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7:25 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.  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: AppleInsider and Gizmodo
John Cook / TechFlash:
Developer of Hooters iPhone app responds to Apple's new policy  —  Apple's new policy of removing iPhone applications which feature photos of women in bathing suits and other scantily clad outfits has caused quite a stir in the tech community over the past few days.
Ewan / Mobile Industry Review:   Apple's dumping of 5,000 applications is really annoying developers
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
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 …
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 …
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
Apple's Tim Cook on the iPad and the Company's Mobile Future … 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.
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: COO Cook Says It Is World's Largest Seller Of Digital Content
Discussion: Digital Daily and Macsimum News
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Confirms: iPad Uses PowerVR SGX Graphics Hardware  —  While this shouldn't be much of a surprise to most, Apple has confirmed that the iPad uses the same family of graphics chip as the iPhone and iPod Touch.  According to reports, Apple's latest iPad SDK Beta 3 documentation confirms this …
Discussion: App Advice and Engadget
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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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Galen Gruman / InfoWorld:
Google Android's self-destruction derby begins  —  The dark side of the flood of new Android smartphones: versions run amok  —  Simply put, it's too much of a good thing.  Every few days, another Google Android device is announced, as hardware makers and wireless carriers rally around …
Financial Times:
Cisco joins Google in ultra-fast broadband race  —  Related Quotes  —  Stephanie Kirchgaessner in Washington, Joseph Menn in San Francisco and Paul Taylor in New York, 23:05, Tuesday 23 February 2010  —  Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: CSCO - news) is developing an ultra-high-speed system …
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
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.
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.
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.
Jonathan McCrea / Silicon Republic:
Project Natal: hands on review  —  “When I saw what was going on with Natal, the gamer in me went out of my mind.  I think what Microsoft is doing is not simply a case of re-inventing the wheel.  It's a case of no wheel at all.”  —  These were the rousing words of film …
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”.
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Take a Step Closer for an Invitation to Shop  —  LIKE many retailers, the North Face has been having trouble luring shoppers into its stores.  The company, which sells outdoor apparel and gear, is about to try a new tactic: sending people text messages as soon as they get near a store.
Discussion: MarketingVOX, /message and Gawker
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.
Boy Genius Report:
AT&T picking up HTC Desire, Sprint grabbing HTC Hero2  —  We've just been hit up by a source close to HTC, and let's just say the Android invasion (of high quality Android devices, at least) has only just started.  One of our connects let us know that while Google will be looking to sell …
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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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
MagicJack Tries To Silence Boing Boing; Loses And Has To Pay $50,000
Discussion: Boing Boing and SlashGear
James Surowiecki / Technology Review:
What's Wrong with Venture Capital?
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Federal judge orders Pa. schools to stop laptop spying
Discussion: Engadget
Ellen Barry / New York Times:
Washington Sends Delegation to Moscow, via Silicon Valley
Thanks:atul
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Yahoo's Schneider: Brand Ad Recovery Continues; Will Get Some Q1 …
Discussion: Between the Lines
Carolyn Duffy Marsan / Computerworld:
Comcast launches first public U.S. trial of advanced DNS security
Discussion: Comcast Voices and CircleID
Zee / The Next Web:
Tweetmeme launches a new Follow Me On Twitter button.
Discussion: TweetMeme Blog and TechCrunch
Carl DiOrio / Hollywood Reporter:
Hollywood Stock Exchange set to launch
Discussion: TechCrunch
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Boxee adds friend-sourced web content
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Site That Lets You Trade Startup Stock Takes Big Investment
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
Google's Music Strategy: Past, Present and Future
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:atul