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2:30 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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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Apple Exec Phil Schiller Speaks On The App Store's Sex Ban  —  It took them four days, but Apple is finally explaining its surprise decision to remove nearly all “sexy” content from the App Store.  Once again, the morsels of information come from Apple SVP of Worldwide Product Marketing Phil Schiller …
Discussion: Gizmodo, GadgetCrave.com and The Loop
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Is Apple's new sex ban a ploy to win educators over to the iPad?
Discussion: The Apple Core and Phones Review
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 …
Mark Sullivan / PC World:
AT&T Roars Back in PCWorld's Second 3G Wireless Performance Test  —  After generating disappointing results in our tests last spring, AT&T's 3G network is now the top performer in our 13-city tests, with download speeds 67 percent faster than its competitors'.  —  Recommends
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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.
John Poirier / Reuters:
US to unveil broadband plan Mar 17, sees barriers  —  * 93 million Americans without broadband — FCC  —  * Cost, digital literacy, relevance are major barriers-FCC  —  U.S. communications regulators will unveil on March 17 a blueprint aimed at bringing fast affordable Internet access …
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Amy Schatz / Digits:
Nearly 20% of U.S. is “Digitally Uncomfortable” or “Digitally Distant,” FCC Says
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”.
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.
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.
Discussion: Mashable! and Electronista
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Google-China Talks to Resume  —  Google Inc. representatives are scheduled to resume discussions in coming days with Chinese officials about the fate of Google's China business, said people briefed on the matter.  —  The schedule and the status of the talks, which are being picked …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
iPhone Game House ngmoco Raises $25 Million Series C, Buys Freeverse  —  Neil Young, the CEO of iPhone game startup ngmoco, wants to “amass enough scale” to accelerate “away from the pack.”  He just raised a $25 million series C round and acquired Freeverse, another top iPhone game developer, to help ngmoco keep moving forward.
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.
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 …
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 …
Ethan / ...My heart's in Accra:
Internet Freedom: Beyond Circumvention  —  Secretary Clinton's recent speech on Internet Freedom has signaled a strong interest from the US State Department in promoting the use of the internet to promote political reforms in closed societies.  It makes sense that the State Department …
Thanks:atul
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
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Juniper Networks Establishes $50 Million Venture Fund  —  Tech giant Juniper Networks this morning introduced the $50 million Junos Innovation Fund, a new corporate venture capital initiative that will invest primarily in VC-backed technology companies in early or growth stage.
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 …
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 …
 
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Mobile Location-Based Services Could Rake In $12.7 Billion By 2014: Report
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Mobile Media
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Millennial Media Acquires Mobile Analytics Company TapMetrics
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Acer ebook reader plans shelved over segment uncertainty
Owen Fletcher / PC World:
China Further Tightens Rules for Domain Name Owners
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Motorola Break-Up Plans May Include Relocating Handset Business To California
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Alibris to Acquire Amazon Partner Monsoon Works
Discussion: PR Newswire
 Earlier Items: 
Jason Snell / Macworld:
TextFlow brings document comparisons to Box.net
Discussion: CNET News
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
You Can Now Send Scans From Lexmark Printers Straight To Evernote
Discussion: Mashable! and Evernote Blogcast
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Zoho Adds A Social Layer To Productivity Suite With Facebook Connect
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
RemakingMySpace: Controversial. Bold. Progressive. And Dead.
Discussion: PC World and WebProNews
David Talbot / Technology Review:
Can Twitter Make Money?  —  Twitter plans to become the leader …
Discussion: Daily Patricia, Thanks:atul
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
How Random Is Microsoft's Random Browser Choice Screen In Europe?
Discussion: Neowin.net
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft, Amazon strike patent deal covering Kindle and Linux