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4:05 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.
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Andrew Kameka / Gadgetell:   Google ditches Google Gears in favor of HTML5 development
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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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.
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 and Mashable!, Thanks:atul
Damian Kulash Jr / New York Times:
WhoseTube?  —  MY band is famous for music videos.  We direct them ourselves or with the help of friends, we shoot them on shoestring budgets and, like our songs, albums and concerts, we see them as creative works and not as our record company's marketing tool.
Discussion: Kindle Review
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 …
h-online.com:
Zero day exploit for Firefox 3.6  —  Russian security firm Intevydis has made a Windows exploit for a previously unknown security hole in Firefox 3.6 available to its customers.  The exploit allows attackers to remotely gain control of a PC.  Intevydis develops the commercial VulnDisco add …
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:
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: New York Times, A VC and Feld Thoughts, Thanks:atul
Edmund Klamann / Reuters:
China school denies link to Google attack: report  —  SHANGHAI (Reuters) - A Chinese vocational school has denied a report it was a source of recent cyber attacks on Internet giant Google and other U.S. corporations, Xinhua news agency said on Saturday.  —  “Investigation in the staff found …
Discussion: Associated Press
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
 
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Chris Lefkow / Agence France Presse:
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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 …