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6:35 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.
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 …
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 …
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
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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C. Custer / ChinaGeeks:
The Revolution That Wasn't  —  Late last night, I noticed that calls for large protests in several major Chinese cities were circulating on Twitter.  Using the hashtag #cn220, users were reposting information from the overseas Chinese website Boxun, where an anonymous user had called for a Chinese “Jasmine Revolution.”
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Redmond Pie, RazorianFly and MacRumors
New York Times:
Cellphones Become the World's Eyes and Ears on Protests  —  For some of the protesters facing Bahrain's heavily armed security forces in and around Pearl Square in Manama, the most powerful weapon against shotguns and tear gas has been the tiny camera inside their cellphones.
 
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Fred / A VC:
Some Thoughts On Public and Private Markets
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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’
Discussion: Popular Science and ITworld.com
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Should Employers Be Allowed to Ask for Your Facebook Login?
Discussion: Blog of Rights and Slashdot
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
More HBGary Federal Fallout: The Government Wants To Buy Software To Fake Online Grassroots Social Media Campaigns
Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
Judge Rules Against China; ‘Green Dam’ Suit Heads to Trial
Discussion: Slashdot, Thanks:markhachman
Tom Krazit / Relevant Results:
Krazit says, ‘So long, CNET’
Owen Thomas / VentureBeat:
What President Obama's Web-hipster beer hoax tells us
Discussion: The Feast