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8:50 PM ET, February 27, 2010

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Taylor Wimberly / Android and Me:
All U.S. Android phones to receive Android 2.1, but some will require a wipe  —  Considering over 80% of our readers with Android phones are running an outdated version of the operating system, I think most of you will find this interesting.  —  There has been some confusion over which phones …
Malcolm Moore / Telegraph:
Apple admits using child labour in China  —  Apple has admitted that child labour was used at the Chinese factories that build its computers, iPods and mobile phones.  —  At least eleven 15-year-old children were discovered to be working last year in three factories which supply Apple.
Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
Lessons From Haiti Will Aid Chile  —  Earlier today Chile experienced a massive earthquake (you can see images of the damage on The BIg Picture).  Now, just hours after the event online disaster relief sites are being spun up to aid the survivors.  These are all variations on sites that were created to help Haiti survivors.
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Matt Mireles / Silicon Alley Insider:
Face It: NYC Is Not The Best Place For A Startup  —  There's been a lot written lately about the NYC startup scene.  It's exploding.  It's hot.  Etc.  And all that is true.  —  But as a first-time founder trying to raise capital and achieve product-market fit, the question for me is not …
Jeff Vogel / The Bottom Feeder:
The Awful Anti-Pirate System That Will Probably Work  —  So, when I read that Assassin's Creed 2 for the PC would fight piracy by requiring a live internet connection all the time when you were playing, I thought it was a joke.  Sort of a dry, post-modern satire of the whole idea of DRM.
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
webOS 1.4 now available for the Palm Pre and Pixi on Sprint, O2, Movistar, but not Verizon  —  Good news, Palm fans!  If you've taken a break from jamming on the “Update” button, it's time to go tap it one last time: the rollout of webOS 1.4 has just begun.
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Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Palm's webOS 1.4 Update Is Live With Video Recording and Flash
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Early work on Firefox's new Javascript engine nets big speed gains  —  Ever since Google dropped Chrome and the V8 Javascript engine on the performance-hungry masses, developers of other browsers have been working hard at leveling the playing field.  Opera 10.50's Carakan engine is blazingly fast …
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
Where virtual worlds once ruled, FarmVille dominates  —  Social games like FarmVille have led many companies to try to be ‘the next Zynga,’ its publisher.  —  Almost every week for the last few years, it seems, I've gotten a press release or a pitch touting some company's great new Facebook games network or kids' virtual world.
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New York Times:
6 Months, $90,000 and (Maybe) a Great Idea  —  THE print hanging behind the receptionist's desk at Foundation Capital screams, “Our greatest thrill is to loan you money” — in chunky, capitalized red letters.  That's encouraging news for Michael Bauer, because he wants money and has put himself in a prime position to get it.
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Steve Jobs rocks a 3.1.2 OS iPhone  —  So Mike from Macsoda wrote us saying he got a response from Steve Jobs to his email wondering about the future of Final Cut Pro (40 Final Cut Pro developers were recently let go).  Typically brief, Steve Jobs said:  —  No worries.  FCP is alive and well.
Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
More than 100 companies targeted by Google hackers  —  IDG News Service - The hackers who broke into Google two months ago have gone after more than 100 companies, according to an estimate by security vendor Isec Partners.  —  Researchers have been closing in on the unidentified criminals responsible …
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
It's Time to Put These Olympics Behind Us (As Far As Web Coverage Goes)  —  With the 2010 Winter Olympics wrapping up this weekend in Vancouver, I hope we can put the past behind us.  That is, the past of crappy U.S. online coverage of a major global sporting event, with the key offender being exclusive distributor NBC.
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Will Lester / Associated Press:
Wisconsin senator critical of NBC handling of online access to Olympics
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Jason Ryan / ABCNEWS:
Ancient Secret Service Computers Overtaxed  —  System Is ‘Fragile’ and Cannot Sustain Tempo of Current or Future Operational Missions  —  A classified review of the United States Secret Service's computer technology found that the agency's computers were fully operational only 60 percent …
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