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10:00 PM ET, April 7, 2010

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Fred / A VC:
The Twitter Platform's Inflection Point  —  I was emailing with a friend of mine yesterday who is a 30 year veteran of silicon valley.  He'd written a post that was quite positive about the iPad.  I sent him my post which wasn't so positive.  We had a good discussion.  Which ended with my friend making this point:
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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Holy Cow Did Twitter's Top Investor Drop A Bombshell On Twitter App-Makers Today  —  Twitter could buy or build its own photo-uploader and mobile app, squashing third-party developers in its way, Twitter investor and Union Square Ventures partner Fred Wilson implicitly warned in a post this morning.
Discussion: Scripting News
Jim Hoskins / Almost Done:
AdLib - Apple's secret iPad web framework?  —  I know, I know, enough news about the iPad already!  I haven't picked one up yet because I'm much more keen on having a device with 3G access.  However, this isn't about the iPad itself, but something very interesting I stumbled upon while playing with the iPad Simulator.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Testing Google Voice Desktop App Internally  —  Last November Google acquired Gizmo5, a VoIP service that competed with Skype by making P2P VoIP calls as well as making and receiving calls with POTS (normal landlines) and mobile phones.  —  Gizmo5 fills some of the holes in the Google Voice product …
Discussion: Erictric, The Next Web and VoIP Watch
Tim Wu / Slate:
The iPad is Steve Jobs' final victory over the company's co-founder Steve Wozniak.  —  In 2006, professor Jonathan Zittrain of Harvard Law School predicted that over the next decade there would be a determined effort to replace the personal computer with a new generation of “information appliances.”
Sascha Segan / Gearlog:
AT&T: iPad 3G is Truly Unlimited, Not 5GB  —  Count me corrected.  I had assumed that the iPad's upcoming $30/month, AT&T 3G plan had the usual 5GB soft cap - the kind of thing where if you use more than 5GB in a month, you get a phone call from your carrier suggesting that you seek help for your Internet addiction.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The iPad  —  Back in December, here's how I concluded my piece on what I expected from Apple's then-still-unannounced tablet: … After the iPad was announced, I got two types of emails from readers.  The first group saying they were disappointed, because they had been hoping I was right …
John Markoff / New York Times:
H.P. Says New Device Could Revolutionize Computer Chips  —  PALO ALTO, Calif. — Hewlett-Packard scientists on Thursday will report advances demonstrating significant progress in the design of a new class of diminutive switches capable of replacing transistors as computer chips shrink toward the atomic scale.
Discussion: Digits, Electronista, Nature and Ars Technica, Thanks:hpnews
foursquare:
On foursquare, cheating, and claiming mayorships from your couch...  Hey all -  —  Some of you may have noticed that we rolled out the first version of our “cheater code” - an attempt to catch some of the folks that are checking in from their couches to steal mayorships.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple rejected iPad app for using pinch to expand gesture  —  Apple refused to accept one iPad application to its App Store until the proprietary “pinch to expand” multi-touch gesture, which is found in Apple's own Photos application, was removed, a developer has told AppleInsider.
Discussion: Macworld, Gizmodo, Marco.org and TiPb
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Apple iPad Components Cost At Least $259  —  Much of the tablet's electronics powers its touchscreen and other user-interface aspects, according to a teardown analysis by iSuppli  —  Apple's (AAPL) iPad tablet computer costs as little as $259.60 to build, according to analysis by the research firm iSuppli.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Kindle coming to Target on April 25?  —  We've always wondered if and when Amazon would get the Kindle into brick-and-mortar stores to counteract the see-it-with-your-eyes marketing advantage held by competitors like Barnes and Noble, and it looks like we just got our answer …
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Rules clarified to enhance federal social media interactions  —  Users of social media, rejoice!  —  It will soon be much easier to interact with the federal government, through tweets, blogs and wikis, without forcing agencies to jump through procedural hoops that were set up by the Paperwork Reduction Act.
Discussion: SocialTimes.com
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Norm Eisen / White House.gov Blog Feed:
Open for Change  —  Today, U.S. departments and agencies …
Discussion: techPresident and AppScout
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
FTC staff ready to recommend blocking Google Admob deal: source  —  (Reuters) - Lawyers at a U.S. regulator plan to recommend that the government try to block Google's proposed acquisition of mobile advertising firm AdMob on antitrust grounds, a source familiar with the matter said.
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Apple iPad, iPhone OS 4 appears set to gain direct printing support  —  Apple has hinted at the prospect for direct printing from the iPad in its support documents for iWork apps, suggesting the feature may appear as part of iPhone OS 4.0.  —  Support pages for iPad's Pages, Keynote …
Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
Windows 7 SP1 leaks, available now  —  In March, the Windows team announced the upcoming release of Service Pack 1 for Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2, but did not set a date of availability.  —  At the time, Microsoft's Brandon LeBlanc said, “For Windows 7, SP1 includes only minor updates …
Blogger Bob / The TSA Blog:
Traveling with E-readers, Netbooks, and Other Small Gadgets (Including the iPad)  —  E-readers, Net Books and other small gadgets are becoming more and more popular for travelers to bring along in their carry-ons.  (iPads, Kindles™, Neos, Nooks™, Sony® Readers™ etc.)
IAB:
Internet Ad Revenues Reach Record Quarterly High of $6.3 Billion in Q4 '09  —  Slight Decline Year-on-Year to $22.7 Billion, Still A Bright Spot in Media Industry  —  The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) today released the IAB Internet Advertising Revenue Report for the full year 2009.
Taylor Wimberly / Android and Me:
Verizon set to launch an Incredible device “really soon” - April 29th  —  Update: I have spoken with several trusted sources and they each confirmed the April 29th launch date for the HTC Incredible.  —  We all know that Verizon plans to launch the HTC Incredible soon, but the carrier has been very quiet on the details of the device.
Hitwise:
Ask share of searches increases for fourth straight month  —  Experian Hitwise announced today that Google accounted for 69.97 percent of all U.S. searches conducted in the four weeks ending March 27, 2010.  Yahoo! Search, Bing and Ask received 15.04 percent, 9.62 percent and 3.44 percent, respectively.
Pamela Smith / KATV-TV:
Son Sues Mother for Harassment Over Facebook Posts  —  reporter: Pamela Smith producer: Evan Hoffmeyer  —  Arkadelphia - An Arkadelphia mother is charged with harassment for making entries on her son's Facebook page.  —  Denise New's 16 year old son filed charges against her last month …
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
Tracking Your Every Movement — and Sharing It With Others  —  How much do people want to share with their social circle? … Researchers at Intel Labs believe people might eventually share almost everything they are doing — as long as it's within a very small group.
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Bringing You a Signal You're Already Paying For  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Faced with withering criticism for its spotty iPhone service, AT&T blames in part a shortage of cellphone towers near homes and businesses.  But it has a solution: put a miniature cell tower in your living room.  —  There's a catch, though.
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Digits:
Gdgt Raises New Financing with New Concept  —  Is there room for another Web site for gadget lovers? … Peter Rojas, 35, and Ryan Block, 27, veterans of tech blogs Gizmodo and Engadget, think so.  Last year, they launched gdgt, a new take on a discussion forum for gadget lovers.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
What's coming in Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 1  —  It wasn't all that long ago (October 2009) that Microsoft released to manufacturing its Exchange Server 2010 product.  Yet on April 7, company officials started talking about what's coming in the first service pack (SP) for the product, via the Exchange Server Team blog.
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
UK Parliament Hurriedly Approves Online Piracy Law  —  The UK government's controversial Digital Economy Bill was voted for by a majority of House Of Commons MPs Wednesday night - giving music labels, movie studios and other sections of the creative industries a landmark “graduated response” …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Israeli social media firm Qlipso buys assets of video site Veoh  —  Israeli social sharing firm Qlipso is announcing today it has acquired the assets of video site Veoh for an undisclosed price.  —  Jerusalem-based Qlipso lets people share video and other content with each other.
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Make QR Codes in a Jiffy with Goo.gl  —  Google's official URL-shortening service, Goo.gl, just added a very cool trick to its shortening arsenal: Quick QR code creation with a simple URL tweak.  —  We recently highlighted how to make your personal QR code, but for those of you who don't recall …
Heather Horn / The Atlantic Wire:
Is It Aggregation or Stealing?  —  Snazzy, easy-to-use, one-stop hub Newser is one of many aggregation sites out there (The Atlantic Wire should know—we're one, too).  Aggregation has its upsides and downsides: there are those who claim shortening and collecting is a useful service …
Discussion: paidContent, MediaMemo, CJR and Mediaite
 
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Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Wins Patents for iChat, iDVD, Virtual Keyboard & Multi-Touch
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Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Amazon adds messaging to its Web services
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