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2:50 PM 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.
Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
Analysis: Italian Decision Could Help Traditional Media Orgs
Discussion: BuzzMachine and Guardian
Tom Warren / Neowin.net:
YouTube removes original “Rickroll” video due to terms of use violation  —  UPDATE: YouTube has confirmed the removal was a mistake.  For more information and a comment from Rick Astley's manager please see our follow up story.  —  The Interwebs came together in a collective gasp on Wednesday …
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Brenna Ehrlich / Mashable!:
YouTube: Rickroll Removal Was a Mistake  —  Update: It's back!  See below.  —  This morning we reported that YouTube had taken down the famed Rickroll video, breaking the hearts of many an Internet prankser.  Well, we contacted YouTube and apparently it was a big ol' mistake.
Discussion: Erictric
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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Charles Arthur / Guardian:   Google is slave to the algorithm | Charles Arthur
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
EU denies Google is under investigation, early evidence appears weak
Discussion: The Register
Kamal Ahmed / Telegraph:
Google under investigation for alleged breach of EU competition rules
Craig Grannell / Cult of Mac:
Is Apple Preparing To Add An ‘Explicit’ Section To The App Store?  —  Over the past few days, Cult of Mac has closely followed Apple's divisive decision to remove “overtly sexual” apps from the App Store.  Some apps caught in the purge (such as videogame Daisy Mae and swimwear retailer Simply Beach) …
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Google Didn't Cancel Beijing Nexus One Event
Discussion: Macworld and AndroidSPIN, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Mark Doherty / www.flashmobileblog.com:
Battery Performance with Flash Player 10.1 on Nexus One  —  It appears that there has been some confusion from the community at large surrounding battery performance.  This was caused by my colleague Michael Chaize publishing an amazing video of Flash Player 10.1 demos on Vimeo.
Thanks:sjespers
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Andrew Lim / Recombu:
Flash might not be a battery hog but Adobe needs to charge its batteries
Thanks:recombu
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Yelp Hit With Class Action Lawsuit For Running An “Extortion Scheme”  —  Two law firms, Beck & Lee from Miami and The Weston Firm in San Diego, have filed a class action lawsuit in Los Angeles federal court alleging unfair business practices by local business review and rating website operator Yelp.
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
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Hot And Bothered: Wal-Mart Shutting Down Vudu's Adult Section  —  When it was announced that retailer Wal-Mart would buy streaming movie startup Vudu a couple days ago, a number of sites wondered what it would mean for Vudu's adult content.  Here's what it means: bye bye.
Discussion: BloggingStocks
Alex Williams / ReadWriteWeb:
Wordpress.com Founder Matt Mullenweg: The Cloud is Marketing Speak  —  The Wordpress.com network went down last week.  In the wake of the outage, we started looking at what infrastructure Wordpress.com uses for serving its 10 million blogs.  —  Wordpress.com is run from data centers in Chicago and San Antonio.
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Apple iPad Should Default To Bing Search Engine  —  Global Equities Research has published a report predicting that Apple will choose Microsoft Bing as the default search engine for the iPad.  —  Trip Chowdhry, managing director of equity research for the Global Equities Research …
Graham Cluley / Graham Cluley's blog:
This you???? :  Phishing attack hits Twitter users  —  There is another widespread phishing attack hitting users of Twitter today.  —  Messages asking “This you????” followed by a link are being sent via the system to unsuspecting users.  If you click on the link you are taken …
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 subscribers pull …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Windows 7 Activation Technologies Update now live, ready to be dodged  —  Remember that polarizing Windows 7 Activation Technologies Update we told you about?  You know, the one that helps you to “verify that the copy of Windows 7 that is running on your computer is activated correctly and is genuine?”
Discussion: Softpedia News, Neowin.net and Erictric
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!
Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
Nintendo Introduces DSi XL Handheld Game Player With Book Reader in U.S.  —  Feb. 24 (Bloomberg) — Nintendo Co., maker of the top- selling Wii console, introduced the DSi XL handheld video-game player in the U.S., adding a book reader that competes with products from Amazon.com Inc. and Sony Corp.
Discussion: CNET News, VentureBeat, Nintendo and Gearlog
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Buzz Boosts Sharing On Google Reader By 35 Percent  —  Social sharing is becoming a big contributor to traffic for many sites.  While Facebook and Twitter drive more sharing than any other services, Google is trying to compete with Buzz, which is now part of Gmail but shares links to article and blog posts through Google Reader.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Seeking Alpha
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.
 
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Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Social Search Startup PeerPong Raises $2.8 Million
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Apple iTunes: 10 billion songs later
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
CA Continues Shopping Spree; Acquires 3Tera To Boost Presence In The Cloud
Sue Marek / FierceWireless:
Clearwire net additions soar to 87K in Q4
Discussion: MarketWatch, CNET News and DSLreports
Brad Hargreaves / startup adventures in nyc:
The Death of the Fameball and the Evolution of the NY Startup Scene
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Citrix adds IT search to its roster with Paglo acquisition
Discussion: Network World and TechCrunch
 Earlier Items: 
David Diaz / TechCrunch:
Passlogix: One Authenticator To Rule Them All
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
H.P., Tech Powerhouse, Stumbles in Smartphones
Discussion: pocketnow.com, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Lifehacker:
When It Doesn't Pay to Be Google's Guinea Pig
Discussion: Changing Way, Thanks:labnol
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
When using open source makes you an enemy of the state
Discussion: Boing Boing and freakbits.com
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Mobile Cloud Computing: $9.5 Billion by 2014
Discussion: Datamation, IntoMobile and PC World
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Dramatically Expands Twitter Relationship in Next Stage of …