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4:50 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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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: @dickc, @raulsantaella and Quora, Thanks:pkedrosky
Om Malik / GigaOM:   Interview: Bill Gross Talks About Twitter's Clampdown
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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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
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 …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Libya Follows Egypt's Lead, Starts Shutting Off Internet Services  —  @bbc_global  —  BREAKING: Col Muammar Gaddafi's government in Libya has taken a series of measures, including blocking internet ... http://bbc.in/gUVJNN  —  38 minutes ago via twitterfeedRetweetReply
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Matt Cutts / @mattcutts:
Looks like queries from Libya to Google have dropped enormously: http://goo.gl/Vuacg
Discussion: Techie Buzz
James Cowie / Renesys Blog:
Libyan Disconnect  —  Renesys confirms that the 13 globally …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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 …
Discussion: @borthwick and Mashable!
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
If Libya Shuts Down the Internet, What Happens To .ly Domains?  —  As we all know by now, there is unrest in the Middle East.  You can read about the latest news from worldwide journalists located in all of the countries.  The stories are amazing to read and watch.
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
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
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.
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 …
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
AT&T iPhone Beats Verizon in Nationwide 3G Speed Tests  —  The Verizon iPhone and AT&T iPhone have gone head-to-head in thousands of broadband tests, and the numbers tell the story you'd expect: AT&T's network is much faster.  —  More Verizon iPhone coverage on Wired.com:  — Review: Verizon iPhone
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Missing Native/Web App Link: Google Says Native Client Almost Ready To Go  —  We've written a number of things about the contrast between native apps and web apps.  The common consensus these days is that the two will eventually converge — but that has been happening more slowly …
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.
 
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