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11:30 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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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple COO Tim Cook: ‘We Have No Interest In Being In The TV Market’ (AAPL)  —  Apple COO Tim Cook says Apple will continue to invest in its Apple TV set-top box “hobby,” despite its relatively low popularity.  —  Why?  —  “We're continuing to invest in it because our gut tells us there's something there …
AppleInsider:
Apple to sell iPad at Best Buy and other assisted locations
Discussion: Mashable!, Crave and iPadInsider, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: COO Cook Says It Is World's Largest Seller Of Digital Content
Discussion: Macsimum News
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Dramatically Expands Twitter Relationship in Next Stage of “Project Rushmore” (Complete With Cutesey Bird Puns)  —  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  —  SAN FRANCISCO — In a battle to woo back Web surfers who are spending more time on social networking sites, Internet portal Yahoo has clinched a deal with Twitter to share content across both properties.
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
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
Apple Quietly Reinstates Banned Bikini Shopping App … Apple appears to have quietly reinstated a shopping app from a beachwear retailer that sells bikinis.  —  As previously reported, Apple pulled the app by Simply Beach, an online beachwear retailer, as part of its great sexy apps purge over the weekend.
Discussion: Guardian and The Apple Core
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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, Engadget and Gizmodo
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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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Connie Guglielmo / Bloomberg:
Apple's Jobs Calls on ‘Outsider’ Avon CEO to Serve as Co-Leader of Board  —  Feb. 23 (Bloomberg) — Apple Inc., after facing criticism that its board is too close-knit, will hold its first shareholder meeting this week with a new co-lead director: Avon Products Inc. Chief Executive Officer Andrea Jung.
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.
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: MediaPost and Boing Boing
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 …
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 …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Google all respond to FCC's ETF inquiry  —  All of the players roped into the FCC's early termination fee inquiry — T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T, Verizon, and Google — have met the Fed's February 23 deadline for responding, and needless to say …
Discussion: Reuters and Electronista
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.
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.
 
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Sources: Spotify Takes Investment From Sean Parker At Founders Fund
Discussion: GigaOM, Thanks:atul
James Surowiecki / Technology Review:
What's Wrong with Venture Capital?
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Federal judge orders Pa. schools to stop laptop spying
Discussion: Engadget
Financial Times:
Cisco joins Google in ultra-fast broadband race
Jonathan McCrea / Silicon Republic:
Project Natal: hands on review
Discussion: TechSpot, VG247, PC World and TG Daily
Carolyn Duffy Marsan / Computerworld:
Comcast launches first public U.S. trial of advanced DNS security
Discussion: Comcast Voices and The Register
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Zee / The Next Web:
Tweetmeme launches a new Follow Me On Twitter button.
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Robert Scoble / building43:
Second Life launches new innovative browser
Discussion: Scobleizer, Computerworld and Massively, Thanks:scobleizer