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5:15 PM ET, February 20, 2011

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Ross Miller:
Goodbye, Engadget  —  [For the “too long, didn't read” crowd: I've decided to leave both Engadget and AOL / Weblogs, Inc. which I've called home for over 5½ years.  Now on with the full post.]  —  I first joined Weblogs, Inc. back up June 2005.  It was just after my first year …
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Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
New high-speed connection tech due from Apple  —  An announcement from Apple is expected soon about a new high-speed connection technology, a source told CNET.  —  Whether the new connector tech will be part of the upcoming MacBook Pro update (rumored to happen February 24) or announced in another context is not clear.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
To Celebrate The #Jan25 Revolution, Egyptian Names His Firstborn “Facebook”  —  Cultural relativity is an amazing thing.  While American parents worry about their kids being on Facebook, Egyptian parents are naming their kids “Facebook” to commemorate the events surrounding the #Jan25 revolution.
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Evgeny Morozov / Wall Street Journal:
Smart Dictators Don't Quash the Internet  —  Mubarak had no idea how to counter the power of social media.  China, Russia and Iran know better  —  Egyptians celebrate in Tahrir Square after hearing the news that Hosni Mubarak has resigned.  Protestors in Egypt were lucky that the government didn't know a tweet from a poke.
Discussion: Security Watch
New York Times:
Cellphones Become the World's Eyes and Ears on Protests
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Chris Chang / M.I.C. Gadget:
Exclusive: iPad 2 Leather Case Hands-on & Video!  —  Ooops. we got an iPad 2 leather case from an Asian case supplier, and here's what we know about the iPad 2:  —  Finally, we have some interesting updates for the much-rumoured iPad 2.  Yup, we hope you enjoy the lengthy video above showing …
Wolfgang Gruener / ConceivablyTech:
Google May Kill Chrome URL Bar  —  Article Navigation  —  Google is working on a “major” overhaul of its Chrome browser user interface (UI).  Among the options on the table is the elimination of the URL bar, which could be the most significant UI change to the web browser since its invention.
Discussion: Slashdot, Thanks:lockergnome
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Motorola Xoom up for in-store pre-order at Best Buy, $800 for Thursday availability  —  No more stunt prices, no more premature web appearances, this (we hope) is finally Best Buy's fully official listing for the Motorola Xoom.  It brings no great surprises to those who've been tracking …
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Jason Hiner / Tech Sanity Check Blog:
The one big reason why iPad rivals can't compete on price  —  Takeaway: The biggest disappointment of nearly every promising competitor to the Apple iPad has been the price tag.  Learn the one trump card that allows Apple to out-price rival tablets.  —  The mass invasion of Apple iPad competitors has begun.
Discussion: Gadget Lab
Pamela Parker / Search Engine Land:
Presidential Hopeful Rick Santorum Stymied By Search Problem  —  As former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum sets his sights on the White House, he has a lot of awareness-raising to do, and he desperately needs some help with search, a Roll Call piece this week shows.
Discussion: Roll Call
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Socialcam: A Look At Justin.tv's Upcoming ‘Instagram for Video’  —  Between the likes of picplz and Instagram, image-sharing sites are making plenty of headlines these days.  And there's one obvious offshoot that seems ripe for similar services: video.  Granted, Path offers support for video …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Intel's new Itanium is the Moby Dick of microprocessors  —  It's a whale of a chip.  Intel is announcing today the 10th generation of its Itanium chip, which is a 64-bit microprocessor aimed at the very high end of the corporate computer market.  —  The chip is a modern miracle in many respects …
 
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Ahmad F Al-Shagra / The Next Web:
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Warpafx / BuzzFeed:
Westboro Church to Anonymous: Bring It, Cowards
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Fred / A VC:
Some Thoughts On Public and Private Markets
Discussion: Howard Lindzon
Hannah Seligson / New York Times:
Jilted in the U.S., a Site Finds Love in India
Discussion: Online Dating Insider
Horace Dediu / asymco:
The lives and deaths of mobile platforms
Discussion: @jason