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4:25 PM ET, February 23, 2010

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Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Apple Bans Some Apps for Sex-Tinged Content  —  Apple has started banning many applications for its iPhone that feature sexually suggestive material, including photos of women in bikinis and lingerie, a move that came as an abrupt surprise to developers who had been profiting from such programs.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple, There's Pornography On My iPhone. …
Discussion: AppleInsider
Ewan / Mobile Industry Review:   Apple's dumping of 5,000 applications is really annoying developers
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Is Apple's new sex ban a ploy to win educators over to the iPad?
Discussion: Gizmodo, The Apple Core and The Loop
Gartner:
Gartner Says Worldwide Mobile Phone Sales to End Users Grew 8 Per Cent in Fourth Quarter 2009; Market Remained Flat in 2009  —  Combined Market Share of Top Five Mobile Phone Vendors Dropped More Than 4 Percentage Points in 2009  —  Worldwide mobile phone sales to end users totalled 1.211 billion units …
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Gartner: Apple, Android, and RIM winners in 2009 smartphone growth, Nokia and Symbian still dominate  —  Gartner just released its annual numbers for worldwide mobile phone sales to end users in the year known as two thousand nine.  Looking at smartphone OS market share alone …
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
YouTube to kill IE6 support on March 13  —  Over six months ago, Google announced it would start phasing out support for Internet Explorer 6 on Orkut and YouTube, and started pushing its users to modern browsers.  The search giant has now given a specific kill date for old browser support …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Windows Phone 7: What's behind chassis doors 1, 2 and 3?  —  Microsoft execs have been explaining and re-explaining what the company's decision to tighten its mobile requirements will mean for both its phone makers and customers when the Windows Phone 7 Series phones start shipping late this year.
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
B&N: Nook “Single Best-Selling Product”; CEO Rebuffs iPad Fears  —  Calling the “Nook,” eBook reader its “single best-selling product,” Barnes & Noble (BKS) CEO Steve Riggio this morning argued the gadget is helping lure customers to its stores and boosting online traffic.
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Twitter Ad Platform ‘Imminent’  —  Twitter plans to launch an advertising platform in about a month, according to Seth Goldstein.  The chief executive officer and co-founder of socialmedia.com led a panel Monday focused on the next wave of interactive advertising at the IAB Annual Leadership Meeting 2010 …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Mobile Location-Based Services Could Rake In $12.7 Billion By 2014: Report  —  The rapid evolution of mobile phones, both on a hardware and a software level, combined with a surge in application storefront releases, deployments of higher-capacity network infrastructure and recent developments …
Royal Pingdom:
Nginx, the little Russian web server taking on the giants  —  When it comes to web server software, Apache has been king of the hill for a long time.  It currently has about 54% of the market.  This is followed by Microsoft's IIS, with about 24% of the market.
Discussion: eWeek
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Intel Was Attacked at the Same Time as Google  —  Intel said that it was a victim of a “sophisticated” cyber-attack that occurred around the same time as the much-publicized attack on Google and other companies.  —  But Intel, which disclosed the January attack in a regulatory filing on Monday …
Robert Scoble / building43:
Second Life launches new innovative browser  —  Compared to social networks like Twitter and Facebook, the virtual world Second Life has not received a lot of press in the past year.  The fanfare from the likes of CNN and others disappeared about four years ago.  —  In the past year, Second Life:
Discussion: Computerworld, Scobleizer and Massively, Thanks:scobleizer
Taimur Asad / Redmond Pie:
FarmVille on Nexus One - Flash 10.1 Demo on Android  —  I have been extensively testing the new HTC Sense from HTC Desire ROM on Nexus One and so far has been very impressed with what HTC has to offer with this new version of Sense experience for Android phones.
Steven Levy / Wired:
Exclusive: How Google's Algorithm Rules the Web  —  Want to know how Google is about to change your life?  Stop by the Ouagadougou conference room on a Thursday morning.  It is here, at the Mountain View, California, headquarters of the world's most powerful Internet company …
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Google, Yahoo Sued by Xerox Over Search Query Patents (Correct)  —  Feb. 22 (Bloomberg) — Google Inc. and Yahoo! Inc., owners of the two biggest U.S. search engines, were sued by Xerox Corp. over patent-infringement claims related to search queries and data integration.
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Google's CEO Demanded His Mistress Take Down Her Blog: Source  —  Eric Schmidt might advocate for making information “even more open and accessible,” but not when it comes to his mistresses.  We're told the Google CEO's aggressive lawyers brought down ex-girlfriend Kate Bohner's online recovery diary this weekend.
Rene Ritchie / TiPb:
Should Apple TV switch to the iPhone OS?  The Apple TV was introduced in late 2006 but debuted alongside the iPhone at the Macworld 2007 keynote.  Since then, the iPhone has become a huge, mainstream success and the Apple TV... well it reamins just a “hobby”.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Initial iPad Demand Greater Than Initial iPhone Demand  —  Given the years of speculation and hype that led up to its announcement, it's not at all surprising that there is significant pent-up demand for Apple's iPad.  But that it exceeds demand estimates for the original iPhone …
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
Google's Music Strategy: Past, Present and Future  —  Google may have lost to Apple in its bid to acquire Lala, a music service that grabs users' digital music collections and hosts them in the cloud, allowing them to add to those collections for a mere 10 cents per song.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:atul
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
PocketGear acquires Handango, becomes world's largest cross-platform app store  —  Now this is intriguing.  PocketGear has just acquired its former competitor Handango in the cross-platform app store space, and can now claim a library of software that places it right alongside Apple's App Store …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Intel starts alliance to invest $3.5B fund in U.S. tech industries  —  In a kind of Marshall Plan for the U.S. tech economy, Intel said it is starting a $3.5 billion fund to invest in American tech companies.  —  The Invest in America Alliance was unveiled by Intel chief executive Paul Otellini …
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Motorola Break-Up Plans May Include Relocating Handset Business To California  —  Now that Motorola (NYSE: MOT) has made its break-up plans public, it's clear it won't be completed without a number of painful decisions.  —  Under consideration is whether Motorola's handset business should move …
Nicholas Carlson / Clusterstock:
Site That Lets You Trade Startup Stock Takes Big Investment  —  SecondMarket will today announce that it's raised $15 million from the Li Ka Shing Foundation and Dunearn Investments (a subsidiary of Singapore-based investment company Temasek Holdings).  —  SecondMarket calls itself …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Survey says: Apple's Mac fleet gaining traction in enterprise  —  Enterprise technology administrators are planning to increase the number of Macs they deploy, according to a survey by the Enterprise Desktop Alliance.  —  The group surveyed 500 IT administrators and based its data …
Discussion: PR Newswire
 
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Carolyn Duffy Marsan / Computerworld:
Comcast launches first public U.S. trial of advanced DNS security
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Zee / The Next Web:
Tweetmeme launches a new Follow Me On Twitter button.
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Carl DiOrio / Hollywood Reporter:
Hollywood Stock Exchange set to launch
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Duncan Geere / Pocket-lint:
Boxee adds friend-sourced web content
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Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Acer ebook reader plans shelved over segment uncertainty
Jason Snell / Macworld:
TextFlow brings document comparisons to Box.net
Ethan / ...My heart's in Accra:
Internet Freedom: Beyond Circumvention
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Zoho Adds A Social Layer To Productivity Suite With Facebook Connect
 

 
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