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2:50 PM ET, March 23, 2010

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New York Times:
China Counters Google Move by Restricting Hong Kong Site  —  BEIJING — As Google began redirecting tens of millions of Chinese users on Tuesday to its uncensored Web site in Hong Kong, the company's remaining mainland operations came under pressure from its Chinese partners and from the government itself.
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David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Google's China availability page not yet reflecting blocks on Hong Kong site
Opera Press Room:
Opera Mini submitted to Apple's App Store  —  Opera Mini for iPhone was officially submitted to the Apple iPhone App store today.  A select few first saw it at Mobile World Congress 2010 in February.  Now, the “fast like a rocket” browser is taking its first big step towards giving users a new way to browse on the iPhone.
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Nick Bilton / Bits:
Opera Mini Browser, Coming To An iPhone Near You  —  Opera Software on Tuesday announced that it is submitting its Opera Mini Web browser to Apple for use on the iPhone.  —  The Norwegian company boasts that Opera is the most-used browser on mobile devices; it offers a version of the software …
Michael Grothaus / TUAW:
Jobs on a roll, drops three more emails; expect universal iPhone mailbox  —  Okay, who hasn't gotten an email from Steve Jobs this week?  Yesterday we reported on an email Steve sent to a user regarding Google's Picasa.  Also, a MacRumors reader emailed Jobs yesterday about his concern …
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Arn / MacRumors:
MacBook Pro Supplies Constrained, Steve Jobs Says ‘Not to Worry’  —  The prolonged wait for updated MacBook Pros continue without any major hints at when they might arrive.  A report last week suggested that a shortage of Intel notebook chips could be contributing to the delay.
Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
Amazon: You Need To Change Your Idiotic Customer Reviews Policy Right Now  —  It's hard to feel sorry for a wildly successful author, but in the case of Michael Lewis I'll make an exception.  Just this once.  —  Lewis' latest book - The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine …
Discussion: TeleRead, Thanks:concarjess3
Stuart Parmenter / blog.pavlov.net:
Stopping Development for Windows Mobile  —  We have been building a version of Firefox for Windows Mobile for quite a while, with the expectation that Microsoft would be doubling down in the mobile market and hoping that they would put out a great new mobile operating system.
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Keith Dsouza / Techie Buzz:
Mozilla Stops Firefox Development For Windows Mobile and Windows Phone 7
Discussion: MobileContentToday and WMExperts, Thanks:keithlinks
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Contract-Free iPhone Is Simply The First Sign That A New iPhone Is Nearing  —  This morning, the Internet was abuzz with the news that Apple would begin selling unlocked iPhones.  The only problem?  It's not true.  In fact, it's no different from what Apple did last year at this time …
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Steven Levy / Wired:
How the Tablet Will Change the World  —  Everyone who jammed into the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco on January 27, 2010, knew what they were there for: Apple CEO Steve Jobs' introduction of a thin, always-on tablet device that would let people browse the Web, read books, send email, watch movies, and play games.
Discussion: Brainstorm Tech
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Exclusive: How Google's Eric Schmidt Lost His Mistress, His Partner and Steve Jobs  —  Eric Schmidt hates camping.  Which is why, when Steve Jobs broke up with him, Google's CEO was at a payphone on a lonesome desert road, 45 minutes from Burning Man, with only his mistress Kate Bohner near his side.
Discussion: TUAW, Electronista and Edible Apple
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.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Search Hits The App Store; Takes On Yelp With Sketch-A-Search  —  Yahoo is showing a little Apple love today, launching not one but two free search apps in Apple's app store today.  Yahoo's basic Search app tries to bring an enhanced version of Yahoo Search to the iPhone with plenty …
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Shashi Seth / Yahoo! Search Blog:
New Ways to Search with Yahoo! iPhone Apps
Discussion: App Advice
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Foursquare goes to the ‘Jersey Shore’  —  DJ Pauly D, MTV superstar and new Foursquare power user.  —  We already knew that in the heated battle among location-based social-networking start-ups, Foursquare already had Ashton Kutcher on its team.  Turns out it also has “Jersey Shore” star …
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Nintendo 3DS to come with ‘3D control stick,’ vibration, and Sharp's parallax barrier 3D LCD?  —  You had the hard news for breakfast, so how's about some less official, but still pretty robust, fodder for brunch?  Asahi in Japan offers the first word on how the 3DS achieves its 3D-ness …
Meghan Keane / the Econsultancy blog:
At AOL, the Google culture clash is going to be a big hurdle … Coming to an established brand with new ideas is one thing.  But convincing existing employees to change old habits is an entirely different issue.  And that's increasingly a problem at AOL, where Tim Armstrong came from Google 11 months ago.
Fred / A VC:
The Startup Visa Bill Debate  —  I'm on vacation this week skiing with my family.  I got back from the mountain yesterday afternoon, checked in on email, made a few phone calls, and took a quick look at Techmeme.  I saw a headline that said “The Startup Visa Act Must Be Stopped” …
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Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / Silicon Alley Insider:
The Startup Visa Act Must Be Stopped
Discussion: Venture Chronicles and K9 Ventures
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
OpenDNS Now Serves 1% Of The Internet (That's A Big Number)  —  When you think of one percent of something, it's usually not a very big number.  But in some cases it is.  Like when you're talking about all of the users of the Internet in the world.  —  Today, OpenDNS is announcing …
Discussion: DSLreports and Erictric
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Malware delivered by Yahoo, Fox, Google ads  —  These charts show incidences of malware distributed by a number of ad delivery platforms over a six-day period last month that were detected by Avast.  Yahoo and Fox have the highest counts.  —  Malware that exploits holes in popular applications …
Abdur / Twitter Blog:
State of Twitter Spam  —  If you look “spam” up in the dictionary, you'll find two definitions.  There's the “canned meat” and then there's the “unwanted email.”  At Twitter, we see spamming as a variety of different behaviors that range from insidious to annoying.
Discussion: The Next Web
Michael / Mobile Marketing Watch:
Google Says Local Intent is Behind One-Third of Mobile Searches  —  Speaking at a Mobile Marketing & Advertising event in Las Vegas to coincide with CTIA Wireless 2010, Diana Pouliot - director of mobile advertising at Google - revealed that one-third of all Google searches via …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Offerpal Media Acquires Tapjoy, Gains Beachhead For Mobile App Monetization  —  In late 2009 we wrote about Tapjoy's evolution from a mobile app developer to a mobile app monetization platform.  —  Tomorrow, Offerpal Media, one of the giants in social gaming monetization, will announce the acquisition of Tapjoy.
Tony Romm / Hillicon Valley:
Google, Yahoo, Microsoft fire back at Australian Web censorship plan  —  Another Web censorship battle is brewing abroad, though in a somewhat unexpected place: Australia.  —  Both Google and Yahoo this week are railing on what they describe as the Australian government's plan to deploy …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Heyzap lets Facebook game developers publish their games to the web  —  Heyzap is liberating games from Facebook, allowing social game makers to publish them directly on the web.  —  The new platform will let game creators to maximize their audiences for games that have proven themselves on Facebook or the hi5 social network.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Stefan Constantinescu / IntoMobile:
Clearwire: We'll cover 120 million people by the end of 2010, speeds will increase 20% to 30% too  —  Clearwire, one of the world's few WiMAX network operators, has announced that by the end of 2010 their service will be able to reach 120 million people.  That's actually quite meaningful since Verizon …
 
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Stefan Constantinescu / IntoMobile:
Nuance copy and pastes Swype's new touch screen input method …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Another Ad Exchange Player: Microsoft Vet Jeff Green Launches The Trade Desk
Stephen Lawson / PC World:
Wi-Fi Spreading Fast Among Phones
Discussion: CNET News
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Kongregate grows virtual goods revenue 30 percent per month
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Laurie Burkitt / Forbes:
Yahoo's Display Ad Target: Neighborhoods
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Twitter Forces Facebook To Open Up Beyond “Friends”
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Times of India:
Bill Gates, Toshiba to build nuclear reactor
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Opera's AdMarvel Partners With PointRoll For iPad Advertising Platform
Discussion: Softpedia News and Internet2Go
Christopher Heine / ClickZ:
New Facebook Policies Clamp Down on ‘Loose’ Ad Copy
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Palm's not dead, so why write its epitaph?
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The Dropbox Android App!
 

 
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