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9:50 AM ET, February 20, 2010

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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 …
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: PC World, VentureBeat and Switched
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Why Apple's New Ban Against Sexy Apps Is Scary
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:
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 …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
School District Says It Only Turned Spy Cameras On 42 Times; FBI Now Investigating  —  More details are coming out about the case we wrote about yesterday concerning the school district that could (and did) turn on webcams on student laptops.  The district is now claiming that, yes …
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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.
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
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
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.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
New Chromium OS build brings full NVIDIA Ion acceleration, hope for the future  —  Chrome OS.  Man, seems like Google has gotten its hands into quite a few things since we last heard of that, but the underground is keeping things lively with new builds of Chromium OS — you know, to keep us satisfied while we wait for the real deal.
Michelle Quinn / Bay Area:
Making Computer Science More Enticing  —  The top 10 companies in Silicon Valley employed a lower percentage of Hispanics, African-Americans and women in 2005 than they did a decade ago, according an article earlier this week.  —  It's an issue I've covered over the years …
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?
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
 
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Dan Kusnetzky / Virtually Speaking:
Citrix and Novell doing the VM certification dance
Discussion: LinuxInsider
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Motorola Bid to Block RIM Imports to Get ITC Probe
Discussion: eWeek
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: Apple, Macworld, TidBITS and TUAW
Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
IBM Awarded $74.4M Contract to Upgrade Federal Procurement System
Todd Hoff / High Scalability:
Twitter's Plan to Analyze 100 Billion Tweets
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James Galbraith / Macworld:
Mac Pro firmware update cuts performance lag
Discussion: Obsessable and MacRumors
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Donna Howell / IBD Click:
Google Search Results Manipulated? Clooney Clue Tips Off Researchers
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Twitter Didn't Kill Gordon Lightfoot. Big Media Did.
Discussion: GigaOM
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Will You Pay for Hulu on the iPad? It May Be Your Only Choice.