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12:15 PM ET, February 21, 2010

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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)
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.
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, Thanks:atul
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
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.
Discussion: AppleInsider
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
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.
Carmen Gentile / New York Times:
Cries for Help via Text Messages Are Used to Direct Aid to Haiti  —  MIAMI — From his makeshift workstation, Ryan Bank spends hours sifting through thousands of electronic cries for help from Haitian earthquake victims, many detailing the horrors of dead family members, hunger and homelessness.
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
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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James T. Areddy / Wall Street Journal:
People's Republic of Hacking
Discussion: Thomas Crampton, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Jeremy Dean / PsyBlog:
Can You Trust a Facebook Profile?
Discussion: Techdirt
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Twitter phishing attack in progress — don't click on “lol, is this you??”
Discussion: Mashable!, Thanks:paulboutin
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Speaking Of Creepy Location Features: Google's Opt-Out Latitude Alerts
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Skype-Verizon Deal: More Details
Discussion: VoIP Watch and Android Phone Fans
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Edmund Klamann / Reuters:
China school denies link to Google attack: report
Discussion: CNET News and Associated Press
h-online.com:
Zero day exploit for Firefox 3.6
Louis Gray:
Google Buzz Reduces Power Users' Bumpage
Discussion: Regular Geek, Stay N' Alive and Mashable!, Thanks:atul
Network World:
Beware the rogue Wi-Fi access point in Windows 7