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9:25 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 …
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple in the Sky with Diamonds: A Cloud Based Safe Deposit Box  —  With OS X nearing its launch this summer, we just might have gotten a glimpse at either a Time Machine or MobileMe upgrade in one of this week's patents.  Apple wants to beef up sensitive document security for average consumers …
Horace Dediu / asymco:
The lives and deaths of mobile platforms  —  When Stephen Elop said that Nokia and Microsoft sought to create a “three horse race” he implied that there were only two viable mobile ecosystems today.  With that statement he sought to deprecate or declare “end of life” two platforms …
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Should Employers Be Allowed to Ask for Your Facebook Login?  —  The American Civil Liberties Union has taken up the cause of a Maryland man who was forced to cough up his Facebook password during a job interview with the Department of Corrections in that state.
Discussion: Blog of Rights and Slashdot
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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Ryan Spoon:
Techmeme Figuring Out the Blend of Real-Time & Published News.  —  I had the following post written and in the my blog's queue (which is how I usually write / blog).... and then something happened: Twitter and UberTwitter tussled.  —  And as it broke on Friday, there was a mixture of real-time commentary …
Discussion: broadstuff
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Libyan Disconnect  —  Renesys confirms that the 13 globally routed Libyan network prefixes were withdrawn at 23:18 GMT (Friday night, 1:18am Saturday local time), and Libya is off the Internet.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: Mashable!, Fortune and Reuters
Agence France Presse:
Nokia head swaps Microsoft shares for own firm: report  —  HELSINKI — Nokia chief executive and former Microsoft executive Stephen Elop, who has sealed a tie up deal with the US giant, this week swapped all of his Microsoft shares for Nokia stock, reports said Friday.
Discussion: Reuters and SAI
Hannah Seligson / New York Times:
Jilted in the U.S., a Site Finds Love in India  —  IN 2008, three young guys in Manhattan started Ignighter.com, a dating Web site focused on twentysomethings.  They sought to set themselves apart by enabling members to set up group dates: One member, serving as a point person …
Julie Bort / Network World:
Cerf: 2011 will be proving point for ‘InterPlanetary Internet’  —  In a Q&A with Google's Chief Internet Evangelist, Vint Cerf discusses how 2011 will be a key year for a ‘disruption tolerant’ Internet that uses spacecraft for nodes  —  Vint Cerf takes his title of Chief Internet Evangelist for Google seriously.
Discussion: Popular Science and ITworld.com
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).
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
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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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
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Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
Judge Rules Against China; ‘Green Dam’ Suit Heads to Trial
Discussion: Slashdot, Thanks:markhachman
Tom Krazit / Relevant Results:
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Sam Buckingham-Jones / Australian Financial Review:
Google has quietly renewed deals with Australian outlets, sources say as year-long deals, worth tens of millions of dollars under the News Media Bargaining Code

Marshall Cohen / CNN:
Hunter Biden drops his lawsuit against Fox News over its “mock trial” miniseries about his overseas financial dealings, after filing it last month

Los Angeles Times:
LA County Sheriff's Department secretly investigated and urged the state AG to prosecute an LA Times reporter who wrote about a leaked list of problem deputies

 
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