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6:30 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: BBC, Telegraph, Guardian and 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.
James Temple / San Francisco Chronicle:
Privacy, complexity seen as Google blind spots  —  The recent privacy backlash over Google Buzz, the company's new social-networking service, is the latest in a series of launch fumbles that some argue reveal troubling blind spots within the Internet giant.  —  The huge amount of cash generated …
Discussion: broadstuff
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Charleneli / Altimeter Group:
Google Buzz and Kids - Parental Control Nightmare
Thanks:atul
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 …
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
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: Music Ally and ReadWriteWeb, 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.
Chris O'Brien / Mercury News:
Let us now cheer the demise of the IPO  —  Maybe it's the adrenaline rush.  Maybe it's the craving of approval.  Maybe it's greed.  —  Whatever the reason, Silicon Valley just can't seem to get over its fixation with initial public offerings.  —  But the truth has been staring this region in the face for almost a decade.
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.
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
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.
 
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Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
For Chip Makers, the Next Battle Is in Smartphones
Discussion: VoIP Watch, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Broadband Fans, We Have an Innovation Problem
William Matthews / Defense News:
DoD To Allow Thumb Drives Again
Discussion: Engadget
Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
Why Did Twitter Hire A Tech Policy Specialist As Comms Chief?
Thanks:atul
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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: apophenia and Gawker
Felix Salmon:
The NYT's blogs are set to be paywalled
Discussion: paidContent
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