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9:10 PM ET, January 13, 2010


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Rebecca Mackinnon / Wall Street Journal:
Google Gets On the Right Side of History  —  The Chinese people will learn who their real friends are.  —  One night in the mid-1990s when I was working as a journalist in Beijing, I went out to dinner with some Chinese friends.  I had just finished reading a book called “The File” by the British historian Timothy Garton-Ash.
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.
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
A Heated Debate at the Top  —  Co-Founder Brin Pushed for Backing Out of China, While CEO Schmidt Made Moral Argument to Stay  —  Google Inc.'s startling threat to withdraw from China was an intensely personal decision, drawing its celebrated founders and other top executives into a debate …
Discussion: Digits and China Real Time Report, Thanks:atul
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Baidu Soars As Google Threatens To Leave China  —  Hardly surprising, but also worth noting is that Google's (GOOG) threat to shutdown and leave the China market is sparking a mammoth rally in shares of Baidu (BIDU), the leading China-based search engine.
Discussion: Guardian and eWeek
New York Times:
Google's Threat Echoed Everywhere, Except China  —  BEIJING — Google's declaration that it would stop cooperating with Chinese Internet censorship and consider shutting down its operations in the country ricocheted around the world Wednesday.  But in China itself, the news was heavily censored.
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
... And Google Was Just Gaining Some Ground In China
Discussion: i-boy
Rebecca MacKinnon / Guardian:   Will Google stand up to France and Italy, too?
James Fallows:
The Google news: China enters its Bush-Cheney era
Discussion: BuzzMachine and Shanghaiist
Elliott Ng / CNReviews:
Google China photos: because I'm without words
Discussion: China Digital Times
Boy Genius Report:
Apple's tablet is an “iPhone on steroids”  —  One of our close Apple connects who hasn'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
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
RealNetworks Founder And CEO Rob Glaser Finally Quits (RNWK)  —  RealNetworks founder and CEO Rob Glaser is quitting.  It's about time.  —  The question is, did Rob just get bored?  Or was he pushed out?  —  Sounds like both.  —  A source familiar with the situation says that while Rob …
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
RealNetworks' Management Change: Memos From Rob Glaser And Robert Kimball
Discussion: The Seattle Times
Peter Farago /
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.
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 …
Gabriel Snyder / valleywag - Gawker:
Announcing Valleywag's Apple Tablet Scavenger Hunt: Win Up to $100,000!  —  We've had enough of trying to follow all the speculation around Apple's impending tablet — how it'll work, its size, the name, the software and whether it will save magazines.  We want answers, dammit!  And we're willing to pay.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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 Eckersley / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Gmail takes the lead on email security
Discussion: New York Times
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Shutting Down Rupert Murdoch's Social Experiments Lab  —  We hear News Corporation is winding down MySpace spinoff Slingshot Labs, a vestige of the media conglomerate's efforts to retain MySpace founder Chris DeWolfe.  But the labs are hatching one last diabolical plot, on behalf of the Wall Street Journal.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:   Slingshot Labs' Demise Overblown As SocialPlan Is Acquired By MySpace
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 …
Tim Mullaney / Bloomberg:
Zillow Plans to Have 2011 IPO, Change Its Image on Wall Street  —  Jan. 13 (Bloomberg) — Zillow Inc., the second-largest U.S. real-estate listing site by users, plans to go public in 2011 and will begin courting investors next month to boost its valuation, Chief Operating Officer Spencer Rascoff said.
Discussion: GigaOM and TechFlash
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple ‘experts’ to debut in retail stores within weeks  —  Apple's retail “experts” — a new position that will serve as a roaming counterpart to existing “geniuses” at brick-and-mortar locations — are expected to debut in stores in a matter of weeks, people familiar with the matter have told AppleInsider.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Simon Sage / IntoMobile:
Samsung Announces First 32 GB MicroSD Memory Cards  —  The upper-end of the microSDHC category has been reached!  Samsung has announced that they're working on 32 GB memory cards, which will be good news to media hogs who have long capped out 16 GB cards on their mobile phones.
Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless:
Sprint drops price of mobile WiMAX by another $10  —  Sprint Nextel reduced the monthly price of its CDMA/mobile WiMAX service by another $10, down to $59.99, a Sprint spokeswoman confirmed.  The price cut is the second $10 cut in less than five months; Sprint made a similar change …
Don Reisinger / CNET News:
Google rules search in December, Bing drops  —  Google continued to dominate the search market in December, trailed by Yahoo and Microsoft, according to media research firm Nielsen.  —  According to Nielsen's December U.S. Search Rankings, released on Wednesday, Web users queried search engines more than 9.9 billion times in December.
Scott Gilbertson / Webmonkey:
Mozilla Gets Ready to Put Prism on Your Desktop With New Beta Release  —  Soon, you'll be able to pull your favorite website — like Gmail or YouTube — out of the web browser and run it as a stand-alone application on your computer's desktop.  Mozilla has announced that its Prism software …
Discussion: 901am, Thanks:chrismessina
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 …
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