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1:25 PM ET, February 20, 2011

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Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
New high-speed connection tech due from Apple  —  An announcement from Apple is expected soon about a new high-speed connection technology, a source told CNET.  —  Whether the new connector tech will be part of the upcoming MacBook Pro update (rumored to happen February 24) or announced in another context is not clear.
Evgeny Morozov / Wall Street Journal:
Smart Dictators Don't Quash the Internet  —  Mubarak had no idea how to counter the power of social media.  China, Russia and Iran know better  —  Egyptians celebrate in Tahrir Square after hearing the news that Hosni Mubarak has resigned.  Protestors in Egypt were lucky that the government didn't know a tweet from a poke.
Discussion: Security Watch
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
To Celebrate The #Jan25 Revolution, Egyptian Names His Firstborn “Facebook”  —  Cultural relativity is an amazing thing.  While American parents worry about their kids being on Facebook, Egyptian parents are naming their kids “Facebook” to commemorate the events surrounding the #Jan25 revolution.
New York Times:
Cellphones Become the World's Eyes and Ears on Protests
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Chris Chang / M.I.C. Gadget:
Exclusive: iPad 2 Leather Case Hands-on & Video!  —  Ooops. we got an iPad 2 leather case from an Asian case supplier, and here's what we know about the iPad 2:  —  Finally, we have some interesting updates for the much-rumoured iPad 2.  Yup, we hope you enjoy the lengthy video above showing …
Warpafx / BuzzFeed:
Westboro Church to Anonymous: Bring It, Cowards  —  Megan Phelps-Roper, granddaughter of Westboro Baptists Church founder Fred Phelps, responded on Twitter to the Anonymous threat.
Discussion: @meganphelps, Examiner and Examiner
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Intel's new Itanium is the Moby Dick of microprocessors  —  It's a whale of a chip.  Intel is announcing today the 10th generation of its Itanium chip, which is a 64-bit microprocessor aimed at the very high end of the corporate computer market.  —  The chip is a modern miracle in many respects …
Discussion: eWeek and Between the Lines Blog
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Socialcam: A Look At Justin.tv's Upcoming ‘Instagram for Video’  —  Between the likes of picplz and Instagram, image-sharing sites are making plenty of headlines these days.  And there's one obvious offshoot that seems ripe for similar services: video.  Granted, Path offers support for video …
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple in the Sky with Diamonds: A Cloud Based Safe Deposit Box  —  With OS X nearing its launch this summer, we just might have gotten a glimpse at either a Time Machine or MobileMe upgrade in one of this week's patents.  Apple wants to beef up sensitive document security for average consumers …
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Hotfile Goes To War Against Copyright Infringers  —  As bandwidth and storage capacity have increased, so have the capabilities of file-hosting services.  Perhaps inevitably, not only are they used for the storage personal files, but increasingly for the distribution of movies, music, games and software.
Taimur Asad / Redmond Pie:
Geohot Starts a Blog, Asks for Help and Support from Fans to Fight Against Sony  —  After discussing the entire situation with his lawyers, Geohot has decided to start a blog yet again.  He is asking for help and support from his fans in an effort to fight his case against Sony.
Pamela Parker / Search Engine Land:
Presidential Hopeful Rick Santorum Stymied By Search Problem  —  As former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum sets his sights on the White House, he has a lot of awareness-raising to do, and he desperately needs some help with search, a Roll Call piece this week shows.
Discussion: Roll Call
 
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Fred / A VC:
Some Thoughts On Public and Private Markets
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Hannah Seligson / New York Times:
Jilted in the U.S., a Site Finds Love in India
Horace Dediu / asymco:
The lives and deaths of mobile platforms
Discussion: @jason
Agence France Presse:
Nokia head swaps Microsoft shares for own firm: report
Discussion: Reuters and SAI
 Earlier Items: 
Julie Bort / Network World:
Cerf: 2011 will be proving point for ‘InterPlanetary Internet’
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Should Employers Be Allowed to Ask for Your Facebook Login?
Discussion: Blog of Rights and Slashdot
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Techmeme Figuring Out the Blend of Real-Time & Published News.
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
iPad 3 with Retina display, new device sized between iPad and iPod in Apple's pipeline