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5:55 PM ET, February 7, 2010

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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Pepsi Has Already Won by Avoiding The Superbowl  —  When it comes to the football side of Superbowl XLIV, everyone knows that today's matchup pits the New Orleans Saints against the Indianapolis Colts.  But there's another side to the NFL game that is just as competitive and just as expensive …
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Mia / YouTube Blog:
Super Bowl Sunday: The Biggest Day in Sports and Advertising  —  Super Bowl XLIV.  Of all the events on the American sports landscape, this is the most important game of the year.  —  Kickoff is at 6:25pm ET in Miami, where the AFC Champion Indianapolis Colts will meet the NFC Champion New Orleans Saints to decide the NFL Champion.
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Updated: Google to Air “Search Stories” Ad During Super Bowl...
Fred / A VC:
Flash, HTML5, and Mobile Apps  —  About a year ago, I wrote a post about Apple's “blind spot” for Flash.  I took more heat for that post than anything else I've written here other than political posts.  It opened my eyes to the fact that Flash vs HTML5 is one of the most politically heated topics in the tech business.
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Jeremy Allaire / TechCrunch:
The Future of Web Content - HTML5, Flash & Mobile Apps  —  Editor's note: This is a guest post written by Jeremy Allaire, founder and CEO of Brightcove.  Prior to Brightcove, Jeremy founded Allaire Corporation which was subsequently acquired by Macromedia due to the success of their web development tool ColdFusion.
Discussion: TechCrunchIT, jd/adobe, TUAW and TiPb, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Retrevo blogs:
Apple iPad Hoopla Fails to Convince Buyers  —  A follow-up Retrevo Pulse study looking at consumer interest in buying the new Apple iPad indicates a failure to convince any new buyers to consider the iPad.  Not only did Apple fail to convince new buyers, it may have lost many potential buyers …
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Buy Now, Pay Later (Maybe With Your Allowance)  —  BUSINESSES don't let 13-year-olds pay for purchases with a promise.  At least they didn't before last week.  —  A new payment option for anyone without a credit card or a debit card, no matter how young, has just become available.
Discussion: Kindle Review
Whitson Gordon / Lifehacker:
Twitter Reactions Shows What the Twitterverse is Saying About That Web Page  —  Chrome: If you've ever wanted to see what people are saying about a web page you're visiting beyond the site's own comments, Chrome extension Twitter Reactions will show you the most recent tweets that are talking about the page.
Agence France Presse:
Internet down in Iran ahead of demos  —  Buzz up!  —  TEHRAN (AFP) - Iran said on Sunday its Internet connections will remain slow this week due to technical problems, ahead of anticipated protests by opposition supporters.  —  Connections have been slow since last week and some email accounts …
Discussion: The Next Web
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Apple's Hard iPad Sell  —  Apple will need to convince consumers that they need an iPad.  However, failure to do so wouldn't be a disaster for the company  —  With the introduction of the iPad, Apple's (AAPL) status as a cultural icon reached new heights.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Appeals Court Says Internet Content Should Be Held To Standards Of Strictest Jurisdiction  —  One of the issues we've talked about repeatedly over the years is the question of what is the “internet jurisdiction.”  Since content is available anywhere there's an internet connection, under which laws should it apply.
Jon Healey / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Roxio CinemaNow and the maturing market for downloadable movies  —  I was introduced to CinemaNow almost a decade ago by its first CEO, Curt Marvis, who briefed me on the downloadable movie service while I was working for the San Jose Mercury News.  And after almost a decade of indifferent results …
Dan Fletcher / Time:
Facebook Gifts Get Real  —  I sent my ex-girlfriend roses on Facebook.  Not a photo or some cartoonish image of roses — these were the real deal, complete with glass vase, petals and thorny connotations.  The whole thing cost precisely 534 Facebook credits — or $53.40 — and took me about 30 seconds.
 
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Kat Hannaford / Gizmodo:
Still Pining For An “iTablet”? …
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Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
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