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12:20 AM ET, February 22, 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.
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Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Subscriptions and the new In-App Purchase requirement  —  Apple's new subscription-billing requirement has generated a lot of bad press and debate.  The new rule, from the App Store Review Guidelines (developer account required):  —  In practice, this means that any app that requires content …
Chris Leydon / TinyGrab Blog:
TinyGrab & Apple's App Stores  —  We love Apple, we really do.  Let's face it, without them TinyGrab just wouldn't exist and none of us would be reading this right now; for this we're incredibly indebted to them.  The homebrew and independent app development community for OS X is wonderful and vibrant.
Steve Clayton / TechNet Blogs:
Kinect for Windows SDK to Arrive Spring 2011  —  Every year about this time, Craig Mundie, Microsoft's chief research and strategy officer, holds an intimate gathering to discuss the company's vision for the future: just Craig, a handful of Microsoft thinkers and select media convening …
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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Early Look: Avatar Kinect  —  I'm over in Redmond today for a series of discussions and demos featuring Microsoft's chief research and strategy officer, Craig Mundie, and other executives from the company.  —  One of the first topics of discussions: Natural user interfaces …
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 …
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Scott Rosenberg / Scott Rosenberg's Wordyard:   Another misleading story reports that blogs ‘r’ dead
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft on the verge of finalizing Windows 8 Milestone 2 build … Microsoft is on the verge of finishing its second Milestone build of Windows 8, WinRumors has learned.  —  The software giant has compiled a number of Milestone 2 builds recently ready for the final M2 build …
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Adobe: Flash Coming To Android Tablets “Within A Few Weeks”  —  Earlier today there was quite a bit of commotion in the tech press over a Verizon ad that stated that Flash wouldn't be making its way to Android tablets until Spring 2011.  Which has the potential to be pretty far off …
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Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Motorola Xoom will ship without Flash support on February 24th, expects it in ‘Spring 2011’?
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Mobile Flash: Always Exciting, Always Not Quite Here Yet
Discussion: Engadget, GottaBeMobile, SAI and IntoMobile
Greg Tito / The Escapist:
PS3 Hacker Raised All the Legal Funds Needed to Beat Sony in a Weekend  —  Famed rapper and PS3 hacker Geohot asked for donations on Friday to fund his defense against Sony and got all he needed by Monday.  —  Geohot, aka George Hotz, firmly believes that he has done nothing wrong.
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Dick Craddock / The Windows Blog:
Facebook chat in Hotmail now available everywhere  —  Today, Facebook chat is available to Hotmail customers worldwide, wherever Facebook is available.  —  When we first announced the ability to chat with Facebook friends from Hotmail, we were only able to offer this to customers in six regions.
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
iPad 2 incoming: iPad sold out/on sale at some European retailers  —  The second-generation iPad is approaching and will most likely hit sometime next month.  Usually, a good hint at an upcoming refresh for an Apple product is when the respective item becomes sold out or on sale at some retailers.
Naked Security / Sophos:
SSDs prove difficult to securely erase  —  At this week's Usenix FAST 11 conference on File and Storage Technologies in San Jose, California researchers published a paper examining the effectiveness of different secure erasure methodologies on Solid State Disks (SSDs).
Discussion: TG Daily
Mark Kleinman / Sky News:
Exclusive: Spotify Sells Stake To Silicon Valley Firm  —  Spotify, one of the world's hottest technology companies, is selling a stake to the legendary Silicon Valley investor Kleiner Perkins as part of a deal valuing the online music streaming service at more than $1bn, I can reveal.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
What Got Buzz at Mobile World Congress?  —  Now that Mobile World Congress has wrapped, a number of digital analytics firms have parsed the data on social networks and blogs to determine which smartphones, tablets, operating systems and brands received the most buzz - and whether that chatter was positive or negative, in some cases.
Discussion: IntoMobile
DigiTimes:
HP to start selling WebOS 3.0-based TouchPad in April  —  First-tier notebook brand vendor Hewlett-Packard (HP) is set to start selling its WebOS 3.0-based tablet PC, TouchPad in April with shipments to start delivery by the end of March, according to sources from HP's upstream component partners.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Is The First Official Chrome OS Device A Monitor Or All-In-One PC?  Nope.  —  Earlier today we received a tip to check out the blog Chrome OS Site for the details on the first official Chrome OS device.  Obviously intrigued, I clicked through.  There, I read about not a notebook or netbook running the OS, but rather a monitor!
Nina Mandell / NY Daily News:
Facebook stalk much?  Breakup Notifier application garners more than 100,000 users overnight  —  Want to stalk a potential love interest on Facebook?  There's an app for that.  —  A new app for the popular social networking site allows users to pick “friends” whose Facebook relationship status they'd like to monitor.
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
EQNZ: The Web Mobilizes for New Zealand Earthquake  —  Today the New Zealand city of Christchurch was rocked by another large earthquake, a magnitude 6.3.  It follows months of aftershocks from the first big earthquake to strike Christchurch, a magnitude 7.1 on 4 September last year.
 
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Tony Smith / Reg Hardware:
Apple iOS dominates Euro smartphone usage
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel lists new Sandy Bridge mobile chips
Discussion: MacRumors
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
A $679M deal: CSR and Zoran merge to create consumer chip powerhouse
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily, Digits and Pulse2
James Kanter / New York Times:
Google Trying to Avoid Antitrust Fight in Europe
Discussion: Adotas
Quintura blog:
Yandex Plans $1 Billion IPO on NASDAQ in Summer 2011
Discussion: WebProNews and paidContent
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
US Paid Millions For Bogus (Patented) Intelligence Software; Now Trying To Cover It Up Claiming ‘National Security’
Discussion: New York Times
John Brownlee / Cult of Mac:
Is The iPad 2 “Mystery Port” For Light Peak? We Doubt It.
 Earlier Items: 
Jackie Cohen / All Facebook:
Is Baidu About To Get Social With Facebook?
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft starts rolling out a pre-'NoDo' update for Windows Phone 7
Mark Lee / Bloomberg:
Alibaba Says CEO Wei Quits After Probe Finds Fraud Committed by Suppliers
Henry Blodget / SAI:
Flash-Sale Leader Gilt Groupe Raising $80-$100 Million At A ~$1 Billion Valuation
Discussion: VentureBeat and MediaPost
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Why I don't care very much about tablets anymore
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Kno Student Tablet Start-Up in Talks to Sell Off Tablet Part of Its Business