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5:35 AM ET, February 19, 2010

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Dr. Christopher McGinley / Lower Merion School …:
LMSD response to ‘invasion of privacy’ allegation  —  Last year, our district became one of the first school systems in the United States to provide laptop computers to all high school students.  This initiative has been well received and has provided educational benefits to our students.
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Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
School used student laptop webcams to spy on them at school and home  —  According to the filings in Blake J Robbins v Lower Merion School District (PA) et al, the laptops issued to high-school students in the well-heeled Philly suburb have webcams that can be covertly activated …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Did Apple Just Ban Sexual Content From The App Store?  —  Apple may have just made a major change to the App Store that could render many developers' applications worthless.  We've just heard from Jon Atherton, the developer behind Wobble iBoobs, who says that he just received an Email …
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Alexander Vaughn / App Advice:   Huh, Apple Opens The App Store To Lottery Apps
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
What Steve Jobs Said During His Wall Street Journal iPad Demo  —  We know that Apple's CEO is no fan of Flash, the Web animation software.  But it sounds like Steve Jobs really unleashed on the Adobe system to try and convince the Wall Street Journal to ditch it for the iPad.
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Warner Crocker / GottaBeMobile.com:   Jobs' Flash Attack Puts iPad Credibility on the Line
New York Times:
Two Chinese Schools Said to Be Tied to Online Attacks  —  SAN FRANCISCO — A series of online attacks on Google and dozens of other American corporations have been traced to computers at two educational institutions in China, including one with close ties to the Chinese military, say people involved in the investigation.
Matt / WordPress.com News:
WP.com Downtime Summary  —  Today WordPress.com was down for approximately 110 minutes, our worst downtime in four years.  The outage affected 10.2 million blogs, including our VIPs, and appears to have deprived those blogs of about 5.5 million pageviews.  —  What Happened …
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Liz Gannes / GigaOM:   WordPress Outage Takes Us and 10.2M Blogs Out for 2 Hours
Yahoo! Search Blog:
News about our Search Alliance with Microsoft  —  Today we issued a press release announcing that we've received clearance from both the U.S. Department of Justice and the European Commission for our search agreement with Microsoft.  Now that we're full steam ahead, I'd like to share what we at Yahoo! …
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Rafat Ali / paidContent:
Microsoft & Yahoo Get Regulatory Clearances in U.S. & Europe …
Jesse Stay / Stay N' Alive:
Did Google Reader Just Turn on the Firehose?  —  Google's big push recently has been on enabling open, real-time technologies to publish, read, and interact with its new service Buzz.  Reader, its RSS subscription and website reading service, is one of the biggest tools to integrate with the service.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Foursquare Responds To Please Rob Me: Please Shut Up  —  The team behind the hot location-based service Foursquare took the time tonight to write a rare longer post about location privacy.  Their basic stance: we take privacy very seriously and understand it.  Also, that service Please Rob Me should shut up.
Discussion: www.pocketgamer.biz and WebProNews
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Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Exclusive: TheStreet.com's Tech Exclusives Are a Crapshoot  —  TheStreet.com's Scott Moritz has an exciting exclusive: Northeast Securities analyst Ashok Kumar has learned that Microsoft is working on a Microsoft-branded phone based on its Windows Phone 7 Series OS.
Discussion: Softpedia News and ParisLemon
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Jason Sobel / Facebook:
Making Facebook 2x Faster  —  Everyone knows the internet is better when it's fast.  At Facebook, we strive to make our site as responsive as possible; we've run experiments that prove users view more pages and get more value out of the site when it runs faster.
Discussion: Softpedia News and Mashable!, Thanks:atul
Greg Knieriemen / iKnerd.com:
Google Buzz Lawsuit an Embarrassment for Harvard  —  In our all-too-connected world, people have a right to be concerned about privacy and groups like the Electronic Privacy Information Center should be applauded for their vigilance.  Equally weighted with this concern, however …
Discussion: ABCNEWS and louisgray.com, Thanks:layeredbyte
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
CBS: We'll Cut iTunes Prices for Some Shows [UPDATE]  —  Steve Jobs's effort to cut prices on TV shows sold on iTunes has found at least partial backing from CBS.  CEO Les Moonves says the broadcaster will mark down the price on some of its shows from $1.99 to 99 cents.
Business Wire:
PayPal is Now a Way to Pay for Facebook Ads and Facebook Credits  —  PALO ALTO, Calif. & SAN JOSE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Facebook and PayPal today announced a strategic relationship to offer PayPal in key parts of Facebook's advertising and developer systems.
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Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Facebook's Increasing Focus on Credits Prompts Developer Speculation
Discussion: The Register, Erictric and WebProNews
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Sony Ericsson CEO: Google asked us to build the Nexus One, we refused  —  Aw, why don't these CEOs say stuff like this in press conferences?  Sony Ericsson's head Bert Nordberg has shared with Swedish publication Sydsvenskan the rather salacious news that his company was asked to build …
Raj Dash / All Facebook:
Report: Facebook Served As Primary Distribution Channel For Botnet Army  —  Internet security company NetWitness has just published a report that reveals an 18-month-long widespread hacker attack on computers worldwide whose topmost method of malware delivery was Facebook.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Format shifting, low damages put Canada on IP watch list  —  US copyright industries have declared war on Canada, and they want the US government's help in fighting the battles.  Today is the last day to file comments as part of the government's annual “Special 301” process …
Discussion: Slyck
Taylor Wimberly / Android and Me:
Google Shopper now available in Android Market  —  I did a Google search and found nothing, but Google Shopper is now available in the Android Market.  As if the name didn't tip you off, this is an application for shopping.  Users can search for products using voice, pictures, barcodes, or plain old text.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Voice Launches A Series Of Videos To Explain Its “Awesomeness,” Gibberish  —  Google Voice is a great service, one of the best things Google has released in a long time.  Unfortunately, most casual web users have no idea what it is.  Or more specifically, what it's purpose is.
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple brings App Store to 13 new countries  —  Apple today announced the addition of 13 new App Stores to the world according to a note posted in the Apple iPhone Developer announcements.  If you are in Armenia, Botswana, Bulgaria, Jordan, Kenya, Macedonia, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius …
Discussion: MacRumors iPhone Blog and TiPb
 
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Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Bezos sells 2 million Amazon shares for about $234 million
Joe Eskenazi / The Snitch:
S.F. ‘Likely’ to Enter Google's Fiber Network Sweepstakes
Discussion: PC World, Thanks:alexiat
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Bump's Mobile Data Swapping API Now Open To Everyone
LeeAnn Prescott / DigitalBeat:
Twitter traffic up 9% after Google real-time search launch
Discussion: Fast Company and Network World
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Maps Adds Businesses in 30 African Countries
Vinod Sreeharsha / VentureBeat:
Facebook critics' profiles restored after press uproar
Discussion: Buenos Aires Herald
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Justin Scheck / Digits:
Dell Goes Small in Tablets as It Prepares iPad Competition
Discussion: Engadget, AppleInsider, ChannelWeb and eWeek
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Social Networking Now More Popular on Mobile than Desktop
Discussion: MarketingVOX
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Ellen McGirt / Fast Company:
#1 Facebook  —  It was quite a year for Mark Zuckerberg and crew …
Discussion: Fast Company
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Google Names New Head of Display Advertising
Discussion: paidContent