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12:10 AM ET, March 22, 2010

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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: paidContent, The Next Web, 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 …
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.” …
Discussion: Joho the Blog
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Sam Gustin / DailyFinance:
Chinese Media: Google Is Tied to U.S. Intelligence
Ken Wills / Reuters:
China state media accuses Google of political agenda
Discussion: english.cri.cn
Tim Carmody / Snarkmarket:
Why books on the iPad just might work … In the past month or so, since Apple's iPad was announced, there's been an increasing pushback against the idea that the tablet will be a meaningful stand-in for a dedicated e-reader.  In particular, it seems to have really disappointed folks …
Discussion: Kindle Review and TeleRead
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.
Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
NSFW: Jimmy Wales Wants Me Dead (The Neutrality Of This Article Is Disputed)  —  Some weeks, writing this column is easy.  All it takes is for an influential person - a politician, a business person, perhaps even a fellow columnist - to say something dumb and I get to spend a thousand words or so explaining precisely why they're wrong.
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?
Discussion: TeleRead, PC World and Engadget
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Another SJobs@apple.com email, this time dissing Google's Picassa  —  A UK reader writes in to say that Steve Jobs has replied to his email regarding Picasa Albums on the iPad.  —  Instead of just telling him that Apple (obviously) wouldn't support Google's Picassa library format …
Robert Quigley / Geekosystem:
Ben Folds Performs Live on Chatroulette at Charlotte Concert [Video]  —  Last night, Ben Folds honored his acolyte Merton, of “Chatroulette Improv” fame, by improvising different piano songs for every person he came across on Chatroulette.  Only Folds wasn't performing from the comfort of his bedroom …
Michael Cooney / Network World:
IRS security faults leave taxpayer information at risk  —  GAO says Internal Revenue Service will struggle to keep private information secure.  —  In this the heavy tax season where billions of dollars and tons of personal information is relayed to and from the government …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors Page 2:
Apple Offering Discounted iPad 10-Packs to Educational Institutions  —  Apple has begun promoting 10-pack iPad bundles for educational institutions, offering minor discounts while also reducing packaging by eliminating separate retail boxing for the devices.
Ben Parfitt / mcvuk.com:
Switzerland passes violent games ban  —  Government preparing to outline the specifics of new legislation that will illegalise violent games  —  Just a month after the proposals were first outlined in full, the Swiss National Council has now officially passed a law that will ultimately lead …
 
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
More ACTA Leaks: Would Create Special Organization To Manage …
Discussion: Ars Technica
Thomas Erdbrink / Washington Post:
Iranian developers defy huge odds to create acclaimed computer game
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Taking the Windows Phone 7 Series emulator for a test drive (video)
Discussion: Gizmodo
Soren Johnson / DESIGNER NOTES:
“Fear and Loathing in Farmville”
Discussion: Rock, Paper, Shotgun
DigiTimes:
Consumers boost CE spending, despite drop in income, says iSuppli
Discussion: WMPoweruser.com
 Earlier Items: 
Tamar Lewin / New York Times:
Rethinking Sex Offender Laws for Youths Showing Off Online
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
America's Real Dream Team
Discussion: Howard Lindzon
Zee / The Next Web:
Happy Birthday Twitter. This little bird is all grown up...
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Video: This is easily the coolest thing I've seen an iPhone do this week.
Discussion: App Advice
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Happy Birthday, Gnutella: Pioneering P2P Protocol Turns Ten