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8:50 AM ET, March 24, 2010

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Google Enterprise Blog:
An update for our customers on Google Apps and China  —  Yesterday, we stopped censoring our search services - Google Search, Google News, and Google Images - on our Chinese domain, www.google.cn.  This makes good on our commitment to stop censoring search results in China, and you can read more here.
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Guardian:
Sergey Brin urges US to act over China web censorship  —  • Obama administration urged to make issue high priority  —  • Brin says Microsoft co-operation with Beijing ‘disappointing’  —  Google co-founder Sergey Brin has called on Washington to take a stand against China's censorship …
Mercedes Bunz / Guardian:
Has Google been hacked?  Corporate site sends users to China  —  List of executives and corporate info redirected to Google China  —  Google's corporate information sites appeared to have been hacked this morning.  —  Users searching with Google for “Google executives” …
Thanks:beet_tv
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
So Now Google Thinks Everyone Should Care About Chinese Censorship?  —  Apparently, Google's Sergey Brin now believes that the US government should make fighting Chinese censorship a high priority, is disappointed with Microsoft for continuing to censor and is surprised that some question Google's sudden U-turn in China.
Discussion: TechCrunch and eWeek, Thanks:atul
Paul Miller / Engadget:
HTC EVO 4G is Sprint's Android-powered knight in superphone armor, we go hands-on  —  We've been rumoring a WiMAX “HTC Supersonic” for a while now, and Sprint just dropped the hard news: the phone will be dubbed the HTC EVO 4G, will be released this Summer and it's easily the best specced phone we've ever witnessed.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Qik Indeed.  Service Comes Built-In To The Sexy HTC EVO 4G Android Phone  —  A couple of years ago, it seems all anyone wanted was access to Qik, the mobile live-stream video service.  At the time, Nokia's N95 was one of the hot devices you needed to run it.
Marco Arment / Instapaper Blog:
Preview: Instapaper on iPad  —  I'm probably supposed to keep this secret and build everyone's anticipation to hype this up.  Oh well.  Maybe I'll do that for the Instapaper edition for Apple's next revolutionary computing platform.  —  First: Instapaper is definitely coming to iPad.
Discussion: TechCrunch, App Advice, Gadget Lab and Gizmodo, Thanks:atul
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Dudes can pay hot girls to play online video games with them  —  If you're a lonely gamer dude, then GameCrush might be your ticket to meet a hot girl.  —  That's the basic pitch of this social networking service, where guys scan pay cash to play hardcore video games with attractive females on the GameCrush site.
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google AdWords Search Funnels Launched: See All The Keywords That Led To Conversions  —  Google launched a new AdWords reporting feature named AdWords Search Funnels.  AdWords Search Funnel shows you all the keywords that assisted in conversion made through Google AdWords …
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.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Microsoft: Want to Learn About Our Secret Tablet?  Read Engadget.  —  Want to get the latest news on “Courier,” Microsoft's rumored-but-not-confirmed answer to Apple's iPad?  Microsoft doesn't want to talk about it.  But Redmond does have a suggestion for you: Read the gadget blogs.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Back on the beat: Owen Thomas joins VentureBeat  —  Editor's note: VentureBeat is all about startups.  And since we're a startup ourselves, when we hit a milestone, it's only right that we report on it.  Today, we're announcing a significant hire.  Owen Thomas, a veteran of Time Inc. …
Discussion: Guardian
Agam Shah / PC World:
Retailer Leaks Details on AMD's Upcoming 12-core Chips  —  An online retail store is taking orders for Advanced Micro Devices' upcoming 12-core Opteron processors, code-named Magny-Cours, ahead of the official launch.  —  Provantage is taking orders for Opteron X12 6100 series chips that run at clock speeds between 1.7GHz and 2.4GHz.
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
Digg's iPhone App is Now Available  —  As we've announced yesterday, Digg's official iPhone app is now available for free in Apple's App Store.  —  The app lists Top, Recent and Upcoming stories in various categories, giving Diggers the ability to vote and view comments on stories …
Frank Jordans / Associated Press:
European privacy battle looms for Facebook, Google  —  GENEVA — You have been tagged in 12 photos.  Even if you're not signed up to the Web site.  —  European regulators are investigating whether the practice of posting photos, videos and other information about people on sites …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Starts Rolling Out Contributors Feature, Salesforce Activated  —  Back in December, Twitter noted a new feature it was testing out, Contributors.  Basically, this allows multiple people to tweet from one account (with individual attribution below the tweet).
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft, Google eye Twitter-like services for work  —  While Twitter seems to have the market sewn up when it comes to the public sharing of snippets of information, the competition is heating up for offering similar services inside a corporation.  —  Microsoft, for example …
Thomas Frank / USA Today:
Airport device follows fliers' phones  —  WASHINGTON — Today's smartphones and PDAs could have a new use in the nation's airports: helping passengers avoid long lines at security checkpoints.  —  The Transportation Security Administration is looking at installing devices in airports that home …
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
CTIA 2010: Twitter for BlackBerry Available March 31st  —  After the keynote this morning I rolled by the BlackBerry booth and stumbled upon the Twitter pod.  After some smooth talking (just kidding, no smooth talking required), I was informed that the Official Twitter for BlackBerry client …
Discussion: Erictric
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Qualcomm adds 4G to laptop modems  —  Qualcomm is adding 4G technology to its Gobi laptop modems and expanding its chip offerings that support 3G technologies.  —  The San Diego-based company announced at CTIA in Las Vegas Tuesday that it will add, for the first time, LTE …
Discussion: Android Phone Fans and Maximum PC
Chris Rawson / TUAW:
US Army meets with Apple, discusses tech for soldiers  —  Earlier this month, Major General Nick Justice and several members of his staff traveled to Apple's Cupertino campus to discuss soldiers using Apple's products and technology in the field.  In addition to having the most awesome name ever …
Discussion: army.mil and MacRumors Page 2
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft data centers go beyond the container  —  Microsoft's data center of the future will be more like a trailer park.  —  Only the concrete pad will need to be built on-site, with everything else shipped in as a pre-manufactured unit.  That's a step beyond the current approach …
Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
Side-Channel Leaks in Web Applications  —  Popular online applications may leak your private data to a network eavesdropper, even if you're using secure web connections, according to a new paper by Shuo Chen, Rui Wang, XiaoFeng Wang, and Kehuan Zhang.  (Chen is at Microsoft Research; the others are at Indiana.)
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 …
Colin Gibbs / GigaOM:
Fox Mobile Offers Hulu-Like Subscription Service for Smartphones  —  Fox Mobile is hoping it can convince consumers to shell out to watch TV on their smartphones.  The News Corp. subsidiary this morning unveiled Bitbop, a subscription service for smartphone owners that will deliver both streaming …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
First look at Skype for Verizon Wireless, launching March 25th  —  While making our way through the throng of booths, bloggers, and boisterous crowds at CTIA, we were able to snag a few minutes with the new Skype mobile application running on both a BlackBerry Storm2 and a Motorola DROID.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Adobe earnings: Business strong, product cycles boost outlook  —  Adobe's fiscal first quarter was stronger than expected and the company boosted its outlook for the next quarter amid new versions of its Flash Player and Creative Suite.  —  The company reported earnings of $127.2 million …
John Cook / TechFlash:
Clearwire touts wireless router to boost speeds on Apple's iPad  —  Clearwire today offered a series of announcements at the CTIA Wireless show in Las Vegas about its network, WiMax-powered devices and new markets.  The Kirkland provider of high-speed wireless service continues its march across the U.S. …
Facebook Data Team's Notes:
Continuing our Study of Happiness  —  On October 5, 2009, Data Scientists at Facebook began studying the happiness of English speakers in the United States through the Gross National Happiness Index (GNH).  We used anonymous counts of positive and negative word used in people's Facebook updates …
 
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Erik Chang / Shrinkage Is Good:
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Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
Proposed U.S. law would single out cybercrime havens
Discussion: The Register
Sam Bayard / citmedialaw.org:
Barclays v. TheFlyOnTheWall.com: Hot News Doctrine Alive and Kicking …
David Gilson / last100:
Ubuntu One Music Store goes into public beta, Canonical calls for more testers
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Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
Google Voice Updates With Near-Instant SMS Notification on Android
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Yet Another Yahoo Director To Leave
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Bookmarks Lists
Discussion: Search Engine Journal and ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:atul
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple positioned to introduce connected HDTV within 2-4 years
Matt Bowman / VentureBeat:
Y Combinator presents 26 new startups
Discussion: GigaOM and TechCrunch, Thanks:keithlinks
Stuart Parmenter / blog.pavlov.net:
Stopping Development for Windows Mobile
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Nintendo 3DS to come with ‘3D control stick,’ …