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1:10 PM ET, January 13, 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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Hillary Rodham Clinton / US Department of State:
Statement on Google Operations in China  —  Washington, DC  —  We have been briefed by Google on these allegations, which raise very serious concerns and questions.  We look to the Chinese government for an explanation.  The ability to operate with confidence in cyberspace is critical in a modern society and economy.
James Fallows:
The Google news: China enters its Bush-Cheney era  —  I have not yet been able to reach my friends in China to discuss this story, and for now I am judging the Google response strictly by what the company has posted on its “Official Blog,” here, and my observations from dealing with Google-China officials while overseas.
Will / Imagethief:
Google detonates the China corporate communications script  —  Imagethief stumbled blearily to his computer this morning expecting a relaxed scan of the news but found the Chinese Twittersphere ablaze with the news of Google's bombshell blog post, which went up [in the middle of the night] early this morning our time.
Discussion: BBC
Sophie Beach / China Digital Times:
“It's Not Google that's Withdrawing from China; It's China that's Withdrawing from the World” (Updated with Photos)  —  The twittersphere has exploded with the news of Google's potential exit from the China market.  CDT has translated selected tweets.  Read all tweets at #Googlecn
Discussion: Washington Post, Guardian and Reuters
Jeremy Goldkorn / Guardian:
Google strikes a blow to China's Great Firewall  —  Whether down to moral reasons or business expediency, the decision to stop censoring its Chinese site is the right one  —  At 7am Beijing time, Google's top lawyer, David Drummond, posted an announcement to Google's blog stating …
Rebecca MacKinnon / RConversation:
Google puts its foot down.
Thanks:atul
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Google: Revenues From China Are ‘Immaterial’
Discussion: MediaMemo, broadstuff and NBC Bay Area
Evgeny Morozov / Foreign Policy:
Doubting the sincerity of Google's threat
Discussion: CNET News
Wall Street Journal:
Google's China Threat Upends Business Norms
Discussion: Digits and China Real Time Report
Danny / Electronic Frontier Foundation:   Uncensoring China: Bravo Google
Gmail Blog:
Default https access for Gmail  —  In 2008, we rolled out the option to always use https — encrypting your mail as it travels between your web browser and our servers.  Using https helps protect data from being snooped by third parties, such as in public wifi hotspots.
Peter Farago / blog.flurry.com:
Flurry Special Report: Google Nexus One Launch Week Sales  —  Flurry Estimates 20,000 First Week Nexus One Sales:  —  Not an Apples to “Apple” Comparison  —  The Google Nexus One launch has become the most controversial and confusing Android handset launch to date.
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Brad Stone / New York Times:
Nintendo Wii to Add Netflix Service for Streaming Video  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Owners of the Nintendo Wii can finally stop waving their video game controllers in the air and sink back onto the couch.  —  Nintendo is bringing Netflix's online streaming video service to its Wii gaming console …
Boy Genius Report:
Apple's tablet is an “iPhone on steroids”  —  One of our close Apple connects who haven't steered us wrong dropped a little bit of information on us.  Here's what we know:  — The tablet's multi-touch gestures are “out of control.”  — It's powered by an incredibly fast ARM CPU
Pooja Prasad / Adobe Featured Blogs:
Adobe Investigates Corporate Network Security Issue  —  Adobe became aware on January 2, 2010 of a computer security incident involving a sophisticated, coordinated attack against corporate network systems managed by Adobe and other companies.  We are currently in contact with other companies and are investigating the incident.
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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
HP's Hurd calls $250m Microsoft agreement ‘breakthrough stuff’  —  Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard collaborate on a ton of technology initiatives, so who really cares that they're spending another $250 million over the next three years to better integrate corporate software and hardware?
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Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft, HP push businesses to clouds
Discussion: GigaOM and Microsoft
Jake Brill / Facebook Blog:
Better Security through Software  —  One of the best defenses against security threats is a good offense, and we want to help you take the offensive by having the latest security software installed on your computer.  Today, we are announcing a year-long partnership with McAfee to offer …
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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Intel promo confirms Apple's plans for Core i5 MacBook Pros [u]  —  An e-mail sent to members of Intel's Retail Edge promotional program highlight a forthcoming MacBook Pro from Apple sporting a new Core i5 processor, AppleInsider can confirm.  —  The promotion was included in an e-mail sent …
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: The Toybox and Kindle Review
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Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless:   Sprint drops price of mobile WiMAX by another $10
John Tierney / New York Times:
The Madness of Crowds and an Internet Delusion  —  When does the wisdom of crowds give way to the meanness of mobs?  —  In the 1990s, Jaron Lanier was one of the digital pioneers hailing the wonderful possibilities that would be realized once the Internet allowed musicians, artists …
Discussion: Techdirt
David Talbot / Technology Review:
How Google Ranks Tweets  —  Algorithms judge the relevance of microblog posts containing 140 characters or less.  —  To deliver useful search returns from the so-called real-time Web—such as seconds-old Twitter “tweets” reporting traffic jams—Google has adapted its page-ranking technology …
24/7 Wall St.:
Apple App Store Has Lost $450 Million To Piracy  —  Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and the companies that sell software for the iPhone and iPod touch at the App Store have lost over $450 million to piracy since the store opened in July 2008 according to an analysis by 24/7 Wall St. There have been over …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
An iPhone Lover's Take On The Nexus One  —  Last week, I attended the Google Android “Nexus One” event.  As you may have heard, they gave many of us in the audience the device to try out.  I decided that before I wrote anything about it (other than saying on television that it's a “nice little device"), I would give it a real shot.
 
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Citrix debuts GoToMyPC remote access software built for Mac
Discussion: Computerworld
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Exclusive: Verizon To Revamp Wireless Pricing Jan. 18 …
Discussion: GigaOM
Patrick Miller / PC World:
Netgear Announces New SMB Wireless Network Controllers
Joseph Galante / Bloomberg:
Skype Names Former Sony Ericsson Mobile President Miles Flint as Chairman
Ben Hall / Financial Times:
Paris threatens Google over book-scanning
Discussion: The Register
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Apple, It's Time to Delete Safari From the iPhone
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Dave Girouard / Google Enterprise Blog:
Keeping your data safe
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge