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11:25 PM ET, February 21, 2011

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Richard Ziade / Readability Blog:
An Open Letter to Apple  —  Dear Apple: It's your friends from Readability.  Remember us?  You put our technology into your Safari browser last year.  We're writing this open letter because - well - we're a little upset right now.
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Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Subscriptions and the new In-App Purchase requirement  —  Apple's new subscription-billing requirement has generated a lot of bad press and debate.  The new rule, from the App Store Review Guidelines (developer account required):  —  In practice, this means that any app that requires content …
Chris Leydon / TinyGrab Blog:
TinyGrab & Apple's App Stores  —  We love Apple, we really do.  Let's face it, without them TinyGrab just wouldn't exist and none of us would be reading this right now; for this we're incredibly indebted to them.  The homebrew and independent app development community for OS X is wonderful and vibrant.
Discussion: Examiner, Cult of Mac, App Advice and TUAW
Verne G. Kopytoff / New York Times:
Blogs Wane as the Young Drift to Sites Like Twitter  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Like any aspiring filmmaker, Michael McDonald, a high school senior, used a blog to show off his videos.  But discouraged by how few people bothered to visit, he instead started posting his clips on Facebook …
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Matt Mullenweg:
Blogging Drift  —  The New York Times has a pretty prominent article today called Blogs Wane as the Young Drift to Sites Like Twitter.  The title was probably written by an editor, not the author, because as soon as the article gets past the two token teenagers who tumble and Facebook instead of blogging …
Scott Rosenberg / Scott Rosenberg's Wordyard:   Another misleading story reports that blogs ‘r’ dead
Steve Clayton / TechNet Blogs:
Kinect for Windows SDK to Arrive Spring 2011  —  Every year about this time, Craig Mundie, Microsoft's chief research and strategy officer, holds an intimate gathering to discuss the company's vision for the future: just Craig, a handful of Microsoft thinkers and select media convening …
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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Early Look: Avatar Kinect
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Adobe: Flash Coming To Android Tablets “Within A Few Weeks”  —  Earlier today there was quite a bit of commotion in the tech press over a Verizon ad that stated that Flash wouldn't be making its way to Android tablets until Spring 2011.  Which has the potential to be pretty far off …
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Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Motorola Xoom will ship without Flash support on February 24th, expects it in ‘Spring 2011’?
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Mobile Flash: Always Exciting, Always Not Quite Here Yet
Discussion: Engadget, GottaBeMobile, SAI and IntoMobile
Greg Tito / The Escapist:
PS3 Hacker Raised All the Legal Funds Needed to Beat Sony in a Weekend  —  Famed rapper and PS3 hacker Geohot asked for donations on Friday to fund his defense against Sony and got all he needed by Monday.  —  Geohot, aka George Hotz, firmly believes that he has done nothing wrong.
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Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft on the verge of finalizing Windows 8 Milestone 2 build … Microsoft is on the verge of finishing its second Milestone build of Windows 8, WinRumors has learned.  —  The software giant has compiled a number of Milestone 2 builds recently ready for the final M2 build …
Mark Kleinman / Sky News:
Exclusive: Spotify Sells Stake To Silicon Valley Firm  —  Spotify, one of the world's hottest technology companies, is selling a stake to the legendary Silicon Valley investor Kleiner Perkins as part of a deal valuing the online music streaming service at more than $1bn, I can reveal.
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Quintura blog:
Yandex Plans $1 Billion IPO on NASDAQ in Summer 2011
Discussion: WebProNews and paidContent
Dick Craddock / The Windows Blog:
Facebook chat in Hotmail now available everywhere  —  Today, Facebook chat is available to Hotmail customers worldwide, wherever Facebook is available.  —  When we first announced the ability to chat with Facebook friends from Hotmail, we were only able to offer this to customers in six regions.
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
iPad 2 incoming: iPad sold out/on sale at some European retailers  —  The second-generation iPad is approaching and will most likely hit sometime next month.  Usually, a good hint at an upcoming refresh for an Apple product is when the respective item becomes sold out or on sale at some retailers.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
What Got Buzz at Mobile World Congress?  —  Now that Mobile World Congress has wrapped, a number of digital analytics firms have parsed the data on social networks and blogs to determine which smartphones, tablets, operating systems and brands received the most buzz - and whether that chatter was positive or negative, in some cases.
Discussion: IntoMobile
Nina Mandell / NY Daily News:
Facebook stalk much?  Breakup Notifier application garners more than 100,000 users overnight  —  Want to stalk a potential love interest on Facebook?  There's an app for that.  —  A new app for the popular social networking site allows users to pick “friends” whose Facebook relationship status they'd like to monitor.
Mark Lee / Bloomberg:
Alibaba Says CEO Wei Quits After Probe Finds Fraud Committed by Suppliers  —  Alibaba.com Ltd., operator of China's biggest electronic-commerce website, said Chief Executive Officer David Wei resigned after a company probe found more than 2,000 subscribers engaged in fraudulent sales.
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Jim Erickson / Alizila:
Alibaba.com CEO and COO Step Down
Discussion: BoomTown
 
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Naked Security / Sophos:
SSDs prove difficult to securely erase
Discussion: TG Daily
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel lists new Sandy Bridge mobile chips
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
A $679M deal: CSR and Zoran merge to create consumer chip powerhouse
Discussion: Digits, Tech Trader Daily and Pulse2
James Kanter / New York Times:
Google Trying to Avoid Antitrust Fight in Europe
Discussion: Adotas
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
US Paid Millions For Bogus (Patented) Intelligence Software; Now Trying To Cover It Up Claiming ‘National Security’
Discussion: New York Times
John Brownlee / Cult of Mac:
Is The iPad 2 “Mystery Port” For Light Peak? We Doubt It.
 Earlier Items: 
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Zagat.com Relaunches With More Free Content Including Maps, Lists, Third-Party Reviews
Discussion: Screenwerk
Jackie Cohen / All Facebook:
Is Baidu About To Get Social With Facebook?
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft starts rolling out a pre-'NoDo' update for Windows Phone 7
Henry Blodget / SAI:
Flash-Sale Leader Gilt Groupe Raising $80-$100 Million At A ~$1 Billion Valuation
Discussion: VentureBeat and MediaPost
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Why I don't care very much about tablets anymore
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Kno Student Tablet Start-Up in Talks to Sell Off Tablet Part of Its Business