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7:15 AM 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.
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 …
Sophie Beach / China Digital Times:
“It's Not Google that's Withdrawing from China; It's China that's Withdrawing from the World”  —  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 … © Sophie Beach for China Digital Times (CDT), 2010.
Discussion: Reuters and Guardian
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.
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.
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
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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Jeremy Goldkorn / Guardian:
Google strikes a blow to China's Great Firewall | Jeremy Goldkorn
Discussion: Agence France Presse
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Baidu.tw Wasn't Hacked To Show Google, Doesn't Even Belong To Baidu
Discussion: Thomas Crampton and BBC
Larry Seltzer / Security Watch:
Adobe and Google Both Reveal Intrusion Attempts
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.
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
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.
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Apple, It's Time to Delete Safari From the iPhone  —  It took only a few hours: Apple has banned ForChan from iTunes, a perfectly innocent, web-based, dedicated image browser for the iPhone.  Its only sin: It could display porn.  Well done, Apple.  Let's delete Safari now.
Discussion: SoftSailor
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
French 3 Strikes Group Unveils Copyright Infringing Logo  —  Starting in the spring, French file-sharers are set to be tracked and firmly dealt with by the country's controversial Hadopi agency.  —  Late last week at a ceremony in Paris, Frédéric Mitterrand …
Discussion: Boing Boing and Techdirt
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog
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 …
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!
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Ron Jeremy says violent video games ‘worse’ than porn  —  Violent video games have “a much bigger negative influence on kids” than pornography, a leading porn star has claimed.  —  He said parents should be more worried about the harmful effects of such games.
Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
Start-Up Tries Free Texting in India  —  NEW DELHI—A service called SMS GupShup is winning the race to become India's version of Twitter by promoting social networking through text messaging on cellphones.  But it faces a challenge: It can't afford to be too popular.
Discussion: textually.org
Microsoft:
Kodu Game-Creation Tool for Kids Adapted for the PC  —  Kodu, a game that helps youngsters learn how to program so they can create their own video games to play and share, is now available on the PC.  —  Microsoft is pushing to bring computer programming back into the classroom - and back into the realm of the imagination.
Discussion: Ars Technica, VentureBeat and Digits
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.
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.
 
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