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11:55 AM ET, March 22, 2010

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New York Times:
The iPad App Derby Gets Under Way  —  It can be difficult to write software for a gadget without being able to touch it.  But that has not stopped developers from rushing to create applications for the Apple iPad.  —  For small start-ups and big Internet and media companies alike, the iPad …
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Kindle for iPad and tablets makes the scene  —  It must be getting close to April 3rd because the iPad news is hotting up.  Today we get our first glimpse at Amazon's free Kindle app for the iPad.  We've also got a Barnes & Noble iPad app on the way, courtesy of a report in the New York Times …
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 …
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Rebecca MacKinnon / RConversation:
Chinese netizens' open letter to the Chinese Government and Google
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Palm keeps pushing, announces Pixi Plus and Pre Plus for AT&T “in the coming months”  —  Palm may be down, but they're not out just yet.  Following the launch of the Pre and Pixi on Sprint last year and their respective Plus editions on Verizon back in January, Palm has just announced …
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Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
Who will buy Palm?
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Kylo Blocked By Hulu Already?  —  Well that was fast.  If you've tried using the Kylo web video browser, which was just launched this morning, you might have noticed something funny while trying to connect to videos from Hulu — that is, that they're unavailable.
Discussion: VideoNuze
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Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Hillcrest Labs Takes On Boxee With Kylo Web Video Browser
/ Louis Gray:
My6sense Intros Attention API for Hyper-Relevant Web  —  Content is coming at us from every direction in the form of streams, from blogs to tweets to social networks.  These streams are combining to become information waterfalls of noise from practically every direction …
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 …
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.
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
AT&T to soon unveil an Android-powered Dell phone called the “Aero”  —  Well, that was unexpected.  Tacked on to the news of the Palm Pixi Plus and Pre Plus finding their way to AT&T was a passing mention that AT&T would soon be pulling back the curtains on their second Android-powered phone, the Dell Aero.
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 …
Tim Anderson / The Register:
Windows Phone 7: Microsoft's exercise in self restraint  —  Thank God for Apple  —  Mix10 The key difference between Windows Phone 7 and Windows Mobile is not Silverlight, the Windows Marketplace lock-in, nor the disallowing of native-code applications.  —  Rather, Windows Phone 7 …
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
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
The Man Corporations Love and Xenophobes Hate  —  During my recent trip to India, I flew down to Bangalore for one reason: To meet N.R. Narayana Murthy.  Murthy is the co-founder, executive chairman and former CEO for 21 years of Infosys, the first Indian company to go public on Nasdaq …
Thanks:mrehsi
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Why Is Every App A Game?  The Badgeification Of The Internet  —  Have you heard of the startup Gravity?  It's in the same space as Zaang, a company that we have covered before.  —  I was researching the application to get some background on it, perhaps to do a comparison piece …
Thanks:atul
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
DoubleClick Lead Architect Launches Search Retargeting Platform  —  Ad retargeting typically conjures up images of display ads, but one seasoned ad executive has developed a retargeting platform based on search.  —  Magnetic Founder Josh Shatkin-Margolis will launch Monday a retargeting platform …
Discussion: Traffick
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Why Google Made BitTorrent a Success  —  BitTorrent has emerged as the dominant filesharing protocol in recent years.  Hundreds of millions of computers have a BitTorrent client installed and torrent sites are among the most frequently visited websites on the Internet.
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Microsoft's browser loses market share in Europe  —  (Reuters) - Microsoft's Internet Explorer has lost market share in major European markets, such as France, Britain and Italy, after the U.S. software firm started to make it easier for European consumers to use competing browsers.
Discussion: Electronista and Engadget
 
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Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Verizon Wireless set to launch mobile payment service
Discussion: GigaOM
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Adobe debuts Flash Platform tools, including renamed Flex Builder
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Opera's Widgets Become Mobile Apps
Discussion: Opera Press Room
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Paywall On-Ramps Get A Workaround
New York Times:
Academic Paper in China Sets Off Alarms in U.S.
Kunur Patel / AdAge:
Forget Foursquare: Why Location Marketing Is New Point-of-Purchase
Thanks:atul
Alexandria Sage / Reuters:
EBay, NRF to take on organized U.S. retail crime
Keith Dsouza / Techie Buzz:
Tr.im Stops Web URL Shortening, Continues API
Discussion: The Next Web and Black Web 2.0, Thanks:keithlinks
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IRS security faults leave taxpayer information at risk
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
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Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
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Robert Quigley / Geekosystem:
Ben Folds Performs Live on Chatroulette at Charlotte Concert [Video]
Discussion: Pulse2
Thomas Erdbrink / Washington Post:
Iranian developers defy huge odds to create acclaimed computer game
Discussion: VentureBeat