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5:35 AM ET, March 23, 2010

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David Drummond / The Official Google Blog:
A new approach to China: an update  —  On January 12, we announced on this blog that Google and more than twenty other U.S. companies had been the victims of a sophisticated cyber attack originating from China, and that during our investigation into these attacks we had uncovered evidence …
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Steve Lohr / Bits:
Interview: Sergey Brin on Google's China Gambit  —  China's censorship of the Internet may be blunt, but Google has found negotiations with the Chinese government in recent weeks to be subtle and uncertain.  —  That was the message from a brief interview in New York on Monday with Sergey Brin …
New York Times:
Google Will Redirect China Users to Uncensored Site  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Just over two months after threatening to leave China because of censorship and intrusions by Chinese hackers, Google said Monday that it was closing its China-based Internet search service and instead directing Chinese users …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google's ‘Evil Meter’ Tells You What Sites China Is Blocking And What It Isn't (GOOG)  —  Google is no longer censoring its search engine in China — now hosted in Hong Kong — and now it seems likely that the Chinese government will start blocking more Google sites.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
China: Google Broke Promise, Wrong to Stop Censoring
Andrew Lih:
In Brief: Google's China Move
Discussion: CircleID
Alexia Tsotsis / All Shook Down:
Google China Update: Mobile Users Can Still See Unfiltered Results
Discussion: PC World, CircleID and The Next Web
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Official: Apple now offering iPhones contract free (updated: not unlocked)  —  We heard from 9 to 5 Mac that Apple was due to begin selling a contract-free variant of the iPhone in the near future “at list price.”  And guess what happened when we inquired to an Apple store?
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Jon Ying / The Dropbox Blog:
The Dropbox Android App!  —  In Dropbox's two year history, we've had some ardent fans salivating over the next killer Dropbox feature.  We love these people!  —  Our first huge feature following (and birthplace of our Dropbox poetry tradition) was our Linux version, which was soon followed by the highly anticipated iPhone app.
Andrew Silverman / Google LatLong:
Experiment to show hotel prices on Google Maps  —  Google Maps is often one of the first stops travelers make to find and compare hotels.  Today we started experimenting with a new feature, visible to a small portion of users, to help make that process even easier by showing specific prices for selected hotel listings.
Keith Dsouza / Techie Buzz:
Mozilla Stops Firefox Development For Windows Mobile and Windows Phone 7  —  Mozilla has been building a version of Firefox for Windows Mobile devices for quite some time now with anticipation that Microsoft might increase it's market share.  The Windows Phone 7 announcement was watched quite keenly …
Jeremy / Stage Two's blog:
10 Essential Tips for Marketing Your Brand on Chatroulette  —  Chatroulette is the biggest new thing to hit the Internet, and with over 20,000 active users at any given time, it's a surefire bet for the future of social media marketing.  Here's some important tips for how to get the most out of Chatroulette …
Discussion: Kindle Review, Thanks:jtoeman
Rana June Sobhany / The iPhone Era:
Apple Closing Gap on App Store Inadequacies  —  Today, one of the biggest irritations and shortcomings on the App Store has been remedied.  Apple has now integrated gifting into the App Store, a move which will likely bring significant additional revenue to developers around key holidays.
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Dan Moren / Macworld:
Apple adds Gift this App option to App Store
Discussion: MobileContentToday and App Advice
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Palm's not dead, so why write its epitaph?  —  Wall Street's vultures are circling over Palm, screeching for its death.  Tech pundits are joining the death watch, in one of the more morbid displays of graveyard tech journalism ever.  As I've asserted repeatedly, in business perception is everything.
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / Silicon Alley Insider:
The Startup Visa Act Must Be Stopped  —  Bad news: the widely-beloved Startup Visa project is a terrible idea — and this is coming from a guy who desperately wants to see it work.  —  About a year ago, Paul Graham of Y Combinator put out an idea for a Startup Visa that would allow foreign entrepreneurs …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
YouTube Axes Its RealTime Toolbar Experiment  —  Last year, we reported on an experimental new YouTube project called RealTime.  The feature let you interact with your friends on YouTube, sharing videos and seeing what else they were watching using a slick toolbar that was integrated at the bottom of the screen.
Discussion: CNET News
Media Decoder:
Perseus Signs an EBooks Deal for the iPad  —  Apple's iBookstore on the forthcoming iPad is set to get larger.  The company has just signed a deal with the largest distributor of independent publishers to sell electronic versions of it books on the new device.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Flurry: iPhone Games Are A $500 Million Industry In The U.S. And Taking Share  —  If you look at the top paid and top grossing apps in the iTunes App Store, the Games category dominates.  People pay for games, but exactly how much do they pay?  A new report coming out later today …
James Surowiecki / New Yorker:
SOFT IN THE MIDDLE  —  Apple's launch of the iPad next week is a gamble in more ways than one.  To start with, it's obviously a bet that there are millions of people looking for a new way to surf the Web, watch movies, and read magazines.  But it's also a more fundamental gamble; namely, that people will pay for quality.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Welcome To Evelyn Rusli, Whom We Stole From Forbes  —  Everyone please say hello to Evelyn Rusli.  It's her first day here at TechCrunch as part of our core writing team.  —  Evelyn joins us from Forbes where she was an anchor reporter for the Forbes Video Network.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Opera's AdMarvel Partners With PointRoll For iPad Advertising Platform  —  Mobile advertising company AdMarvel, fresh off the heels of being acquired by Opera Software for a reported $8 million plus earn-out, has teamed up with Gannett subsidiary PointRoll to launch an advertising platform for Apple's iPad.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
GIF, H.264, and Patents  —  Arthur Wyatt, in a post on MetaFilter regarding the battle over HTML5 video codecs: … A few readers have emailed me expressing a similar sentiment — more or less that GIF serves as an example showing why Mozilla should continue to refuse to support H.264.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
For sale: A million-dollar iPad address  —  Behind those iPad domain names on eBay with asking prices in the stratosphere  —  About a year ago, when Apple's (AAPL) latest creation was, as far as anyone outside Cupertino knew, still but a twinkle in Steve Jobs' eye, Nik Tyler made an inspired guess.
Christopher Heine / ClickZ:
New Facebook Policies Clamp Down on ‘Loose’ Ad Copy  —  Facebook is attempting to put the kibosh on marketers that loosely employ user profile attributes - such as gender, age, and location - in their ad copy, ClickZ has learned.  During the past two weeks, the Palo Alto …
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Better Late Than Never.  Justin.tv Comes To The iPhone.  —  Watching live video on your iPhone is nothing new, but it is becoming increasingly easier to do.  More than a year after Ustream launched its live video viewing iPhone app, and followed up with a video publishing app …
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Sonic.net To Deploy Fiber To The Home - Carrier decides it's financially worth it ‘to go the distance...’  —  Independent California ISP Sonic.net (see our user reviews) started offering ADSL2+ service over their own network a few years ago, offering tiers in 6Mbps, 8Mbps and 18Mbps flavors.
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
BitDefender update breaks 64-bit Windows PCs  —  An update pushed out on Saturday for the BitDefender anti-virus software will break 64-bit installations of Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7.  The update results in false positive detection of both Windows system files and parts of BitDefender itself.
 
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Gregory White / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Is Hiring Bond Traders (GOOG)
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Botnet pierces Microsoft Live through audio captchas
Discussion: Webroot Threat Blog
Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
My chat with Google News founder, Krishna Bharat, with video
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
News Corp. Throwing Away The Crown Jewel: Fox Audience Network
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AT&T Adds Wireless To U-Verse Triple Play …
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Nick O'Neill / SocialTimes.com:
The Economics Of Facebook Games
Discussion: Inside Social Games
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Secret Service Paid TJX Hacker $75,000 a Year
Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
PayPal wants your startup
Discussion: VentureBeat