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10:55 AM ET, February 22, 2010

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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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David Barboza / New York Times:
Hacking Inquiry Puts China's Elite in New Light  —  SHANGHAI — With its sterling reputation and its scientific bent, Shanghai Jiaotong University has the feel of an Ivy League institution.  —  The university has alliances with elite American ones like Duke and the University of Michigan.
Charleneli / Altimeter Group:
Google Buzz and Kids - Parental Control Nightmare  —  Like many parents, I try to take steps to keep my kids safe online, making sure that they understand not to share personal information online, or even to use their real names.  They know how to write appropriate emails …
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James Temple / San Francisco Chronicle:
Privacy, complexity seen as Google blind spots
Discussion: broadstuff
Marsha Collier / Marsha Collier's Musings:   Disable Google Buzz and Lose your Google Profile ??
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
Textbooks That Professors Can Rewrite Digitally  —  Readers can modify content on the Web, so why not in books?  —  In a kind of Wikipedia of textbooks, Macmillan, one of the five largest publishers of trade books and textbooks, is introducing software called DynamicBooks …
Discussion: Kindle Review and Electronista
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 …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Networks Wary of Apple's Push to Cut Show Prices  —  If Apple cut the price of each TV episode in half — to 99 cents, from $1.99 — would sales on iTunes increase enough to offset the price drop?  —  Experiments are under way to find out, and the head of the nation's No. 1 television network …
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Microsoft's Challenge With Windows Phone 7 Is Wooing Developers  —  Developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers.  Recruiting a ton of them to create a rich app experience for Windows Phone 7 Series is going to be Microsoft's toughest challenge if it wants to get its groove back in the mobile space.
Esther Schindler / IT Expert Voice:
Why You Can't Pry IE6 Out Of Their Cold Dead Hands  —  Among the barriers to Windows 7 deployment is the need to upgrade users (and their applications) from IE 6 to IE 8.  But too many of those users apparently refuse to give up the older Microsoft web browser.  Here's what's holding them back.
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
For Chip Makers, the Next Battle Is in Smartphones  —  The semiconductor industry has long been a game for titans.  —  The going rate for a state-of-the-art chip factory is about $3 billion.  The plants typically take years to build.  And the microscopic size of chip circuitry requires engineering …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and VoIP Watch, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Tehseen Baweja / Techie Buzz:
Hey Apple!  Workout Clothes Are Overtly Sexual and PlayBoy Is Not?  —  Apple has been constantly criticized for their app store's policies by developers and bloggers alike.  Earlier it was the mysterious process of rejecting apps for almost stupid reasons and now it is the removal of over 5000 apps without any prior notice.
Stephanie Simon / Wall Street Journal:
Where Batteries Go to Be Tortured  —  If something can go wrong with lithium-ion cells, better in the ‘abuse lab’ than in your car  —  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—It's known as the “abuse lab.”  —  And with good reason.  —  Behind a 2,000-pound blast door, federal researcher Peter Roth spends his days torturing electric-car batteries.
Dieter Bohn / PreCentral.net:
webOS 1.4 to Arrive Feb 25th?  —  While Sprint may have been ready for webOS 1.4 since the 15th, actual roll-out of the OS hasn't happened yet.  That's not too surprising - we've seen internal dates from Sprint slip in the past.  But Palm promised a February release and time is quickly running out.
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Broadband Fans, We Have an Innovation Problem  —  Google last week said it plans to build an experimental fiber-to-the-home network that would deliver speeds of up to 1 Gbps.  And this week FCC chairman Julius Genachowski outlined a goal of delivering 100 Mbps broadband to 100 million homes as part a …
Discussion: DSLreports
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Yuri Milner: DST Has $1 Billion for Social Media  —  Digital Sky Technologies, investor in Facebook and Zynga, intends to make big investments in social Web startups over the next five years  —  In early 2009, as Russian investor Yuri Milner scoured the social media landscape for possible targets, he didn't wait for Facebook to call.
Discussion: Softpedia News, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
AOL Moves to Build Tech ‘Newsroom of the Future’  —  CEO Tim Armstrong deploys software that helps journalists collaborate on articles readers seem to want, then reports the traffic they generate  —  Tacked to the newsroom walls in AOL's downtown Manhattan headquarters are pages and pages of Web traffic data.
Paul Meller / PC World:
EU Data Protection Chief Slams Secret ACTA Talks  —  The anti-counterfeiting trade agreement (ACTA) being negotiated in secret by the U.S., E.U. and others potentially runs roughshod over European data protection requirements, European data protection supervisor (EDPS) Peter Hustinx said Monday.
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Iron Mountain Buys Up Email Archiving Company Mimosa Systems For $112 Million
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
FSF Urges Google to Kill Flash
Discussion: p2pnet and The Register
Michael Zimbalist / AdAge:
Measure the Web Like TV and Brand Advertising Will Follow
Chris O'Brien / Mercury News:
Let us now cheer the demise of the IPO
William Matthews / Defense News:
DoD To Allow Thumb Drives Again
Discussion: Engadget
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Gowalla Gets An Early Native Android App. …
 Earlier Items: 
Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
Why Did Twitter Hire A Tech Policy Specialist As Comms Chief?
Thanks:atul
Raju Vegesna / CloudAve:
Impact of Touch on WebApps
Discussion: GMSV and InformationWeek, Thanks:rajuv
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace's Hail Mary Strategy: “Discovery”
Marco.org:
Business Insider will probably add an inflammatory headline …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
CHATROULOLZ Collects Great Chatroulette Screencaps So You Don't Have To
Discussion: CNN and Epicenter
Gagan Biyani / MobileCrunch:
RightSide Capital Announces New Seed Fund; Will Make 100-200 Investments Per Year
Felix Salmon:
The NYT's blogs are set to be paywalled
Discussion: paidContent
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Reid Hoffman Explains Putting His Angel Days Behind Him