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8:00 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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Lee Gomes / Forbes:
Google And The Law  —  Not every Web ruling will be this silly.  —  BURLINGAME, Calif. — The criminal convictions of Google executives by an Italian court on account of a video posted by a Google user are every bit as inane as commentators all around the world are saying they are.
Reuters:
Google execs convicted in Italy for Down's video
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) …
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 …
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Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Apple iTunes sells 10 billion songs (but not '10 billions') [Updated]  —  Apple excitedly announced Wednesday that it had sold its 10 billionth song on iTunes.  Maybe a little too excitedly, because the notorious perfectionists at the company spewed a typo onto its home page.
Discussion: The Loop, ITworld.com and Erictric
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: Electronista and Daring Fireball, 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
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.
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
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Tom Warren / Neowin.net:
YouTube removes original “Rickroll” video due to terms of use violation
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.
John M. Simpson / Consumer Watchdog:
Consumer Watchdog Urges Justice To Include Search Manipulation In Google Probe  —  WASHINGTON, DC âÂ" Consumer Watchdog today called upon the Justice Department to ensure that its ongoing antitrust probe of Googleâs business practices include an investigation of whether …
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Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Google is slave to the algorithm
Discussion: Guardian
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
EU denies Google is under investigation, early evidence appears weak
Discussion: GigaOM, VentureBeat and EU Press Room
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 …
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Google real-time search adds status updates from Facebook Pages  —  Facebook status updates from Pages will start showing up in Google's real-time search results today.  —  It's the first time the search giant has indexed content from the world's largest social network for real-time results.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Google Didn't Cancel Beijing Nexus One Event  —  [This post was updated at 10:02 to reflect new information from Google.]  —  So, turns out Google didn't cancel the Beijing event at which it planned to evangelize its new Nexus One Android smartphone.  It couldn't cancel because the company …
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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 …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Internet Addiction Might Actually Get Recognized By The Official Book Of Mental Disorders?  —  Over the last decade or so, there's been something of an... well... addiction to calling any sort of overuse of a product an addiction.  So we've seen email addiction, web addiction, online porn addiction …
Robert Quigley / Geekosystem:
Site Leaks Microsoft Online Surveillance Guide, MS Demands Takedown Under Copyright Law (UPDATE 4)  —  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 …
Alex Williams / ReadWriteCloud:
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.
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?”
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.
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.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
hi5 Acquires Social Gaming Company Big Six  —  hi5, one of the world's most popular social networks, has been actively remodeling its site to cater to the gaming industry.  Last fall, the social network launched a totally revamped site that places a much stronger emphasis on games and virtual currency, along with a new avatar system.
 
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Kelly Jackson Higgins / darkREADING:
Attack Unmasks User Behind The Browser
Discussion: Ars Technica
John Letzing / MarketWatch:
Salesforce.com tops estimates as profit rises 48%
ZDNet:
HP opens $35.6M lab in Singapore
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
A Tie-Up Between Intel and TSMC Fizzles
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Smilebox Gets $2 Million For European Expansion
Discussion: VentureBeat, Xconomy and VatorNews
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
ChaCha Gets Into The Local Business Listings Game
Discussion: Market Wire and BIA/Kelsey Blog
 Earlier Items: 
iSuppli:
Cell Phones Pressure Low-end Digital Still Camera Market
Discussion: Electronista
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Social Search Startup PeerPong Raises $2.8 Million
Discussion: GigaOM and Pulse2
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Apple iPad Should Default To Bing Search Engine
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
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Arnold Kim Celebrates 10 Years as Apple Rumor King
Discussion: MacRumors and Pulse2