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10:40 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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New York Times:
For Google, a Risky Ploy by Turning Its Back on China  —  BEIJING — As Google began redirecting tens of millions of Chinese users on Tuesday to its uncensored Web site in Hong Kong, the company's remaining mainland operations came under pressure from its Chinese partners and from the government itself.
Discussion: CNN, Neowin.net and Engadget
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 …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
China: Google Broke Promise, Wrong to Stop Censoring
New York Times:
Google Will Redirect China Users to Uncensored Site
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 …
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Opera Press Room:
Opera Mini submitted to Apple's App Store  —  Opera Mini for iPhone was officially submitted to the Apple iPhone App store today.  A select few first saw it at Mobile World Congress 2010 in February.  Now, the “fast like a rocket” browser is taking its first big step towards giving users a new way to browse on the iPhone.
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Daring Fireball, Thanks:concarjess3
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.
Fred / A VC:
The Startup Visa Bill Debate  —  I'm on vacation this week skiing with my family.  I got back from the mountain yesterday afternoon, checked in on email, made a few phone calls, and took a quick look at Techmeme.  I saw a headline that said “The Startup Visa Act Must Be Stopped” …
Discussion: K9 Ventures
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Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / Silicon Alley Insider:   The Startup Visa Act Must Be Stopped
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 …
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Nintendo announces 3DS — the glasses-free 3D successor to the DS  —  Whoa, now this is a whopper coming (almost) out of nowhere.  Nintendo has just slipped out a press release in Japan informing the world that all-new 3D-capable portable hardware is coming, with a full unveiling set for E3 2010 this June.
Alexander Vaughn / App Advice:
Yahoo! Search Hits The App Store  —  The triumvirate of search engine apps on the iPhone is now complete.  After Google and Microsoft, it's now Yahoo's turn to launch a dedicated iPhone app for its search engine.  —  Released less than an hour ago, Yahoo! Search definitely looks interesting for simple searches.
Discussion: Search Engine Journal and The Next Web, Thanks:xonder
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.
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 …
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
Laurie Burkitt / Forbes:
Yahoo's Display Ad Target: Neighborhoods  —  Yahoo wants to remain the top display ad seller.  Its strategy is to go local.  —  National advertisers spend more than $120 billion on advertising in local markets and Yahoo wants it.  —  This year the Sunnyvale, Calif. …
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.
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.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Kongregate grows virtual goods revenue 30 percent per month  —  In case you haven't noticed, virtual goods is rapidly becoming the business model of choice for online games.  A proof point for that is the latest report from Kongregate, an aggregator of independently developed online games.
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.
Agence France Presse:
Google criticises Australia on internet filter plan  —  SYDNEY — Internet giant Google led high-profile criticism of Australia's controversial plan to filter the Internet Tuesday, saying it went too far and could set a dangerous precedent.  —  Currently locked in a major dispute over censorship in China …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Firefox 3.6.2 addresses critical vulnerability  —  Mozilla released Firefox 3.6.2 late Monday to fix a critical security hole involving Web-based font technology.  —  “We strongly recommend that all Firefox users upgrade to this latest release.  If you already have Firefox 3.6 you will receive …
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 …
Stephen Lawson / PC World:
Wi-Fi Spreading Fast Among Phones  —  Amid the industry hype about 4G (fourth-generation) mobile technologies this week at the CTIA Wireless trade show, the Wi-Fi Alliance will play up the growing importance of wireless LANs on mobile phones.  —  The number of phones shipped with Wi-Fi jumped …
Discussion: CNET News
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Motricity Plays Catch-Up: Rolls Out App Stores For Carriers  —  At CTIA last year, Motricity's Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer Jim Ryan grabbed headlines when he said, “Shame on us...My hope is that the mobile internet does not go down the path of re-creating the internet.”
Discussion: Between the Lines
 
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
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Christopher Heine / ClickZ:
New Facebook Policies Clamp Down on ‘Loose’ Ad Copy
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Jeremy / Stage Two's blog:
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Better Late Than Never. Justin.tv Comes To The iPhone.
Discussion: NewTeeVee, CNET News, VentureBeat and 901am
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
BitDefender update breaks 64-bit Windows PCs
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 Earlier Items: 
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
YouTube Axes Its RealTime Toolbar Experiment
Discussion: NewTeeVee, The Register and CNET News
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
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Geoffrey A. Fowler / Digits:
Let the E-Reader Price War Begin? Sony Drops to $169
James Surowiecki / New Yorker:
SOFT IN THE MIDDLE  —  Apple's launch of the iPad next week …
Discussion: Bokardo
Media Decoder:
Perseus Signs an EBooks Deal for the iPad
Discussion: Daring Fireball, Macworld and TeleRead, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Rana June Sobhany / The iPhone Era:
Apple Closing Gap on App Store Inadequacies
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Flurry: iPhone Games Are A $500 Million Industry In The U.S. And Taking Share