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1:35 PM 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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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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Gregory White / The Business Insider:
Google Is Hiring Bond Traders  —  Google is hiring traders for its new bond trading platform, according to published advertisements on its job site.  —  Currently, roles include trader of foreign government bonds, portfolio analyst for Google's U.S. government bond portfolio …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
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 …
/ 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 …
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.
Nielsen Wire:
Americans Using TV and Internet Together 35% More Than A Year Ago  —  Americans increased their overall media usage and media multitasking according to The Nielsen Company's latest Three Screen Report, which tracks consumption across TV, Internet and mobile phones.
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 …
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.
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
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
Tricia Duryee / paidContent:
CTIA Energizes This Year's Show With Focus On Developers  —  Wireless carriers typically take center stage at CTIA, but this week in Las Vegas expect it to be a bit more balanced: Event organizers are doing more than ever before to cater to the changing landscape of the industry.
Discussion: Boy Genius Report
Christina Warren / Mashable!:
Zosh Lets You Replace Your Fax Machine with Your iPhone  —  A representative for a new app called Zosh really started DEMO Spring 2010 off with a bang: He destroyed a fax machine on stage, Office Space-style.  Complete with soundtrack.  —  The metaphor was actually pretty apt for the product being demoed …
Discussion: VentureBeat
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.
Robert Andrews / mocoNews:
Research: Top iPhone Apps' Average Price Is Falling  —  Increasingly, the most popular iPhone apps are the free or lower-priced ones, according to mobile app store trend monitor Distimo.  —  Despite Apple's keenness to put high-ticket downloads like satnav apps on its Featured area …
Discussion: VentureBeat
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 …
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Colin Gibbs / GigaOM:
Could Yap Be The Next Big Speech Recognition Player?  —  The speech recognition field has quietly gotten a little more crowded.  Yap, a Charlotte, N.C.-based startup, today said it has been tapped to power Microsoft's Talk-to-Text mobile application, which Sprint offers to BlackBerry users.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
‘Material’ market gains expected from Apple's 25 new China stores  —  With Apple's retail presence delivering growth in Mac and iPhone marketshare elsewhere in the world, the company's plans to build 25 new stores in China is expected to have a significant impact on sales.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
 
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Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
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Discussion: Screenwerk, Thanks:atul
Alexandria Sage / Reuters:
EBay, NRF to take on organized U.S. retail crime
Keith Dsouza / Techie Buzz:
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Discussion: The Next Web and Black Web 2.0, Thanks:keithlinks
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