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12:15 PM 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
Discussion: TUAW and The Register
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 …
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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Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Sprint Says First 4G Handset Will Launch By Summer  —  Elizabeth Woyke is a technology writer for Forbes  —  How useful is a super-fast wireless broadband network if there are no super-speedy phones that run on it?  —  It's a question consumers have been asking since 2008 when Sprint Nextel launched …
Mscorp / Microsoft On The Issues:
The Browser Choice Screen for Europe: What to Expect, When to Expect It  —  Vice President and Deputy General Counsel  —  Over the next few weeks, Microsoft will begin offering a “Web browser choice screen” to Internet Explorer users in Europe, as required by the European Commission.
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: Mashable!, Telegraph and The Roach Post
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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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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
Chris Dale / YouTube Blog:
Tiger Woods Press Conf.: Live on YouTube 8 a.m. PT/11 a.m. ET  —  Tiger Woods will emerge from his silence tomorrow morning, speaking publicly for the first time since December 2009, when he admitted to marital infidelity — a scandal that tarnished his squeaky clean image and stymied his golf career.
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 …
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple plans dual graphics enhancements on future MacBook Pros  —  One of the advances Apple plans for future MacBook Pro models is an improvement to the handling of the notebooks' dual graphics chips, AppleInsider has learned.  —  Dual-graphics auto switching
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Alpha-numeric Passcode on your iPhone and iPod touch  —  Today we've got something interesting for you security-minded folks with iPhones or iPod touches.  You know how Apple only lets you use four numbers as your passcode to unlock your device?  That's as weak as banks PINs and school lockers.
Discussion: TiPb, iPhone in Canada Blog and Gizmodo
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
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
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 and silicontap.com
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
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Will You Pay for Hulu on the iPad?  It May Be Your Only Choice.  —  Will Hulu come to the iPad?  Probably.  One day.  But you had better get ready to pay for it.  —  Hulu and its owners-three of the big broadcast TV networks-want to bring some version of the Web video service to Apple's device.
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.
Thanks:atul
Ian Bogost:
PASCAL SPOKEN HERE  —  Learning about Learning Programming from the Apple ][  —  Among the many, many things we talk about when we discuss curriculum for the Computational Media degree is how to make learning programming facile and appealing all throughout a student's career.
Discussion: CrunchGear
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
The Rubicon Project Says Ad Server Is Dead, Details Future Plans  —  Digital advertising infrastructure company the Rubicon Project today at the PaidContent 2010 conference has outlined its corporate strategy going forward.  Essentially, the company is declaring that you'll soon be able …
Discussion: paidContent
 
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Greg Knieriemen / iKnerd.com:
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