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8:15 AM ET, February 19, 2010

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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
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 …
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.
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Jaikumar Vijayan / Computerworld:   Chinese school linked to Google attacks also linked to '01 attacks …
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  —  Gawker is reporting that Steve Jobs told the Wall St. Journal that it would be “trivial” for them to replace Flash on its websites and replace it with H.264 for video.  I'm not a programmer so I can't comment on the triviality of the job …
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.
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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:
Google Reader Recommendations Swap Popularity For Personalization
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
Discussion: Tech Eye
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
Mark Suster / Both Sides of the Table:
App is Crap (why Apple is bad for your health)  —  I was living in Europe in 2000 when the first WAP phones (Wireless Access Protocol) were introduced.  These phones were so over hyped.  They were going to bring the Internet to your mobile phones ushering in the era of “m-commerce.”  Gag.
Discussion: Communities Dominate Brands, Thanks:atul
Vinod Sreeharsha / VentureBeat:
Facebook critics' profiles restored after press uproar  —  After an uproar in Latin American media, three Argentines involved in a book that portrays the social network in a cynical and satirical light had their Facebook profiles restored today.  —  The author of the book Faceboom …
Discussion: Buenos Aires Herald and broadstuff
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Bezos sells 2 million Amazon shares for about $234 million  —  Amazon.com Chairman and CEO Jeff Bezos sold off two million shares of his company on Feb. 16-17, netting approximately $234 million, according to a filing today with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Dan Grover:
Toward a Grand Unified Theory of n00bs  —  The blogosphere has been abuzz lately about a post on the blog Read Write Web.  The post itself is an uneventful one about the growth of Facebook Connect as a means of authentication on third-party sites.  —  The reason we're all talking …
Thanks:atul
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.
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 Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:layeredbyte
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.
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.
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.
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
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 …
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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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
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Ian Bogost:
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Joe Eskenazi / The Snitch:
S.F. ‘Likely’ to Enter Google's Fiber Network Sweepstakes
Thanks:alexiat
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Maps Adds Businesses in 30 African Countries
Justin Scheck / Digits:
Dell Goes Small in Tablets as It Prepares iPad Competition
Discussion: Engadget, AppleInsider, ChannelWeb and eWeek
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Social Networking Now More Popular on Mobile than Desktop
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Ellen McGirt / Fast Company:
#1 Facebook  —  It was quite a year for Mark Zuckerberg and crew …
Discussion: Fast Company
Business Wire:
PayPal is Now a Way to Pay for Facebook Ads and Facebook Credits