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10:50 AM ET, February 19, 2011

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Quora:
Why did Twitter suspend UberTwitter?  —  Answer (1 of 7): Twitter told us today that they suspended our applications for three reasons:  —  1. Twitter said that in UberTwitter and Twidroyd we use a tweet-elongation service named tmi.me that allows people to write more than 140 characters …
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Mark Suster / Both Sides of the Table:
Twitter, I love you man, but ...  I'm not an investor, I have no right to tell you what to do.  —  I'm not an advisor & I'm not privy to any internal information at your company.  You have to make the tough judgment calls.  —  I'm not omnipotent so I can't use market power to influence your behavior.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Twitter Suspends UberMedia Clients For Privacy And Monetization Violations, Trademark Infringement  —  We'll this is interesting.  According to this post, Twitter has suspended UberTwitter and twidroyd for violating its policies.  It's unclear how the clients violated Twitter's policies …
Om Malik / GigaOM:   Interview: Bill Gross Talks About Twitter's Clampdown
Quora:
What will happen to http://bit.ly links when Gaddafi shuts down the Internet in Libya due to protests?  —  Answer: Should Libya block Internet traffic, as Egypt did, it will not effect http://bit.ly or any .ly domain.  —  For .ly domains to be unresolvable the five .ly root servers …
Arn / MacRumors:
New MacBook Pros Likely to Launch on Thursday, February 24th  —  Apple last updated the MacBook Pros almost one year ago with Intel's Core i5 and i7 processors.  Apple has been due to refresh the MacBook Pros with the latest Intel Sandy Bridge processors which are said to be a significant improvement over last year's processors.
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AppleInsider:
Apple gearing up for major product launch as early as next week - sources
Futurepaul / paul j. miller:
Leaving AOL  —  Today was my last day at Engadget.  —  I've been writing for Engadget for more than five years.  What an insane thing to be able to say!  In my time as Contributing Editor / Associate Editor / Senior Associate Editor / Pixel Density Enthusiast, I've written 1.5 million words on roughly 5,500 posts.
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Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
The AOL Way claims its first victim: Engadget editor Paul Miller resigns  —  A few weeks ago, in case you've missed the news, AOL released an internal document to its staff that was entitled The AOL Way.  The documents contained what could be taken as a manifesto, of sorts, but really showed how AOL was intending to do business.
Discussion: @joshuatopolsky and @joannastern
James Cowie / Renesys Blog:
Libyan Disconnect  —  Renesys confirms that the 13 globally routed Libyan network prefixes were withdrawn at 23:18 GMT (Friday night, 1:18am Saturday local time), and Libya is off the Internet.  One Libyan route originated by Telecom Italia directly is still BGP-reachable, but inbound traceroutes appear to die in Palermo.
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Ahmad F Al-Shagra / The Next Web:
Internet Restored in Libya After 6 hours Offline
Discussion: Fortune and Reuters
Anil Sabharwal / Docs Blog:
12 new file formats in the Google Docs Viewer  —  The Google Docs Viewer is used by millions of people every day to quickly view PDFs, Microsoft Word documents and PowerPoint presentations online.  Not only is viewing files in your browser far more secure than downloading and opening them locally …
Michael Stone / Examiner:
Anonymous delivers ultimatum to Westboro Baptist Church  —  Anonymous, a notorious collective of unnamed Internet activists, has put the Westboro Baptist Church on notice.  Tuesday, the group Anonymous released an open letter to Fred Phelps' Westboro Baptist Church (WBC).
Discussion: Joe. My. God., p2pnet and Slashdot
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Feature: Black ops: how HBGary wrote backdoors for the government  —  On November 16, 2009, Greg Hoglund, a cofounder of computer security firm HBGary, sent an e-mail to two colleagues.  The message came with an attachment, a Microsoft Word file called AL_QAEDA.doc, which had been further compressed and password protected for safety.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
More HBGary Federal Fallout: The Government Wants To Buy Software To Fake Online Grassroots Social Media Campaigns
Discussion: p2pnet, The Raw Story, Gawker and Examiner
Owen Thomas / VentureBeat:
What President Obama's Web-hipster beer hoax tells us  —  “Pics or it didn't happen,” the kids like to say on Internet discussion boards when confronted with an unlikely scenario that calls for photographic verification.  —  How about making that “Pics and it didn't happen”?
Discussion: The Feast and Eater SF
Tom Krazit / Relevant Results:
Krazit says, ‘So long, CNET’  —  Today is my last day at CBS Interactive and CNET.  I've accepted an offer to write about mobile technology—what I've come to realize is my passion in this slice of the world—for the fine folks at ContentNext Media, who operate PaidContent.org.
Jared A. Favole / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Talked R&D With Jobs, Zuckerberg  —  Research spending and technology exports were some of the menu items Thursday evening when President Barack Obama sat down for dinner with corporate chieftains from Apple Inc., Facebook Inc. and Google Inc.  —  At the home of venture capitalist John Doerr …
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Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
Judge Rules Against China; ‘Green Dam’ Suit Heads to Trial
Alex Howard / O'Reilly Radar:
Apple iTunes gifts users with a privacy hole
Discussion: Andrew McAfee's Blog
Bloomberg:
HomeAway Is Said to Select Banks to Manage $300 Million IPO
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Will FCC Act On Level3 Comcast Dispute? - Level3 Tells Us They Still Hope So, But Signs Point To No
Discussion: GigaOM
Hugo Miller / Bloomberg:
Motorola Mobility Drew 28% of Sales From Verizon
Discussion: Examiner, Electronista and Engadget
Jon Brodkin / Network World:
Yahoo to open-source cloud-serving engine
Discussion: InfoWorld
 Earlier Items: 
Jim Dovey / Alan Quatermain:
Why Are Vendors Annoyed by this IAP Thing?
Discussion: Electricpig.co.uk
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple television in the works, Apple job listing hints
Joe Mullin / paidContent:
Google Pushes To Keep Reams Of Documents Secret In Major Trademark Case
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and CL&