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11:50 PM ET, March 24, 2010

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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 …
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David Goldman / CNN Money:
Congress slams China and Microsoft, praises Google  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Two days after Google stopped censoring search results in China, a congressional panel praised the company's actions while excoriating the Beijing government for its record on Internet censorship and human rights.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
China Unicom Dumps Google from Android Phones  —  Scratch China Unicom from the list of Google's (GOOG) Chinese search partners.  The Financial Times reports that the carrier dumped Google's search service from the Android smartphones it's adding to its smartphone line-up.
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
Ryan Naraine / ZDNet:
Pwn2Own 2010: iPhone hacked, SMS database hijacked  —  VANCOUVER, BC — A pair of European researchers used the spotlight of the CanSecWest Pwn2Own hacking contest hear to break into a fully patched iPhone and hijack the entire SMS database, including text messages that had already been deleted.
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Elinor Mills / CNET News:
iPhone, Safari, IE 8, Firefox hacked in CanSecWest contest
Discussion: Zero Day, Computerworld, Forbes, Neowin.net and The Loop, Thanks:arjo
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 …
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 …
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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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
AT&T MicroCell 3G: Salvation for Your Crappy Reception Is $150, No Strings Attached
Discussion: Gadget Lab and DSLreports
Sabrina / labs.moto.com:
Robot Touchscreen Analysis  —  A touchscreen is a touchscreen, right?  Hardly!  As MOTO pointed out in our recent Do-It-Yourself Touchscreen Analysis post, “All touchscreens are not created equal.”  —  With our simple test technique — which basically consists of using a basic drawing application …
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Robotic test reconfirms Apple's iPhone touchscreen superiority
Discussion: MobileCrunch and Electronista
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.
Stefan Constantinescu / IntoMobile:
4G in America: Lies, Lies, and More Damn Lies  —  Listen up America, by the end of this year, and most definitely during 2011, you're going to be bombarded with advertisements that stretch across all forms of media, tempting you to hop on board a 4G network.
Discussion: Engadget
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Verizon to blanket ‘one third’ …
Discussion: Between the Lines and Electronista
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
New TiVo Mixes TV and Internet, but Falls Short  —  TiVo is the most famous third-party set-top box for your TV.  The company popularized the idea of digital video recording and, in recent years, also has added to its devices the ability to deliver some Internet video content to the TV screen.
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and Technologizer
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.
Discussion: Digits, Thanks:atul
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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.
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
Discussion: CNET News
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
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Advertisers Show Interest in iPad  —  Advertisers initially approached new media as if they were going duck hunting, tiptoeing cautiously into the waters of mobile phones and the Internet.  —  With the iPad, it's big-game season.  —  Getting ready for the April 3 iPad introduction …
Discussion: paidContent, Thanks:atul
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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.
Schoen / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
New Research Suggests That Governments May Fake SSL Certificates  —  Today two computer security researchers, Christopher Soghoian and Sid Stamm, released a draft of a forthcoming research paper in which they present evidence that certificate authorities (CAs) may be cooperating …
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Dell looking outside of China for ‘safer environments,’ according to Indian PM  —  The Hindustan Times cover this morning has a generous space dedicated to Google's exit out of China and related efforts at redirecting mainland users to its Hong Kong hub, but couched cosily inside that story is perhaps an even bigger one.
Discussion: Maximum PC, DailyTech and Gizmodo
Reuters:
Inside a global cybercrime ring  —  (Reuters) - Hundreds of computer geeks, most of them students putting themselves through college, crammed into three floors of an office building in an industrial section of Ukraine's capital Kiev, churning out code at a frenzied pace.
Discussion: iGeneration, Thanks:reuters
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 …
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.
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Developers, Websites Respond to iPhone App Payola Story  —  The iPhone community has reacted strongly to the news that some app review sites have pay-to-play policies.  —  Wired.com last week reported on payola practices prevalent among several websites dedicated to reviewing iPhone apps.
 
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
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Staci D. Kramer / mocoNews:
CTIA: Hearst's Skiff Has Deals With Simon & Schuster, Random House
Discussion: Macworld
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Policy Watch: Facebook Adds New Platform Policies on Photo Tagging …
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
InvisiTrack launch super-accurate GPS alternative
Kermit Pattison / New York Times:
Conversations: Q.&A. With Jeremy Stoppelman, C.E.O. of Yelp
Sinead Carew / Reuters:
Verizon Wireless to open app store March 29
Discussion: Phone Scoop
Brian Barrett / Gizmodo:
Exclusive: First Look at Slacker's Excellent On-Demand Music Service
 Earlier Items: 
Trent Nouveau / TG Daily:
Microsoft says it won't abandon Windows Mobile 6.5
Jeffrey Burt / eWeek:
Dell Offers Cloud-Optimized Infrastructure, Services
Nielsen Wire:
Nielsen's New App Playbook Debunks Mobile App Store Myth
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Rory Maher / TBI Research:
YouTube Pre-Roll Ads Get Double-Digit CPMs; Homepage Banner Gets $200K …
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Google's Brin Talks About China Gamble