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6:40 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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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 …
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
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 …
Telegraph:
Facebook ‘linked to rise in syphilis’  —  Facebook has been linked to a resurgence in the sexually-transmitted disease syphilis, according to health experts.  —  The virus has increased fourfold in Sunderland, Durham and Teesside, the areas of Britain where Facebook is most popular …
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.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Macsimum News
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
AT&T 3G MicroCell starting nationwide roll-out in mid-April  —  Unless you've been in one of a few key test markets, you've been pretty much out of luck boosting your AT&T signal in the comfortable confines of your home since the 3G MicroCell first launched — until now.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Twitter Hacker, TechCrunch Document Leaker, Arrested in France (UPDATED)  —  The AFP is reporting that the person who leaked internal business documents from Twitter Inc. to the blog TechCrunch last July is also the same person who compromised the Twitter accounts of Barack Obama and other celebrities last year.
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Agence France Presse:
Police arrest Frenchman who hacked Obama Twitter page
Discussion: Computerworld and Digits
Roger Cheng / Digits:
Sprint CEO: Rate Plans Will Move From Minutes To Gigabytes  —  Sprint Nextel Chief Executive Dan Hesse said that in about two years, monthly cellphone bills will focus on the amount of data used and move away from the number of available voice minutes.
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Robotic test reconfirms Apple's iPhone touchscreen superiority  —  A new test of touchscreen smartphones with a precise laboratory robot has confirmed what a human test already concluded: Apple's iPhone touchscreen is far and away the most accurate touch panel on the market.
Discussion: MobileCrunch
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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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Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Google's Brin Talks About China Gamble
Discussion: Digits and Tech Eye
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.
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.
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 …
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 Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Prediction: 1.2 Million iPads Sold in June Quarter and a New iPhone Form Factor  —  This is, perhaps, stating the obvious, but 2010 is likely to be a big year for Apple.  With the iPad set to arrive April 3 and the company presumably headed into an iPhone upgrade cycle, Apple is poised to move a lot of product in the coming months.
Discussion: EverythingiCafe
Sinead Carew / Reuters:
Verizon Wireless to open app store March 29  —  (Reuters) - Verizon Wireless, the biggest U.S. mobile operator, said it would open its own mobile phone applications store on March 29.  —  The venture of Verizon Communications and Vodafone Group Plc said that consumers buying applications …
Discussion: Phone Scoop
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.
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 …
David Pogue / New York Times:
State of the Art: Line2 Allows iPhone Users to Sidestep AT&T  —  For a little $1 iPhone app, Line2 sure has the potential to shake up an entire industry.  —  It can save you money.  It can make calls where AT&T's signal is weak, like indoors.  It can turn an iPod Touch into a full-blown cellphone.
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 …
David Kravets / Threat Level:
ACTA Draft: No Internet for Copyright Scofflaws  —  The United States is nudging the international community to develop protocols to suspend the internet connections of customers caught downloading copyrighted works, according to a leaked draft of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.
Discussion: Ars Technica and ITworld.com
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Blockbuster Dips a Toe in the Mobile Stream  —  Blockbuster, the video-rental chain plagued by debt and unprofitable stores, is placing a bet on a mobile future.  —  On Wednesday, the company released an application that allows users to watch movies on a mobile phone.
Trent Nouveau / TG Daily:
Microsoft says it won't abandon Windows Mobile 6.5  —  Microsoft has reiterated that it will continue to support, ship and sell Mobile 6.5 alongside Windows Phone 7.  —  However, senior product manager Michael Chang told Computer World that the latest iteration of the OS represented “a [definite] departure and break at a code level.”
 
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Reuters:
Inside a global cybercrime ring
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Kermit Pattison / New York Times:
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Brian Barrett / Gizmodo:
Exclusive: First Look at Slacker's Excellent On-Demand Music Service
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Verizon to blanket ‘one third’ …
Discussion: Between the Lines and IntoMobile
Kim Hart / Hillicon Valley:
Top Verizon lobbyist tells Congress to assert authority over FCC
Jeffrey Burt / eWeek:
Dell Offers Cloud-Optimized Infrastructure, Services
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and VentureBeat
Nielsen Wire:
Nielsen's New App Playbook Debunks Mobile App Store Myth
 Earlier Items: 
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Bay Proxy Site Seized By Italian Police
Discussion: p2pnet
Andrew Kippen / Boxee Blog:
KoldCast TV comes to Boxee
Jon Brodkin / InfoWorld:
New software lets businesses track employees' Facebook, Twitter activity
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb