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11:35 AM ET, March 21, 2010

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Soren Johnson / DESIGNER NOTES:
“Fear and Loathing in Farmville”  —  GDC 2010 is now in the books, and it will be a hard one to forget because the whole conference seemed to be obsessed with one thing, which I summed up in this tweet.  Or, as Sirlin puts it here: “Facebook, Facebook, Facebook, Facebook, Facebook, Facebook, Facebook, Facebook, Facebook, Facebook.”
Discussion: Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
America's Real Dream Team  —  Went to a big Washington dinner last week.  You know the kind: Large hall; black ties; long dresses.  But this was no ordinary dinner.  There were 40 guests of honor.  So here's my Sunday news quiz: I'll give you the names of most of the honorees, and you tell me what dinner I was at.
Discussion: Howard Lindzon
Ken Wills / Reuters:
China state media accuses Google of political agenda  —  (Reuters) - China's state media on Sunday accused Google Inc of pushing a political agenda by “groundlessly accusing the Chinese government” of supporting hacker attacks and by trying to export its own culture, values and ideas.
Tamar Lewin / New York Times:
Rethinking Sex Offender Laws for Youths Showing Off Online  —  In Iowa, Jorge Canal is on the sex offenders registry because, at age 18, he was convicted of distributing obscene materials to a minor after he sent a picture of his penis by cellphone to a 14-year-old female friend who had requested it.
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Video: This is easily the coolest thing I've seen an iPhone do this week.  —  You hear that sound?  That's the sound of my mind being blown.  —  When the folks over in Cupertino strapped a little speaker to the bottom of the iPhone and released an SDK, do you think that any of them thought …
Discussion: Gizmodo
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 …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
feature: Smoking guns, dark secrets aplenty in YouTube-Viacom filings  —  Court documents in the $1 billion lawsuit between Viacom and YouTube were unsealed today, finally shedding some light on key questions: did Viacom have “smoking gun” evidence that YouTube was deliberately profiting …
Discussion: broadstuff, FM Blog and Digital Society
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Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Reasons to care about Viacom vs. Google (FAQ)
Discussion: eWeek and PlagiarismToday
Stephen Totilo / Kotaku:
Apple Bans Game, Days After Developer Publicly Trashes App Store  —  Last week, game developer Tommy Refenes publicly called Apple's app store “awful” and “horrible.”  This week, Apple yanked his game from their store.  —  There are a couple of reasons that may have compelled Apple …
Kyle VanHemert / Gizmodo:
Blackberry Internet Service 3.0 Coming March 28 With Gmail Syncing  —  In the wee hours of the morning on March 28, RIM will roll out Blackberry Internet Service 3.0.  During the four hour upgrade, Blackberry users can expect their email service to be a bit wonky, but it'll be worth it …
DigiTimes:
Consumers boost CE spending, despite drop in income, says iSuppli  —  Despite an unprecedented decline in global per capita income in 2009, global revenues for hot electronic products increased for the year, reflecting a fundamental shift in how consumers are prioritizing their spending, according to iSuppli.
Discussion: WMPoweruser.com
Rosa Golijan / Gizmodo:
Wrapsol Ultra Film Protects Phones When They're Dragged Behind a Car at 35 MPH  —  The makers of Wrapsol Ultra adhesive film wanted to prove how well their product protects gadgets.  So they took an innocent Nokia, wrapped it up like a sandwich, and dragged it behind a car at 35 miles per hour.
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
iPhone will be first mobile device to fall at Pwn2Own 2010  —  The fourth annual Pwn2Own contest—which takes place at the CanSecWest security conference every year—kicks off next week.  Like last year, 2010's contest will offer security experts and hackers the chance to “pwn” …
Mike Blanchfield / The Canadian Press:
Supreme Court overturns child-porn conviction, says search was unreasonable  —  Mike Blanchfield, THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA - A botched search warrant and the right to computer privacy featured Friday in a Supreme Court ruling that overturned the child pornography conviction of a Saskatchewan man.
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Palm: this is your survival guide  —  Oh Palm.  Just a little over a year ago your future seemed so bright, so renewed.  You walked away from CES 2009 reborn, held aloft by a completely innovative new mobile operating system, a striking piece of hardware, and a feeling amongst the press …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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Zee / The Next Web:
Happy Birthday Twitter. This little bird is all grown up...
Discussion: Mashable! and Laughing Squid
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Happy Birthday, Gnutella: Pioneering P2P Protocol Turns Ten
Maya Baratz / All Shook Down:
Choose Your Own Adventure! On Twitter.
Discussion: Laughing Squid, Thanks:nicklucchesi
Jeremy Toeman / LIVEdigitally:
Thinking about Googling my TV
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Novell Rejects Hedge Fund's Offer To Take The Company Private For $2 Billion
Discussion: CNET News and Seeking Alpha
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Kevin Poulsen / Threat Level:
Unprecedented 25-Year Sentence Sought for TJX Hacker
Michael Grothaus / TUAW:
Cool weird stuff: TUAW reader accidentally downloads 10.6.3 pre-release
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Paul Levy / CL&P Blog:
The Hot News Doctrine Rides Again