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5:50 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
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.
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) …
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
Dave McClure / More Startups. More Jobs.:
Senators Kerry & Lugar Introduce the Startup Visa Act in Washington, DC  —  We are thrilled to announce Senators John Kerry (D-MA) & Richard Lugar (R-IN) today introduced The Startup Visa Act in Washington.  —  The full text of the proposed legislation is here.
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.
Discussion: Daring Fireball and Gizmodo, 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
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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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Google Didn't Cancel Beijing Nexus One Event
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Apple iTunes: 10 billion songs later  —  Seven years after Apple began selling music a la carte, what have listeners bought?  —  Image: Apple Inc.  —  The odometer that has been counting song downloads on Apple's (AAPL) iTunes Store for the past week and a half hit the 10 billion mark shortly …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Hot And Bothered: Walmart Shutting Down Vudu's Adult Section  —  When it was announced that retailer Walmart 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.
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 …
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Google is slave to the algorithm  —  Google is baffled at the charge of search bias - it's all automated.  But that is also its great weakness  —  There will be confusion and pain in Mountain View following the ­European commission's decision to begin preliminary investigations …
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Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
EU denies Google is under investigation, early evidence appears weak
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Sprint to launch 4G network in at least 8 major markets this year  —  If you're reading this, chances are pretty good that you're not on a 4G connection.  Why?  Because outside of a handful of cities, 4G connections just don't exist yet.  —  Take Sprint's WiMax network, for example …
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Sue Marek / FierceWireless:
Clearwire net additions soar to 87K in Q4
Discussion: MarketWatch, DSLreports and CNET News
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.
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 to serve its 10 million blogs.  —  Wordpress.com is run from data centers in Chicago and San Antonio.
Robert Quigley / Geekosystem:
Site Leaks Microsoft Online Surveillance Guide, MS Demands Takedown Under Copyright Law (UPDATE 3)  —  Cryptome, a whistleblower site that regularly leaks sensitive documents from governments and corporations, is in hot water again: this time, for publishing Microsoft's “Global Criminal Compliance Handbook …
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
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
A Tie-Up Between Intel and TSMC Fizzles  —  At about this time last year, Intel and TSMC announced a groundbreaking deal.  Intel, which loves to make its own chips, tapped TSMC, which loves to make chips for other companies, to make variants of its Atom processor.
Rimma Kats / Mobile Marketer Research:
Consumers increasingly opt for WiFi for mobile browsing: Study  —  Consumers are increasingly using their WiFi-enabled mobile devices for on-the-go browsing, with 56 percent reporting that they connect to the Internet via their handset, according to JiWire.  —  The JiWire report shows …
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?”
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.
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Social Search Startup PeerPong Raises $2.8 Million  —  Social search startup PeerPong has raised $2.8 million in a funding round from Doll Capital Management, First Round Capital, Charles River Ventures and Partech International, the company tells us.  PeerPong says it's “building a new approach …
Discussion: GigaOM and Pulse2
 
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Internet Addiction Might Actually Get Recognized By The Official Book …
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Smilebox Gets $2 Million For European Expansion
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
ChaCha Gets Into The Local Business Listings Game
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
KODA Secures Another $1.5 Million For Its Social Jobs Site
Discussion: PR Newswire and Pulse2
iSuppli:
Cell Phones Pressure Low-end Digital Still Camera Market
Discussion: Electronista
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Apple iPad Should Default To Bing Search Engine
 Earlier Items: 
Brad Hargreaves / startup adventures in nyc:
The Death of the Fameball and the Evolution of the NY Startup Scene
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Buzz Boosts Sharing On Google Reader By 35 Percent
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Seeking Alpha
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Only 50% Of Twitter Messages Are In English, Study Says
Discussion: Mashable!
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
H.P., Tech Powerhouse, Stumbles in Smartphones
Discussion: Daring Fireball and 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