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11:55 PM ET, March 23, 2010

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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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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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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 …
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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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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John Cook / TechFlash:
Clearwire touts wireless router to boost speeds on Apple's iPad
Joseph Palenchar / TWICE:
Clearwire, Sprint Detail 4G Mobile WiMAX Plans
Discussion: Light Reading
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.
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 …
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Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:   Adobe to launch Creative Suite 5 April 12
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.
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 …
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.
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Google Says New ‘Search Funnel’ Will Help Entice Brand Advertisers  —  Google (NSDQ: GOOG) has been beta testing a new conversion reporting tool for AdWords called “search funnels,” which could expand the service beyond the direct response ads that the Google ad units are primarily known for.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Switched
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Foursquare goes to the ‘Jersey Shore’  —  DJ Pauly D, MTV superstar and new Foursquare power user.  —  (Credit: DJ Pauly D's Foursquare profile)  —  We already knew that in the heated battle among location-based social-networking start-ups, Foursquare already had Ashton Kutcher on its team.
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 …
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.
Discussion: GigaOM and TechCrunch, Thanks:keithlinks
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.
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.
Thanks:atul
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.
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 …
Discussion: ms datacenters
Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
Google Voice Updates With Near-Instant SMS Notification on Android  —  Android: Google Voice users get free SMS, and dictated voicemails, but they haven't always been a selling point because they could arrive up to 15 minutes late.  The latest Google Voice for Android update delivers SMS and voicemail notifications within seconds.
Zohar Efroni / Zohar Efroni's blog:
The ECJ's Ruling on Google Adwords  —  The closely watched battle over the use of trademarks as keywords for purpose of triggering advertisements on Google's search result pages (AdWords) reached high pick today with the release of the European Court of Justice's ruling on the French cases.
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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?
Erik Chang / Shrinkage Is Good:
1.5 Trillion Text Messages Sent in the United States in 2009  —  Get this.  During 2009, more than 1.5 trillion text messages — that's with a t — were sent on wireless carriers' networks.  Along with the massive amount of SMS messages, MMS messages were also being heavily utilized …
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Placecast Raises $3 Million For Location-Based Mobile Marketing Technology
Discussion: mocoNews and VentureBeat
Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
Proposed U.S. law would single out cybercrime havens
Discussion: The Register
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Starts Rolling Out Contributors Feature, Salesforce Activated
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
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Yet Another Yahoo Director To Leave
 Earlier Items: 
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Bookmarks Lists
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:atul
Chris Crum / WebProNews:
New Digg Buttons Keep Traffic With Publishers
Discussion: Digg Blog, 901am, Mashable! and ChasNote
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Preps iPads For Gadget Reviewers (AAPL)
Discussion: TiPb and MacRumors
Tony Romm / Hillicon Valley:
Google, Yahoo, Microsoft fire back at Australian Web censorship plan
Meghan Keane / the Econsultancy blog:
At AOL, the Google culture clash is going to be a big hurdle
Steven Levy / Wired:
How the Tablet Will Change the World
Discussion: Brainstorm Tech