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11:25 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.
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) …
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.
Mark Doherty / FlashMobileBlog:
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: Engadget, Electronista 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
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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: Edible Apple, Guardian and Erictric
Gmail Blog:
Gmail Labs graduation and retirement  —  We launched Gmail Labs over a year and a half ago as a playground where engineers can come up with new features and let your input help decide which are good ideas and which don't quite work out.  Any engineer at Google can come up with feature …
Discussion: Lifehacker
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Lady Gaga generates 25 percent of Vevo's traffic  —  It's hard to measure just how big a cultural force singer Lady Gaga has become but Vevo, the start-up music-video site took a stab at it on Wednesday.  —  Ted Mico, executive vice president of digital for Interscop, Geffen …
Discussion: paidContent and Mashable!
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.
Chris Velazco / MobileCrunch:
Android's “Blapkmarket” pirated app repository goes down hard  —  Now, before we enter the breach, I think it bears repeating that MobileCrunch and indeed the rest of the TechCrunch network in no way condone software/application piracy.  Developers work too hard for responsible members …
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 …
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 …
Eric Zeman / InformationWeek:
Skype Yanks Windows Mobile App From Site  —  For some unknown reason, Skype is no longer making Skype and Skype Lite available to the Windows Mobile platform.  Skype's support page says, “We felt that Skype Lite and Skype for Windows Mobile were not offering the best possible Skype experience.”
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 …
Discussion: Chris Pirillo
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Foursquare's First Television Commercial Airs Tonight On Bravo [Video]  —  First Google, now Foursquare.  Hot on the heels of Google's first Search television ad (run during the Super Bowl, no less), the location-based social network Foursquare is gearing up to do the same thing tonight.
Discussion: EveryJoe, Thanks:atul
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?”
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: Neowin.net and Erictric
John M. Simpson / Consumer Watchdog:
Consumer Watchdog Urges Justice To Include Search Manipulation In Google Probe  —  WASHINGTON, DC - Consumer Watchdog today called upon the Justice Department to ensure that its ongoing antitrust probe of Google's business practices include an investigation of whether the Internet giant …
Jeffrey Burt / eWeek:
HP Offers Data Center Services to SMBs  —  HP is bringing some of the data center consulting services it offers enterprises to the SMB space, and is packaging the services in such a way to make them easier to get through channel partners.  —  Hewlett-Packard is looking to give owners …
Discussion: internetnews.com and Linux.com
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.
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
RapidShare Ordered To Proactively Filter Book Titles  —  On February 4th 2010, several large book publishers filed a lawsuit against file-hosting site, RapidShare.  The plaintiffs, Bedford, Freeman & Worth and Macmillan, Cengage Learning, Elsevier, The McGraw-Hill Companies and Pearson, are large suppliers of textbooks.
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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Juan Carlos Perez / InfoWorld:
PayPal to open app store for developers
Discussion: blogs.ft.com and Digits
Kelly Jackson Higgins / darkREADING:
Attack Unmasks User Behind The Browser
Discussion: Ars Technica
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
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
ChaCha Gets Into The Local Business Listings Game
Discussion: Market Wire and BIA/Kelsey Blog
iSuppli:
Cell Phones Pressure Low-end Digital Still Camera Market
Discussion: Electronista
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
EU denies Google is under investigation, early evidence appears weak
Discussion: EU Press Room, GigaOM and ClickZ
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
Alex Williams / ReadWriteCloud:
Wordpress.com Founder Matt Mullenweg: The Cloud is Marketing Speak