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7:55 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 …
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Bill Bishop / Silicon Alley Insider:
Should Google “Burn Its Boats” If It Pulls Out Of China?  —  The Financial Times reported Saturday that Google is “99.9 percent certain” that it will shut its China search engine at Google.cn.  It has been eight weeks since Google said it would no longer censor search in China.
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 …
Discussion: AppleInsider, Electronista and Gizmodo
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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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Dead iPad battery?  Never mind replacing it, Apple just sends another iPad for $99  —  Whoa, Nelly!  Isn't this something?  Apple has just posted details on its iPad battery replacement service, which is really not a battery replacement service at all.  Check out the company's opening line:
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Clarifying a couple points  —  [Just as a reminder: everything below is my personal opinion.  I haven't sent it to anyone else at Google for a review, etc.]  —  Valleywag used a recent podcast I did as material for two points in Six Delusions of Google's Arrogant Leaders.
Thanks:mattcutts
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Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Six Delusions of Google's Arrogant Leaders
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Classmates to pay up to $9.5m to settle suit over phantom friends  —  Seattle-based Classmates.com has agreed to pay up to $9.5 million to its users to settle a lawsuit that accused the social network of sending emails that made people believe their old friends from high school were reaching out to connect …
Thanks:johnhcook
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.
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
Discussion: Technologizer
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.
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.
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
 
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