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9:15 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.
Discussion: BBC, Scobleizer and Digits
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.
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.
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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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: NBC Bay Area, broadstuff and CNET News
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 …
Danny / Electronic Frontier Foundation:   Uncensoring China: Bravo Google
CHINAdaily:
Chinese govt seeks information on Google intentions
Discussion: The Next Web
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Baidu.tw Wasn't Hacked To Show Google, Doesn't Even Belong To Baidu
Discussion: Thomas Crampton
Larry Seltzer / Security Watch:
Adobe and Google Both Reveal Intrusion Attempts
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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 …
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
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! and SoftSailor
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 …
Ben Hall / Financial Times:
Paris threatens Google over book-scanning  —  The French government on Tuesday threatened to eject Google from a project to digitise the collection of the French national library unless the internet group radically changed the terms of its book-scanning project.
Discussion: The Register
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.
Discussion: Telegraph
 
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