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1:35 AM ET, March 23, 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
/ Andrew Lih:
In Brief: Google's China Move
Discussion: CircleID
Jim Granelli / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Chinese get Google search results, but can't click through
Discussion: Computerworld
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?
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.
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.
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
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.
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 …
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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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Better Late Than Never.  Justin.tv Comes To The iPhone.  —  Watching live video on your iPhone is nothing new, but it is becoming increasingly easier to do.  More than a year after Ustream launched its live video viewing iPhone app, and followed up with a video publishing app …
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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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.
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: CNET News and paidContent
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
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.
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 …
Discussion: blog.pavlov.net and Mozilla Links, Thanks:keithlinks
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.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
BitDefender update breaks 64-bit Windows PCs  —  An update pushed out on Saturday for the BitDefender anti-virus software will break 64-bit installations of Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7.  The update results in false positive detection of both Windows system files and parts of BitDefender itself.
Discussion: Neowin.net, TG Daily and Security Watch
 
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Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Palm's not dead, so why write its epitaph?
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Botnet pierces Microsoft Live through audio captchas
Discussion: Webroot Threat Blog
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
News Corp. Throwing Away The Crown Jewel: Fox Audience Network
Discussion: paidContent
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
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Local Blog Network Gothamist Being Bought by Cablevision's Rainbow Media
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Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
PayPal wants your startup
Discussion: VentureBeat
Gregory White / The Business Insider:
Google Is Hiring Bond Traders
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Gawker
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Adobe debuts Flash Platform tools, including renamed Flex Builder
Discussion: Ars Technica and eWeek