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2:05 PM ET, February 21, 2011

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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: ReadWriteWeb, TUAW, @codinghorror and 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.
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 …
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Vlad Savov / Engadget:   Kno looking to sell off ambitious tablet hardware business, focus on software instead
Matt Mullenweg:
Blogging Drift  —  The New York Times has a pretty prominent article today called Blogs Wane as the Young Drift to Sites Like Twitter.  The title was probably written by an editor, not the author, because as soon as the article gets past the two token teenagers who tumble and Facebook instead of blogging …
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Verne G. Kopytoff / New York Times:
Blogs Wane as the Young Drift to Sites Like Twitter  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Like any aspiring filmmaker, Michael McDonald, a high school senior, used a blog to show off his videos.  But discouraged by how few people bothered to visit, he instead started posting his clips on Facebook …
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.”
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: CNET News, BoomTown and paidContent
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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 …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft starts rolling out a pre-'NoDo' update for Windows Phone 7  —  On February 21, Microsoft officials told Windows Phone 7 (WP7) users that the company had started rolling out the first update for Windows Phone 7.  —  Before you copy-and-paste-happy WP7 fans begin salivating …
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
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Zagat.com Relaunches With More Free Content Including Maps, Lists, Third-Party Reviews
Discussion: Screenwerk
Jackie Cohen / All Facebook:
Is Baidu About To Get Social With Facebook?
Henry Blodget / SAI:
Flash-Sale Leader Gilt Groupe Raising $80-$100 Million At A ~$1 Billion Valuation
Discussion: VentureBeat
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’
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
After iPad's Head Start, Rival Tablets Are Poised to Flood Offices
Discussion: Internet2Go
David Carnoy / Crave: The gadget blog:
Kindle e-book piracy accelerates
Discussion: TechFlash and TeleRead
 Earlier Items: 
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
TV Industry Taps Social Media to Keep Viewers' Attention
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Steve Jobs gave Russian President an AT&T iPhone, still locked
Discussion: Examiner, SAI, Pulse2 and MobileWhack
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Twitter Reinstates UberMedia Apps UberSocial And Twidroyd