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1:50 PM ET, March 19, 2010

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Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
Apple Swears iPad Partners to Secrecy  —  Developers must sequester the tablet computer in rooms with blacked-out windows, reflecting secrecy around a product that may mean billions of dollars in sales  —  Apple makes big demands of software developers who want an early crack at the iPad.
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Douglas MacMillan / Tech Beat:
Study: Developers Testing Games, Entertainment Apps on iPad  —  Some software makers have been lucky enough to get their hands on Apple's iPad weeks before its April release, people tell Bloomberg BusinessWeek.  What kinds of apps are they building?  —  Games are the focus …
Discussion: Gizmodo and iPad News Hub
LouiV / BlackBerry Leaks:
First Images of BlackBerry OS 6.0?  —  There has been much speculation over what OS 6.0 could possibly look like.  We were recently hit with these images of what appear to be of a device running OS 6.0 with a similar screen resolution of a storm or storm2.  These spy shot images come highly regarded as real from one our best connects.
Dan Ardelean / Mobile Development:
WP7 Emulator “Unlocked”  —  I still cannot believe it but I did it... After a good idea, 6 hours of work and a lot a lot of digging I've unlocked the ROM image in the emulator CTP.  I will describe tomorrow the method but right now I will just post some screenshots, upload the bin somewhere …
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Word, Excel and OneNote for Windows Phone 7 Series revealed  —  We actually haven't seen any official shots of the Office apps for Windows Phone 7 Series, but now that Microsoft's emulator has been hacked and unlocked, we've got a glimpse of what creating a Word doc in OneNote looks like …
Mark Lee / Bloomberg:
Google May Shut Down Chinese Unit on April 10, China Business News Reports  —  Google Inc. may pull out of China on April 10, China Business News reported today, citing an unidentified Chinese sales agent for the company.  —  The search engine may announce its exit on March 22 …
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Bloomberg:   Google China Pullout Would Be Permanent, ‘Burn Bridges,’ Ex-Executive Says
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Viacom Seems To Be Misrepresenting YouTube Founder's Call To “Steal It!”
Discussion: The Register, Music Ally and Macworld
Viacom:
Viacom Statement  —  YouTube was intentionally built on infringement …
DigiTimes:
Wintek blamed for Apple iPad delay, says report  —  Taiwan-based touch panel supplier Wintek has been blamed for a delay of Apple's iPad shipments, according to a Chinese-language report on Liberty Times.  —  The report claimed that Wintek is facing a manufacturing bottleneck in its touch panel production …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google's Need For Speed Is About Making You Search More  —  Google's obsession with speed is well-documented.  One of the primary design principles behind its search engine is to return results as fast as possible and strip away anything extra.  But its need for speed goes well beyond search.
Discussion: Download Squad
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
The REAL Reason NBC, FOX, And ABC Execs Want To Kill Hulu (CMCSA, GE, DIS, NWS)  —  Hulu's sales team is “actively subverting” the ad sales of its parent companies that are also trying to sell ads for their shows on Hulu, according to a source at one of the parent companies.
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
Twitter Search Results to Show Popular Tweets On Top  —  Twitter appears set to tweak search results to return the most popular tweets first — instead of the most recent — for any given search query.  —  This according to Twitter Developer Advocate Taylor Singletary …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
The Million Follower Fallacy: Audience Size Doesn't Prove Influence on Twitter  —  A group of researchers have proven something we already expected to be the case: your Twitter follower count is somewhat of a meaningless metric when it comes to determining influence.
Heather Hopkins / Hitwise Intelligence:
Facebook Visitors Come Back Again and Again  —  A few weeks ago when I posted my blog entry about Facebook being the largest news reader I received a few comments and emails noting that visitors aren't as valuable if they don't come back.  Advertisers and retailers need some assurance that visitors will return again and again.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and eWeek
Nancy Gohring / Computerworld:
Palm CEO says its Pre, Pixi could have been bigger than Droid  —  IDG News Service - If Palm's WebOS products had gone on sale at Verizon before Motorola's Droid, Palm's fortunes today would be very different, the company's CEO said Thursday during its third-quarter earnings call.
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
HP Slate priced at €400 for June launch, Atom CPU confirmed?  —  Reputable Spanish publication Clipset has the first concrete report on pricing and internal specs for HP's Slate.  Seemingly obtained from HP itself, the €400 ($546) price tag positions the Slate a notch above netbooks …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
OneRiot Rolls Out Realtime Ad Unit That Refreshes To Match Trending Topics  —  Last year, OneRiot ventured into the advertising world with RiotWise, an ad format which places content in an emphasized position in their realtime feed.  The search engine also launched a pilot program of RiotWise Trending Ads …
Discussion: VentureBeat and ReadWriteWeb
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Those Facebook QR Codes Are Part Of Their Location Plans  —  A few days ago, we noted that Facebook was testing putting links to QR codes on their main profile pages.  Now we know why.  Apparently, Facebook is doing some testing ahead of their location feature roll-out, which will use these codes.
Discussion: PC World and Erictric
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Microsoft, Adobe confident there is room for Silverlight, Flash  —  Execs at OSBC speak of a symbiotic relationship between the HTML5 standard and their proprietary plug-ins for Web applications  —  The HTML5 specification could be a game-changer in the rich Internet application realm …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google aims for easier 3D Web on Windows  —  Google announced a move Thursday that could broaden the appeal of a nascent 3D Web graphics technology called WebGL.  —  A year ago Mozilla and the Khronos Group announced WebGL, which gives Web programmers a way to use hardware-accelerated 3D graphics …
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Naming and Shaming ‘Bad’ ISPs  —  Roughly two years ago, I began an investigation that sought to chart the baddest places on the Internet, the red light districts of the Web, if you will.  What I found in the process was that many security experts, companies and private researchers …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Siri Hires Mobile Expert Gummi Hafsteinsson Away From Google  —  We haven't heard all that much from Siri, the venture-backed startup that is working on virtual assistant applications for smartphones.  —  Still well below most people's radar, the company raised $24 million in venture capital …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
DIY Social Network Platform GROU.PS Now Syncs With Yahoo Groups  —  GROU.PS, a do-it-yourself social network focused on moderated online collaboration has unveiled a synchronization tool that allows the group administrators on Yahoo Groups to sync with GROU.PS.
Christopher Dawson / Googling Google:
An interview with Timothy Bray  —  I had the opportunity late on Thursday to interview Timothy Bray, Google's new “Android Developer Advocate” (among lots of other things).  We talked about his role with Google and his vision for Android.  I've summarized his answers to my questions below.
Discussion: Between the Lines
 
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
New Media Infrastructure Company Ankeena Networks Raises $16 Million (Update)
Discussion: PE Hub Blog and silicontap.com
digiphile:
SupremeCourt.gov relaunched: Fresh design, old PDFs, broken links, still no video.
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
More News about Omidyar's Peer News
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Courts Stretching Computer Hacking Law In Dangerous Ways
Jesse Stay / Stay N' Alive:
Facebook Goes After Their Trademark in Popular Domains
Liz Tay / iTnews:
Employers: Look to gaming to motivate staff
 Earlier Items: 
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
“Piracy” sounds too sexy, say rightsholders
Chris Morrison / Inside Social Games:
Zynga Was PayPal's Second-Largest Merchant in 2009
Discussion: Softpedia News
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Craig Newmark on the Web's Next Big Problem
Discussion: /message
Rick Pal / Yahoo! Mail Blog:
A Yahoo! Contacts That Updates Itself
Zak Cohen / Google Mobile Blog:
Introducing Google Buzz widget for Android
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple preps 27-inch LED Cinema Display, dodeca-core Mac Pro
Alexander Sliwinski / Joystiq:
Xbox 360 gaining USB storage support in 2010 update
Wall Street Journal:
Apple Races to Strike Content Deals Ahead of iPad Release