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12:45 PM ET, March 24, 2010

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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.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Instapaper For The iPad May Be The First Killer App.  And It Will Be Universal.  —  The simple bookmarking application Instapaper made by Tumblr developer Marco Arment is one of my favorite applications, period.  Between the web, the iPhone, and the Kindle, it's easily one of my most-used apps.
Discussion: Macsimum News
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” …
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Taylor Buley / Forbes:
A Surprise Bug—Not China—Hits Google's Corporate Website  —  Taylor Buley is a staff writer and editorial developer for Forbes  —  As Forbes contributor Jeffrey Carr underscores in a recent post, activist defacement of websites is not uncommon.  So when on Wednesday the UK-based Guardian pointed …
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.
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:   Google's Brin Talks About China Gamble
Financial Times:
Random House fears iPad price war  —  The world's largest book publisher by sales could keep its books from Apple's iPad when it goes on sale, as the Bertelsmann unit fears the effects of the tablet device on pricing
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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Gurdeep Singh Pall / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Predictions for the Future of Unified Communications  —  I'm more excited than ever to be attending VoiceCon Orlando 2010 this year, because of the rapid pace of change we're seeing across the industry.  Innovation is accelerating, as more vendors and partners embrace software-powered communications …
Discussion: CNET News and Neowin.net
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft shows off its next version of Office Communications Server
Discussion: Bloomberg
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Google's Newest Search Ad Format, Loved and Hated by Brands  —  ‘Sitelinks’ Work Really Well — Too Well — for Marketers Choking on Costs Per Click  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — The most significant change to Google's search ads in years could be the most controversial to the nation's biggest brands.
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 …
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 …
Kate Kaye / ClickZ:
USA Today Among Sites Set to Run iPad Ads  —  As Apple preps for the launch of the iPad, advertisers are gearing up to run campaigns on the new device.  Mobile ad platform AdMarvel has teamed with Gannett-owned rich media ad firm PointRoll to enable expandable and highly-interactive ads on the iPad.
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
StyleTap finally brings Palm OS to your iPhone  —  Well it's been a long time coming, but now you can finally run your favorite Palm OS apps on your (jailbroken) iPhone.  The good folks at StyleTap have taken that exciting demo we saw way back in May of 2008 and turned it into a Cydia-downloadable reality.
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 …
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
App guesses words to expand, shrink touch-screen keys for smarter typing  —  I accidentally stumbled upon a company called Thickbuttons at MobileFocus, one of those after-hours evening mini-conferences, as I was passing by its booth on my way to another.  Out of the corner of my eye …
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 …
Discussion: Fast Company and VatorNews
Alexander Vaughn / App Advice:
Exclusive: iPad iBooks Pricing Revealed - Matches The Kindle  —  The launch of the iPad has caused a veritable war over eBook pricing between Apple and Amazon.  To promote the Kindle and expand its market share, Amazon sells kindle editions of newly released and best selling books at a loss.
Discussion: Bits, Thanks:xonder
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Tumblr Rolls Out Make Money Plan Part 2: Beautiful Themes  —  Earlier this month, Tumblr rolled out its first attempt at making money: a small ($9) fee to make your blog featured in a directory of blogs.  Tomorrow, the service is officially rolling out its second revenue generator: premium themes.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Mashable!, Thanks:pontax
Pavni Diwanji / Gmail Blog:
Detecting suspicious account activity  —  A few weeks ago, I got an email presumably from a friend stuck in London asking for some money to help him out.  It turned out that the email was sent by a scammer who had hijacked my friend's account.  By reading his email, the scammer had figured …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Trademark Application For Facebook Credits Reveals Globe Coin Logo And Other Details  —  Add one more piece of evidence to all of those rumors about an impending launch of a Facebook virtual currency at the upcoming f8 conference in late April.  Facebook recently applied for a trademark …
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
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
Introducing Slacker On-Demand  —  It's no secret that Mari and I are both huge Slacker fans.  In fact, we'll go ahead and proclaim Slacker as the official music service of Zatz Not Funny.  I subscribe to their Internet Radio Plus service ($48/yr), which enables unlimited skips and kills all advertising.
Zee / The Next Web:
iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, MySpace and More Unite to Combat Illegal Music Sharing Sites  —  Aiming to “remind listeners of the significance and value of music”, major players from across the music and technology industry have united to launch a site called Why Music Matters.
Discussion: Mashable!, Thanks:zee
Datamation:
IBM Teams With eMeter for Smart Power Metering  —  IBM has teamed with eMeter to provide ready-made systems for public utilities to implement an IBM-managed smart grid to help improve their power usage and efficiency.  The program is specifically targeted at mid-sized electric …
Discussion: internetnews.com
 
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Jon Brodkin / Network World:
New software lets businesses track employee Facebook, Twitter activity
Discussion: VentureBeat
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Mobile Milestone: Data Surpasses Voice Traffic
Discussion: dailywireless.org, Thanks:atul
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Vibes Media Acquires Mobile Advertising Startup Zeep Mobile
Discussion: mocoNews
Ellen Messmer / Network World:
Symantec offering Web Monitoring service to detect botnet activity
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
New Motion Control Patent Could Shake Up Smartphone Industry
Discussion: CNET News and Electronista
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
Digg's iPhone App is Now Available
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
CTIA 2010: Twitter for BlackBerry Available March 31st
Discussion: Erictric
 Earlier Items: 
Frank Jordans / Associated Press:
European privacy battle looms for Facebook, Google
Discussion: Digital Trends and GigaOM
Erik Chang / Shrinkage Is Good:
1.5 Trillion Text Messages Sent in the United States in 2009
Discussion: DSLreports
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Developers Increasingly Concerned About Platform Reliability
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Thomas Frank / USA Today:
Airport device follows fliers' phones
John Cook / TechFlash:
Clearwire touts wireless router to boost speeds on Apple's iPad