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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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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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Guardian and PC World
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Assessing Google's showdown with China: Does it make sense?  —  On the surface, Google's threat to shut down its China operations after a cyberattack on its infrastructure looks like sheer business lunacy.  How can the search giant give up on the world's biggest growth market?  It's easier than you'd think.
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Google: Revenues From China Are ‘Immaterial’  —  If Google (NSDQ: GOOG) follows through on its threat of pulling out of China, the company would be sacrificing significant long-term growth in the world's biggest internet market.  In the short term, however, the decision won't have much impact on the company's revenue.
Discussion: broadstuff
Jeremy Goldkorn / Guardian:
Google strikes a blow to China's Great Firewall |  Jeremy Goldkorn  —  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 …
Discussion: Agence France Presse
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.
Rebecca MacKinnon / RConversation:
Google puts its foot down.  —  This is a picture of people laying flowers and making a traditional bow of mourning in front of the Google sign outside Google's Beijing headquarters.  —  Google's announcement that it will “review” its business operations in China and is no longer willing …
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Larry Seltzer / Security Watch:
Adobe and Google Both Reveal Intrusion Attempts  —  It's an eventful day.  Just as they release an important new version of Acrobat, Adobe has also revealed that “...a sophisticated, coordinated attack...” was mounted “...against corporate network systems managed by Adobe and other companies …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Baidu.tw Wasn't Hacked To Show Google, Doesn't Even Belong To Baidu
Discussion: Thomas Crampton and BBC
Danny / Electronic Frontier Foundation:   Uncensoring China: Bravo Google
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:   Baidu Stock Up After Google Says It May Exit China (BIDU, GOOG)
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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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft strikes back at Google on new cloud storage limits
Discussion: go ahead, mac my day
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:   Google Docs gets file storage: Is this the GDrive?
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.
Discussion: Gizmodo
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: sparkplug 9
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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!
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 …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Google's Nexus One phone sells a mere 20,000 in its first week  —  The Google Nexus One sold an estimated 20,000 units in its first week, according to market analytics firm Flurry.  —  Although the Nexus One received a lot of buzz as Google's own entry into the Android phone business, the sales number isn't that impressive.
Discussion: GigaOM, blog.flurry.com and PR Newswire
Brad Stone / Bits:
Facebook Joins With McAfee to Clean Spam From Site  —  It looks like Facebook has finally gotten fed up with all the viruses and spam that is plaguing the social network and ensnaring and embarrassing its 350 million members.  —  Late Tuesday, the company announced a deal with McAfee …
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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