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5:40 AM ET, March 22, 2010

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Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
Who will buy Palm?  —  If you're in a hurry: no one.  —  If you have more time, here is the sad story: in one day, this past Friday March 19th, Palm shares collapsed, -29% in one Nasdaq session, closing at $4.  The obvious question is why?  But a second query immediately comes up: why $4, why not zero?
Rebecca MacKinnon / RConversation:
Chinese netizens' open letter to the Chinese Government and Google  —  The Chinese characters in the orange cloud above say “netizens.”  —  Some Chinese netizens who feel caught between Google and their government have written an open letter to “relevant Chinese government ministries and Google Inc.” …
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Kathrin Hille / Financial Times:
Google set to announce China site closure  —  Google could reveal as early as Monday the closure of its Chinese search engine and its plan for the rest of its China operations, according to a person familiar with the situation.  —  The US internet giant said on January 12 it was no longer willing …
Financial Times:
Skype founders raise $165m for new fund  —  Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis, the founders of Skype, have raised a new venture capital fund for investing in so-called “disruptive” early-stage European technology.  —  Atomico Ventures, the London-based group established by the pair in 2006 …
Discussion: The Next Web, mocoNews, Pulse2 and VoIP Watch, Thanks:leweb
Yochai Benkler / New York Times:
Ending the Internet's Trench Warfare  —  IMAGINE that for $33 a month you could buy Internet service twice as fast as what you get from Verizon or Comcast, bundled with digital high-definition television, unlimited long distance and international calling to 70 countries and wireless Internet connectivity …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
DEMO: InVisage's QuantumFilm enables gorgeous camera phone pictures  —  InVisage is one of 65 companies chosen by VentureBeat to launch at the DEMO Spring 2010 event taking place this week.  These companies do pay a fee to present, but our coverage of them remains objective.
Keith Dsouza / Techie Buzz:
Tr.im Stops Web URL Shortening, Continues API  —  The owners of Tr.im have been through quite a saga, first raising a hue over Twitter using Bit.ly as the default URL shortening service (which it does not know), then trying to sell it, and then going Open Source.
Discussion: The Next Web, Thanks:keithlinks
New York Times:
Academic Paper in China Sets Off Alarms in U.S.  —  A Chinese student, Wang Jianwei, above, and his professor, wrote an academic paper on the vulnerability of the American power grid to a computer attack.  Scientists said the paper was merely a technical exercise.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Stat Rant: Does Facebook Trump Google For News & Can't We Measure Twitter Correctly?  —  Earlier this week, Hitwise put out stats suggesting that Facebook is beating Google and Twitter when it comes to driving traffic to news sites.  I dug a little deeper, and I beg to differ.
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Intel and AMD update desktop CPU lineups  —  Intel and AMD have both recently updated their desktop processor lineups and will launch several new CPUs including six-core and low- voltage processors, according to sources from motherboard makers.  —  Intel will soon launch …
Alice Rawsthorn / New York Times:
Why @ Is Held in Such High Design Esteem  —  NEW YORK — The French and Italians have nicknamed it the “snail.”  The Norwegians have plumped for “pig's tail,” the Germans “monkey's tail,” and the Chinese “little mouse.”  The Russians think of it as a dog, and the Finns as a slumbering cat.
Discussion: Gizmodo Australia
Kunur Patel / AdAge:
Forget Foursquare: Why Location Marketing Is New Point-of-Purchase  —  With a Projected Outlay of $4B by 2015, Mobile Targeting Is Next Big Opportunity  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — It's the ad served while you are reading the news in the morning on an e-reader that knows you're at home and three blocks from a Starbucks.
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
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Ben Parfitt / mcvuk.com:
Switzerland passes violent games ban
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“Fear and Loathing in Farmville”
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DigiTimes:
Consumers boost CE spending, despite drop in income, says iSuppli
Discussion: WMPoweruser.com