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8:50 AM ET, January 14, 2010

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Bloomberg:
China Brushes Off Google Threat, Welcomes Law Abiders  —  China brushed off Google Inc.'s threat to withdraw from the country because of censorship requirements and cyber attacks, saying it encourages the development of an open Internet.  China welcomes international enterprises …
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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.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Hackers used rigged PDFs to hit Google — and Adobe, says researcher  —  Adobe confirms attack against its network linked to Google's  —  Computerworld - Adobe today confirmed that the cyberattack that hit its corporate network earlier this month was connected to the large-scale attacks …
Bloomberg:
Yahoo Said to Be Target of Hacker Attacks From China  —  (Adds Chinese government response in ninth paragraph.  See {EXT2<GO>} for more on Google and China.)  —  Jan. 14 (Bloomberg) — Yahoo! Inc., owner of the No. 2 search engine in the U.S., was targeted by a Chinese attack similar …
Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
Soul Searching: Google's position on China might be many things, but moral it is not  —  “The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in times of great moral crises maintain their neutrality.”  - John F. Kennedy  —  How exciting!  Google has issued a statement saying it's un-censoring its search results in China!
Discussion: Economist and pluGGd.in
Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
Google attack part of widespread spying effort  —  IDG News Service - Google's decision Tuesday to risk walking away from the world's largest Internet market may have come as a shock, but security experts see it as the most public admission of a top IT problem for U.S. companies: ongoing corporate espionage originating from China.
New York Times:
Google's Threat Echoed Everywhere, Except China
Roger Cheng / Digits:   Google Exiting China Could Hurt Android Adoption in Region
Bloomberg:
Apple IPhone With Better Camera May Be Out By June, Goldman's Chen Says  —  Jan. 14 (Bloomberg) — Apple Inc.'s latest iPhone will probably be available as early as June, include a more advanced camera, and may feature a touch-sensitive casing, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. analyst Robert Chen …
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Sony's E-Reader Opens New Chapter in Kindle Rivalry  —  Sony, the Japanese electronics giant, was a pioneer in the current wave of electronic book readers, introducing its first Sony Reader model back in 2006.  But, it has been overtaken by Amazon.com, whose Kindle e-book reader …
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
Tim / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
12 Trends to Watch in 2010  —  It's the dawn of a new year.  From our perch on the frontier of electronic civil liberties, EFF has collected a list of a dozen important trends in law, technology and business that we think will play a significant role in shaping online rights in 2010.
Discussion: Kindle Review and Boing Boing, Thanks:atul
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: DigiCha, Digits, CNET News and China Real Time Report, Thanks:atul
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Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Sergey Brin Is Force Behind Google's Showdown with China, Ken Auletta
Discussion: Guardian
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.
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Mark Spoonauer / LAPTOP Mag:
Q&A with Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha: Motoblur Tablet on the Way?  —  He's credited with rescuing Motorola from the blink of oblivion.  And he recently spearheaded the introduction of the hottest-selling Android phone yet, thanks in part to Verizon Wireless' massive advertising campaign.
Google LatLong:
Haiti imagery layer now available  —  We've worked closely with GeoEye throughout the afternoon to make their most recent satellite imagery of Haiti, taken at approximately 10:27am EST today, available as a KML overlay for Google Earth.  You can download the KML here and open it in Google Earth …
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Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Vodafone takes on TomTom with free satNav iPhone app, shifts 50k iPhones  —  Vodafone began offering the iPhone to its UK customers today, and seems off to a strong start - it despatched 50,000 units to customers pre-ordering the device today.  —  Vodafone joins Orange …
Dave Rosenberg / Software, Interrupted:
IBM grabs largest enterprise cloud deployment  —  IBM is expected to announce on Thursday the largest enterprise cloud computing deployment to date as Panasonic begins a migration off Microsoft Exchange to IBM's LotusLive cloud service.  More than 100,000 employees will participate …
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 …
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Rafat Ali / paidContent:
RealNetworks' Management Change: Memos From Rob Glaser And Robert Kimball
Discussion: The Seattle Times
David Coursey / PC World:
Google's Free File Storage Not Such a Good Deal  —  Google's introduction of free online storage for any type of file serves as a reminder that storing a gigabyte of data in the Internet cloud can vary in price from free to $3.50 per, and that's just what Google charges its customers.
Discussion: ChannelWeb and PCLaunches.com
Stuart Dredge / Mobile Entertainment:
iPhone, Android and BlackBerry users share same app tastes  —  They dream the same dreams, they like the same apps, says Mplayit  —  The same apps tend to be popular no matter what app store you look at, judging by a new piece of research from Mplayit.  —  The company, which runs …
Discussion: TUAW
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.
Daily Mail:
Recaptured: The convict who taunted police on Facebook during FOUR months on the run  —  An escaped convict who relentlessly taunted police on Facebook has finally been arrested after nearly four months on the run, it was announced today.  —  Craig ‘Lazie’ Lynch, 28, was nearing the end …
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
On second thought, maybe the RIAA did conspire to fix prices, appeals court finds  —  Did the United States' major record labels, as early as 2001, conspire to establish a system for the distribution and sale of digital music that would have seen subscribers paying up to $240 per year …
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel cites AMD exec who ‘would never buy’ AMD  —  In a recent response to longstanding antitrust accusations from chipmaking rival Advanced Micro Devices, Intel included in a Federal Trade Commission filing a quote from one of AMD's own executives critical of AMD chips.
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Intel denies Corei5 MacBook prize claims  —  Intel has rejected yesterday's reports claiming imminent release of new Core i5 MacBook Pros.  —  As reported by Spanish site Faq-Mac.com, an Intel promotion suggested Apple to be on the cusp of releasing new Core i5 MacBooks.
Discussion: MacRumors
 
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
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Thanks:atul
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Xerox Wants to Lip-Sync Your TV Shows to Insert Ads, Foil DVRs
Discussion: Go Rumors
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Comcast wants “clear rules,” even if it means net neutrality
Discussion: Maximum PC
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iPhone Doubles Up Android On Mobile Ad Click Rates; Both Destroyed By Symbian
Rebecca MacKinnon / Guardian:
Will Google stand up to France and Italy, too?
Discussion: New York Times
 Earlier Items: 
Datamation:
Zimbra: Yahoo Wasn't a Fit
Discussion: ServerWatch and eWeek
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Software sales slip just 1 percent for holidays
Peter Eckersley / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Gmail takes the lead on email security
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Microsoft urges Windows XP users to ditch old Flash version
Discussion: Graham Cluley's blog and PC World
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Shutting Down Rupert Murdoch's Social Experiments Lab
Scott Gilbertson / Webmonkey:
Mozilla Gets Ready to Put Prism on Your Desktop With New Beta Release
Discussion: 901am, Thanks:chrismessina
24/7 Wall St.:
Apple App Store Has Lost $450 Million To Piracy