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11:20 AM ET, February 24, 2010

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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.
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.
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 …
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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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
AppleInsider:
Apple to sell iPad at Best Buy and other assisted locations
Discussion: Softpedia News, 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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Reuters:
Google scraps China leg of Nexus One event: source  —  BEIJING (Reuters) - Google Inc has scrapped the China leg of a regional event to show software developers its first smartphone, the Nexus One, in Beijing, its second such move following its threatened pull-out from the country.
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Malcolm Moore / Telegraph:   Google China advertises for new staff
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 …
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Arnold Kim Celebrates 10 Years as Apple Rumor King  —  Arnold Kim quit his job treating kidneys to dissect the secrets of his favorite electronics company, the famously confidential Apple.  —  Kim launched his independent blog MacRumors.com on Feb. 24, 2000 during his fourth year in medical school.
Discussion: MacRumors and Pulse2
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.
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Only 50% Of Twitter Messages Are In English, Study Says  —  Paris-based Semiocast, which helps brands understand and interact with real-time Web services, has performed a semantic and quantitative study of Twitter based on an analysis of 2.8 million tweets.  —  Turns out roughly half …
Discussion: Mashable!
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
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.
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.
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
H.P., Tech Powerhouse, Stumbles in Smartphones  —  Hewlett-Packard is one of the world's most successful makers of desktop computers, laptops, servers and printers.  It owns a powerful consumer brand, and it is a growing provider of services for businesses.  In the first quarter, the company's sales rose 8 percent.
Discussion: pocketnow.com, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Mark Walsh / MediaPost:
Scribd Makes Push Into Mobile  —  Scribd has emerged over the last year as a popular way to share documents from recipes to PowerPoint presentations online, boasting tens of millions of readers each month.  Now the San Francisco-based startup is extending its content distribution platform …
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Citrix adds IT search to its roster with Paglo acquisition  —  Citrix Online, the division of Citrix Systems that provides remote, web-based services, just announced the acquisition of Paglo, a search tool for IT managers.  —  Menlo Park, Calif.-based Paglo describes itself as “Google for IT.”
Discussion: Network World and TechCrunch
 
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