the current approach to protecting privacy on the Internet.  —  It is an artifact of the 1990s, intended as a light-touch policy to nurture innovation in an emerging industry.
Discussion: Mark Evans Tech and /message
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Steady, Efficient Decline Of Yahoo  —  Efficiency is a business school idea that suggests a company is running smoothly.  It's absolutely terrific when you're talking about a coal mining operation or a Supercuts.  But when it comes to a company like Yahoo it's not a positive.
Kieren McCarthy / The Register:
US government rescinds ‘leave internet alone’ policy  —  Strickling speaking, the Naughties are dead  —  The US government's policy of leaving the Internet alone is over, according to Obama's top official at the Department of Commerce.  —  Instead, an “Internet Policy 3.0” …
Discussion: I4U News and TeleRead
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
Judge In Facebook Privacy Lawsuit Reserves Decision On $9.5M Settlement  —  After conducting a hearing on Friday, a federal judge reserved decision about whether to approve a controversial $9.5 million settlement of a class-action lawsuit against Facebook stemming from its Beacon program.
New York Times:
6 Months, $90,000 and (Maybe) a Great Idea  —  THE print hanging behind the receptionist's desk at Foundation Capital screams, “Our greatest thrill is to loan you money” — in chunky, capitalized red letters.  That's encouraging news for Michael Bauer, because he wants money and has put himself in a prime position to get it.
Discussion: TheFunded.com
TechCrunch:
Don't “Pull A Patzer” And Other Lessons Learned On Our Trip Down Sand Hill Road  —  Editor's note: Earlier this month, BrightRoll raised a $10 million Series B for its video ad network.  In this guest post, CEO Tod Sacerdoti shares some of the lessons he learned trying to raise that money in the current environment.
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Ubuntu 10.04 supports iPhone and iPod Touch out-of-the-box  —  For there to be any chance of “the year of Linux on the desktop” ever becoming a reality, certain things have to happen.  One of those things (like it or not) is for a major distribution to support the most popular portable media players …
Discussion: TUAW and Web Upd8
Alejandro Martínez-Cabrera / San Francisco Chronicle:
Real threat in virtual battleground: hackers  —  The wildly popular online game World of Warcraft is riddled with irreconcilable rivalries.  —  There is, of course, the conflict between the Alliance and the Horde, the cornerstone of the game's narrative that pits half of the almost 12 million WoW players against the other.
ZDNet:
Open Wi-Fi ‘outlawed’ in Digital Economy Bill  —  The government will not exempt universities, libraries and small businesses providing open Wi-Fi services from its Digital Economy Bill copyright crackdown, according to official advice released earlier this week.
Bankston / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Epic Fail in Congress: USA PATRIOT Act Renewed Without Any New Civil Liberties Protections  —  Yesterday evening, the U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to renew three expiring provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act, after the Senate abandoned the PATRIOT reform effort and approved …
 
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Don Reisinger / eWeek:
10 Ways Palm Could Make a Comeback in the Mobile World
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Wordle In Trademark Trouble, Seeks Legal Advice
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Mike McConnell / Washington Post:
Mike McConnell on how to win the cyber-war we're losing
Jeff Vogel / The Bottom Feeder:
The Awful Anti-Pirate System That Will Probably Work
Discussion: TechSpot
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
webOS 1.4 now available for the Palm Pre and Pixi on Sprint, O2 …
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Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
Where virtual worlds once ruled, FarmVille dominates
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Taylor Wimberly / Android and Me:
All U.S. Android phones to receive Android 2.1, but some will require a wipe
 

 
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