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11:25 PM ET, March 22, 2010

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David Drummond / 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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Steve Lohr / Bits:
Interview: Sergey Brin on Google's China Gambit  —  China's censorship of the Internet may be blunt, but Google has found negotiations with the Chinese government in recent weeks to be subtle and uncertain.  —  That was the message from a brief interview in New York on Monday with Sergey Brin …
New York Times:
Google Will Redirect China Users to Uncensored Site  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Just over two months after threatening to leave China because of censorship and intrusions by Chinese hackers, Google said Monday that it was closing its China-based Internet search service and instead directing Chinese users …
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.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
China: Google Broke Promise, Wrong to Stop Censoring  —  Looks like the Chinese government has settled on a theme for its response to Google's decision to stop censoring search results in China: Red-in-the-face indignation.  In a bulletin issued by state-run news agency Xinhua entitled …
Alexia Tsotsis / All Shook Down:
Google China Update: Mobile Users Can Still See Unfiltered Results
Jim Granelli / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Chinese get Google search results, but can't click through
Discussion: Bloomberg and Computerworld
/ Andrew Lih:
In Brief: Google's China Move
Discussion: Computerworld and CircleID
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Official: Apple now offering iPhones contract free (updated: not unlocked)  —  We heard from 9 to 5 Mac that Apple was due to begin selling a contract-free variant of the iPhone in the near future “at list price.”  And guess what happened when we inquired to an Apple store?
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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Media Decoder:
Perseus Signs an EBooks Deal for the iPad  —  Apple's iBookstore on the forthcoming iPad is set to get larger.  The company has just signed a deal with the largest distributor of independent publishers to sell electronic versions of it books on the new device.
Rana June Sobhany / The iPhone Era:
Apple Closing Gap on App Store Inadequacies  —  Today, one of the biggest irritations and shortcomings on the App Store has been remedied.  Apple has now integrated gifting into the App Store, a move which will likely bring significant additional revenue to developers around key holidays.
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Dan Moren / Macworld:
Apple adds ‘Gift This App’ option to App Store
Discussion: App Advice
Jon Ying / The Dropbox Blog:
The Dropbox Android App!  —  In Dropbox's two year history, we've had some ardent fans salivating over the next killer Dropbox feature.  We love these people!  —  Our first huge feature following (and birthplace of our Dropbox poetry tradition) was our Linux version, which was soon followed by the highly anticipated iPhone app.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Welcome To Evelyn Rusli, Whom We Stole From Forbes  —  Everyone please say hello to Evelyn Rusli.  It's her first day here at TechCrunch as part of our core writing team.  —  Evelyn joins us from Forbes where she was an anchor reporter for the Forbes Video Network.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / Silicon Alley Insider:
The Startup Visa Act Must Be Stopped  —  Bad news: the widely-beloved Startup Visa project is a terrible idea — and this is coming from a guy who desperately wants to see it work.  —  About a year ago, Paul Graham of Y Combinator put out an idea for a Startup Visa that would allow foreign entrepreneurs …
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.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
GIF, H.264, and Patents  —  Arthur Wyatt, in a post on MetaFilter regarding the battle over HTML5 video codecs: … A few readers have emailed me expressing a similar sentiment — more or less that GIF serves as an example showing why Mozilla should continue to refuse to support H.264.
Discussion: Brian Crescimanno
Symantec:
The Norton Top 10 Riskiest Online Cities Report Reveals Who's Most Vulnerable to Cybercrime  —  Seattle Tops the List with its Residents at Greatest Risk  —  Cybercrime, a threat that affects one in five online shoppers⊃1; and cost Americans $560 million in 2009 due to online fraud⊃2;, may hit closer to home than many realize.
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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.
James Surowiecki / New Yorker:
SOFT IN THE MIDDLE  —  Apple's launch of the iPad next week is a gamble in more ways than one.  To start with, it's obviously a bet that there are millions of people looking for a new way to surf the Web, watch movies, and read magazines.  But it's also a more fundamental gamble; namely, that people will pay for quality.
Andrew Silverman / Google LatLong:
Experiment to show hotel prices on Google Maps  —  Google Maps is often one of the first stops travelers make to find and compare hotels.  Today we started experimenting with a new feature, visible to a small portion of users, to help make that process even easier by showing specific prices for selected hotel listings.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Mashable! and Google Maps Mania, Thanks:atul
Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
My chat with Google News founder, Krishna Bharat, with video  —  Krishna Bharat, the creator of Google News, has never been a journalist.  Though he's often asked what is more important for the search giant's news site: editorial judgment or Google's famous attention to its algorithms.
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Botnet pierces Microsoft Live through audio captchas  —  ‘Look at these delineations!’  —  The prolific Pushdo spam botnet has found a new way to penetrate Microsoft's Live.com by exploiting weaknesses in the audio captchas designed to prevent automated scripts from accessing the popular email service.
Discussion: Webroot Threat Blog
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Digits:
Let the E-Reader Price War Begin?  Sony Drops to $169  —  Sony says it is cutting the price on its entry-level e-book reader, dubbed the Pocket Reader, to $169 — perhaps the first in a coming price war for the devices. … Sony's $30 discount only lasts through April 4 …
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
AT&T Adds Wireless To U-Verse Triple Play - Users can now swap out home phone for wireless  —  According to a new AT&T press release, the telco is shaking up the traditional triple play for the company's U-Verse customers.  For the first time, AT&T is allowing users to swap …
Discussion: AT&T, Telecompetitor and GigaOM
 
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PayPal wants your startup
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Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
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Discussion: MediaPost
Thomas Newton / Recombu:
Samsung and Swype set new Guinness World Record for texting, use it for ad
Discussion: Seattle Times and MobileCrunch
Christina Warren / Mashable!:
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Gregory White / The Business Insider:
Google Is Hiring Bond Traders
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Gawker
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Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Adobe debuts Flash Platform tools, including renamed Flex Builder
Discussion: Ars Technica and eWeek