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10:40 AM ET, February 20, 2011

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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.
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.
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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.
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 …
Warpafx / BuzzFeed:
Westboro Church to Anonymous: Bring It, Cowards  —  Megan Phelps-Roper, granddaughter of Westboro Baptists Church founder Fred Phelps, responded on Twitter to the Anonymous threat.
Discussion: @meganphelps
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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 …
Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
Paul Miller And The Five Rules Of Stunt Resignation  —  On Friday afternoon, Paul J. Miller caused what passes for a kerfuffle inside the technology journalism meta-bubble.  —  Miller, as you know, is “Senior Associate Editor” at our estranged sister site Engadget - or at least …
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Taimur Asad / Redmond Pie:
Geohot Starts a Blog, Asks for Help and Support from Fans to Fight Against Sony  —  After discussing the entire situation with his lawyers, Geohot has decided to start a blog yet again.  He is asking for help and support from his fans in an effort to fight his case against Sony.
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 …
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
AT&T reportedly provisions iOS 4.3 beta Personal Hotspot feature  —  AT&T has reportedly provisioned the new Personal Hotspot WiFi sharing feature of iOS 4.3 beta 3 for a developer, indicating it will follow Verizon's lead in offering the feature to its subscribers.
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 …
Discussion: @jason
 
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Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Hotfile Goes To War Against Copyright Infringers
Fred / A VC:
Some Thoughts On Public and Private Markets
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Hannah Seligson / New York Times:
Jilted in the U.S., a Site Finds Love in India
Agence France Presse:
Nokia head swaps Microsoft shares for own firm: report
Discussion: Reuters and SAI
Julie Bort / Network World:
Cerf: 2011 will be proving point for ‘InterPlanetary Internet’
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Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
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