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7:30 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 …
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 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.
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Exclusive: Digg's iPhone App Launches Wednesday [SCREENSHOTS]  —  Digg's much anticipated native application for iPhone is set to make its debut tomorrow, Mashable has learned.  We've obtained a few screenshots, which you can check out below.  —  News of an impending iPhone app leaked back in October …
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.
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
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.
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 …
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. …
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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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
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.)
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 …
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).
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
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
Should Doctors Google Their Patients?  —  By now, it's well known that almost anyone you meet — from a potential employer to a prospective date — might be searching for information about you online.  But would you feel strange knowing that your doctor was Googling you?
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Developers Increasingly Concerned About Platform Reliability  —  If you are going to build an application on Facebook, you'd expect that users will be able to access your application as long as it's developed properly, but unfortunately Facebook's reliability has not been at its peak recently.
 
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Erik Chang / Shrinkage Is Good:
1.5 Trillion Text Messages Sent in the United States in 2009
Zohar Efroni / Zohar Efroni's blog:
The ECJ's Ruling on Google Adwords
Discussion: GigaOM
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Placecast Raises $3 Million For Location-Based Mobile Marketing Technology
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
Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
Google Voice Updates With Near-Instant SMS Notification on Android
 Earlier Items: 
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
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,’ …