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Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Web traffic redirected to China in mystery mix-up  —  Workers at Internet network operation centers around the world are trying to figure out why traffic to sites such as YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook was redirected to servers in China this week, giving Web surfers around the globe a glimpse …
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Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
China's Great Firewall spreads overseas
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 …
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 …
BBC:
Times and Sunday Times websites to charge from June  —  The Times and Sunday Times newspapers will start charging to access their websites in June, owner News International (NI) has announced.  —  Users will pay £1 for a day's access and £2 for a week's subscription.
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.
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
What Microsoft learned from Jerry Seinfeld and Bill Gates  —  Having followed Microsoft for a few years now, I like to think that I've figured out some of its mysteries, but there's a big one that I've just never been able to crack: What in the heck was the company trying to accomplish …
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 …
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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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
New Wikipedia Redesign is Coming Soon
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Check.in Is A Potentially Brilliant Remedy For Check-In Fatigue  —  Last week, I wrote about check-in fatigue.  While there is a lot of excitement right now surrounding location-based apps, and particularly the ones where you “check-in” places, trying to use all of them can be exhausting, as I found out at SXSW.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Best Buy Preps for April 3rd iPad Launch  —  Consumer electronics retailer Best Buy has reportedly begun preparations for the launch of Apple's Wi-Fi iPad models on April 3rd, providing its retail store employees with details of events leading up to the launch.
Discussion: I4U News and 9 to 5 Mac
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Begins Issuing Preauthorization Credit Holds for iPad Pre-Orders
Discussion: TiPb
Will Richmond / VideoNuze.com:
Here's How Google TV Will Work - And What It Might Mean  —  Last week, the NY Times shared some details of “Google TV,” the new set-top box Google is developing in partnership with Intel and Sony.  The article provided a good outline, and now, based on additional information I've gathered …
Discussion: VideoNuze, SlashGear and Gizmodo
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 …
R. Scott MacIntosh / New York Times:
Portable Real Estate Listings — but With a Difference  —  Open the mobile phone application offered by a French real estate agency and point your phone at a building along the Champs-Élysées or some other street in Paris.  Within seconds, you will see the property's value per square meter …
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.
Rik Myslewski / The Register:
Apple display patent enslaves sun  —  Or cute little umbrellas  —  An Apple patent application published Thursday describes a variety of techniques for capturing light from external sources to either replace or supplement traditional backlighting of electronic-device displays.
Louis Gray:
Twitter Highlighting “Clever Accounts” @cleveraccounts  —  A common aspect of any Web-centric company looking to break out of an early adopter niche to more mainstream acceptance is the highlighting of customers who have been brave enough to take the plunge first.
Thanks:atul
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 …
Kristen Schweizer / Bloomberg:
Spotify Music Site Sees U.S. Start in Third Quarter; Plans BlackBerry App  —  Spotify, a virtual digital jukebox and Europe's largest legal online music site, aims to start U.S. operations in the third quarter.  —  The Stockholm-based company, which has 7 million users in Europe …
Yahoo! Search Marketing Blog:
CTIA Video: Yahoo! Sketch-a-Search Demo  —  New Yahoo! app lets your fingers do the searching  —  In case you missed the CTIA 2010 conference and our announcement of the new Yahoo! Search-a-Sketch app, here's an on-the-spot video of the demo, taken by conference-goer, zdnetsam.
Paul Miller / Engadget:
OpenPeak's OpenTablet 7 hands-on: Moorestown has found a friend  —  We've been hearing of OpenPeak devices for years, but the company is a little camera shy — particularly because most of their products, like the Verizon Hub and O2 Joggler, are re-branded by carriers.
Discussion: jkkmobile and Gizmodo
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Confirmed: Intellectual Ventures Owns Smart Phone Motion Control Patent  —  Patent #7,679,604 — “Method and apparatus for controlling a computer system” — the broad motion-control patent I've been writing about all week, has passed through a number of hands over the years.
Discussion: Edible Apple
Julian Assange / WikiLeaks:
U.S. must stop spying on WikiLeaks  —  Over the last few years, WikiLeaks has been the subject of hostile acts by security organizations.  In the developing world, these range from the appalling assassination of two related human rights lawyers in Nairobi last March (an armed attack …
Ubergizmo:
WePad Details and Plans Revealed  —  We've talked about a few technical details of the WePad before, but now we have all the specifications, along with a table (partially in German) that compares it with the iPad (click on the title to head to the full post).
Discussion: Go Rumors
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
 
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Bitbop hands-on: is this the Hulu of mobile?
Discussion: DVICE, Technologizer and Epicenter
Nicholas Kolakowski / eWeek:
Sprint Faces Long Road with HTC Evo 4G, Suggest Analysts
Discussion: Business Week
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Malleable social graphs and mini-mobs: why Facebook could destroy …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:atul
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
Eye-Tracking Tablets and the Promise of Text 2.0
Discussion: CrunchGear
Washington Post:
Anti-counterfeiting agreement raises constitutional concerns
Discussion: Techdirt
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Gravity Launches Public Beta: Former MySpace Execs' Take on Forums
Discussion: The Next Web and ReadWriteWeb
Mac Slocum / O'Reilly Radar:
Web-TV convergence is already here, just not the way we expected
Bloomberg:
Dell Says India May Be Poised to Become New Technology Manufacturing Hub
 Earlier Items: 
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
TJX hacker gets 20-year jail sentence
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Go Daddy Says China Refusal Is No PR Stunt
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Amazon's iPad page pops up
Discussion: Kindle Review
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Peek tease “really, truly big stuff” incoming
Discussion: CrunchGear
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Twitter's Secret Business Model Should Get Rid Of Those Twitter Ads You Hate
Jessie / The Official Netflix Blog:
Netflix via Wii - Coming Soon