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10:00 PM ET, January 12, 2010

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David Drummond / The Official Google Blog:
A new approach to China  —  Like many other well-known organizations, we face cyber attacks of varying degrees on a regular basis.  In mid-December, we detected a highly sophisticated and targeted attack on our corporate infrastructure originating from China that resulted in the theft of intellectual property from Google.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Just Says No To China: Ending Censorship, Due To Gmail Attack  —  Google has revealed that the Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists were targeted last December in a hacking attempt.  That, along with other issues, has convinced the company that it will no longer due business …
Dave Girouard / Google Enterprise Blog:
Keeping your data safe  —  Many corporations and consumers regularly come under cyber attack, and Google is no exception.  We recently detected a cyber attack targeting our infrastructure and that of at least 20 other publicly listed companies.  This incident was particularly notable for its high degree of sophistication.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Baidu Stock Up After Google Says It May Exit China (BIDU, GOOG)  —  No surprise here, but Baidu shares are up after-hours after Google threatened to leave China if the government doesn't let it run an uncensored search engine there.  —  Baidu shares are up 6.99% after hours to $413.52, while Google shares are down 1.13% to $583.80.
Vijay Bangaru / Docs Blog:
Upload and store your files in the cloud with Google Docs  —  We're happy to announce that over the next few weeks we will be rolling out the ability to upload, store and organize any type of file in Google Docs.  With this change, you'll be able to upload and access your files from any computer …
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Niraj Sheth / Digits:
Google Defends Nexus One Termination Fee … Google's Nexus One smartphone has been well received, but complaints about the search giant's lack of retailing savvy are starting to pile up.  —  The latest that has bloggers clamoring: double termination fees levied by both Google and T-Mobile …
Discussion: WebProNews and Gadget Lab
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Rob Jackson / Android Phone Fans:
WTF: Google Charging Nexus One ETF In ADDITION To Carrier ETF  —  Oh boy - queue up the backlash.  Your parents always told you to read the fine print and the Nexus One Terms Of Sale reveal a troubling detail that we can't quite figure out.  If you buy a subsidized Nexus One through …
Kim Yoo-chul / The Korea Times:
KT to Introduce Apple's 4G iPhone in April  —  KT, an exclusive local partner of Apple to sell iPhone, plans to introduce an upgraded version of the device 4G iPhone to the domestic market in April at the earliest.  —  Talks over initial sales volume of such gadgets have already been under …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
John Gruber: No Camera on Apple Tablet  —  In a brief comment regarding the Apple tablet, Daring Fireball's John Gruber, notes that his sources have indicated that the device will not include a camera.  —  And, for what it's worth, I'm hearing there is no camera, webcam or otherwise, on The Tablet.
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Sylvie Barak / TG Daily:
Apple takes a bite out of LCD and OLED supply  —  An interesting rumor reached the ever alert ears of TG Daily's hacks on the CES showroom floor last week, with word that Apple has snapped up all available supply of 10.1-inch multi-touch display LCD and OLED screens for its upcoming tablet.
Tom Whitnah / Facebook Blog:
Replying to Comments through Email  —  One of the easiest ways to stay updated on relevant conversations happening on Facebook is through email notifications, which inform you about comments made on the posts you've created or commented on.  These notifications—for comments on such content …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
As BoomTown Said: VMware Buys Zimbra From Yahoo (Plus the Full Press Release)  —  As BoomTown previously reported, VMware officially confirmed today that it is buying Yahoo's Zimbra open-source email unit.  —  Financial terms were not disclosed, but sources said the price was well below …
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Sebastian Rupley / GigaOM:   In Acquiring Zimbra, VMware Moves Squarely Toward Apps and Collaboration
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Yesterday Was Twitter's Highest Usage Day Ever.  Today Will Be Bigger.  —  For several months now, all we've heard is how Twitter's growth, once rapid, is flatlining.  And all indications are from the various third-party measuring sources is that this is true.
Discussion: Mashable!
Max Klein / This is so Meta:
On how Google Wave surprisingly changed my life  —  I use google wave every single day.  I start off the day by checking gmail.  Then I look at a few news sites to see if anything of interest happened.  Then I open google wave: because that's where my business lives.
Matt Mohebbi / The Official Google Blog:
Google Flu Trends in 121 U.S. cities  —  In contrast to the unusually early spike of flu activity we saw this October, Google Flu Trends is currently showing a low level of activity in the United States.  Since the strain of influenza that is active (H1N1) is novel, no one knows exactly what will happen next.
Discussion: WebProNews and ReadWriteWeb
Alain Rappaport / Search Blog:
Bringing Knowledge into Health Search  —  The new enhanced Bing Health search experience is live - focusing on further enabling people to quickly get relevant information and make better decisions.  We're providing more content from new partners and augmenting instant answers with hard …
Stephanie Mitchell / Harvard University Gazette:
Harvard and foursquare  —  Harvard teams with foursquare on mobile app  —  Harvard is the first university to work with foursquare to help students explore their campus and surrounding places of interest.  —  Harvard University today (Jan. 12) announced a collaboration with foursquare …
Discussion: Mashable! and TechCrunch
Matt Asay / CNET News:
Facebook friends Apache with $40,000  —  Web properties used to treat open source as a resource to be strip-mined.  Increasingly, however, successful Web companies like Google and Facebook are giving back, helping to replenish the open-source ecosystem from which they derive so much value.
AndroidGuys:
Rumor: Sprint Working with Walmart on WiMax Build Out  —  Here's a rumor that we'd like to see play out if only for curiosity's sake.  According a tipster of ours, Sprint has been working with an unusual partner on a project to help build out their WiMax network.
Discussion: Phone Arena, jkOnTheRun and Neowin.net
Daniel Rowinski / Boston Globe:
Police fight cellphone recordings  —  Witnesses taking audio of officers arrested, charged with illegal surveillance  —  Simon Glik, a lawyer, was walking down Tremont Street in Boston when he saw three police officers struggling to extract a plastic bag from a teenager's mouth.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Are Web Ads Only for Oldsters?  Yahoo's Disturbing Study.  —  Brand advertising, the kind you're used to seeing on TV and in print, isn't nearly as big on the Internet as the search ads dominated by Google (GOOG).  But that's got to change, as marketers realize that traditional advertising works on the Web, too.
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
IBM is the year's patent champ, again  —  IBM is once again king of the patents.  —  For the 17th year in a row, Big Blue earned the most U.S. patents of any company in the world, grabbing 4,914 patents in 2009.  Second place Samsung took home 3,611 patents, while Microsoft batted third with 2,906 patents.
Discussion: Network World and Maximum PC
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
PC prices may rise, reversing six-year trend  —  Your next PC may cost you a bit more than expected if you buy later this year.  Market research masters Gartner say that the price of building PCs will climb this year, reversing a six-year trend, due to component scarcity.
Discussion: Financial Times and Maximum PC
PC World:
MagicJack Home Cellular Service Could Spark Legal Battle  —  MagicJack's femtocell service, unveiled with a splash last week at the Consumer Electronics Show, could potentially ignite a legal battle over the way it makes use of radio frequencies licensed to mobile operators.
Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
NPR's Sensible Look at Dangers of Automotive Wi-Fi  —  Talk of the Nation looks at whether the distractions of in-car Internet will add to driving's dangers: They aren't even looking at whether or not you are manipulating devices while driving; rather, whether the increased distraction …
Discussion: NPR
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Do The Robot: How Publishers Dodge The Spiders  —  Content protectionism is heating up.  After Rupert Murdoch last year complained about sites that “steal” News Corp (NYSE: NWS) stories, his UK papers this week stopped the British aggregator NewsNow from indexing their sites.
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Nielsen Wire:
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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
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