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9:50 AM ET, February 28, 2010

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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Exclusive: First Windows Phone 7 Series partner device unveiled (with video!)  —  Microsoft's Aaron Woodman just pulled off a little surprise here at The Engadget Show: he brought out LG's Windows Phone 7 Series pre-production prototype!  The QWERTY slider is the first branded Windows Phone 7 Series device …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter To Add “Nifty” Site Features That May Make You Forget Third-Party Clients  —  Twitter appears to be on the verge of some big changes to its website if a tweet that Twitter engineer Alex Payne sent today is any indication.  In fact, the new features may be so good that they could make …
Discussion: Twitterrati, Thanks:alexiat
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Steady, Efficient Decline Of Yahoo  —  Efficiency is a business school idea that suggests a company is running smoothly.  It's absolutely terrific when you're talking about a coal mining operation or a Supercuts.  But when it comes to a company like Yahoo it's not a positive.
Thanks:atul
Bankston / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Epic Fail in Congress: USA PATRIOT Act Renewed Without Any New Civil Liberties Protections  —  Yesterday evening, the U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to renew three expiring provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act, after the Senate abandoned the PATRIOT reform effort and approved …
ZDNet:
Open Wi-Fi ‘outlawed’ in Digital Economy Bill  —  The government will not exempt universities, libraries and small businesses providing open Wi-Fi services from its Digital Economy Bill copyright crackdown, according to official advice released earlier this week.
Discussion: CrunchGear, CNET News and Boing Boing
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 …
The Technium:
The Game-ified Life  —  You should watch this talk on the future of games by game designer Jesse Schell.  It is the most mind-changing talk I've heard in many years.  There were so many new ideas in it, and they went by so fast, that I have already watched it twice and will probably watch it once more.
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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Mike McConnell / Washington Post:
Mike McConnell on how to win the cyber-war we're losing  —  The United States is fighting a cyber-war today, and we are losing.  It's that simple.  As the most wired nation on Earth, we offer the most targets of significance, yet our cyber-defenses are woefully lacking.
Discussion: Velocity
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.
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.
 
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