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2:35 PM ET, February 19, 2011

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Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
iPad 3 with Retina display, new device sized between iPad and iPod in Apple's pipeline  —  While conflicting rumors have described both a larger screen and a smaller, cheaper iPhone model purportedly planned for this summer, one connected industry expert tells AppleInsider that Apple …
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.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Interview: Bill Gross Talks About Twitter's Clampdown
Discussion: Scripting News
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Libyan Disconnect  —  Renesys confirms that the 13 globally routed Libyan network prefixes were withdrawn at 23:18 GMT (Friday night, 1:18am Saturday local time), and Libya is off the Internet.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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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 …
Ahmad F Al-Shagra / The Next Web:
Internet Restored in Libya After 6 hours Offline
Discussion: Mashable!, Reuters and ArabCrunch
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.
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
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).
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
More HBGary Federal Fallout: The Government Wants To Buy Software To Fake Online Grassroots Social Media Campaigns  —  The latest in the long line of revelations from the HBGary Federal email leak, is that HBGary Federal wanted to create software that could make it easy for staffers to create …
Discussion: The Raw Story, p2pnet, Examiner and Gawker
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Feature: Black ops: how HBGary wrote backdoors for the government
Discussion: Daily Kos
Ian King / Bloomberg:
Intel Plans to Build $5 Billion Chip Plant in Arizona  —  Feb. 18 (Bloomberg) — Intel Corp., the world's largest chipmaker, announced plans to build a $5 billion plant in Arizona and hire 4,000 employees in the U.S. this year.  —  The workers will focus on product development …
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
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Internet ‘kill switch’ bill gets a makeover  —  A Senate proposal that has become known as the Internet “kill switch” bill was reintroduced this week, with a tweak that its backers say eliminates the possibility of an Egypt-style disconnection happening in the United States.
 
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Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
Judge Rules Against China; ‘Green Dam’ Suit Heads to Trial
Tom Krazit / Relevant Results:
Krazit says, ‘So long, CNET’
Alex Howard / O'Reilly Radar:
Apple iTunes gifts users with a privacy hole
Discussion: digiphile and Andrew McAfee's Blog
Bloomberg:
HomeAway Is Said to Select Banks to Manage $300 Million IPO
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