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4:50 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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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Apple Starts Accepting iPad Applications; Launch Apps Must Be Submitted By March 27  —  There are only a few weeks left until the iPad's April 3 launch date, and Apple is now reaching out to developers to say that they're accepting applications that were developed for the much anticipated device.
Ryan Block / GigaOM:
The iPad May Change Computing, Just Not Your Life  —  The first time you walk into an Apple Store and pick up an iPad, you'll understand the hype: Apple has managed to create a beautiful, thoughtfully designed, compelling product in a space where mediocrity was, until now, status quo.
Discussion: The Microsoft Blog and Tech Eye
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 …
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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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
Discussion: paidContent
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Analysis Of Google And Viacom's Arguments Over YouTube: A Lot Of He Said/She Said  —  I've spent the last few hours going through the motions for summary judgment from both Google and Viacom in the YouTube case.  If you'd like to kill a few hours yourself:  — Viacom Summary Judgment Motion (pdf)
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Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
Viacom and YouTube: Timeline of pertinent events
Ted Johnson / Variety:
Viacom, YouTube lawsuit heats up
Discussion: Law Blog
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.
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Caroline Gabriel / Rethink Wireless:   Palm left with 57% of smartphones unsold in Q3
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Another One Bites the Dust at Yahoo: Chief Technologist Sam Pullara Departs for Benchmark  —  Yahoo Chief Technologist Sam Pullara (pictured here) is leaving the company to become an Entrepreneur in Residence at Benchmark Capital.  —  He's the second major exec to leave Yahoo (YHOO) for greener pastures in a week.
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 …
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 …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft privately testing a ‘Twitter for business’ service  —  Microsoft is continuing to look into ways to make social computing services part of business users' lives with a new pilot program for something called “OfficeTalk.”  —  Microsoft mentioned OfficeTalk in a March 19 posting …
Discussion: The Next Web and officelabs.com
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.
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.
Nielsen Wire:
Global Audience Spends Two Hours More a Month on Social Networks than Last Year  —  On average, global web users across 10 countries spent roughly five and a half hours on social networks in February 2010, up more than two hours from the same time last year.
Discussion: Mashable!
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 …
Discussion: The Register
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 …
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.
Royal Pingdom:
Facebook may have surpassed Google in the US, but what about other countries?  —  There was a significant amount of media attention earlier this week around a report from traffic monitoring company Hitwise that claimed Facebook now has more traffic than Google in the US.
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 …
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
MySQL's Marten Mickos becomes CEO of hybrid cloud startup Eucalyptus Systems  —  Marten Mickos, former chief executive of open source database company MySQL, is moving to cloud computing startup Eucalyptus Systems, where he will serve as CEO.  —  Mickos built MySQL into what seemed …
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Roger Cheng / Dow Jones Newswires:
Smartphones, 4G To Take Center Stage At Wireless Trade Show
Joseph L. Flatley / Engadget:
Vodafone Spain replacing microSD cards on 3,000 virus-infected handsets
Discussion: PC World
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
FT.com Takes Free Articles Away From Unregistered Users, Except Via Search
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
DIY Social Network Platform GROU.PS Now Syncs With Yahoo Groups
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
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Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and VentureBeat
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
New Media Infrastructure Company Ankeena Networks Raises $16 Million (Updated)
Discussion: PE Hub Blog and silicontap.com
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google's Need For Speed Is About Making You Search More
Discussion: Download Squad
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Siri Hires Mobile Expert Gummi Hafsteinsson Away From Google
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Those Facebook QR Codes Are Part Of Their Location Plans
Discussion: PC World and Erictric
Jesse Stay / Stay N' Alive:
Facebook Goes After Their Trademark in Popular Domains
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Naming and Shaming ‘Bad’ ISPs
Discussion: threatpost
Liz Tay / iTnews:
Employers: Look to gaming to motivate staff
Zak Cohen / Google Mobile Blog:
Introducing Google Buzz widget for Android