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7:25 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.
Discussion: Slate
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.
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.
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
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.
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:   ... And Google Was Just Gaining Some Ground In China
James Fallows:
The Google news: China enters its Bush-Cheney era
Discussion: BuzzMachine and Technologizer
Elliott Ng / CNReviews:   Google China photos: because I'm without words
Sophie Beach / China Digital Times:
“It's Not Google that's Withdrawing from China; It's China that's …
Chinese govt seeks information on Google intentions
Discussion: MediaFile
Jonathan Fenby / Guardian:   Google blazes a trail with China rift
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
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.
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
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
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
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 …
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 …
David Glovin / Bloomberg:
Sony, Vivendi Labels Must Defend Antitrust Lawsuit  —  Jan. 13 (Bloomberg) — Record labels owned by Sony Corp. and Vivendi SA are among music companies that must face an antitrust lawsuit over the sale of songs online, a federal appeals court ruled.  —  The U.S. Court of Appeals …
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
After a Month in Business, Vevo Already Tops in Music Video Traffic
Discussion: TechCrunch and PR Newswire
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 …
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
HP's Hurd calls $250m Microsoft agreement ‘breakthrough stuff’  —  Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard collaborate on a ton of technology initiatives, so who really cares that they're spending another $250 million over the next three years to better integrate corporate software and hardware?
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: TechFlash and Screenwerk
Pooja Prasad / Adobe Featured Blogs:
Adobe Investigates Corporate Network Security Issue  —  Adobe became aware on January 2, 2010 of a computer security incident involving a sophisticated, coordinated attack against corporate network systems managed by Adobe and other companies.  We are currently in contact with other companies and are investigating the incident.
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