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5:05 PM ET, February 21, 2010

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Chauncey Dupree / 9 to 5 Mac:
Video Chat coming in future iPhones/iPads?  —  Some interesting information has come to light this evening that may indicate a future direction of Apple's iPhone OS products.  Below is some pretty definitive evidence that future iPhones and iPads will have video chatting capability.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Why we don't trust Devil Mountain Software (and neither should you)  —  Ed note: We were going to publish this investigation Monday morning after buttoning down a few more key facts.  Given the fact that IDG just severed ties with Randall C. Kennedy over having an alter ego …
Discussion: PC World, Thanks:edbott
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An unfortunate ending  —  Due to a serious breach of trust, Randall C. Kennedy will no longer be writing for InfoWorld  —  On Friday, Feb. 19, we discovered that one of our contributors, Randall C. Kennedy, had been misrepresenting himself to other media organizations as Craig Barth …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Computerworld
Danieleran / Roughly Drafted:
An Adobe Flash developer on why the iPad can't use Flash  —  Daniel Eran Dilger  —  Morgan Adams, an interactive content developer who knows a lot about building Flash, wrote in with an interesting perspective on Flash and the iPad.  The remainder of this piece is his comments on the subject.
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Google Buzz No Facebook, Twitter Killer, Google Exec Says  —  Google Buzz is not intended as a challenge to Facebook or Twitter, but as a unique complement to those Web services, the Google executive overseeing Buzz told eWEEK.  While he lamented the Buzz privacy woes, Bradley Horowitz …
Discussion: Mashable!
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
ACTA “internet enforcement” chapter leaks  —  Someone has uploaded a PDF to a Google Group that is claimed to be the proposal for Internet copyright enforcement that the USA has put forward for ACTA, the secret copyright treaty whose seventh round of negotiations just concluded in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Reid Hoffman Explains Putting His Angel Days Behind Him  —  LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman may be the busiest man in Silicon Valley.  Alhough he made former Yahoo exec Jeff Weiner the CEO of his company last June, his role as executive board chairman is very much a full-time gig.  Yet Hoffman now has a second job.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The AP Is Using Twitter To Send People To Facebook.  Wait.  What?  —  Oh the Associated Press, our most favorite banned news source.  It seems almost monthly they do something that defies logic and/or looks to be a suicidal act.  And today brings another oddity.
Discussion: The Steve Rubel Lifestream and Chris Saad, Thanks:atul
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 …
Jeremy Dean / PsyBlog:
Can You Trust a Facebook Profile?  —  Do people display their actual or idealised personalities on social networking sites?  —  There are now over 700 million people around the world with profiles on social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace.  In the US 75% of those between 18 …
Discussion: RyanSpoon.com and Techdirt
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
YouTube Expands Video Rental Program  —  Last month, YouTube rolled out a new rental service that allowed users to rent independent films from the Sundance film festival.  But now, despite weak demand for those films, YouTube has quietly expanded the video rental program with a number of niche content providers.
Discussion: Softpedia News, Thanks:beet_tv
 
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Carmen Gentile / New York Times:
Cries for Help via Text Messages Are Used to Direct Aid to Haiti
James T. Areddy / Wall Street Journal:
People's Republic of Hacking
Discussion: Thomas Crampton, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Twitter phishing attack in progress — don't click on “lol, is this you??”
Discussion: Mashable! and TechSpot, Thanks:paulboutin
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Speaking Of Creepy Location Features: Google's Opt-Out Latitude Alerts
Discussion: Googling Google
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Skype-Verizon Deal: More Details
Discussion: VoIP Watch
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Subpoena issued in L. Merion webcam case
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Evgeny Morozov / Wall Street Journal:
The Myth of the Techno-Utopia  —  It's fashionable to hold …