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12:05 PM ET, February 21, 2011

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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Kno Student Tablet Start-Up in Talks to Sell Off Tablet Part of Its Business  —  Kno-the much-funded and high-profile Silicon Valley start-up aimed at making tablet computers focused at students-is considering selling off the entire hardware part of the business and is in talks …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
DST About To Lead Huge Spotify Funding  —  European streaming music startup Spotify is in the process of closing a very large financing, say multiple sources.  DST, the venture firm that has backed Facebook, Groupon and Zynga, is said to be leading the deal, which values Spotify at around $1 billion.
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Motorola Xoom will ship without Flash support on February 24th, expects it in ‘Spring 2011’?  —  Verizon's webpage dedicated to the Xoom has just gone up and one of our eagle-eyed readers has already spotted a disquieting bit of small print: “Adobe Flash expected Spring 2011.”
Richard Ziade / Readability Blog:
An Open Letter to Apple  —  Dear Apple: It's your friends from Readability.  Remember us?  You put our technology into your Safari browser last year.  We're writing this open letter because - well - we're a little upset right now.
Discussion: MacStories, Thanks:arpitnext
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple Smacks Readability In The Face With Subscription Rules; All SaaS In Trouble  —  We've already been over (and over and over and over and over) Apple's new iOS subscription rules.  And the initial backlash has seemingly cooled down as everyone has moved on to the next hot topic of the hour.
Arn / MacRumors:
Could the iPad 2 Be Getting Light Peak?  —  After reading the report that Apple is planning to introduce its new Light Peak-based high speed interconnect technology “soon”, it struck us that Light Peak could help explain some particularly incongruous rumors we've been hearing about the iPad 2 over the past few months.
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Why I don't care very much about tablets anymore  —  I've realized recently that I'm just not very excited about tablets—anybody's tablets, no matter the OS or maker.  I first realized I felt this way when I was only mildly disappointed (as opposed to heartbroken) to find myself too sick …
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple stops selling MacBook Pros until the refresh  —  You can no longer get your hands on a MacBook Pro from the Apple online store until after the refresh expected to be on Thursday this week.  Apple's got a 3-5 day wait on new MacBook Pros which puts them right about on schedule.
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AppleInsider:
Apple tells some stores to expect ‘sealed packages’ early this week
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Google Gets Involved in BitTorrent Search Engine Lawsuit  —  In May last year the U.S. District Court of California issued a permanent injunction against BitTorrent search engine isoHunt.  —  The Court ordered the owner of isoHunt to start censoring the site's search engine based on a list …
Discussion: Techie Buzz
Jim Erickson / Alizila:
Alibaba.com CEO and COO Step Down  —  In a stunning management shakeup at one of China's largest Internet companies, Alibaba.com CEO David Wei and COO Elvis Lee today resigned to take responsibility for not setting a strong tone of corporate values at the top in connection with an increase …
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
After iPad's Head Start, Rival Tablets Are Poised to Flood Offices  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The billboards promoting the iPad have a simple message: The tablet is a device for leisure, to be held on one's lap while lounging on a couch in casual clothes, to watch a film or read a magazine.
Discussion: Internet2Go
Wolfgang Gruener / ConceivablyTech:
Google May Kill Chrome URL Bar  —  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.
 
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Henry Blodget / SAI:
Flash-Sale Leader Gilt Groupe Raising $80-$100 Million At A ~$1 Billion Valuation
Wall Street Journal:
Huawei Drops U.S. Deal Amid Opposition
Discussion: BBC and Associated Press
Agence France Presse:
China's Huawei ‘in London Underground phones bid’
David Carnoy / Crave: The gadget blog:
Kindle e-book piracy accelerates
Discussion: TechFlash and TeleRead
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
TV Industry Taps Social Media to Keep Viewers' Attention
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Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Steve Jobs gave Russian President an AT&T iPhone, still locked
Discussion: Examiner, Pulse2, SAI and MobileWhack
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Twitter Reinstates UberMedia Apps UberSocial And Twidroyd