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10:05 PM ET, March 25, 2010

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Bill / PadGadget:
Apple Leaks Approved iPad Apps  —  PadGadget did some digging in the iTunes database last night and it looks like Apple has already approved and listed several iPad apps in the App Store.  You won't find any of these iPad titles using your standard iTunes browser, you need to use Apple's …
Tricia Duryee / paidContent:
Android's Secret Sauce?  Google's Little-Known Advertising Rev-Share Deals With Carriers  —  In just 18 months, the number of Google (NSDQ: GOOG) Android phones being shipped has soared to 60,000 a day, and over that period countless new devices have been released by handset makers for sale by carriers worldwide.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
JooJoo tablet now shipping, should greet US consumers on March 29th  —  We noticed a minor textual change on the JooJoo order page just a few days back, and apparently it was no mistake — Fusion Garage has announced today that its long-awaited tablet PC has started to ship from the factory.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook To Release A “Like” Button For the Whole Darn Internet  —  There will be lots of news leaking about Facebook's product announcements at their upcoming F8 Developer Conference in April.  That's because they're already starting to test out a lot of the new stuff with third party developers …
Bing / Search Blog:
New Stuff Coming From Bing This Spring  —  Today at SES New York we shared with attendees our plans to begin testing some new Bing features as we start to move into the next wave of innovation which will be rolling out later this spring and summer.  —  Our focus remains consistent …
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Alexander Vaughn / App Advice:
Exclusive: iPad iBooks Features The Gutenberg Project Catalog - 30,000 Free eBooks  —  iBooks' very sweet price points are not the only surprise Apple kept for the iPad launch.  Indeed, while we already knew the iPad can read and import eBooks in the ePub format, it probably won't be as necessary …
Wall Street Journal:
Magazines Use the iPad as Their New Barker  —  Advertisers Gather Around as Publishers Tout Tablet Device's Bells and Whistles  —  A laundry list of open questions about Apple's iPad isn't keeping magazine publishers and advertisers from lining up for the launch of the tablet computer next week.
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
WSJ on iPad for $17.99 a month, magazines to be at or near newsstand prices?
Shira Ovide / Digits:   Time's Managing Editor: iPad Content Awaits ‘Its Orson Welles’
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:
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Washington Post:
China's instructions on reporting on Google  —  Editor's note: Google announced this week that it would move its Chinese search engine to Hong Kong and stop censoring search results to suit China's leaders.  In China, the government has sought to control how Chinese media portray Google's decision.
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Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
China To Media: Toe the Government Line on Google
Jessie / The Official Netflix Blog:
Netflix via Wii - Coming Soon  —  Jessie Becker here from Marketing and we've got some great news to share.  We are in the final phase of getting ready for the launch of streaming to Wii.  Today, we shipped out instant streaming discs for the Wii to some of our Netflix members.
Bruce Houghton / hypebot:
Pandora By The Numbers  —  At a recent NYC Pandora listener meetup CEO Tim Westergren offered these Pandora stats:  — It costs Pandora 2¢/hr to stream  — Pandora adds about 85,000 new listeners per day  — Pandora makes up 1 1/4 of all radio
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Twitter's Secret Business Model Should Get Rid Of Those Twitter Ads You Hate  —  Twitter co-founder Biz Stone appeared on CNBC today talking about Twitter's business model.  —  He remained tight-lipped as usual, but did say Twitter's monetization plan will not just enrich Twitter, but hopefully all the Twitter applictions.
Discussion: eWeek, Digits and paidContent
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Four VC Firms Battle For Foursquare, Valuation Goes Stratospheric  —  What do Accel Partners, Andreessen Horowitz, Khosla Ventures and Redpoint Ventures have in common?  Besides being tier one venture capitalists, at least one thing: They are all fighting furiously to be the lead investor in Foursquare's next venture round.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Facebook Threatens Greasemonkey Script Writer  —  Another day, another abusive bullying attempt.  This time, it's Facebook, which is apparently trying to bully the maker of a Greasemonkey script that cleans up your Facebook live feed by removing annoying app notices (such as all the crap …
Discussion: Pulse2 and All Facebook
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Amazon's iPad page pops up  —  Looks like Amazon will be carrying the iPad in pretty short order.  It isn't available via Search yet but there is now a placeholder.  —  Interesting details:  — Facebook  — Google  —  Latest Stories on 9 to 5 Mac  — Ad agencies preparing for the iPad's new format
Discussion: MacRumors
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Begins Issuing Preauthorization Credit Holds for iPad Pre-Orders  —  A number of MacRumors readers have reported that Apple has placed preauthorization holds on their credit card accounts for iPad pre-orders placed earlier this month.  The holds represent a check to ensure …
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 …
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Peek tease “really, truly big stuff” incoming  —  Peek's dedicated email device has a growing band of dedicated followers, who prize its simplicity above “jack of all trades” smartphones, and now the company is planning its next assault.  In a new blog post (where they also admit they're running …
Discussion: CrunchGear
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
BMO ups its iPad sales estimate 30%  —  Analyst sees Apple taking 35% to 40% of the tablet and e-reader market in 2010  —  In a note to clients issued Thursday, BMO Capital's Keith Bachman offers several reasons for raising his price target on Apple (AAPL) to $265 a share from $250 …
Bloomberg:
Dell Says India May Be Poised to Become New Technology Manufacturing Hub  —  Dell Inc. Chief Executive Officer Michael Dell said in a conversation with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that the south Asian nation is poised to become a technology manufacturing center.
Discussion: Seattle Times
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Hacker busts IE8 on Windows 7 in 2 minutes  —  Dutch researcher bypasses DEP, ASLR to bring down Microsoft's browser  —  Computerworld - Two researchers yesterday won $10,000 each at the Pwn2Own hacking contest by bypassing important security measures of Windows 7.
Mac Slocum / O'Reilly Radar:
Web-TV convergence is already here, just not the way we expected  —  Remember WebTV?  It was supposed to combine the web and television experiences into a media consumption firehose.  Or something like that.  —  WebTV didn't work out, but that hasn't kept other companies from pursuing similar dreams of web-television utopia.
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
Project Natal ‘experience’ to premiere at E3  —  The ‘save the date’ notice for Microsoft's E3 media briefing and ‘world premiere’ unveiling of the Project Natal ‘experience’  —  Microsoft on Thursday sent out “save the date” invitations for its annual E3 media briefing and the “world premiere” of the Project Natal “experience.”
 
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Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
China's Great Firewall spreads overseas
Discussion: Guardian
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
TJX hacker gets 20-year jail sentence
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Go Daddy Says China Refusal Is No PR Stunt
Discussion: Nart Villeneuve and Digits
Rebecca Lieb / the Econsultancy blog:
Search industry poised for double-digit growth
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Make room, iPad: AT&T to sell Intel-based tablet too
Discussion: Crave, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Mia / YouTube Blog:
New video page adds comments highlight view and ratings improvements
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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Discussion: GigaOM and Market Wire
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
The Bounty For An Apple Bug: $115,000
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Zynga Rolls Out Pre-Paid Game Cards At Major Retailers
Signal vs. Noise:
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David Colker / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Google adds Twitter feed in China, again defying that country's rules [Updated]
Tyler Tschida / App Advice:
OmniGraffle To Be Part Of The iPad App Store Grand Opening …
Discussion: TUAW