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6:15 PM ET, March 21, 2010

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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 …
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post, A VC, TechSpot and rc3.org
Sam Gustin / DailyFinance:
Chinese Media Calls Google ‘Arrogant’, Alleges Ties to US Intelligence  —  Chinese media organs lashed out at Google (GOOG) in an apparently coordinated assault on Saturday — with one paper suggesting Google is linked to the U.S. intelligence agencies — just days before the web giant …
Discussion: Agence France Presse
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Ken Wills / Reuters:
China state media accuses Google of political agenda
Discussion: english.cri.cn
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
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 …
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: TeleRead
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.
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
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Taking the Windows Phone 7 Series emulator for a test drive (video)  —  If you've been following the news about Microsoft's reinvention of its mobile presence, Windows Phone 7 Series, chances are you heard about how the company's developer-friendly emulator was... modified slightly by Dan Ardelean …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Thomas Erdbrink / Washington Post:
Iranian developers defy huge odds to create acclaimed computer game  —  It might not seem that remarkable for a ragtag group of friends to come up with a computer game in a dusty back office.  —  But the Iranian engineering students, programmers and fantasy animators who created “Garshasp …
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Anonymous Comments: Are They Good or Evil?  —  Updated: I enjoy a good debate about media-related topics pretty much any time, even when I'm supposed to be on vacation with the family in Florida.  Today, in between playing shuffleboard and bocce and taking the kids to the swimming pool …
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
 
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DigiTimes:
Consumers boost CE spending, despite drop in income, says iSuppli
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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
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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:
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Elahe Izadi / Washington Post:
In an email to staff, Telegraph editor Chris Evans says Rob Winnett has decided to stay at Telegraph and will not join the Washington Post

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Tim Marchman / Wired:
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