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2:05 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 …
Paola Antonelli / Inside/Out:
@ at MoMA  —  Ray Tomlinson.  @. 1971. Here displayed in ITC American Typewriter Medium, the closest approximation to the character used by a Model 33 Teletype in the early 1970s  —  MoMA's Department of Architecture and Design has acquired the @ symbol into its collection.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, PSFK and Core77
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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
Juli Weiner / Vanity Fair:
MoMA Adds @ Symbol to Its Permanent Collection  —  New York's Museum of Modern Art announced today that it has acquired the @ symbol.  This now means Twitter is technically art.  —  MoMA's chief design curator, Paola Antonelli credits computer engineer/ersatz modern artist Ray Tomlinson with …
Discussion: Fast Company and The Age
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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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
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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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 …
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.
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.
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.
Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
PayPal wants your startup  —  After revealing at Demo the winners of its Developers Challenge, Paypal had a consolation prize for the companies that didn't win the award: The company is announcing a funding project for new apps builders.  Participants in the PayPal Startup Accelerator Program …
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
A judge may google to confirm intuition: court  —  (Reuters) - It is the case of Curious Judge and The Man with the Yellow Hat.  —  A federal appeals court said it can be acceptable for a judge to conduct an Internet search to confirm an intuition about a matter of common knowledge.
Thomas Newton / Recombu:
Samsung and Swype set new Guinness World Record for texting, use it for ad  —  We really like Swype here at Recombu.  Not only does it look cool, but it's the fastest text input method for mobiles going - that's a claim officially backed by the Guiness World of Records.
Discussion: Seattle Times and MobileCrunch
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
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
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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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 …
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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
 
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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
‘Material’ market gains expected from Apple's 25 new China stores
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Tricia Duryee / paidContent:
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
WebMediaBrands Acquires Social Media Blog RotorBlog
Discussion: paidContent
Colin Gibbs / GigaOM:
Could Yap Be The Next Big Speech Recognition Player?
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Verizon Wireless set to launch mobile payment service
Discussion: GigaOM and PR Newswire
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Adobe debuts Flash Platform tools, including renamed Flex Builder
 Earlier Items: 
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Opera's Widgets Become Mobile Apps
Discussion: Opera Press Room
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Paywall On-Ramps Get A Workaround
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Why Google Made BitTorrent a Success
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
Discussion: Screenwerk, Thanks:atul