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5:45 AM ET, February 21, 2010

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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 …
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Jonau / Chillifresh:
>5000 Apps Banned; The New Rules  —  I have spoken with Apple, and the following are the new rules:  —  1. No images of women in bikinis (Ice skating tights are not OK either)  —  2. No images of men in bikinis!  (I didn't ask about Ice Skating tights for men)
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.
Chauncey Dupree / 9 to 5 Mac:
New iPad Tidbits  —  We have compiled a bunch of new iPad tidbits with screenshots for your viewing pleasure below:  —  Lots of settings pop up if you know where to look:  —  YouTube Videos can play in HTML5 (this looks really good btw, not sure if a dedicated Youtube App is necessary):
Discussion: iPadInsider, TiPb and EverythingiCafe
James T. Areddy / Wall Street Journal:
People's Republic of Hacking  —  ‘Panda’ Exploit Offers Rare Inside Look at China's Cybercrime Networks  —  WUHAN, China—Some of today's biggest cybersecurity worries trace their roots to this central Chinese city, where a hacker with a junior high school education slapped cartoon pandas onto millions …
Discussion: Thomas Crampton, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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
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
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.
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 …
Discussion: Hillicon Valley
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Skype-Verizon Deal: More Details  —  Skype and Verizon announced a partnership earlier this week that would embed the Internet calling service on Verizon's smartphones.  The partnership, at least to me, was driven by Verizon's fear of the iPhone.  —  I wondered if the two companies had signed an exclusive deal.
Discussion: VoIP Watch and Android Phone Fans
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Twitter phishing attack in progress — don't click on “lol, is this you??”  —  If you receive a direct message on Twitter that says, “lol, is this you,” don't click it.  The link will put up a fake Twitter login page, potentially tricking you into giving the phisher your Twitter login and password.
Discussion: Mashable!, Thanks:paulboutin
 
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Jeremy Dean / PsyBlog:
Can You Trust a Facebook Profile?
Discussion: Techdirt
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Speaking Of Creepy Location Features: Google's Opt-Out Latitude Alerts
Edmund Klamann / Reuters:
China school denies link to Google attack: report
Discussion: CNET News
Louis Gray:
Google Buzz Reduces Power Users' Bumpage
Discussion: Regular Geek, Stay N' Alive and Mashable!, Thanks:atul
 Earlier Items: 
Network World:
Beware the rogue Wi-Fi access point in Windows 7
Jennifer Howard / Wired Campus:
Open Access to Research Is Inevitable, Libraries Are Told
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Inside Apple's iPad: Adobe Flash
Discussion: Roughly Drafted and ParisLemon
Brad Burnham / Union Square Ventures:
Software patents are the problem not the answer
Discussion: New York Times, Feld Thoughts and A VC, Thanks:atul