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8:50 PM ET, February 23, 2010

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Kamal Ahmed / Telegraph:
Google under investigation for alleged breach of EU competition rules  —  The European Commission has launched an anti-trust investigation against Google after three online companies alleged that the internet giant's search functions were penalising their businesses.
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Julia Holtz / European Public Policy Blog:
Committed to competing fairly  —  As Google has grown, we've not surprisingly faced more questions about our role in the advertising ecosystem and our overall approach to competition.  This kind of scrutiny goes with the territory when you are a large company.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
EU Opens Antitrust Investigation Into Google.  Microsoft's Fingerprints Are Everywhere.  —  Uh oh.  The European Union has apparently opened an antitrust investigation into Google to look into claims made by three Internet companies.  Google is expected to announce the probe later today, the Wall Street Journal reports.
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: Macsimum News
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
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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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 …
Kara Swisher / All Things Digital:
Yahoo Dramatically Expands Twitter Relationship in Next Stage of “Project Rushmore” (Complete With Cutesey Bird Puns) [BoomTown]  —  Yahoo announced tonight that it was dramatically expanding its relationship with Twitter, integrating it broadly through its Web site, much in the same way it did recently with Facebook.
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Jessica Guynn / Los Angeles Times:
Yahoo strikes content-sharing partnership with Twitter
Discussion: GigaOM and The Next Web
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 …
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  —  Updated Adding update from Intel spokesman about the possibility of other similarities between the Google and Intel attacks.  —  Intel said that it was a victim of a “sophisticated” cyber-attack that occurred around the same …
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 …
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.
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
Twitter growth prompts switch from MySQL to ‘NoSQL’ database  —  Hopes open source technology can further boost improving Twitter uptime record  —  Computerworld - Ryan King, an engineer at Twitter, today told the blog MyNoSQL that the social networking company plans to move from MySQL …
Discussion: MyNoSQL
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
MagicJack Tries To Silence Boing Boing; Loses And Has To Pay $50,000  —  MagicJack, a VoIP-dongle solution that I've used in the past, has a reputation as a product that actually works pretty well, but the company behind it has some serious problems.  It's marketed aggressively on cable TV …
Discussion: Boing Boing and Gizmodo Australia
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: MobHappy, MarketingVOX, /message and Gawker
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.
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 …
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 and Quintura blog
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 …
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: Scobleizer, Computerworld and Massively, Thanks:scobleizer
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.
 
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Google all respond to FCC's ETF inquiry
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
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Financial Times:
Cisco joins Google in ultra-fast broadband race
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Yahoo's Schneider: Brand Ad Recovery Continues; Will Get Some Q1 …
Discussion: Between the Lines
 Earlier Items: 
Carolyn Duffy Marsan / Computerworld:
Comcast launches first public U.S. trial of advanced DNS security
Discussion: Comcast Voices and The Register
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: Clusterstock
Duncan Geere / Pocket-lint:
Boxee adds friend-sourced web content