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2:25 PM ET, March 21, 2010

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Yochai Benkler / New York Times:
Ending the Internet's Trench Warfare  —  IMAGINE that for $33 a month you could buy Internet service twice as fast as what you get from Verizon or Comcast, bundled with digital high-definition television, unlimited long distance and international calling to 70 countries and wireless Internet connectivity …
Discussion: A VC and rc3.org
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Another SJobs@apple.com email, this time dissing Google's Picassa  —  A UK reader writes in to say that Steve Jobs has replied to his email regarding Picasa Albums on the iPad.  —  Instead of just telling him that Apple (obviously) wouldn't support Google's Picassa library format …
Soren Johnson / DESIGNER NOTES:
“Fear and Loathing in Farmville”  —  GDC 2010 is now in the books, and it will be a hard one to forget because the whole conference seemed to be obsessed with one thing, which I summed up in this tweet.  Or, as Sirlin puts it here: “Facebook, Facebook, Facebook, Facebook, Facebook, Facebook, Facebook, Facebook, Facebook, Facebook.”
Discussion: Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Taking the Windows Phone 7 Series emulator for a test drive (video)  —  If you've been following the news about Microsoft's reinvention of its mobile presence, Windows Phone 7 Series, chances are you heard about how the company's developer-friendly emulator was... modified slightly by Dan Ardelean …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Ken Wills / Reuters:
China state media accuses Google of political agenda  —  (Reuters) - China's state media on Sunday accused Google Inc of pushing a political agenda by “groundlessly accusing the Chinese government” of supporting hacker attacks and by trying to export its own culture, values and ideas.
Tamar Lewin / New York Times:
Rethinking Sex Offender Laws for Youths Showing Off Online  —  In Iowa, Jorge Canal is on the sex offenders registry because, at age 18, he was convicted of distributing obscene materials to a minor after he sent a picture of his penis by cellphone to a 14-year-old female friend who had requested it.
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Gaming Is The Early Focus Of iPad Applications (AAPL)  —  Here's a chart from mobile analytics company Flurry about what sorts of applications are being tested on the iPad.  Gaming is by far the most popular category.  —  Flurry's analytics are installed on certain developers software, which is how it tracks what's being tested.
Discussion: App Advice
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
America's Real Dream Team  —  Went to a big Washington dinner last week.  You know the kind: Large hall; black ties; long dresses.  But this was no ordinary dinner.  There were 40 guests of honor.  So here's my Sunday news quiz: I'll give you the names of most of the honorees, and you tell me what dinner I was at.
Discussion: Howard Lindzon
Kyle VanHemert / Gizmodo:
Blackberry Internet Service 3.0 Coming March 28 With Gmail Syncing  —  In the wee hours of the morning on March 28, RIM will roll out Blackberry Internet Service 3.0.  During the four hour upgrade, Blackberry users can expect their email service to be a bit wonky, but it'll be worth it …
DigiTimes:
Consumers boost CE spending, despite drop in income, says iSuppli  —  Despite an unprecedented decline in global per capita income in 2009, global revenues for hot electronic products increased for the year, reflecting a fundamental shift in how consumers are prioritizing their spending, according to iSuppli.
Discussion: WMPoweruser.com
Rosa Golijan / Gizmodo:
Wrapsol Ultra Film Protects Phones When They're Dragged Behind a Car at 35 MPH  —  The makers of Wrapsol Ultra adhesive film wanted to prove how well their product protects gadgets.  So they took an innocent Nokia, wrapped it up like a sandwich, and dragged it behind a car at 35 miles per hour.
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
iPhone will be first mobile device to fall at Pwn2Own 2010  —  The fourth annual Pwn2Own contest—which takes place at the CanSecWest security conference every year—kicks off next week.  Like last year, 2010's contest will offer security experts and hackers the chance to “pwn” …
 
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Zee / The Next Web:
Happy Birthday Twitter. This little bird is all grown up...
Discussion: Mashable! and Laughing Squid
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Video: This is easily the coolest thing I've seen an iPhone do this week.
Discussion: App Advice and Gizmodo
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Happy Birthday, Gnutella: Pioneering P2P Protocol Turns Ten
Maya Baratz / All Shook Down:
Choose Your Own Adventure! On Twitter.
Discussion: Laughing Squid, Thanks:nicklucchesi
Jeremy Toeman / LIVEdigitally:
Thinking about Googling my TV
Mike Blanchfield / The Canadian Press:
Supreme Court overturns child-porn conviction, says search was unreasonable
 Earlier Items: 
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Novell Rejects Hedge Fund's Offer To Take The Company Private For $2 Billion
Discussion: CNET News and Seeking Alpha
Kevin Poulsen / Threat Level:
Unprecedented 25-Year Sentence Sought for TJX Hacker
Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
iPhone 4G now available from Sprint, kind of
Michael Grothaus / TUAW:
Cool weird stuff: TUAW reader accidentally downloads 10.6.3 pre-release
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Stephen Totilo / Kotaku:
Apple Bans Game, Days After Developer Publicly Trashes App Store
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
feature: Smoking guns, dark secrets aplenty in YouTube-Viacom filings