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11:05 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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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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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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Wall Street Journal:
Magazines Use the iPad as Their New Barker
Shira Ovide / Digits:   Time's Managing Editor: iPad Content Awaits ‘Its Orson Welles’
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
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
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
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Gravity Launches Public Beta: Former MySpace Execs' Take on Forums  —  Gravity, a site aimed at fostering online conversations among people with common interests, became available to the public today.  The company, founded by a trio of former MySpace executives and funded by Redpoint Ventures …
Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
China's Great Firewall spreads overseas  —  IDG News Service - A networking error has caused computers in Chile and the U.S. to come under the control of the Great Firewall of China, redirecting Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube users to Chinese servers.  —  Security experts are not sure exactly …
Discussion: Guardian
Alexander Vaughn / App Advice:
George Hotz Is Back With Untethered Jailbreak For Every iDevice (iPad Too?)  —  The incredible iPhone genius George Hotz has just announced on his Blog that he has managed to develop an untethered jailbreak for the iPhone and iPod touch.  It will allow all of you who couldn't live …
Discussion: TiPb
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
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 …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Oracle: Sun integration ‘better than expected;’ Exadata pipeline swells  —  Oracle's fiscal third quarter earnings had a little bit of everything: The Sun Microsystems integration is going well; Exadata is a hit; SAP took its lumps; and the bottom and top lines topped Wall Street expectations.
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
James Cameron: Innovation trumps digital piracy  —  (From left to right) CNBC Anchor Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, “Avatar” director James Cameron, U.S. CTO Aneesh Chopra, and Twitter co-founder Biz Stone discuss technology at the CTIA wireless tradeshow here.  —  LAS VEGAS- Oscar-winning director …
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.
Naoko Komura / Wikimedia blog:
Wikimedia gets ready for some big changes  —  In April, the Wikimedia Foundation is rolling out the first of several significant changes to the user experience of Wikipedia as part of our usability and user experience program.  — We are changing our default look to a new theme we call …
 
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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
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Amazon's iPad page pops up
Discussion: MacRumors
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
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Peek tease “really, truly big stuff” incoming
Discussion: CrunchGear
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Mobile apps a gold rush for providers
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Crowdcast's crowdsourced dashboard lets managers know when they might fall short
Discussion: GigaOM and Market Wire
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
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Signal vs. Noise:
Launch: Highrise for iPhone
Discussion: iLounge and Mashable!
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