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2:20 PM ET, January 21, 2010

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BBC:
US calls for China Google probe  —  The US has called on Beijing to investigate the recent cyber attacks on Google, which have prompted the search giant to threaten to leave China.  —  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that companies such as Google should refuse to support “politically-motivated censorship”.
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New York Times:
China Paints Google Issue as Not Political  —  BEIJING — The Chinese government is taking a cautious approach to the dispute with Google, treating the conflict as a business dispute that requires commercial negotiations and not a political matter that could affect relations with the United States.
Brad Stone / Bits:
Amazon Cracks Open the Kindle  —  As Motoko Rich and I report in Wednesday's Times, Amazon.com is finally opening up the Kindle to developers.  This has the potential to turn a popular single-purpose device into a more interesting and versatile gadget, limited only by the imagination …
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Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Amazon quietly lets publishers remove DRM from Kindle ebooks
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Techdirt
Melissa Shapiro / The Mozilla Blog:
Mozilla Delivers Firefox 3.6 to Millions of Users  —  Mozilla, a public-benefit organization dedicated to promoting choice and innovation on the Web, today released Firefox® 3.6, an update to its popular, free and open source Web browser.  The latest version of Firefox introduces cutting-edge features …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
With New Ovi Maps, Nokia Seeks Location Heaven  —  In an attempt to ward of competition from the likes of Google, Nokia, the largest maker of mobile phones, has released the latest version of its Ovi Maps software and made the app available for free.  Nokia, despite an early start …
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Ginny Mies / PC World:   Nokia Delivers Free Navigation Service to Customers
Mia / YouTube Blog:
Introducing YouTube HTML5 Supported Videos  —  A while ago, YouTube launched a simple demo of an HTML5-based video player.  Recently, we published a blog post on our pre-spring cleaning effort and your number one request was that YouTube do more with HTML5.
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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple sees tablet as one device shared by the whole family - WSJ  —  The Wall Street Journal dropped a bombshell of tablet and Apple-related information Wednesday evening.  Among the new details: Apple sees its tablet as a device that will be shared by multiple family members — and it might even recognize their faces.
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Survey: 18% likely to buy Apple's tablet
Peppi Kiviniemi / Wall Street Journal:
EU Clears Oracle to Buy Sun Microsystems  —  BRUSSELS — After a drawn out investigation, the European Commission on Thursday unconditionally cleared U.S. software giant Oracle Corp. to take over smaller rival Sun Microsystems Inc. in a $7.4 billion deal.  —  “I am now satisfied that competition …
Michael Mace / Mobile Opportunity:
Google shoots itself in the foot in mobile  —  I wish I knew the inside story on Google's recent confrontation with the Chinese government.  At first Google's announcement looked like a principled, well thought-out stand in a long behind-the-scenes dispute (link).
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Digital Music Sales Are Booming, But Industry Still Cites Piracy Woes  —  Global digital music revenue has grown 20,900 percent since the music business started keeping count in 2003 - but it still needs government protection to grow further, says the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry …
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Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Spotify now makes record labels money
Discussion: paidContent and The Next Web
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Palm Pre Plus (and Pixi Plus) review  —  It's been about a year since Palm pulled itself back from the brink of imminent destruction with the announcement of webOS and the Palm Pre, and even less time since the products announced actually hit the market.  In that time span …
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Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Palm Pre Plus shows off multitasking upgrade with 50 simultaneous apps (video)
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Man Buried in Haiti Rubble Uses iPhone to Treat Wounds, Survive  —  U.S. filmmaker Dan Woolley was shooting a documentary about the impact of poverty in Haiti when the earthquake struck.  He could have died, but he ultimately survived with the help of an iPhone first-aid app that taught him to treat his wounds.
Jonathan Heiliger / Facebook Blog:
Breaking Ground on Our First Custom Data Center  —  We have come a long way from our roots in a Harvard dorm room, when Facebook was only available at some colleges and run on a single server.  Now with more 350 million people worldwide and our service and business continuing to grow …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:atul
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Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Facebook to Build Its Own Data Centers
Discussion: All Facebook, Erictric, paidContent and Computerworld, Thanks:atul
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple again delays 27-inch iMac shipment by 3 weeks  —  Just when it looked like Apple was putting its 27-inch iMac troubles behind it with a balance in supply and demand, the company has abruptly pushed new direct orders of its big screen desktop machines out by three weeks.
Discussion: DailyTech, TUAW, Macsimum News and SlashGear
Camille Ricketts / VentureBeat:
AdMob: Apple may break its tie with Nokia for world domination  —  It's almost like Apple and Nokia are locked in a neck-and-neck game of Risk.  The former, with its iPhone OS, is the dominant force in North America, Western Europe, Latin America and Oceania, while the latter, running the Symbian OS …
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Phil Nickinson / Android Central:
AdMob: Android numbers nearly double again
Discussion: TechCrunch and AdMob Metrics
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
If Your Password Is 123456, Just Make It HackMe  —  Back at the dawn of the Web, the most popular account password was “12345.”  —  Today, it's one digit longer but hardly safer: “123456.”  —  Despite all the reports of Internet security breaches over the years, including the recent attacks …
Los Angeles Times:
At Hulu, ‘free’ may soon turn into ‘fee’  —  The video website, launched by studios to distribute TV shows over the Internet without charge, now is considering ways to draw revenue, including charging for some episodes of popular shows.  —  Hulu soared to popularity by offering free online viewing of popular TV shows.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Netflix Just Gave iTunes A Big Fat Kiss  —  A new movie came out on DVD this week called The Invention Of Lying.  It's co-written, co-directed, and co-starring Golden Globe host Ricky Gervais and looks mildly entertaining enough that I want to rent it.  So I load up Netflix to add it to my queue …
Discussion: SiliconBeat, Thanks:atul
BBC:
Tim Berners-Lee unveils government data project  —  Web founder Tim Berners-Lee has unveiled his latest venture for the UK government, which offers the public better access to official data.  —  A new website, data.gov.uk, will offer reams of public sector data, ranging from traffic statistics …
Discussion: Guardian and Editors Weblog
DigiTimes:
HP to launch mini-projector-integrated notebook  —  Hewlett-Packard (HP) is planning to push two major PC systems for 2010 - tablet PCs and notebook with integrated mini-projectors, according to Monty Wong, vice president and manager of personal computing systems group at HP Taiwan.
 
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Computerworld:
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The War Between Apple and Google Has Just Begun
Jennifer Valentino / Digits:
New Software Aims to Keep Facebook Safer
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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Pirate Bay's Ipredator VPN Opens To The Public
Discussion: Pocket-lint and Softpedia News
Josh Silverman / GigaOM:
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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Digital File Cabinet You Can Bring With You Anywhere
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Amazon Promotion Tempts Book Lovers With Free Kindles
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