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9:15 AM 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 …
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Is Apple's new sex ban a ploy to win educators over to the iPad?
Discussion: Phones Review and Joystiq
Kevinweil / Twitter Blog:
Measuring Tweets  —  As a member of the Twitter analytics team, part of my job is to measure and understand growth.  The graph above tells a story of how we've grown over the past three years in terms of number of tweets created per day.  Please note that tweets from accounts identified …
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Benny Evangelista / San Francisco Chronicle:
Twitter reports 50 million tweets per day, 600 tweets per second
Discussion: The Next Web
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Wal-Mart Buying Vudu Movie Service  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Wal-Mart is making a major move into the business of selling movies over the Internet.  —  The retail giant said Monday that it had agreed to buy Vudu, a three-year-old Silicon Valley startup whose online movie service is built …
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Vudu Convinces Wal-Mart to Pay Up: Why an Also-Ran Web Movie Service Sold For More Than $100 Million  —  As I wrote in January, Wal-Mart was indeed interested in buying Vudu, the online movie service.  I was off about one thing, though — the price.  —  Wal-Mart (WMT) will be paying …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Reuters, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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.
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 …
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Reuters:   China says Google hacking claims “groundless”
Amy Schatz / Digits:
Nearly 20% of U.S. is “Digitally Uncomfortable” or “Digitally Distant,” FCC Says  —  Less than a month before the Federal Communications Commission is set to release its voluminous plan for bringing high-speed Internet to all Americans, the agency is out with a new report profiling which Americans …
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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft, Amazon strike patent deal covering Kindle and Linux  —  Microsoft and Amazon.com say they've reached a wide-ranging agreement in which each company has granted the other a license to its patent portfolio.  Microsoft says the agreement covers technologies in products including Amazon's Kindle …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
The Truth about Mobile Application Stores  —  At the recent Mobile World Congress 2010, Dutch app store analytics firm Distimo presented their findings on the six largest mobile application stores in existence today: the iTunes App Store, BlackBerry App World, Google Android Market …
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”.
Discussion: Computerworld, Erictric and Go Rumors
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.
Thanks:atul
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
Kobo Books Launches A UK Service To Compete With The Kindle  —  In theory there would be a huge advantage to having a bookstore that was not locked to one device.  Historically the music industry was caught on the hop when Apple launched the iPod.  Because it could play MP3s the iPod …
Discussion: Tech Central and TechCrunch Europe
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
RemakingMySpace: Controversial.  Bold.  Progressive.  And Dead.  —  In the summer of 2009 MySpace hired Katie Geminder, Facebook's Director of User Experience and Design, as an SVP.  Her primary job was to assemble a “swat team” of leading outside designers and user interface experts and re-imagine MySpace from the ground up.
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
How smartphones are bogging down some wireless carriers  —  It's no secret that the iPhone has taxed AT&T's network in densely populated areas, especially New York and San Francisco.  Reports of problems using iPhones at major tech conferences, like SXSWi, Macworld Expo, CES, and NAMM are not unusual.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Zoho Adds A Social Layer To Productivity Suite With Facebook Connect  —  Online productivity suite Zoho has been open to allowing users to use their Google, Google Apps and Yahoo accounts to log-in to Zoho Apps.  Zoho says that most of its users are using their log-ins for other applications to use Zoho's offerings.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Between the Lines
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
How Random Is Microsoft's Random Browser Choice Screen In Europe?  —  After a lengthy legal face-off, Microsoft and European antitrust officials recently agreed on the implementation of a so-called ballot screen that will give European Windows users a chance to download rivals' browsers …
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.
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
First Look: Apple's Massive iDataCenter  —  How big is Apple's new iDataCenter in Maiden, North Carolina?  It's plenty big, as illustrated by this aerial video posted to YouTube (apparently taken by an area realtor) of the 500,000 square foot facility.  The new $1 billion data center …
 
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Don Clark / Wall Street Journal:
Intel Plans $2 Billion Investment Fund
Discussion: Tech Eye, Pulse2 and DealBook
David Talbot / Technology Review:
Can Twitter Make Money?  —  Twitter plans to become the leader …
Discussion: Daily Patricia, Thanks:atul
Emily Steel / Digits:
Red Bull, Verizon Tweets Run Afoul of Olympics Rules
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
How Google Buzz Hijacks Your Google Profile
Discussion: Marsha Collier's Musings, Thanks:atul
 Earlier Items: 
Jeremy Hsu / Popular Science:
MIT's Sketch-Interpreting Software Turns Tablet Computers into Smart Whiteboards
Discussion: Gizmodo Australia
Andrew Allemann / Domain Name Wire:
ICM Registry Hopes to Offer .XXX Domains This Year
Discussion: Guardian and The Domains
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
New plugin brings HTML5 video support to Internet Explorer
Seth Weintraub / Computerworld:
Apple bringing iPhoneOS/ARM architecture to new platforms
Neal Mohan / The Official Google Blog:
The next generation of ad serving for online publishers