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5:40 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
Alexander Vaughn / App Advice:
Rumor: The iPad To Go On Presale Next Week  —  It's time to warm up your credit cards folks.  Despite the fact that you won't have it in your hands before March 29th (or 60 days after the announcement, according to Steve Jobs), you should be able to put in your iPad order as soon as next week.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, Erictric and Mashable!
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
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
The New App Store Rules: No Swimsuits, No Skin, And No Innuendo  —  Over the last few days we've been tracking Apple's recent decision to remove all sexual content from the App Store.  It's an alarming move on Apple's part, if only because it shows that the company is willing to throw developers …
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.
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 and Pulse2
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
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 …
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
Philly.com:
Subpoena issued in L. Merion webcam case  —  Federal prosecutors have subpoenaed the Lower Merion School District for documents related to the controversial use of remote-control cameras on students' school-issued computers, The Inquirer has learned.  —  The grand jury subpoena …
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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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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
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 …
 
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CNN signs a deal to use AP stories on its website, the first time it has done so since cutting ties 14 years ago to focus more on original reporting

Ashley Carman / Bloomberg:
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