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4:00 PM ET, March 25, 2010

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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?  —  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 …
Shira Ovide / Digits:   Time's Managing Editor: iPad Content Awaits ‘Its Orson Welles’
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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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Microsoft's Bing Makes More UI Changes-And Checks In With Foursquare  —  Today, Microsoft's search engine-that-could, Bing, will begin rolling out another significant upgrade to the user interface seen by consumers.  —  The software giant also announced on its Bing blog and at an industry conference …
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Microsoft Bing Director: Search Not a Zero Sum Game vs. Google
Discussion: GMSV, TechCrunch and Microsoft Watch
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.
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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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) …
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
The Bounty For An Apple Bug: $115,000  —  It's been a tough month for Apple's security team.  —  First Mac hacker extraordinaire Charlie Miller revealed that he'd found 20 exploitable vulnerabilities in Apple's Preview software, all of which apply to Safari as well.
Discussion: Download Squad and Engadget
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Elinor Mills / CNET News:
iPhone, Safari, IE 8, Firefox hacked in CanSecWest contest
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Hacker busts IE8 on Windows 7 in 2 minutes
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 …
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.
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 …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Ads Will Now Follow You Across The Web  —  Advertisers are beginning to realize that ads on the Web have their own lifecycle.  People who eventually click on an ad don't always click on it the first time they see it.  Just like on TV or in print, they need to be bombarded by the same message before they take an action.
Discussion: Erictric
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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: All Facebook
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Zynga Rolls Out Pre-Paid Game Cards At Major Retailers  —  Massively popular game Zynga is now selling pre-paid game cards at a number of major retailers in the U.S., including 7-Eleven, Best Buy, GameStop and Target.  Gift certificates to spend money on Zynga games, FarmVille …
Tyler Tschida / App Advice:
OmniGraffle To Be Part Of The iPad App Store Grand Opening, But Is $49.99 Too Much To Pay?  —  The Omni Group's Ken Case made it very clear that the company was committed to iPad development with his iPad or Bust! blog post, and today we found out just how serious they are.
Discussion: MacRumors
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple inks $240M deal with Samsung for 3M more iPad displays  —  Apple has agreed to pay Samsung nearly a quarter of a billion dollars as part of a new pact that will see the Korean electronics maker become the second major supplier of 9.7-inch display screens for current and future versions of the iPad.
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.
David Colker / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Google adds Twitter feed in China, again defying that country's rules  —  In a move sure to anger Beijing's censors, Google has introduced a real-time Twitter feed on its search results pages — in effect, lifting a nine-month blackout of the microblogging service in China.
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Complete ACTA text leaked online - at last  —  Floodgates open on secret copyright talks  —  After weeks of extracts of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) being published on the interwebs, a French digital rights group has finally leaked a complete copy of the deal online.
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Crowdcast's crowdsourced dashboard lets managers know when they might fall short  —  A problem large companies face is how to have honest lines of communication between employees and the highest rungs of management.  With several hundred or maybe thousands of employees for every key senior leader …
Discussion: GigaOM and Market Wire
 
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Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Mobile apps a gold rush for providers
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Mark Brophy / Google Mobile Blog:
Google Mobile App now available for BlackBerry Storm
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Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Sprint stops ad claim of ‘most dependable 3G network’ after Verizon complains
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Loretta Chao / China Real Time Report:
U.S. Push on Internet Freedom Could Backfire
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
U.S. Falls to Fifth on List of Most ‘Networked’ Countries
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Neil Vidyarthi / All Facebook:
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Mike Kirkwood / ReadWriteWeb:
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Sinead Carew / Reuters:
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Discussion: DailyTech, Obsessable and Go Rumors