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4:40 PM ET, March 24, 2010

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Alexander Vaughn / App Advice:
Exclusive: iPad iBooks Pricing Revealed - Matches The Kindle  —  The launch of the iPad has caused a veritable war over eBook pricing between Apple and Amazon.  To promote the Kindle and expand its market share, Amazon sells kindle editions of newly released and best selling books at a loss.
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Financial Times:
Random House fears iPad price war  —  The world's largest book publisher by sales could keep its books from Apple's iPad when it goes on sale, as the Bertelsmann unit fears the effects of the tablet device on pricing
Mercedes Bunz / Guardian:
Has Google been hacked?  Corporate site sends users to China  —  List of executives and corporate info redirected to Google China  —  Google's corporate information sites appeared to have been hacked this morning.  —  Users searching with Google for “Google executives” …
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Taylor Buley / Forbes:   A Surprise Bug—Not China—Hits Google's Corporate Website
Marco Arment / Instapaper Blog:
Preview: Instapaper on iPad  —  I'm probably supposed to keep this secret and build everyone's anticipation to hype this up.  Oh well.  Maybe I'll do that for the Instapaper edition for Apple's next revolutionary computing platform.  —  First: Instapaper is definitely coming to iPad.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Instapaper For The iPad May Be The First Killer App.  And It Will Be Universal.  —  The simple bookmarking application Instapaper made by Tumblr developer Marco Arment is one of my favorite applications, period.  Between the web, the iPhone, and the Kindle, it's easily one of my most-used apps.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Macsimum News
Google Enterprise Blog:
An update for our customers on Google Apps and China  —  Yesterday, we stopped censoring our search services - Google Search, Google News, and Google Images - on our Chinese domain, www.google.cn.  This makes good on our commitment to stop censoring search results in China, and you can read more here.
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Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Google's Brin Talks About China Gamble
Discussion: Tech Eye
Guardian:
Sergey Brin urges US to act over China web censorship
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
So Now Google Thinks Everyone Should Care About Chinese Censorship?
Discussion: ITworld.com, TechCrunch, Bloomberg and paidContent, Thanks:atul
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
Excerpts: Google's Testimony to Federal Commission on China
Discussion: ITworld.com
Pavni Diwanji / Gmail Blog:
Detecting suspicious account activity  —  A few weeks ago, I got an email presumably from a friend stuck in London asking for some money to help him out.  It turned out that the email was sent by a scammer who had hijacked my friend's account.  By reading his email, the scammer had figured …
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
GoDaddy.com plans to stop registering domain names in China  —  GoDaddy.com Inc., the world's largest domain name registration company, plans to tell lawmakers Wednesday that it will cease registering Web sites in China in response to intrusive new government rules that require applicants …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Twitter Hacker, TechCrunch Document Leaker, Arrested in France  —  The AFP is reporting that the person who leaked internal business documents from Twitter Inc. to the blog TechCrunch last July is also the same person who compromised the Twitter accounts of Barack Obama and other celebrities last year.
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Agence France Presse:   Police arrest Frenchman who hacked Obama Twitter page
Telegraph:
Facebook ‘linked to rise in syphilis’  —  Facebook has been linked to a resurgence in the sexually-transmitted disease syphilis, according to health experts.  —  The virus has increased fourfold in Sunderland, Durham and Teesside, the areas of Britain where Facebook is most popular …
Roger Cheng / Digits:
Sprint CEO: Rate Plans Will Move From Minutes To Gigabytes  —  Sprint Nextel Chief Executive Dan Hesse said that in about two years, monthly cellphone bills will focus on the amount of data used and move away from the number of available voice minutes.
Discussion: CNET News, eWeek and Computerworld
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft shows off its next version of Office Communications Server  —  Microsoft is offering its first public glimpse of Office Communications Server 14, its all-in-one instant messaging/VOIP/conferencing product at the VoiceCon show in Orlando on March 24.
Discussion: The Register, eWeek and Bloomberg
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Gurdeep Singh Pall / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Predictions for the Future of Unified Communications
Discussion: InfoWorld, CNET News and Neowin.net
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
AT&T 3G MicroCell starting nationwide roll-out in mid-April  —  Unless you've been in one of a few key test markets, you've been pretty much out of luck boosting your AT&T signal in the comfortable confines of your home since the 3G MicroCell first launched — until now.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Verizon to blanket ‘one third’ of America with LTE this year, double coverage in 15 months  —  Remember when we heard that Verizon Wireless just might be able to bump its commercial LTE rollout to the first quarter of 2010?  Man, talk about having our hopes and dreams dashed.
Discussion: Between the Lines and IntoMobile
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Verizon talks commercial LTE deployment details: data devices first …
Discussion: Engadget Mobile
John Nack / John Nack on Adobe:
Video: Sneak peek of Content-Aware Fill in Photoshop  —  Bryan O'Neil Hughes shows off some rather eye-popping (if we may say so) technology for synthesizing texture inside a future version of Photoshop:  —  The demo starts with some small pieces, so if you're short on time …
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Google's Newest Search Ad Format, Loved and Hated by Brands  —  ‘Sitelinks’ Work Really Well — Too Well — for Marketers Choking on Costs Per Click  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — The most significant change to Google's search ads in years could be the most controversial to the nation's biggest brands.
Christina Chen / The Official Google Blog:
Collaborative bookmarking with lists  —  Earlier this month we added stars in search so that you can easily mark and rediscover your favorite websites.  Today we're debuting lists in Google Bookmarks, an experimental new feature that helps you easily share those sites with friends.
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Kobo's Cheap E-Reader Headed for Borders  —  In the era of the iPad, there are two paths that the still-nascent gadgets known as e-readers can take.  They can try to take the iPad on head-to-head by adding fancy color touch screens and new features that go beyond reading.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
New Motion Control Patent Could Shake Up Smartphone Industry  —  Here's a potentially noteworthy development in the patent litigation-riddled mobile device market.  Last week, the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued a very broad patent on motion-based smartphone control …
Nielsen Wire:
Nielsen's New App Playbook Debunks Mobile App Store Myth  —  Mobile carrier app stores are a long way from dead.  Despite the fanfare around application stores tied to specific mobile devices such as iPhones and BlackBerries, a new Nielsen survey finds ongoing loyalty to carrier stores.
Colin Gibbs / GigaOM:
Fox Mobile Offers Hulu-like Subscription Service for Smartphones  —  Fox Mobile is hoping it can convince consumers to shell out to watch TV on their smartphones.  The News Corp. subsidiary this morning unveiled Bitbop, a subscription service for smartphone owners that will deliver both streaming …
Rory Maher / TBI Research:
YouTube Pre-Roll Ads Get Double-Digit CPMs; Homepage Banner Gets $200K To $400K Per Day  —  Get The Internet Analyst in your inbox every day.  To sign up, please submit your name and email address here.  —  Online video viewing more than doubled in 2009 as more quality content …
 
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Trent Nouveau / TG Daily:
Microsoft says it won't abandon Windows Mobile 6.5
Kim Hart / Hillicon Valley:
Top Verizon lobbyist tells Congress to assert authority over FCC
Jeffrey Burt / eWeek:
Dell Offers Cloud-Optimized Infrastructure, Services
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and VentureBeat
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft brings audio, video to its Mac IM
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Pirate Bay Proxy Site Seized By Italian Police
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Andrew Kippen / Boxee Blog:
KoldCast TV comes to Boxee
Jon Brodkin / Network World:
New software lets businesses track employee Facebook, Twitter activity
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and VentureBeat
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
Introducing Slacker On-Demand
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Back on the beat: Owen Thomas joins VentureBeat
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Guardian
 

 
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