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1:55 AM ET, February 22, 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 …
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.
Discussion: Reuters
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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.
Discussion: The Register
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.
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Raju Vegesna / CloudAve:
Impact of Touch on WebApps
Thanks:rajuv
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: MacRumors and TUAW, Thanks:tehseenbaweja
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace's Hail Mary Strategy: “Discovery”  —  MySpace's new slogan, and the theme of their new product strategy, will be “Discover and be Discovered,” we've confirmed from multiple sources.  This will be their differentiating factor from Facebook, execs told employees at an all hands meeting last Thursday.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:mrinaldesai
William Matthews / Defense News:
DoD To Allow Thumb Drives Again  —  Fifteen months after banning thumb drives, the U.S. military says some drives can be used again.  But they must be more secure drives, and users must follow stricter security measures, say industry sources.  —  “They're going to allow reintroduction …
Discussion: Engadget
Marsha Collier / Marsha Collier's Musings:
Disable Google Buzz and Lose your Google Profile ??  —  Of all the issues I've had with Google, this could be the icing on the cake.  I'm not happy with Google Buzz.  I hate getting emails from Google Buzz with my Tweets.  What put me over the edge?  —  I went to my Google profile …
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.
Discussion: Daily Patricia
 
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James Temple / San Francisco Chronicle:
Privacy, complexity seen as Google blind spots
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Gowalla Gets An Early Native Android App. …
Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
Why Did Twitter Hire A Tech Policy Specialist As Comms Chief?
Thanks:atul
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
Textbooks That Professors Can Rewrite Digitally
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: Gawker and apophenia
 Earlier Items: 
Felix Salmon:
The NYT's blogs are set to be paywalled
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
ACTA “internet enforcement” chapter leaks
Discussion: Michael Geist Blog
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Reid Hoffman Explains Putting His Angel Days Behind Him
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Google Buzz No Facebook, Twitter Killer, Google Exec Says
Discussion: Technologizer and 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