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10:05 AM ET, March 25, 2010

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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Smartphone traffic is up 193% in a year  —  Led by iPhone and the Androids.  Traffic from the iPod touch is growing even faster.  —  Click to enlarge.  Source: AdMob  —  Smartphone traffic is up.  Feature phone share is down.  And traffic from mobile Internet devices (like the iPod touch) …
Discussion: GigaOM and Electronista
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Harsh / AdMob Metrics:
February 2010 Mobile Metrics Report  —  In this month's report, we separate the traffic in our network into three categories - smartphones, feature phones and mobile Internet devices - to examine the relative growth rates of each over the past year.  —  Some of the highlights from the report include:
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Microsoft's Bing Makes More UI Changes-and Also Checks In With Foursquare  —  Today, Microsoft's search engine-that-could, Bing, will begin to roll out another significant upgrade to the user interface seen by consumers.  —  And the software giant also announced on its Bing blog …
Discussion: CNET News and ReadWriteWeb
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Todd Schwartz / Bing:
new stuff coming from bing this spring  —  We will soon begin testing some new Bing feature as we think about the next wave of innovation which will be rolling out later this spring and summer.  —  Our focus remains consistent - we want Bing to be the best place to help you make better decisions.
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Microsoft Bing Director: Search Not a Zero Sum Game vs. Google  —  Microsoft Bing Director Stefan Weitz said Microsoft is fine not catching up to Google in traditional keyword search.  However, Bing expects to differentiate by offering e-commerce-related verticals that ease consumers' transactions.
Discussion: Microsoft Watch
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
WSJ on iPad for $17.99 a month, magazines to be at or near newsstand prices?  —  The Wall Street Journal is running a piece that focuses on ad sales for the iPad.  Pretty boring stuff except for a few nuggets related to the actual content we crave.  Rupert Murdoch already confirmed …
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Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Advertisers Show Interest in iPad
Discussion: Digits, AppleInsider, paidContent and Go Rumors, Thanks:atul
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  —  Updated 5:17 p.m. PDT with successful Firefox hack.  —  VANCOUVER, B.C.—Researchers on Wednesday demonstrated that they could hack a non-jailbroken iPhone, Safari running on Snow Leopard and Internet Explorer 8 and Firefox …
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
HTC CEO: Nexus One Is A Success  —  Despite customer service problems and sluggish sales, Peter Chou says his company's Android phone has done well.  —  LAS VEGAS — The launch of Google's Nexus One smart phone appears to have been a mess of customer service mishaps, delayed international launches …
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
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.
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Roger Cheng / Digits:
Sprint CEO: Rate Plans Will Move From Minutes To Gigabytes
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Time Warner Cable Launches Wi-Fi HotSpots  —  Updated: Time Warner Cable this morning confirmed that it's launching Wi-Fi hotspots for customers of its NYC RoadRunner broadband service.  According to the company: … Time Warner Cable, a large cable service provider based in New York City …
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.
Arn / MacRumors:
CBS.com Prepping HTML5 Video Playback for iPad  —  With the imminent arrival of the Apple iPad, it seems at least one major television network is updating their website to provide video playback support for new tablet device — without Flash.  CBS.com's website began displaying a couple of strange …
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 …
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Matt Warman / Telegraph:   Facebook dismisses syphilis link
Dong Ngo / Crave: The gadget blog:
Toshiba intros highest capacity laptop hard drives  —  The laptop hard drives are about to have a significant increase in capacities without compromising the performance.  —  Toshiba announced Wednesday two new 2.5-inch (laptop) hard drive families that feature the largest amount of storage in their classes.
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 …
Mehul Srivastava / Bloomberg:
Dell Denies Discussing China Shift With Indian Prime Minister  —  Dell Inc. denied an Indian government release that Chief Executive Officer Michael Dell discussed shifting procurement from China to a “safer environment” with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
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Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Dell looking outside of China for ‘safer environments,’ according to Indian PM
Discussion: Maximum PC
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.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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 …
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Late Apple director was ‘disgusted’ Jobs didn't reveal health issues  —  Recently deceased Apple Board of Directors member Jerry York told The Wall Street Journal last year that he wished he had resigned after Apple co-founder Steve Jobs didn't publicly disclose his health issues.
Sinead Carew / Reuters:
AT&T sees big cash in small gizmos like dog collars  —  (Reuters) - With most Americans already toting cellphones, AT&T Inc now wants to target their dogs.  —  A wireless dog collar set to hit the market this year is just one of a plethora of new devices the telephone company hopes will catch on with U.S. consumers.
Discussion: Go Rumors
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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Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Price concerns keep Random House content from Apple iPad
 
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Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
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Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Oracle looks to keep Java interesting and attract young developers
Discussion: The Register
Quentin Hardy / Forbes:
Hewlett-Packard's Mark Hurd: He Wants It All
Thanks:hpnews
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
A Hotbed of Tech Innovation: the Government of Manor, Texas
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Developers, Websites Respond to iPhone App Payola Story
Discussion: The Loop
 Earlier Items: 
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: How The iPhone Target Market Can Expand 7x
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
InvisiTrack launch super-accurate GPS alternative
Reuters:
Inside a global cybercrime ring
Discussion: iGeneration, Thanks:reuters
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Prediction: 1.2 Million iPads Sold in June Quarter and a New iPhone Form Factor
Sinead Carew / Reuters:
Verizon Wireless to open app store March 29
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
AT&T 3G MicroCell starting nationwide roll-out in mid-April
Pavni Diwanji / Gmail Blog:
Detecting suspicious account activity