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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 …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:   Baidu Stock Up After Google Says It May Exit China (BIDU, GOOG)
Dave Girouard / Google Enterprise Blog:
Keeping your data safe
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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Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Google Docs gets file storage: Is this the GDrive?  —  Google on Tuesday is making a big move with its Docs service, opening it up to all types of file uploads.  This includes photos, movies, music, and ZIP archives, all of which will be stored on Google's servers.
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 …
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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: Gadget Lab
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Google imposes $350 early termination fee for subsidized Nexus …
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:   Report: Verizon to double Fios early termination fees
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 …
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.
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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.
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
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 …
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.
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
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Is Wal-Mart Ready to Try Web TV Again, With Vudu's Help?  —  Wal-Mart has tried twice to deliver movies and TV shows to its customers.  Is it ready to try again?  —  Maybe.  Sources tell me Web video start-up Vudu is in “meaningful” acquisition discussions, and industry executives believe Wal-Mart is the likely buyer.
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: ReadWriteWeb
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.
Maija Palmer / blogs.ft.com:
Amobee to buy UK's RingRing Media  —  Consolidation in the mobile advertising market continues at breakneck pace.  After Google's proposed $750m acquisition of AdMob and Apple's $275m bid for Quattro, Amobee is now buying RingRing Media of the UK for an unspecified - but probably much smaller - amount.
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!
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.
Design By Gravity:
Why Did Google Build a Phone and a Browser?  —  Microsoft was kind enough to comment that Google will have a tough time selling both a phone and an OS. … Roughly Drafted toes the Apple-fanboy line that Android simply isn't very important in the scheme of things: … Both miss the point rather badly.
Discussion: Edible Apple
David Ebner / Globe and Mail:
The killer app that busted ski-resort snow jobs  —  Exaggerated reports of snow on ski hills used to be routine leading up to the weekend, but not since the iPhone began to expose the truth — Do you want to know how much fresh powder has really fallen on your favourite ski hill?  There's an app for that.
Discussion: TUAW, Fast Company and Switched
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.
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.
 
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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
New year brings faster approvals for Apple's App Store developers
Discussion: TUAW and FierceDeveloper
Keith Barry / Autopia:
Amtrak To Add WiFi, Upgrade Fleet
Discussion: Mashable!
Jeremy Kirk / PC World:
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Jack Loechner / MediaPost:
More Targeted Ad Dollars Less Profitable
David Glazer / The Official Google Blog:
Google I/O 2010: Now open for registration
Josh Lowensohn / Crave: The gadget blog:
Camera showdown: Nexus One vs. iPhone 3GS
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Pandora: Now Playing Everywhere
Discussion: CNET News and dailywireless.org
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
E-Readers Everywhere: The Inevitable Shakeout
Discussion: Internet2Go and GigaOM
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Google's Approach to Social for 2010
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and WebProNews