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5:15 AM ET, January 14, 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.
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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 …
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.
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Sergey Brin Is Force Behind Google's Showdown with China, Ken Auletta  —  Google co-founder Sergey Brin, the son of persecuted Russian Jews, has been the driving force in the the company's showdown with China, says Ken Auletta, New Yorker media columnist and author of the best selling book “Googled: The End of the World as We Know It.”
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Baidu Soars As Google Threatens To Leave China
Discussion: Guardian, eWeek and paidContent
Roger Cheng / Digits:   Google Exiting China Could Hurt Android Adoption in Region
New York Times:
Google's Threat Echoed Everywhere, Except China
Elliott Ng / CNReviews:
Google China photos: because I'm without words
Danny / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Uncensoring China: Bravo Google
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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Financial Times
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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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
Rebecca MacKinnon / Guardian:
Will Google stand up to France and Italy, too?  —  The stand against China will rightly be lauded.  But western states also imperil internet freedom  —  Google's stand against Chinese censorship and surveillance - triggered by suspicions that China had been trying to hack activists' ­accounts …
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
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: TeleRead and Kindle Review
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 …
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
$2 Million in Donations for Haiti, via Text Message  —  In the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti on Tuesday, thousands of Americans are sending financial support — through their mobile phones.  —  Anyone with a mobile phone and an account with a major wireless carrier …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Xerox Wants to Lip-Sync Your TV Shows to Insert Ads, Foil DVRs  —  The folks over at GoRumors have unearthed an interesting patent application filed by Xerox that describes a pretty radical approach to TV advertising: The “Apparatus and method for embedding commercials” …
Discussion: Go Rumors
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: Macsimum News and Gizmodo
 
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Scott Gilbertson / Webmonkey:
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Tim Mullaney / Bloomberg:
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