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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’ …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
China: Google Broke Promise, Wrong to Stop Censoring
Alexia Tsotsis / All Shook Down:
Google China Update: Mobile Users Can Still See Unfiltered Results
Discussion: Reuters, PC World, CircleID and The Next Web
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?
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Contract-Free iPhone Is Simply The First Sign That A New iPhone Is Nearing  —  This morning, the Internet was abuzz with the news that Apple would begin selling unlocked iPhones.  The only problem?  It's not true.  In fact, it's no different from what Apple did last year at this time …
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Opera Mini Browser, Coming To An iPhone Near You  —  Opera Software on Tuesday announced that it is submitting its Opera Mini Web browser to Apple for use on the iPhone.  —  The Norwegian company boasts that Opera is the most-used browser on mobile devices; it offers a version of the software …
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.
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.
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Exclusive: How Google's Eric Schmidt Lost His Mistress, His Partner and Steve Jobs … 02:50 PM  —  25,329  —  35  —  By Deadspin Travel Desk … Soak Yourself In Deadspin's Spring Break Week (NSFW)  —  All week long Deadspin will be celebrating the phenomenon of American Spring Break.
Keith Dsouza / Techie Buzz:
Mozilla Stops Firefox Development For Windows Mobile and Windows Phone 7  —  Mozilla has been building a version of Firefox for Windows Mobile devices for quite some time now with anticipation that Microsoft might increase it's market share.  The Windows Phone 7 announcement was watched quite keenly …
Times of India:
Bill Gates, Toshiba to build nuclear reactor  —  Text:  —  BANGALORE: Toshiba Corp and Microsoft Corp Chairman Bill Gates would team up to develop a next-generation nuclear reactor that can operate for up to 100 years without refueling, the Nikkei business daily said.
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Twitter Forces Facebook To Open Up Beyond “Friends”  —  At Facebook's developer conference (f8) next month, the company is expected to announce a number of services that continue the opening of the platform as well as expanding access to disconnected user data.
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Malware delivered by Yahoo, Fox, Google ads  —  These charts show incidences of malware distributed by a number of ad delivery platforms over a six-day period last month that were detected by Avast.  Yahoo and Fox have the highest counts.  —  Malware that exploits holes in popular applications …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Erez Zukerman / Download Squad:
SleepingTime.org lets you stalk Tweeter addicts even more effectively  —  “Twitter” and “privacy” are two terms which are as contradictory as they come.  —  When people post many times every day, the very act of posting reveals some interesting patterns.  For example, if you know what timezone someone …
Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
Amazon: You Need To Change Your Idiotic Customer Reviews Policy Right Now  —  It's hard to feel sorry for a wildly successful author, but in the case of Michael Lewis I'll make an exception.  Just this once.  —  Lewis' latest book - The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine …
Christopher Heine / ClickZ:
New Facebook Policies Clamp Down on ‘Loose’ Ad Copy  —  Facebook is attempting to put the kibosh on marketers that loosely employ user profile attributes - such as gender, age, and location - in their ad copy, ClickZ has learned.  During the past two weeks, the Palo Alto …
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch Europe:
Updated: European Court of Justice: Google NOT liable for keyword trademark infringement but others maybe  —  Updated: Sorry for the confusion but we'd been given conflicting information relating this story.  After a back on for, here's our understanding of the ruling.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
YouTube Axes Its RealTime Toolbar Experiment  —  Last year, we reported on an experimental new YouTube project called RealTime.  The feature let you interact with your friends on YouTube, sharing videos and seeing what else they were watching using a slick toolbar that was integrated at the bottom of the screen.
Discussion: The Register and CNET News
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.
Discussion: Bokardo
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Palm's not dead, so why write its epitaph?  —  Wall Street's vultures are circling over Palm, screeching for its death.  Tech pundits are joining the death watch, in one of the more morbid displays of graveyard tech journalism ever.  As I've asserted repeatedly, in business perception is everything.
Discussion: Digital Daily and Technologizer
Michael / Mobile Marketing Watch:
Google Says Local Intent is Behind One-Third of Mobile Searches  —  Speaking at a Mobile Marketing & Advertising event in Las Vegas to coincide with CTIA Wireless 2010, Diana Pouliot - director of mobile advertising at Google - revealed that one-third of all Google searches via …
Discussion: Forbes
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Gregory White / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Is Hiring Bond Traders (GOOG)  —  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 …
 
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Karl Bode / DSLreports:
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Better Late Than Never. Justin.tv Comes To The iPhone.
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
BitDefender update breaks 64-bit Windows PCs
Discussion: Neowin.net, InfoWorld and TG Daily
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Botnet pierces Microsoft Live through audio captchas
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Karl Bode / DSLreports:
AT&T Adds Wireless To U-Verse Triple Play …
Discussion: AT&T, GigaOM and Telecompetitor
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Digits:
Let the E-Reader Price War Begin? Sony Drops to $169
Discussion: DailyFinance and TeleRead
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Welcome To Evelyn Rusli, Whom We Stole From Forbes
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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Local Blog Network Gothamist Being Bought by Cablevision's Rainbow Media
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
For sale: A million-dollar iPad address
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Secret Service Paid TJX Hacker $75,000 a Year