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3:20 PM ET, March 13, 2010

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Financial Times:
Google to shut China search engine  —  By Richard Waters in San Francisco and Kathrin Hille in Beijing  —  Google has drawn up detailed plans for the closure of its Chinese search engine and is now “99.9 per cent” certain to go ahead as talks over censorship with the Chinese authorities …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Day 1 estimate: 120,000 iPads sold  —  A snapshot of who is buying what based on a sample of first-day pre-orders  —  Click to enlarge.  Source: AAPL Sanity  —  The team at Investor Village's AAPL Sanity board have completed their initial analysis of pre-orders for the iPad tablet computer.
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Michael Rose / TUAW:
Rumor: iPad in-store reservations may be over 40,000  —  Apple Store Sydney by Shaondiwakar - Flickr  —  In the wake of yesterday's iPad sales estimates of 50K in the first couple of hours (now revised by Silicon Alley Insider and Apple 2.0 to about 91,000 in the first six hours) …
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Apple loses key chip executive  —  Apple acquired PA Semi in April of 2008 for $278 million.  At the time, Apple CEO Steve Jobs said the company was purchased to design system-on-chips for iPhones and iPods.  Dobberpuhl was the leader of the team Apple hired.
Discussion: AppleInsider
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Roundtable:
Google News Archives Adds “Browse This Newspaper”  —  If you go to the Google News Archives and find a digitized back issue from the Google archives, you should be able to now browse that newspaper directly on Google.  —  For example, let's take a look at the The News and Eastern Townships Advocate.
Doug Gross / CNN:
Opera browser for iPhone may be ‘weeks’ away  —  Austin, Texas (CNN) — The company behind the Web browser Opera is weeks away from submitting it to Apple's iPhone store for approval, a spokesman said Friday.  —  The result, according to the Norwegian company, would be a browser …
Discussion: Erictric and App Advice
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Six Delusions of Google's Arrogant Leaders  —  Google's CEO went to Abu Dhabi this week and preached.  He sermonized about Google's exceptional virtue — its indifference to profit and supreme trustworthiness.  His speech should have been shocking.  Except that delusional self-righteousness is now routine at Google.
Jeremy / POP! PR Jots:
I Don't Do SXSWi  —  The past week, I've had a ton of people assume I'm going to SXSWi.  Note that I'm using i, not SXSW - for people that haven't a clue, the conference has been around as film and music for about 20 years.  And, sadly, that seems to be a ton of the SM people going.
The Steve Rubel Stream:
Instapaper: Now Even More Useful with Email  —  I love services I can interact with via email.  I can post to my Facebook page via email and I can do the same here.  One of my favorite services is Instapaper.  I use it to bookmark and save articles to read later, which I often do in bulk on long plane rides.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace's Mid Level Management Structure Is Crumbling  —  The problem with all of these people who are walking out the door at MySpace isn't so much the number of them, because MySpace is trying to replace them by hiring more people.  It's the fact that the best people are leaving, and taking a lot of the knowledge base with them.
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Looks To Enable Foursquare, Gowalla, And Other Location Services  —  With Facebook integrating location based services into their platform in the coming months, many are wondering how the new service will be implemented.  What's becoming increasingly clear is that Facebook will definitely …
Discussion: GeekSugar
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
How Did MySpace Become Number One on Android?  —  When MySpace announced earlier this week that they had now established themselves as the number one social networking application on the Android platform and the number three download overall, needless to say, we were a bit shocked.
Discussion: ReveNews
 
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