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4:55 PM ET, February 19, 2010

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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
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.
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Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Microsoft's Impartial, Antitrust-Friendly Browser Ballot Screen  —  You may have forgotten about it, but Microsoft got in to a bit of trouble with the European Commission for anti-competitive practices (including force-feeding customers IE).  Microsoft's plea bargain was to add other browser options alongside its own.
Discussion: All about Microsoft
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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Nick Saint / Silicon Alley Insider:   Apple's War On Porn Is Just Getting Started (AAPL)
Alexander Vaughn / App Advice:
Huh, Apple Opens The App Store To Lottery Apps
Discussion: TUAW, Macworld and Pulse2
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.
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 …
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 …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
School backs off on laptop spying policy in wake of lawsuit  —  Less than a day after Harriton High School's questionable laptop policy made headlines online, its school district has disabled its remote monitoring capabilities.  The Lower Merion School District (LMSD) issued a statement …
Discussion: Electronista
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Dr. Christopher McGinley / Lower Merion School …:
LMSD response to ‘invasion of privacy’ allegation
Brad Stone / Bits:
Vook, Maker of Multimedia E-Books, Raises $2.5 Million  —  Brad Inman wants to bring books into the 21st century.  His year-old startup, Vook (which we've written about here and here) mashes and mixes videos and photos with text to create multimedia books for devices like the iPhone and soon, the iPad.
Discussion: paidContent and Beet.TV
Go Rumors:
Sony Develops A Universal Game Console Controller  —  In an attempt to tackle competition from the likes of Microsoft and Nintendo, Sony is reportedly working on a game controller that can serve as a universal controller; capable of also being used with Xbox or Nintendo.
Donna Howell / IBD Click:
Google Search Results Manipulated?  Clooney Clue Tips Off Researchers  —  Security researchers say attackers are using Google's (GOOG) PageRank system to boost their own sites in search results, to reach more victims.  And by similar means, attackers have infected major online ad systems.
Richard Lai / Engadget:
Dell Mini 5 prototype impressions  —  Dell's puzzled the world for quite some time with its outlandish Mini 5 — at first glance it's just another Android-based MID, but a quick fiddle with it reveals the full-fledged 3G phone inside.  So will it fit in a pocket?  Can we carry it around like a normal phone?
Discussion: Liliputing and GottaBeMobile.com
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
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.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors iPhone Blog:
Apple Updates Me.com Landing Page for iPhone Users  —  Apple today posted an updated support document detailing recent enhancements to its me.com landing page for iPhone and iPod touch users.  The new landing page offers instructions for setting up MobileMe services via the device's Settings application …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, Apple, Macworld, TidBITS and iLounge
James Niccolai / PC World:
Google Gets US Approval to Buy and Sell Energy  —  Google has received federal approval to buy and sell energy on the open market, giving it more options for the way it powers its data centers and opening the door to a potential move into the energy-trading business.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Twitter Didn't Kill Gordon Lightfoot.  Big Media Did.  —  The Internet killed yet another celebrity before his time yesterday.  This time, it was poor old folkie Gordon Lightfoot, who, of course, is not dead, merely befuddled.  —  So are a lot of reports about the reports of his death, which pin the blame on Twitter.
Discussion: Ministry of Gossip
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Getting Serious About Near Field Communication on the iPhone  —  In November 2009, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that revealed various concepts behind a newly advanced application in development code named Grab & Go.
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 …
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.
James Galbraith / Macworld:
Mac Pro firmware update cuts performance lag  —  A firmware update usually doesn't grab much attention—particularly if it's released in the midst of Macworld Expo.  And yet, last week's release of Mac Pro Audio Update 1.0 brings welcome relief to many Mac Pro users.
Discussion: MacRumors
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.
 
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Lauren Goode / Digits:
No IPO in 2010, Yelp Says  —  Investors hungry for Yelp shares might …
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 Earlier Items: 
Joe Eskenazi / The Snitch:
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Warner Crocker / GottaBeMobile.com:
Jobs' Flash Attack Puts iPad Credibility on the Line
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
WordPress Outage Takes Us and 10.2M Blogs Out for 2 Hours
Greg Knieriemen / iKnerd.com:
Google Buzz Lawsuit an Embarrassment for Harvard
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Thanks:layeredbyte