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12:40 PM ET, February 25, 2010

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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 …
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Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:   Gmail Retires 5 and Graduates 6 Labs Features
Rachel Donadio / New York Times:
Larger Threat Is Seen in Google Case  —  ROME — Three Google executives were convicted of violating Italian privacy laws on Wednesday, the first case to hold the company's executives criminally responsible for the content posted on its system.  —  The verdict, though subject to appeal …
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Lee Gomes / Forbes:   Google And The Law  —  Not every Web ruling will be this silly.
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Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
iPad purchase plans sluggish, AdMob survey finds  —  Only one in six iPhone owners surveyed by mobile ad network AdMob said that they “intend to purchase” an Apple iPad tablet computer.  Among Android phone owners, the ratio dropped to one in seventeen.  —  The results, from an opt-in survey …
Steven Musil / CNET News:
Report: Teen gets 15 years for Facebook blackmail  —  A Wisconsin teenager convicted of using Facebook to blackmail classmates into sex was sentenced to 15 years in prison, according to an Associated Press report.  —  Anthony Stancl, 19, plead no contest in December to two felonies …
Jason Goldberg / fabulis:
citibank is so not fabulis  —  Hi everyone.  Jason Goldberg here, founder and ceo of fabulis.  —  In a bit of strange and disturbing news, fabulis discovered today that someone(s) at Citibank had decided arbitrarily to block fabulis' bank account due to what was described to us on the phone as “objectionable content” on our blog.
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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Apple Removes Explicit Option From iTunes  —  The joy didn't last long.  According to an iPhone developer, the new “Explicit” option available this morning on the App Store submission software is now gone.  He just got off the telephone with Apple, who confirmed the removal.
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John Cook / TechFlash:   Maker of strip poker apps sounds off on Apple ban: ‘It sucks’
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
LG's first Windows Phone 7 handset shipping as early as September  —  Our buds over at Engadget Chinese are just reporting back from a sitdown it had with LG Mobile in Hong Kong at a Chinese New Year event.  The most tantalizing bit of truth is confirmation of that September launch date rumor …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Time to Start Looking for a Buyer, Palm?  —  So much for Palm's (PALM) big recovery.  This morning the company lowered its fiscal-year revenue forecast and warned of a grotesque 30 percent shortfall in its current quarter.  Palm expects third quarter revenue to be between $285 million and $310 million …
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Palm Says Revenue Will Be Lower Than Expected, Cites Slow Sales
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
The titanium iPhone is real, really real (video)  —  You came, you saw, some of you were not convinced.  So what's a gadget blog to do when picture evidence isn't enough?  Why get those pictures moving, of course, right up to 30 frames a second.  The stunning titanium iPhone 3GS from this morning is back …
Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
Dell's Tablet Aims to Stick It to Apple's iPad  —  Say the words “tablet computer” and ten bucks says it's Apple's iPad that springs to mind.  But that doesn't mean other companies aren't busy building their own version of a touch-enabled, multimedia-sporting, slab of portable computing goodness.
Discussion: Shelly Palmer, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Robert McMillan / InfoWorld:
Court order helps Microsoft tear down Waledac spam botnet  —  Now disabled Waledac botnet has been a major source of computer infections and spam, with the ability to send over 1.5 billion spam messages daily  —  With the help of a U.S. federal judge, Microsoft has struck a blow …
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Mac Quicken Gets Deductions for Iffy Upgrade  —  Despite all of the success Apple (AAPL) has had with its Macintosh computers, the Mac has lagged behind Windows in personal-finance software.  —  The most popular program in the category, Intuit's Quicken, comes in a Mac version.
Tim Beyers / Motley Fool:
Google's Secret Plan, Revealed!  —  If Google's (Nasdaq: GOOG) going to take the battle to Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL), it may as well strike where the Mac maker is most vulnerable: the living room.  —  The first sortie?  Supply the power that lights up your electronic life.
Marc Benioff / TechCrunch:
The Facebook Imperative  —  Editor's note: This guest post is written by Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO of salesforce.com.  In it, he explains why enterprise software should take its cues from Facebook and become more social.  I quit my job at Oracle in 1999 because I couldn't stop thinking …
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.
Claudine Beaumont / Telegraph:
Virgin to roll out 100mbps broadband service  —  Next-generation web connection will provide internet access at more than 24 times the current average speed  —  Virgin Media said it would start rolling out the 100 megabits per second broadband service to its 3.8 million cable broadband customers by the end of the year.
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 in its real-time results.
Jacob Dirr / bizjournals:
Facebook opening 200-person Austin office  —  Facebook Inc. is creating 200 jobs in Austin, thanks to a $1.4 million incentive from the state of Texas.  —  The move will be the first major U.S. expansion outside of Palo Alto, where the company is headquartered, according to officials.
Discussion: Associated Press
Franklin Paul / Reuters:
Sirius posts profit, sees big subscriber growth  —  NEW YORK, Feb 25 (Reuters) - Sirius XM Radio Inc (SIRI.O) posted its first quarterly profit since its merger and said it expected to add 500,000 new subscribers in 2010 as the recovery in the car market boosts demand for satellite radio.
Matt Peckham / PC World:
Enter Nintendo's DSi XL versus Apple's iPad?  —  Pretend for a moment that the Nintendo DSi was a third larger with bigger LCD screens and a blizzard of new apps, including one that let you read eBooks.  Would you consider it an iPad contender?  —  Neither would I, but you have to admit …
Dave Kellogg / Kellblog:
The Database Tea Party: The NoSQL Movement  —  Adam Smith's invisible hand never rests.  Just five years ago, the database market looked like a static, three-player $10B/year oligopoly where the primary forces were inertia and profit-taking.  Today, we have two major forces disrupting …
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
Facebook Glitch Sends Messages to Wrong People  —  Last night, in an embarrassing glitch for Facebook that raises questions about privacy on the site, some users of the social-networking service began getting hundreds of personal messages that weren't intended for them.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
 
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Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
Skype comes to Samsung TVs
Discussion: CNET News, Thanks:stuartmiles
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Awarded Patent For Measuring Use Affinity Toward Applications
Discussion: Go Rumors
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Hackers follow the money, IBM research shows
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Vogue's New iPhone App Will Style Your Wardrobe And Please Advertisers
Arif Durrani / campaignlive.co.uk:
Murdoch's paywalls are ‘antithetical to everything’ claims Guardian's Rusbridger
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 Earlier Items: 
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Another Language Learning Community Raises Funding: Busuu Gets ‘Six Digit’ Round
Discussion: VentureBeat
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
EBay's PayPal Looks to Social Media
Discussion: Daily Patricia and blogs.ft.com, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Jolie O'Dell / ReadWriteWeb:
An In-Depth Look at Microsoft's Spy Guide
Discussion: Threat Level and Boing Boing
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Are TV ads obsolete in the online world?