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7:50 AM ET, January 14, 2010

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Rebecca Mackinnon / Wall Street Journal:
Google Gets On the Right Side of History  —  The Chinese people will learn who their real friends are.  —  One night in the mid-1990s when I was working as a journalist in Beijing, I went out to dinner with some Chinese friends.  I had just finished reading a book called “The File” by the British historian Timothy Garton-Ash.
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Bloomberg:
China Brushes Off Google Threat, Welcomes Law Abiders  —  China brushed off Google Inc.'s threat to withdraw from the country because of censorship requirements and cyber attacks, saying it encourages the development of an open Internet.  China welcomes international enterprises …
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
A Heated Debate at the Top  —  Co-Founder Brin Pushed for Backing Out of China, While CEO Schmidt Made Moral Argument to Stay  —  Google Inc.'s startling threat to withdraw from China was an intensely personal decision, drawing its celebrated founders and other top executives into a debate …
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Hackers used rigged PDFs to hit Google — and Adobe, says researcher  —  Adobe confirms attack against its network linked to Google's  —  Computerworld - Adobe today confirmed that the cyberattack that hit its corporate network earlier this month was connected to the large-scale attacks …
Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
Google attack part of widespread spying effort  —  IDG News Service - Google's decision Tuesday to risk walking away from the world's largest Internet market may have come as a shock, but security experts see it as the most public admission of a top IT problem for U.S. companies: ongoing corporate espionage originating from China.
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Sergey Brin Is Force Behind Google's Showdown with China, Ken Auletta  —  Google co-founder Sergey Brin, the son of persecuted Russian Jews, has been the driving force in the the company's showdown with China, says Ken Auletta, New Yorker media columnist and author of the best selling book “Googled: The End of the World as We Know It.”
Discussion: Guardian
Bloomberg:
Yahoo Said to Be Target of Hacker Attacks From China
Discussion: Bloomberg
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Baidu Soars As Google Threatens To Leave China
Discussion: eWeek, Guardian and paidContent
New York Times:
Google's Threat Echoed Everywhere, Except China
Elliott Ng / CNReviews:
Google China photos: because I'm without words
Roger Cheng / Digits:   Google Exiting China Could Hurt Android Adoption in Region
Bloomberg:
Apple IPhone With Better Camera May Be Out By June, Goldman's Chen Says  —  Jan. 14 (Bloomberg) — Apple Inc.'s latest iPhone will probably be available as early as June, include a more advanced camera, and may feature a touch-sensitive casing, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. analyst Robert Chen …
Google LatLong:
Haiti imagery layer now available  —  We've worked closely with GeoEye throughout the afternoon to make their most recent satellite imagery of Haiti, taken at approximately 10:27am EST today, available as a KML overlay for Google Earth.  You can download the KML here and open it in Google Earth …
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Boy Genius Report:
Apple's tablet is an “iPhone on steroids”  —  One of our close Apple connects who hasn't steered us wrong dropped a little bit of information on us.  Here's what we know:  — The tablet's multi-touch gestures are “out of control.”  — It's powered by an incredibly fast ARM CPU
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Sony's E-Reader Opens New Chapter in Kindle Rivalry  —  Sony, the Japanese electronics giant, was a pioneer in the current wave of electronic book readers, introducing its first Sony Reader model back in 2006.  But, it has been overtaken by Amazon.com, whose Kindle e-book reader …
Discussion: TeleRead and Kindle Review
Tim / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
12 Trends to Watch in 2010  —  It's the dawn of a new year.  From our perch on the frontier of electronic civil liberties, EFF has collected a list of a dozen important trends in law, technology and business that we think will play a significant role in shaping online rights in 2010.
Discussion: Kindle Review and Boing Boing, Thanks:atul
Gabriel Snyder / valleywag - Gawker:
Announcing Valleywag's Apple Tablet Scavenger Hunt: Win Up to $100,000!  —  We've had enough of trying to follow all the speculation around Apple's impending tablet — how it'll work, its size, the name, the software and whether it will save magazines.  We want answers, dammit!  And we're willing to pay.
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Mark Spoonauer / LAPTOP Mag:
Q&A with Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha: Motoblur Tablet on the Way?  —  He's credited with rescuing Motorola from the blink of oblivion.  And he recently spearheaded the introduction of the hottest-selling Android phone yet, thanks in part to Verizon Wireless' massive advertising campaign.
Dave Rosenberg / Software, Interrupted:
IBM grabs largest enterprise cloud deployment  —  IBM is expected to announce on Thursday the largest enterprise cloud computing deployment to date as Panasonic begins a migration off Microsoft Exchange to IBM's LotusLive cloud service.  More than 100,000 employees will participate …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
RealNetworks Founder And CEO Rob Glaser Finally Quits (RNWK)  —  RealNetworks founder and CEO Rob Glaser is quitting.  It's about time.  —  The question is, did Rob just get bored?  Or was he pushed out?  —  Sounds like both.  —  A source familiar with the situation says that while Rob …
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Rafat Ali / paidContent:
RealNetworks' Management Change: Memos From Rob Glaser And Robert Kimball
Discussion: The Seattle Times
Rebecca MacKinnon / Guardian:
Will Google stand up to France and Italy, too?  —  The stand against China will rightly be lauded.  But western states also imperil internet freedom  —  Google's stand against Chinese censorship and surveillance - triggered by suspicions that China had been trying to hack activists' ­accounts …
David Coursey / PC World:
Google's Free File Storage Not Such a Good Deal  —  Google's introduction of free online storage for any type of file serves as a reminder that storing a gigabyte of data in the Internet cloud can vary in price from free to $3.50 per, and that's just what Google charges its customers.
Discussion: ChannelWeb and PCLaunches.com
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple ‘experts’ to debut in retail stores within weeks  —  Apple's retail “experts” — a new position that will serve as a roaming counterpart to existing “geniuses” at brick-and-mortar locations — are expected to debut in stores in a matter of weeks, people familiar with the matter have told AppleInsider.
Daily Mail:
Recaptured: The convict who taunted police on Facebook during FOUR months on the run  —  An escaped convict who relentlessly taunted police on Facebook has finally been arrested after nearly four months on the run, it was announced today.  —  Craig ‘Lazie’ Lynch, 28, was nearing the end …
 
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Stuart Dredge / Mobile Entertainment:
iPhone, Android and BlackBerry users share same app tastes
Discussion: TUAW
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Lawsuits: AT&T collects illegal taxes on Internet access
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feature: ENUM: Dragging telephone numbers into the Internet Age
Thanks:atul
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Xerox Wants to Lip-Sync Your TV Shows to Insert Ads, Foil DVRs
Discussion: Go Rumors
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
iPhone Doubles Up Android On Mobile Ad Click Rates; Both Destroyed By Symbian
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Discussion: ServerWatch, eWeek and Zimbra :: Blog
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Software sales slip just 1 percent for holidays
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Eckersley / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Gmail takes the lead on email security
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Microsoft urges Windows XP users to ditch old Flash version
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Shutting Down Rupert Murdoch's Social Experiments Lab
Scott Gilbertson / Webmonkey:
Mozilla Gets Ready to Put Prism on Your Desktop With New Beta Release
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