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10:50 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.
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.
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: Washington Post, 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 …
Discussion: Bloomberg, Thanks:atul
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 and NBC Bay Area
Jeremy Goldkorn / Guardian:
Google strikes a blow to China's Great Firewall
CHINAdaily:
Chinese govt seeks information on Google intentions
Discussion: The Next Web
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 …
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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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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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.
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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 …
Chris Haseman / Developer.com:
An Android Developer's Top 10 Gripes  —  Put on your favorite self-pitying emo music and get ready for some developer frustration.  I'm running down the top 10 things I love to hate about Android.  —  1. Open Source  —  Leave it to Google to place all the code for their handset platform in the hands of the masses.
Thanks:atul
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
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
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.
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.
Discussion: Financial Times
 
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Maggie Shiels / BBC:
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