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11:05 AM ET, March 26, 2010

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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
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.
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 …
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.
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Begins Issuing Preauthorization Credit Holds for iPad Pre-Orders
Discussion: TiPb
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and TG Daily
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 …
Susie Pan / DigiTimes:
Apple reportedly shifts orders for iPad touch panels from TPK to Wintek  —  Taiwan-based TPK Touch Solutions has seen Apple shift orders for iPad-use projected capacitive touch panels to fellow maker Wintek because of TPK's delayed shipments, according to industry sources in Taiwan.
Discussion: MacRumors and Electronista
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:
Congress On China: Google Gets A Big Wet Kiss.  Microsoft Is “Enabling Tyranny”  —  This is why I have a strong dislike of government and our system of lobbyists.  Many people in the tech community are becoming increasingly skeptical of Google's motives in partially pulling out of the Chinese markets …
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.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Clever Twitter Accounts, Thanks:atul
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 …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Confirmed: Intellectual Ventures Owns Smartphone 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: CNET News and Edible Apple
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Nokia Buys Mobile Web Browser Startup Novarra  —  Nokia has acquired Novarra, an Illinois-based startup that develops a mobile web browser.  Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.  The full release is pasted below.  —  Nokia says that Novarra's technology will be integrated into the browser experience on Nokia phones.
Discussion: Nokia 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.
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: Gearlog and Go Rumors
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.
Ronny Kerr / VatorNews:
Wordpress profiles powered by Gravatar  —  Automatically granting its users fancier profiles, WordPress could be incubating a social network  —  WordPress, probably the most well-known open source blog publishing application, is turning to Gravatar, a little-known service …
Peter Sayer / PC World:
GSMA Launches SMS Spam Reporting Service  —  The falling cost of text messaging is making mobile-phone users a more attractive target for spammers, according to the GSM Association.  To counter this, it wants its mobile-network-operator members to “crowd-source” spam reports from their customers …
Discussion: The Register and Phone Scoop
Jay Hathaway / Download Squad:
Miro updates Internet TV app to version 3, launches Video Converter  —  Miro, the cross-platform app that makes watching online TV insanely easy, just got a big new upgrade to version 3.  Not only is Miro snappier — especially when it comes to startup time — it's also louder …
Discussion: Miro
 
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Bitbop hands-on: is this the Hulu of mobile?
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
Bruce Houghton / hypebot:
Pandora By The Numbers  —  At a recent NYC Pandora listener …
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Amazon's iPad page pops up
Discussion: Kindle Review
Alexander Vaughn / App Advice:
Exclusive: iPad iBooks Features The Gutenberg Project Catalog - 30,000 Free eBooks
Jessie / The Official Netflix Blog:
Netflix via Wii - Coming Soon