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5:05 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.  The App Is Called Safari.  You Made It.  —  Apple's hypocrisy with regard to the App Store is something I know well.  Several times last year I wrote about Apple allowing apps like “Asian Boobs” and upskirt apps into the App Store while rejecting things …
Discussion: Gizmodo and AppleInsider
Ewan / Mobile Industry Review:   Apple's dumping of 5,000 applications is really annoying developers
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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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 …
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.
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.
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Lenovo says businesses don't want slate devices  —  Lenovo refreshed its tablet-capable business laptop on Tuesday and made a very conscious decision not to bring out a slate device, saying customers don't want it.  —  Lenovo updated its x series tablet with a new x201 model …
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 …
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 …
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
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.
Discussion: Fast Company, Pulse2 and SEO by the Sea
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 and Scobleizer, Thanks:scobleizer
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 …
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.
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
Live-Blogging Apple's Tim Cook at Goldman Sachs Conference … Tim Cook, Apple's chief operating officer, is one of the keynote speakers at Goldman Sachs' annual tech conference in San Francisco.  The event allows investors to hear from top executives at tech companies from Microsoft and Google to Netflix and WebMD.
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
Zee / The Next Web:
Tweetmeme launches a new Follow Me On Twitter button.  Expect to see it everywhere soon...Tweetmeme has become one of Twitter's app platform's greatest successes.  It's seen rapid uptake and its retweet button has been installed by over 100,000 different websites since its launch in February 2009.
Discussion: TweetMeme Blog and TechCrunch
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 …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Releases iPhone SDK 3.2 Beta 3 for iPad [Updatedx3]  —  Apple today released an update to its iPhone SDK 3.2 for developers looking to create applications for the company's forthcoming iPad tablet device.  The new update is the third beta version of the SDK, and there is no word yet on changes included in the update.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, TUAW, iPadInsider and Engadget
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
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
MSI converges everything with 24-inch 3D HD Wind Top all-in-one  —  Now here's a spec sheet maven's dream: MSI has just announced its new Wind Top all-in-ones, and the top model brings every modern spec you can think of.  Full HD resolution, 3D capabilities with 120Hz refresh rates …
 
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Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Take a Step Closer for an Invitation to Shop
Discussion: /message and Gawker
Carolyn Duffy Marsan / Computerworld:
Comcast launches first public U.S. trial of advanced DNS security
Discussion: Comcast Voices and CircleID
Carl DiOrio / Hollywood Reporter:
Hollywood Stock Exchange set to launch
Discussion: TechCrunch
Duncan Geere / Pocket-lint:
Boxee adds friend-sourced web content
 Earlier Items: 
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Acer ebook reader plans shelved over segment uncertainty
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Motorola Break-Up Plans May Include Relocating Handset Business To California
Ethan / ...My heart's in Accra:
Internet Freedom: Beyond Circumvention
Thanks:atul
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Zoho Adds A Social Layer To Productivity Suite With Facebook Connect
Stryde Hax:
The Spy at Harriton High
Discussion: InformationWeek and Gizmodo