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7:25 PM ET, February 19, 2010

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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.
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
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 …
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)  —  Apple means business this time — apps that sell sex are being tossed out of the App Store en masse.  —  For the past 12 hours, app developers have been getting notices from Apple saying that their apps have been taken down …
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 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.
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Charles Starrett / iLounge:
Find My iPhone now accessible from iPhone, iPod touch
Discussion: Apple, TidBITS and TUAW
Eric Slivka / MacRumors iPhone Blog:
Apple Updates Me.com Landing Page for iPhone Users
Discussion: Macworld and 9 to 5 Mac
Nellie Andreeva / Hollywood Reporter:
William Shatner in S**t My Dad Says  —  Twitter sensation turned into TV pilot for CBS  —  Twitter sensation S**t My Dad Says is becoming a TV pilot with William Shatner set to play the larger-than-life dad at the center of it.  —  The casting of Shatner lifts the contingency …
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?
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
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google: “With Buzz We Failed To Appreciate That Users Have Differing Privacy Expectations”  —  Google scheduled a privacy discussion for reporters and bloggers at its San Francisco offices a couple of weeks ago.  The timing turned out to be unexpectedly ironic.
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.
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.
Todd Hoff / High Scalability:
Twitter's Plan to Analyze 100 Billion Tweets  —  If Twitter is the “nervous system of the web” as some people think, then what is the brain that makes sense of all those signals (tweets) from the nervous system?  That brain is the Twitter Analytics System and Kevin Weil, as Analytics Lead at Twitter …
Thanks:atul
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 and Obsessable
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.
Lauren Goode / Digits:
No IPO in 2010, Yelp Says  —  Investors hungry for Yelp shares might have to dine elsewhere for now. … Jeremy Stoppelman, the co-founder and chief executive of the user-generated reviews site, said Thursday that it is unlikely to issue an initial public offering for “several years.”
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 …
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
PewResearch.org:
Does Google Make Us Stupid?  —  Respondents to the fourth “Future of the Internet” survey, conducted by the Pew Internet & American Life Project and Elon University's Imagining the Internet Center, were asked to consider the future of the internet-connected world between now and 2020 and the likely innovation that will occur.
Discussion: AppScout, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Jaikumar Vijayan / Computerworld:
Chinese school linked to Google attacks also linked to '01 attacks on White House site  —  A former U.S. Army officer linked '01 hacker to Shanghai Jiaotong University  —  Computerworld - One of two Chinese academic institutions identified in a New York Times report Thursday as the apparent source …
Discussion: Between the Lines
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New York Times:
Two Chinese Schools Said to Be Tied to Online Attacks
 
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Thanks:atul
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