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9:15 PM ET, February 21, 2010

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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 …
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InfoWorld:
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 …
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.
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.
Marco.org:
Business Insider will probably add an inflammatory headline about Joel Spolsky or Jason Calacanis here  —  In a recent Stack Overflow podcast episode, Joel Spolsky mentioned that he's probably going to formally end his popular Joel on Software blog next month.
Felix Salmon:
The NYT's blogs are set to be paywalled  —  Arthur Sulzberger, Janet Robinson, and Martin Nisenholtz of the NYT all took the opportunity of hosting today's PaidContent conference to talk at length about their paywall plans.  Which makes it all the more surprising that their message was so garbled …
Joseph Menn / Financial Times:
US experts close in on Google hackers  —  US analysts believe they have identified the Chinese author of the critical programming code used in the alleged state-sponsored hacking attacks on Google and other western companies, making it far harder for the Chinese government to deny involvement.
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James T. Areddy / Wall Street Journal:
People's Republic of Hacking
Discussion: Thomas Crampton, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
CHATROULOLZ Collects Great Chatroulette Screencaps So You Don't Have To  —  By now, you've probably heard of Chatroulette, the website where one can anonymously have video chat conversations with random strangers from around the world.  Needless to say, this freaks out just about everyone …
Discussion: New York Times and Gawker
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.
Gagan Biyani / MobileCrunch:
RightSide Capital Announces New Seed Fund; Will Make 100-200 Investments Per Year  —  RightSide Capital Management is about to shatter the funding landscape.  Led by David Lambert, Kevin Dick and John Lee, RightSide Capital believes that seed-stage capital needs a complete overhaul.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Seattle 2.0
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.
 
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Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Google Buzz No Facebook, Twitter Killer, Google Exec Says
Discussion: Mashable!
Carmen Gentile / New York Times:
Cries for Help via Text Messages Are Used to Direct Aid to Haiti
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The AP Is Using Twitter To Send People To Facebook. Wait. What?
Discussion: The Steve Rubel Lifestream and Chris Saad, Thanks:atul
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
YouTube Expands Video Rental Program
Discussion: TechSpot and Softpedia News, Thanks:beet_tv
Jeremy Dean / PsyBlog:
Can You Trust a Facebook Profile?
Discussion: RyanSpoon.com
 Earlier Items: 
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
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
The New App Store Rules: No Swimsuits, No Skin, And No Innuendo