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12:55 PM ET, February 20, 2010

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Octazen: What The Heck Did Facebook Just Buy Exactly, And Why?  —  Facebook has acquired its third company, Malaysian startup Octazen Solutions.  Facebook says this is largely a talent acquisition, according to GigaOm.  Octazen has a slightly different story on their home page …
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Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Facebook Acquires Contact Importing Startup Octazen  —  Octazen's contact importer helped Facebook make its userbase viral.  —  Facebook last week acquired a small Malaysian startup called Octazen Solutions, maker of a contact importer that the social network had already been using to grow …
Margaret Lyons / PopWatch:
Couple marries in Apple store, quotes Steve Jobs in their ceremony  —  “Just had an unauthorized wedding in the apple store.  Priest dressed as Steve Jobs.  Read vows from iPhone.”  So tweeted my friend Raygan Sunday night.  Apple wedding?  On Valentines Day?  Indeed:
Jeremy Hsu / Popular Science:
Wiimote-Controlled Robot Drum Circle Makes Human Hippies Obsolete  —  Robot or human, Berkeley residents still have to put up with the noise  —  A musician has harnessed the power of two Nintendo Wiimotes to become a cyborg percussionist with the robo-band Jazari.
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Inside Apple's iPad: Adobe Flash  —  Apple's new iPad is being criticized for lacking the capacity to render interactive content built using Adobe's Flash platform, but the company shows no sign of reversing course.  —  Since the iPhone debuted in 2007 without any support for Flash …
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 …
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Network World:
Beware the rogue Wi-Fi access point in Windows 7  —  SoftAP feature in the new OS could threaten enterprise security … The consumerization of IT is alive, well and causing all sorts of enterprise security challenges in the mobile arena.  But highly visible issues, such as the consumer …
Jennifer Howard / Wired Campus:
Open Access to Research Is Inevitable, Libraries Are Told  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. Public access to research is “inevitable,” but it will be a slog to get to it.  That was the takeaway message of a panel on the role libraries can play in supporting current and future public-access moves.
Jonathan Bailey / PlagiarismToday:
Musicblogocide 2010: The Blame Game  —  Last week Google shut down a series of music blogs running on their popular Blogger service.  All of the blogs were shut down for alleged copyright violations but at least six of the blogs were popular music blogs, including several that claimed …
Discussion: PC World
Brad Burnham / Union Square Ventures:
Software patents are the problem not the answer  —  Nathan Myhrvold and I have exactly the same goal.  We'd both like to promote useful innovations that have a positive social impact.  But we have very different opinions about how to do it.  Nathan believes the patent system is the answer …
Discussion: Feld Thoughts, Xconomy and A VC, Thanks:atul
Chris Lefkow / Agence France Presse:
NY Times executives discuss plan to charge online readers  —  NEW YORK (AFP) - Top New York Times executives expressed confidence Friday that a plan to start charging readers of the newspaper's website from next year will not result in a significant loss of traffic.
Discussion: TeleRead, Go Rumors and paidContent
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Motorola Doesn't Love Android That Much After All  —  Talking to the WSJ about the new Motorola, CEO Sanjay Jha had some interesting stuff to say.  Like, if Motorola wasn't poor, they'd develop their own OS.  And now that Windows Phone doesn't suck, they're open to using it again.
 
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Michelle Quinn / Bay Area:
Making Computer Science More Enticing
Dan Kusnetzky / Virtually Speaking:
Citrix and Novell doing the VM certification dance
Discussion: LinuxInsider
PewResearch.org:
Does Google Make Us Stupid?
Discussion: AppScout, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google: “With Buzz We Failed To Appreciate That Users Have Differing …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
 Earlier Items: 
Charles Starrett / iLounge:
Find My iPhone now accessible from iPhone, iPod touch
Discussion: Macworld, TidBITS, TUAW and Apple
Todd Hoff / High Scalability:
Twitter's Plan to Analyze 100 Billion Tweets
Thanks:atul
James Galbraith / Macworld:
Mac Pro update cuts performance lag
Discussion: Macworld, Obsessable and MacRumors
Donna Howell / IBD Click:
Google Search Results Manipulated? Clooney Clue Tips Off Researchers