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5:20 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's 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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New York Times:
Apple's Spat With Google Is Getting Personal  —  IT looked like the beginning of a beautiful friendship.  —  Three years ago, Eric E. Schmidt, the chief executive of Google, jogged onto a San Francisco stage to shake hands with Steven P. Jobs, Apple's co-founder, to help him unveil …
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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.
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Apple loses key chip executive  —  Dan Dobberpuhl, the PA Semi founder and CEO who came to Apple with the acquisition of his company, has apparently jumped ship to work at a chip-related start-up.  —  Apple acquired PA Semi in April of 2008 for $278 million.
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.
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.
New York Times:
Vast F.C.C. Plan Would Bring Net to More in U.S.  —  The Federal Communications Commission is proposing an ambitious 10-year plan that will reimagine the nation's media and technology priorities by establishing high-speed Internet as the country's dominant communication network.
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Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:   FCC responds to questions about broadband speed tests
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.
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
TomTom for iPhone v1.3 with HDTraffic review  —  We aren't normally in the game of reviewing software revisions for an iPhone app, after all, there is no point wasting your time to tell you about some bug fixes or stability updates ... snooze.  —  So why are you reading?
Discussion: TiPb and Engadget, Thanks:stuartmiles
Luke Bornheimer / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple to begin building advertising presence in New York City?  —  If you want to be big in advertising, it helps to be close to New York City's Madison Avenue where a lot of big deals get done (You've seen Mad Men right?).  Main competitor, Google, houses most of its Ad people in its New York offices, for instance.
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 …
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Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Looks To Enable Foursquare, Gowalla, And Other Location Services
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
How Did MySpace Become Number One on Android?
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Hackers Not Playing Games With Gaming Sites
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MySpace's Mid Level Management Structure Is Crumbling
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It's Hard To Watch The Newsosaurs Turn A Blind Eye To Their Own Extinction
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Nick Bilton / Bits:
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Hunch Gets It Right, Adds a $10 Million Series B Round Led by Khosla Ventures
Discussion: Mashable!, VentureBeat and Pulse2, Thanks:atul