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12:35 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.
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.
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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Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
Apple Quietly Reinstates Banned Bikini Shopping App
Discussion: TeleRead and TechFlash
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
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: CNET News, Softpedia 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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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
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
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 …
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!
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.
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
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.”
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
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.
Discussion: Datamation, PC World and IntoMobile
Brad Hargreaves / startup adventures in nyc:
The Death of the Fameball and the Evolution of the NY Startup Scene  —  Entrepreneurship in New York City is evolving.  Everyone is talking about it — at meetups, at conferences, at drinks with friends.  While there's a lot of (warranted) concern about the venture community as a whole …
Sue Marek / FierceWireless:
Clearwire net additions soar to 87K in Q4  —  Clearwire's aggressive WiMAX deployment schedule paid off.  During the fourth quarter, the company added 87,000 net new subscribers, bringing its total subscriber base to 688,000.  The number of quarterly net adds is the largest in the company's history.
Discussion: DSLreports, CNET News and MarketWatch
 
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
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Discussion: Erictric, Neowin.net and Softpedia News
Mark Walsh / MediaPost:
Scribd Makes Push Into Mobile
Discussion: GigaOM
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Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
When using open source makes you an enemy of the state
Discussion: freakbits.com
Casey Johnston / Ars Technica:
Cell phones show human movement predictable 93% of the time
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Sources: Spotify Takes Investment From Sean Parker At Founders Fund
Discussion: paidContent, Silicon Alley Insider and GigaOM, Thanks:atul
Connie Guglielmo / Bloomberg:
Apple's Jobs Calls on ‘Outsider’ Avon CEO to Serve as Co-Leader of Board
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
Twitter growth prompts switch from MySQL to ‘NoSQL’ database
Discussion: MyNoSQL
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Confirms: iPad Uses PowerVR SGX Graphics Hardware
Discussion: SlashGear, AppleInsider and TiPb