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8:20 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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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Sabrina / labs.moto.com:
Robot Touchscreen Analysis  —  A touchscreen is a touchscreen, right?  Hardly!  As MOTO pointed out in our recent Do-It-Yourself Touchscreen Analysis post, “All touchscreens are not created equal.”  —  With our simple test technique — which basically consists of using a basic drawing application …
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Robotic test reconfirms Apple's iPhone touchscreen superiority
Discussion: MobileCrunch
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.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Twitter Hacker, TechCrunch Document Leaker, Arrested in France (UPDATED)  —  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.
Discussion: Digits, Thanks:atul
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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.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Macsimum News
Ryan Naraine / ZDNet:
Pwn2Own 2010: iPhone hacked, SMS database hijacked  —  VANCOUVER, BC — A pair of European researchers used the spotlight of the CanSecWest Pwn2Own hacking contest hear to break into a fully patched iPhone and hijack the entire SMS database, including text messages that had already been deleted.
Discussion: Neowin.net, Thanks:arjo
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.
David Pogue / New York Times:
State of the Art: Line2 Allows iPhone Users to Sidestep AT&T  —  For a little $1 iPhone app, Line2 sure has the potential to shake up an entire industry.  —  It can save you money.  It can make calls where AT&T's signal is weak, like indoors.  It can turn an iPod Touch into a full-blown cellphone.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
China Unicom Dumps Google from Android Phones  —  Scratch China Unicom from the list of Google's (GOOG) Chinese search partners.  The Financial Times reports that the carrier dumped Google's search service from the Android smartphones it's adding to its smartphone line-up.
Discussion: paidContent and Financial Times
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 …
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:
Prediction: 1.2 Million iPads Sold in June Quarter and a New iPhone Form Factor  —  This is, perhaps, stating the obvious, but 2010 is likely to be a big year for Apple.  With the iPad set to arrive April 3 and the company presumably headed into an iPhone upgrade cycle, Apple is poised to move a lot of product in the coming months.
Discussion: EverythingiCafe
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.
Trent Nouveau / TG Daily:
Microsoft says it won't abandon Windows Mobile 6.5  —  Microsoft has reiterated that it will continue to support, ship and sell Mobile 6.5 alongside Windows Phone 7.  —  However, senior product manager Michael Chang told Computer World that the latest iteration of the OS represented “a [definite] departure and break at a code level.”
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Google's Brin Talks About China Gamble  —  Behind Google Inc.'s dramatic decision to shutter its China-based search engine this week was co-founder Sergey Brin's change of heart about the compromises required to do business in a land that was increasingly reminding him of his native Soviet Union.
Discussion: DailyFinance, Digits and Tech Eye
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Google Enterprise Blog:
An update for our customers on Google Apps and China
Reuters:
Inside a global cybercrime ring  —  (Reuters) - Hundreds of computer geeks, most of them students putting themselves through college, crammed into three floors of an office building in an industrial section of Ukraine's capital Kiev, churning out code at a frenzied pace.
Discussion: iGeneration and CircleID, Thanks:reuters
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: How The iPhone Target Market Can Expand 7x  —  News, analysis and insights from Barron's Silicon Valley bureau.  —  Daily Analysis Blogs & Columns Investing Ideas Rankings & Reports  —  Market Data  —  Daily Stock Alert  —  The market for the Apple (AAPL) iPhone has a long, long way to grow.
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.
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 …
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.
 
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Staci D. Kramer / mocoNews:
CTIA: Hearst's Skiff Has Deals With Simon & Schuster, Random House
Discussion: Macworld
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Policy Watch: Facebook Adds New Platform Policies on Photo Tagging …
Discussion: VentureBeat and All Facebook
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
InvisiTrack launch super-accurate GPS alternative
David Kravets / Threat Level:
ACTA Draft: No Internet for Copyright Scofflaws
Discussion: Ars Technica and ITworld.com
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Blockbuster Dips a Toe in the Mobile Stream
Kermit Pattison / New York Times:
Conversations: Q.&A. With Jeremy Stoppelman, C.E.O. of Yelp
Sinead Carew / Reuters:
Verizon Wireless to open app store March 29
Discussion: Phone Scoop
Brian Barrett / Gizmodo:
Exclusive: First Look at Slacker's Excellent On-Demand Music Service
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
AOL Launches Charitable Organization Patch.org To Fund Hyperlocal News Sites
Jeffrey Burt / eWeek:
Dell Offers Cloud-Optimized Infrastructure, Services
Nielsen Wire:
Nielsen's New App Playbook Debunks Mobile App Store Myth
Census 2010 News:
Census Bureau Rolls Out New Interactive Maps Showing 2010 Census …
Discussion: Google LatLong
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
New Motion Control Patent Could Shake Up Smartphone Industry
Discussion: Electronista and CNET News
 

 
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