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8:00 AM ET, February 24, 2010

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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.
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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.
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.
Matt Sucherman / The Official Google Blog:
Serious threat to the web in Italy  —  In late 2006, students at a school in Turin, Italy filmed and then uploaded a video to Google Video that showed them bullying an autistic schoolmate.  The video was totally reprehensible and we took it down within hours of being notified by the Italian police.
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Reuters:
Google execs convicted in Italy for Down's video  —  *Video showed bullying of boy with Down's  —  A Milan court has convicted three Google Inc (GOOG.O) executives for the 2006 transmission of a video showing the bullying of a youth with Down's syndrome, the judge in the case told Reuters on Wednesday.
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 …
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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.
AppleInsider:
Apple to sell iPad at Best Buy and other assisted locations
Discussion: CNET News and Mashable!, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Dramatically Expands Twitter Relationship in Next Stage of “Project Rushmore” (Complete With Cutesy Bird Puns)  —  Yahoo announced tonight that it is 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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Tom Warren / Neowin.net:
YouTube removes original “Rickroll” video due to terms of use violation  —  The Interwebs came together in a collective gasp on Wednesday as it was discovered that YouTube removed the original “Rickroll” video that has clocked up 30 million views to date.  —  For those not familiar with the term …
Discussion: Mashable!, Thanks:tom_warren
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
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John Cook / TechFlash:
Developer of Hooters iPhone app responds to Apple's new policy
Discussion: BBC, KRAPPS and Mobile Industry Review
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple, There's Pornography On My iPhone. …
Lifehacker:
When It Doesn't Pay to Be Google's Guinea Pig  —  Besides a killer algorithm and brand-name recognition, Google's greatest strength is its speed at releasing new products.  We get to play with new, cool, and ever-improving tools for free.  Recently, though, we've seen that being unwitting lab subjects can kind of stink.
Thanks:labnol
Arn / MacRumors:
iPad SDK Support for Front Facing Camera, Camera Flash, Zoom and Video Conferencing  —  Unfortunately, we already know how this story ends.  Apple introduced the iPad in late January and made no mention of a camera - either on the front or back of the device.
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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: SlashGear, App Advice and Engadget
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Mobile Cloud Computing: $9.5 Billion by 2014  —  According to the latest study from Juniper Research, the market for cloud-based mobile applications will grow 88% from 2009 to 2014.  The market was just over $400 million this past year, says Juniper, but by 2014 it will reach $9.5 billion.
Discussion: PC World and MarketingCharts
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Mobile Location-Based Services Could Rake In $12.7 Billion By 2014: Report
Discussion: Softpedia 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
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
When using open source makes you an enemy of the state  —  The US copyright lobby has long argued against open source software - now Indonesia's in the firing line for encouraging the idea in government departments  —  It's only Tuesday and already it's been an interesting week for the world of digital rights.
Discussion: freakbits.com
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.
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
Clay Dillow / Popular Science:
Augmented Identity App Helps You Identify and Friend Perfect Strangers, Face to Face  —  By this point, we're all familiar with augmented reality, but Swedish mobile software firm The Astonishing Tribe is taking information overload to the next logical step: augmented identity.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Cablevision Promises to Introduce Your PC to Your TV  —  What if you could move the contents of your PC directly onto your TV?  If you're a tech-savvy reader, you may already be doing this.  And if you're not, you may wonder why you'd want to.  —  But Cablevision says it will let any of …
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 …
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Experts warn of catastrophe from cyberattacks  —  Computer-based network attacks are slowly bleeding U.S. businesses of revenue and market advantage, while the government faces the prospect of losing in an all-out cyberwar, experts told Senators in a hearing on Tuesday.
 
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Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
H.P., Tech Powerhouse, Stumbles in Smartphones
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
SugarSync beefs up service: More storage, email-based doc syncs
Discussion: TechCrunch and BerryReview.com
Casey Johnston / Ars Technica:
Cell phones show human movement predictable 93% of the time
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Sources: Spotify Takes Investment From Sean Parker At Founders Fund
Discussion: GigaOM, Thanks:atul
Connie Guglielmo / Bloomberg:
Apple's Jobs Calls on ‘Outsider’ Avon CEO to Serve as Co-Leader of Board
James Surowiecki / Technology Review:
What's Wrong with Venture Capital?
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Federal judge orders Pa. schools to stop laptop spying
 Earlier Items: 
Financial Times:
Cisco joins Google in ultra-fast broadband race
Jonathan McCrea / Silicon Republic:
Project Natal: hands on review
Discussion: TG Daily and TechSpot
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
B&N: Nook “Single Best-Selling Product”; CEO Rebuffs iPad Fears
Discussion: Kindle Review, VatorNews and Mashable!