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4:30 PM ET, March 22, 2010

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The Official Google Blog:
A new approach to China: an update  —  On January 12, we announced on this blog that Google and more than twenty other U.S. companies had been the victims of a sophisticated cyber attack originating from China, and that during our investigation into these attacks we had uncovered evidence …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Shuts Down Chinese Search, Redirects To Hong Kong  —  Google has shut down it's Chinese search site at Google.cn and is now redirecting visitors to Google.com.hk.  This is in response to the widely reported cyber attack on Google in December, Google confirms.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google's ‘Evil Meter’ Tells You What Sites China Is Blocking And What It Isn't (GOOG)  —  Google is no longer censoring its search engine in China — now hosted in Hong Kong — and now it seems likely that the Chinese government will start blocking more Google sites.
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 …
Dan Moren / Macworld:
Apple adds Gift this App option to App Store  —  The App Store was built on the foundations of its predecessor, the iTunes Store, but some features of the latter didn't immediately appear in the former.  On Monday, the App Store filled in another hole in functionality as Apple added the ability to gift apps.
Discussion: App Advice and MacRumors
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Rana June Sobhany / The iPhone Era:
Apple Closing Gap on App Store Inadequacies
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.
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 …
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.
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Secret Service Paid TJX Hacker $75,000 a Year  —  Convicted TJX hacker Albert Gonzalez earned $75,000 a year working undercover for the U.S. Secret Service, informing on bank card thieves before he was arrested in 2008 for running his own multimillion-dollar card-hacking operation.
Discussion: Download Squad
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 and Electronista
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/ 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 …
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Adobe debuts Flash Platform tools, including renamed Flex Builder  —  San Francisco - Adobe Systems will roll out on Monday a slew of development tools and technologies for the Flash Platform, including a renamed version of its Flex Builder tool as well as an IDE for its ColdFusion platform.
Discussion: Ars Technica and eWeek
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Flurry: iPhone Games Are A $500 Million Industry In The U.S. And Taking Share  —  If you look at the top paid and top grossing apps in the iTunes App Store, the Games category dominates.  People pay for games, but exactly how much do they pay?  A new report coming out later today …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
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.
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Nick O'Neill / SocialTimes.com:
The Economics Of Facebook Games  —  Last week at SXSW, John Pleasants, CEO of Playdom, spoke about “The Future Of Social Gaming”, but the greatest takeaway was the current economics of Facebook Games.  If you are looking to get into the business or are already a player in the space …
Discussion: Inside Social Games
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.
Dana Wollman / LAPTOP Mag:
The Motorola i1 is the First Android Push-to-Talk Phone, Sorely Lacks 3G  —  The Motorola i1, announced today, is an odd bird.  In a market teeming with more and more Android handsets, this one stands out as the only one with push-to-talk technology, allowing it to function as much as a walkie talkie as a phone.
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
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
For sale: A million-dollar iPad address  —  Behind those iPad domain names on eBay with asking prices in the stratosphere  —  About a year ago, when Apple's (AAPL) latest creation was, as far as anyone outside Cupertino knew, still but a twinkle in Steve Jobs' eye, Nik Tyler made an inspired guess.
 
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Don Reisinger / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Seattle, Boston top list of U.S. cities most at risk of cyber crime
Discussion: CNET News, eWeek and Tech Eye
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
Roberts: Comcast Won't Discriminate Against Competitor's Web Programming
Discussion: paidContent
Stefan Constantinescu / IntoMobile:
SanDisk finally comes out with a 32 GB microSDHC card, it's $200, ships next month
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
A judge may google to confirm intuition: court
Thomas Newton / Recombu:
Samsung and Swype set new Guinness World Record for texting, use it for ad
Discussion: Seattle Times and MobileCrunch
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
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Robert Andrews / mocoNews:
Research: Top iPhone Apps' Average Price Is Falling
Discussion: VentureBeat and EverythingiCafe
Colin Gibbs / GigaOM:
Could Yap Be The Next Big Speech Recognition Player?
 Earlier Items: 
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Why Is Every App A Game? The Badgeification Of The Internet
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Tim Anderson / The Register:
Windows Phone 7: Microsoft's exercise in self restraint
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
The Man Corporations Love and Xenophobes Hate
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Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
DoubleClick Lead Architect Launches Search Retargeting Platform
Discussion: Traffick
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Why Google Made BitTorrent a Success
New York Times:
Academic Paper in China Sets Off Alarms in U.S.
Rebecca MacKinnon / RConversation:
Chinese netizens' open letter to the Chinese Government and Google