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3:00 PM ET, March 24, 2010

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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.
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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
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
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: VentureBeat and Macsimum News
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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Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Google's Brin Talks About China Gamble  —  Behind Google Inc.'s dramatic decision to shutter its China-based search engine this week was co-founder Sergey Brin's change of heart about the compromises required to do business in a land that was increasingly reminding him of his native Soviet Union.
Discussion: Tech Eye
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?
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 …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft shows off its next version of Office Communications Server  —  Microsoft is offering its first public glimpse of Office Communications Server 14, its all-in-one instant messaging/VOIP/conferencing product at the VoiceCon show in Orlando on March 24.
Discussion: The Register, eWeek and Bloomberg
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Gurdeep Singh Pall / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Predictions for the Future of Unified Communications
Discussion: CNET News and Neowin.net
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 …
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
GoDaddy.com plans to stop registering domain names in China  —  GoDaddy.com Inc., the world's largest domain name registration company, plans to tell lawmakers Wednesday that it will cease registering Web sites in China in response to intrusive new government rules that require applicants …
Rory Maher / TBI Research:
YouTube Pre-Roll Ads Get Double-Digit CPMs; Homepage Banner Gets $200K To $400K Per Day  —  Get The Internet Analyst in your inbox every day.  To sign up, please submit your name and email address here.  —  Online video viewing more than doubled in 2009 as more quality content …
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.
John Nack / John Nack on Adobe:
Video: Sneak peek of Content-Aware Fill in Photoshop  —  Bryan O'Neil Hughes shows off some rather eye-popping (if we may say so) technology for synthesizing texture inside a future version of Photoshop:  —  The demo starts with some small pieces, so if you're short on time …
Christina Chen / The Official Google Blog:
Collaborative bookmarking with lists  —  Earlier this month we added stars in search so that you can easily mark and rediscover your favorite websites.  Today we're debuting lists in Google Bookmarks, an experimental new feature that helps you easily share those sites with friends.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
New Motion Control Patent Could Shake Up Smartphone Industry  —  Here's a potentially noteworthy development in the patent litigation-riddled mobile device market.  Last week, the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued a very broad patent on motion-based smartphone control …
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Mike Maples Goes Pro As A Venture Capitalist, Launches FLOODGATE  —  Mike Maples, one of the co-founders of Motive, has been investing “as a hobby” for the last five years under the banner of Maples Investments.  Some hobby: his investments include Twitter, Digg, Chegg, Gowalla, ngmoco …
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Kobo's Cheap E-Reader Headed for Borders  —  In the era of the iPad, there are two paths that the still-nascent gadgets known as e-readers can take.  They can try to take the iPad on head-to-head by adding fancy color touch screens and new features that go beyond reading.
Colin Gibbs / GigaOM:
Vlingo Introduces Text-reading Function for Drivers  —  Vlingo fired the latest salvo in the speech recognition wars this morning with the addition of a text-reading function for its BlackBerry application.  The Cambridge, Mass.-based startup introduced SafeReader, a feature that reads messages aloud …
Census 2010 News:
Census Bureau Rolls Out New Interactive Maps Showing 2010 Census Mail Participation Rates  —  Communities Able to Track Percentage of Households Mailing Back Forms  —  U.S. Census Bureau Director Robert Groves today released the initial 2010 Census mail participation rates for the nation …
Discussion: Google LatLong
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
Excerpts: Google's Testimony to Federal Commission on China  —  Google's director of public policy Alan Davidson is testifying this afternoon to the federal government's Congressional-Executive Commission on China.  Much of what he is saying about Google's decision on China has been discussed before.
Jon Brodkin / Network World:
New software lets businesses track employee Facebook, Twitter activity  —  Social Sentry, debuted at DEMO, detects confidential information in public posts  —  Facebook and Twitter users should probably just assume that what they post publicly is being monitored by their employer.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and VentureBeat
Sinead Carew / Reuters:
Clearwire calls for one global mobile technology  —  (Reuters) - The head of Clearwire Corp said he envisions incompatible network technologies WiMax and Long Term Evolution (LTE) eventually converging to form a common standard for high-speed wireless services.
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.
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft brings audio, video to its Mac IM  —  Aiming to bring its Mac instant messaging software closer to par with Windows, Microsoft on Wednesday offered a beta version of Messenger for Mac 8.  —  The test software brings, at long last, audio and video conferencing features to the Mac.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, Mac Mojo and Pocket-lint
 
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Discussion: p2pnet
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Knocking lets you share live video between iPhones and Android smartphones
Discussion: TechCrunch and Android Phone Fans
Andrew Kippen / Boxee Blog:
KoldCast TV comes to Boxee
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Zee / The Next Web:
iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, MySpace and More Unite to Combat Illegal …
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Discussion: Fast Company and VatorNews