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3:10 PM ET, February 20, 2010

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Ian Fette / Gears API Blog:
Hello HTML5  —  If you've wondered why there haven't been many Gears releases or posts on the Gears blog lately, it's because we've shifted our effort towards bringing all of the Gears capabilities into web standards like HTML5.  We're not there yet, but we are getting closer.
Discussion: TechCrunch, CloudAve and Googling Google, Thanks:steverubel
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Andrew Kameka / Gadgetell:
Google ditches Google Gears in favor of HTML5 development  —  Google is saying “Hello, HTML5” and goodbye, Google Gears.  In a message posted on the Gears API Blog, Gears Team member Ian Fette explained why development has been slow: … Google has opted to focus on HTML5 …
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 …
Discussion: ParisLemon
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 …
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 …
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:
Evgeny Morozov / Wall Street Journal:
The Myth of the Techno-Utopia  —  It's fashionable to hold up the Internet as the road to democracy and liberty in countries like Iran, but it can also be a very effective tool for quashing freedom.  Evgeny Morozov on the myth of the techno-utopia.  —  An internet cafe in Tehran.
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, Thanks:atul
Louis Gray:
Google Buzz Reduces Power Users' Bumpage  —  Being a top Google Buzz user, or even engaging with one, has come with some assumed disadvantages, as one of the product's built-in features has been to highlight activity on a feed by bumping active items to the top.
Discussion: Regular Geek, Stay N' Alive, Mashable! and iKnerd.com, Thanks:atul
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
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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Jeremy Hsu / Popular Science:
Wiimote-Controlled Robot Drum Circle Makes Human Hippies Obsolete
Chris Lefkow / Agence France Presse:
NY Times executives discuss plan to charge online readers
Discussion: TeleRead, Go Rumors and paidContent
Michelle Quinn / Bay Area:
Making Computer Science More Enticing
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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
Charles Starrett / iLounge:
Find My iPhone now accessible from iPhone, iPod touch
Discussion: TidBITS, TUAW, Macworld 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: Gizmodo, Macworld, Obsessable and MacRumors