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4:45 PM ET, March 23, 2010

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New York Times:
China Counters Google Move by Restricting Hong Kong Site  —  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.
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David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Google's China availability page not yet reflecting blocks on Hong Kong site
Discussion: Guardian and Silicon Alley Insider
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.
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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 …
Michael Grothaus / TUAW:
Jobs on a roll, drops three more emails; expect universal iPhone mailbox  —  Okay, who hasn't gotten an email from Steve Jobs this week?  Yesterday we reported on an email Steve sent to a user regarding Google's Picasa.  Also, a MacRumors reader emailed Jobs yesterday about his concern …
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Arn / MacRumors:
MacBook Pro Supplies Constrained, Steve Jobs Says ‘Not to Worry’
Sprint:
Sprint 4G Expansion Plans to Stretch Coast-to-Coast from Los Angeles to Miami  —  Sprint extends its lead in making 4G technology a reality for millions of customers by announcing more planned coverage across the country  —  On a path to equip an expected 120 million Americans by end …
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Stefan Constantinescu / IntoMobile:
Clearwire: We'll cover 120 million people by the end of 2010 …
Joseph Palenchar / TWICE:
Clearwire, Sprint Detail 4G Mobile WiMAX Plans
Discussion: Light Reading
Stuart Parmenter / blog.pavlov.net:
Stopping Development for Windows Mobile  —  We have been building a version of Firefox for Windows Mobile for quite a while, with the expectation that Microsoft would be doubling down in the mobile market and hoping that they would put out a great new mobile operating system.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Dell Insprion Mini 10 with T-Mobile webConnect launches tomorrow, $199.99 on contract  —  T-Mobile's selected CTIA 2010 this week as the venue to launch its customized version of Dell's Mini 10 netbook that's been infused with — you guessed it — T-Mobile-compatible 3G service.
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Brian Barrett / Gizmodo:
T-Mobile to Have Crazy Fast HSPA+ In Over 100 Metro Areas This Year
Discussion: PC World, Electronista and TmoNews
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: TeleRead, Thanks:concarjess3
Abdur / Twitter Blog:
State of Twitter Spam  —  If you look “spam” up in the dictionary, you'll find two definitions.  There's the “canned meat” and then there's the “unwanted email.”  At Twitter, we see spamming as a variety of different behaviors that range from insidious to annoying.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and The Next Web
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Nintendo 3DS to come with ‘3D control stick,’ vibration, and Sharp's parallax barrier 3D LCD?  —  You had the hard news for breakfast, so how's about some less official, but still pretty robust, fodder for brunch?  Asahi in Japan offers the first word on how the 3DS achieves its 3D-ness …
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Foursquare goes to the ‘Jersey Shore’  —  DJ Pauly D, MTV superstar and new Foursquare power user.  —  We already knew that in the heated battle among location-based social-networking start-ups, Foursquare already had Ashton Kutcher on its team.  Turns out it also has “Jersey Shore” star …
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Exclusive: How Google's Eric Schmidt Lost His Mistress, His Partner and Steve Jobs  —  Eric Schmidt hates camping.  Which is why, when Steve Jobs broke up with him, Google's CEO was at a payphone on a lonesome desert road, 45 minutes from Burning Man, with only his mistress Kate Bohner near his side.
Discussion: TUAW
Steven Levy / Wired:
How the Tablet Will Change the World  —  Everyone who jammed into the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco on January 27, 2010, knew what they were there for: Apple CEO Steve Jobs' introduction of a thin, always-on tablet device that would let people browse the Web, read books, send email, watch movies, and play games.
Discussion: Brainstorm Tech
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple positioned to introduce connected HDTV within 2-4 years  —  Apple is expected to join the lucrative home entertainment market, estimated to be worth $31.8 billion in the U.S. alone, in the next two to four years by offering a $2,000 Internet- and content-connected HDTV.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Preps iPads For Gadget Reviewers (AAPL)  —  Apple's trusted cadre of gadget reviewers will get their review units soon: We've heard from an industry source that Apple is either shipping iPads to reviewers this Thursday, or has already shipped them to be received this Thursday.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and MacRumors
Matt Bowman / VentureBeat:
Y Combinator presents 26 new startups  —  Startup incubator Y Combinator is hosting its semi-annual Demo Day today.  Twice a year, the Mountain View, Calif.-based incubator parades its latest batch of companies onstage to present before potential investors.  —  This afternoon, 26 companies will pitch their business plans.
Thanks:keithlinks
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Skype on Verizon: Coming This Thursday  —  Last month, Verizon and Verizon Wireless announced that they were working together to bring a mobile version of Skype to users of BlackBerry and Android handsets on the Verizon network.  Today at the CTIA Wireless show in Las Vegas …
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 …
Tony Romm / Hillicon Valley:
Google, Yahoo, Microsoft fire back at Australian Web censorship plan  —  Another Web censorship battle is brewing abroad, though in a somewhat unexpected place: Australia.  —  Both Google and Yahoo this week are railing on what they describe as the Australian government's plan to deploy …
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
Blockbuster To Get New Warner Bros DVDs Four Weeks Before Netflix/Redbox  —  This surely isn't the four weeks of Advent, but nevermind, at least Blockbuster (NYSE: BBI) gets some breathing space it desperately needs.  It has a new windowing deal with Warner Bros. (NYSE: TWX) …
Meghan Keane / the Econsultancy blog:
At AOL, the Google culture clash is going to be a big hurdle … Coming to an established brand with new ideas is one thing.  But convincing existing employees to change old habits is an entirely different issue.  And that's increasingly a problem at AOL, where Tim Armstrong came from Google 11 months ago.
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 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
OpenDNS Now Serves 1% Of The Internet (That's A Big Number)  —  When you think of one percent of something, it's usually not a very big number.  But in some cases it is.  Like when you're talking about all of the users of the Internet in the world.  —  Today, OpenDNS is announcing …
Discussion: DSLreports and Erictric
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.
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Palm moving to Android to stay alive?  Not according to Palm  —  You may be seeing a rumor doing the rounds today about Palm throwing in the towel and moving to the Android platform as a means of survival — but just hang on.  Most reports are citing an email that made its way to the inbox …
 
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Microsoft: Want to Learn About Our Secret Tablet? Read Engadget.
Discussion: Engadget
Chris Crum / WebProNews:
New Digg Buttons Keep Traffic With Publishers
Discussion: Digg Blog, Mashable! and ChasNote
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Heyzap lets Facebook game developers publish their games to the web
Discussion: TechCrunch
Stefan Constantinescu / IntoMobile:
Nuance copy and pastes Swype's new touch screen input method …
 Earlier Items: 
Stephen Lawson / PC World:
Wi-Fi Spreading Fast Among Phones
Laurie Burkitt / Forbes:
Yahoo's Display Ad Target: Neighborhoods
Michael / Mobile Marketing Watch:
Google Says Local Intent is Behind One-Third of Mobile Searches
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Twitter Forces Facebook To Open Up Beyond “Friends”
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Times of India:
Bill Gates, Toshiba to build nuclear reactor