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8:00 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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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 …
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.
Discussion: @raulsantaella, @dickc and Quora, Thanks:pkedrosky
Om Malik / GigaOM:   Interview: Bill Gross Talks About Twitter's Clampdown
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 …
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 …
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Obama's Silicon Valley “Tech Supper” - Who Sat Where?  Why Was He There?  —  Why was he there?  Who wasn't invited and why?  What did they talk about?  Why was he really there?  —  These are the questions being debated this morning about Obama's visit last night to the home (dare I say …
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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
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
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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.
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: p2pnet, Joe. My. God. and Slashdot
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: L.A. Times Tech Blog and Reuters
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
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple television in the works, Apple job listing hints  —  Not the Apple TV, but an Apple television.  Apple has posted a new job position looking for people to work on next-generation power supply technology.  Apple needs people to to “work on the forefront of new power management designs …
Terhi Kinnunen / Reuters:
Nokia sees Windows phone prices dropping fast  —  (Reuters) - Prices of smartphones using Microsoft's Windows Phone software platform will fall fast, Nokia's chief executive Stephen Elop said on Friday.  —  Last week Nokia, the world's largest phone maker by volume, said it would adopt …
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 and Techdirt
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.
 
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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
Jim Dovey / Alan Quatermain:
Why Are Vendors Annoyed by this IAP Thing?
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 Earlier Items: 
Joe Mullin / paidContent:
Google Pushes To Keep Reams Of Documents Secret In Major Trademark Case
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and CL&
Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
AMD CEO Denies Smartphone Plans, Slates Tablet Attack for 2012
Discussion: eWeek, Softpedia News and bit-tech.net
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Mobile phone e-wallets get closer to reality
James Glanz / New York Times:
Internet Use in Bahrain Restricted, Data Shows
Ben Worthen / Wall Street Journal:
H-P CEO Apotheker on a Post-Hurd Hewlett
Kim Severson / New York Times:
Digital Age Is Slow to Arrive in Rural America