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6:45 AM ET, March 26, 2010

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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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Ars Technica and Ubergizmo
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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
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 …
Discussion: Stay N' Alive and Erictric
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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: 9 to 5 Mac
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Begins Issuing Preauthorization Credit Holds for iPad Pre-Orders
Discussion: TiPb
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
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
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.
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: The Next Web and ReadWriteWeb
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.
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 …
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
Eye-Tracking Tablets and the Promise of Text 2.0  —  The best thing about reading a book on a tablet (so far) is how closely it approximates reading a “real” book — which is why the Kindle's screen is matte like paper rather than luminescent like a laptop.  Some (not all) fear for the demise …
Discussion: CrunchGear
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 applications.
Discussion: mocoNews, eWeek and Digits
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.
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
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Malleable social graphs and mini-mobs: why Facebook could destroy Foursquare and Gowalla with one check in  —  I didn't write about the big location war at SXSW (between location-based apps like Foursquare, Gowalla, Loopt, Brightkite, Whrrl, and others).  Why not?  Because, well, MG Siegler at Techcrunch has been.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:atul
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: Kindle Review
 
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Bitbop hands-on: is this the Hulu of mobile?
Discussion: Technologizer and Epicenter
Nicholas Kolakowski / eWeek:
Sprint Faces Long Road With HTC Evo 4G, Suggest Analysts
Discussion: Business Week
Washington Post:
Anti-counterfeiting agreement raises constitutional concerns
Mac Slocum / O'Reilly Radar:
Web-TV convergence is already here, just not the way we expected
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Go Daddy Says China Refusal Is No PR Stunt
Discussion: Nart Villeneuve and Digits
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Peek tease “really, truly big stuff” incoming
Discussion: CrunchGear
 Earlier Items: 
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Facebook Threatens Greasemonkey Script Writer
Discussion: All Facebook and Pulse2
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
The Bounty For An Apple Bug: $115,000
David Colker / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Google adds Twitter feed in China, again defying that country's rules [Updated]