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1:50 AM ET, March 14, 2010

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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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Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
How Apple Blew Its Chance To Own AdMob For $600 Million (AAPL, GOOG)  —  Apple had a chance to own mobile advertising company AdMob for $600 million, but blew it, the New York Times reports.  —  In a story detailing the rancor between Apple and Google, Brad Stone and Miguel Helft report Apple …
Galen Gruman / PC World:
iPad Pre-Orders: For Idiots Only  —  Apple started taking early orders yesterday for its tablet, even though no one's really sure what they're buying.  —  Recommends  —  Friday morning, the fool's parade started.  Apple is taking online “pre-orders” for its iPad tablet, which is supposed to begin shipping on April 3.
Discussion: MacDailyNews and Macworld
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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.
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:
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?
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.
Gmail Blog:
Better controls for buzz in your inbox  —  When you participate in a conversation in Google Buzz, we bring that post to your inbox so it's easy to keep up with the discussion.  But we've heard loud and clear that buzz in your inbox can get noisy — we feel it too, so today we're launching two features to help with this:
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Google Watch, Thanks:keithdsouza
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 …
Discussion: paidContent, Thanks:johnhcook
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
New Version of Digg Revealed  —  At the “Bigg Digg Shindigg” event at the South by Southwest Interactive Conference (SXSWi), Digg CEO Jay Adelson revealed that the popular social bookmarking site is getting a major overhaul, teasing the audience about new features such as personalized feeds and the return of the Digg leaderboard.
Discussion: Erictric
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Twitter launches SXSW recruitment/stalking tool  —  Twitter has just launched a rather cool way for geeks at South By South West to get hired by the company.  —  Twitter @ SXSW displays a map of where Twitter staff are in Austin.  If you want to pitch yourself for a job with them …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Ping: Labels Balk at Services to Stream Music to Various Devices  —  THE Apple iPad, which goes on sale April 3, will access video, applications and Web sites wirelessly — no cords or cables needed.  But to move your trusty old music collection onto this wonder gadget and take it with you to work …
 
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Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
TomTom for iPhone v1.3 with HDTraffic review
Discussion: TiPb and Engadget, Thanks:stuartmiles
Luke Bornheimer / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple to begin building advertising presence in New York City?
The Steve Rubel Stream:
Instapaper: Now Even More Useful with Email
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.
 Earlier Items: 
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Apple loses key chip executive
Discussion: Edible Apple and AppleInsider
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Looks To Enable Foursquare, Gowalla, And Other Location Services
Thomas Claburn / darkREADING:
Hackers Not Playing Games With Gaming Sites