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6:25 AM ET, March 25, 2010

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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 …
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David Goldman / CNN Money:
Congress slams China and Microsoft, praises Google  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Two days after Google stopped censoring search results in China, a congressional panel praised the company's actions while excoriating the Beijing government for its record on Internet censorship and human rights.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
China Unicom Dumps Google from Android Phones
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.
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Elinor Mills / CNET News:
iPhone, Safari, IE 8, Firefox hacked in CanSecWest contest  —  Updated 5:17 p.m. PDT with successful Firefox hack.  —  VANCOUVER, B.C.—Researchers on Wednesday demonstrated that they could hack a non-jailbroken iPhone, Safari running on Snow Leopard and Internet Explorer 8 and Firefox …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
WSJ on iPad for $17.99 a month, magazines to be at or near newsstand prices?  —  The Wall Street Journal is running a piece that focuses on ad sales for the iPad.  Pretty boring stuff except for a few nuggets related to the actual content we crave.  Rupert Murdoch already confirmed …
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Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Advertisers Show Interest in iPad  —  Advertisers initially approached new media as if they were going duck hunting, tiptoeing cautiously into the waters of mobile phones and the Internet.  —  With the iPad, it's big-game season.  —  Getting ready for the April 3 iPad introduction …
Discussion: AppleInsider, paidContent and Go Rumors, Thanks:atul
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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Stefan Constantinescu / IntoMobile:
4G in America: Lies, Lies, and More Damn Lies  —  Listen up America, by the end of this year, and most definitely during 2011, you're going to be bombarded with advertisements that stretch across all forms of media, tempting you to hop on board a 4G network.
Discussion: Engadget, Gearlog and Phones Review
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Roger Cheng / Digits:
Sprint CEO: Rate Plans Will Move From Minutes To Gigabytes
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Verizon to blanket ‘one third’ …
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
New TiVo Mixes TV and Internet, but Falls Short  —  TiVo is the most famous third-party set-top box for your TV.  The company popularized the idea of digital video recording and, in recent years, also has added to its devices the ability to deliver some Internet video content to the TV screen.
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 …
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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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
AT&T MicroCell 3G: Salvation for Your Crappy Reception Is $150, No Strings Attached
Discussion: Gadget Lab, DSLreports and Crave
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 and Electronista
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.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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 …
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Microsoft Bing Director: Search Not a Zero Sum Game vs. Google  —  Microsoft Bing Director Stefan Weitz said Microsoft is fine not catching up to Google in traditional keyword search.  However, Bing expects to differentiate by offering e-commerce-related verticals that ease consumers' transactions.
Discussion: Microsoft Watch
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Nokia N8 being announced mid-April  —  We've just been told by a trusted source that Nokia will announce a new flagship device dubbed N8 in the middle of next month.  That's not around any major trade shows that we're aware of, but it is just before the company's Annual General Meeting in Helsinki …
Arn / MacRumors:
CBS.com Prepping HTML5 Video Playback for iPad  —  With the imminent arrival of the Apple iPad, it seems at least one major television network is updating their website to provide video playback support for new tablet device — without Flash.  CBS.com's website began displaying a couple of strange …
Schoen / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
New Research Suggests That Governments May Fake SSL Certificates  —  Today two computer security researchers, Christopher Soghoian and Sid Stamm, released a draft of a forthcoming research paper in which they present evidence that certificate authorities (CAs) may be cooperating …
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
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Dell looking outside of China for ‘safer environments,’ according to Indian PM  —  The Hindustan Times cover this morning has a generous space dedicated to Google's exit out of China and related efforts at redirecting mainland users to its Hong Kong hub, but couched cosily inside that story is perhaps an even bigger one.
Discussion: Maximum PC, DailyTech and Go Rumors
Kent German / CNET News:
MetroPCS promises first LTE network and handset  —  LAS VEGAS—MetroPCS leaped ahead two of its larger rivals today when it announced that it would introduce 4G LTE networks in the second half of this year.  The network, which will come first to Las Vegas, will run on a Samsung-powered infrastructure.
Sinead Carew / Reuters:
AT&T sees big cash in small gizmos like dog collars  —  (Reuters) - With most Americans already toting cellphones, AT&T Inc now wants to target their dogs.  —  A wireless dog collar set to hit the market this year is just one of a plethora of new devices the telephone company hopes will catch on with U.S. consumers.
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Oracle looks to keep Java interesting and attract young developers  —  Company officials at EclipseCon also pledged a new approach to the Java Community Process  —  Java will need to be kept interesting if it is to maintain its prominence as the top programming language …
Discussion: The Register
Quentin Hardy / Forbes:
Hewlett-Packard's Mark Hurd: He Wants It All  —  The plan to win the battle of the tech titans.  —  Hewlett-Packard Chief Executive Mark Hurd likes things big and simple.  His boardroom has a big empty table and a big videoconferencing screen.  A large tablet of blank paper leans on a tripod …
Thanks:hpnews
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, Thanks:reuters
Dong Ngo / Crave: The gadget blog:
Toshiba intros highest capacity laptop hard drives  —  The laptop hard drives are about to have a significant increase in capacities without compromising the performance.  —  Toshiba announced Wednesday two new 2.5-inch (laptop) hard drive families that feature the largest amount of storage in their classes.
Discussion: I4U News, Toshiba and Electronista
 
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Time Warner Cable Getting Ready to Launch WiFi HotSpots
Discussion: Erictric and Wi-Fi Networking News
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
A Hotbed of Tech Innovation: the Government of Manor, Texas
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Developers, Websites Respond to iPhone App Payola Story
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: How The iPhone Target Market Can Expand 7x
Staci D. Kramer / mocoNews:
CTIA: Hearst's Skiff Has Deals With Simon & Schuster, Random House
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Chris Davies / SlashGear:
InvisiTrack launch super-accurate GPS alternative
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Blockbuster Dips a Toe in the Mobile Stream
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Kermit Pattison / New York Times:
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