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2:35 PM ET, April 7, 2010

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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Apple Announces Mobile Ad Plans Thursday, and Google Can't Wait to Tell the FTC  —  Apple is likely to introduce its mobile ad platform Thursday at its iPhone developer event, say sources familiar with the company's plans.  Expect to hear a loud cheer from Google, Apple's former ally and current competitor.
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Justin / Mobile Marketing Watch:   Mobile Advertising Is At A Turning Point, With Google, Apple …
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.
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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:   Exclusive: Gadget God Peter Rojas On GDGT's Big Raise (AOL)
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.
Paul Harris / Guardian:
I'll stop Google taking our news for nothing, says defiant Rupert Murdoch  —  News Corp boss hails iPad as potential saviour of newspapers, but says industry must stand up for itself and charge for content  —  Rupert Murdoch has launched a spirited defence of putting up paywalls around …
Charlie O'Donnell / This is going to be BIG!:
Why the Foursquare Acquisition Story Makes No Sense  —  So midway through their rocket ship ride to a million users and beyond, the Foursquare team is going to jump off for $100 million and a chance to work at Yahoo! for the next couple of years?  —  Riiiight.  —  If you believe that, I have a bridge app to sell you.
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Rosa Golijan / Gizmodo:
How to Turn an iPhone Into a Wireless iPad Camera  —  The iPad doesn't have a built-in camera, but you can give it something better.  By putting an app onto each an iPad and an iPhone, you can connect the two via bluetooth and have a wireless camera for your iPad.
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 …
Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
NY Times Reports on AT&T MicroCell Irony  —  Matt Richtel at the New York Times nails the ire of AT&T customers about the 3G MicroCell: From a technology standpoint, AT&T 3G MicroCell, a small cellular base station that plugs into home or office broadband, seems to be a winner.  From the marketing side, not so much.
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Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Bringing You a Signal You're Already Paying For
Discussion: ContentBlogger and Android Forums
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Yahoo Readies Launch Of iPad Advertising Model  —  Inspired by video game development, Yahoo has been working on a new advertising model for tablets, such as Apple's iPad, to provide another option for brands to tap its ad network.  The strategy for the new screen moves more toward product placement similar …
Discussion: AppScout, Thanks:steverubel
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:
Discussion: TechCrunch and Leigh's Blitherings, Thanks:atul
Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
Court Backs Comcast Over FCC on ‘Net Neutrality’  —  WASHINGTON—A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the Federal Communications Commission exceeded its authority when it sanctioned Comcast Corp. in 2008 for deliberately slowing Internet traffic for some users.
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Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Microsoft cites no-email crawl pledge  —  Unlike Google, Microsoft will not scan its hosted mail to target ads  —  Microsoft has a big responsibility in maintaining users' data as part of the company's hosted applications such as Hotmail, said Tim O'Brien, Microsoft senior director of platform strategy, on Tuesday.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Between the Lines
socalTECH.com:
Report: Veoh Assets Go To Qlipso  —  The assets of ill-fated online video site Veoh have reportedly been sold to 2Peer Ltd., operator of media site Qlipso, according to a report from VentureWire.  Details on the sale have not been released.  Qlipso lists its headquarters in Los Angeles …
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Amazon adds messaging to its Web services  —  Developers who use Amazon's cloud-based Web services should now have an easier way to send out messages to their users.  —  A new messaging feature called Amazon Simple Notification Service will let developers with Amazon Web Services accounts push …
Discussion: GigaOM, Mashable! and Between the Lines
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.)
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: TiPb, Gizmodo and Daring Fireball
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Box.net Raises $15 Million To Take On Microsoft SharePoint In The Cloud  —  Cloud storage and document sharing startup Box.net is announcing significant news today: the startup has just raised $15 million on Series C funding led by Scale Venture Partners, with existing investors Draper Fisher Jurvetson …
Adam DuVander / ProgrammableWeb:
How Twitter's 1 API Gave Birth to 43 New APIs  —  While Twitter mashups continue their tremendous growth, there's another area we're also noticing blossom: APIs that are based on the Twitter API.  It's a growing trend, and we now have 43 Twitter-derived APIs in our directory.
Thanks:atul
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.
Discussion: I4U News and GigaOM
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.”
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
PayPal's iPhone App Hits 1 Million Downloads In Under 3 Weeks  —  Ecommerce giant eBay has been reaching big milestones with its mobile apps, and apparently PayPal, its electronic payments subsidiary, is striking a chord with mobile users around the globe as well.
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
People Want Mobile Broadband, But Not Personal Hotspots  —  Global sales of mobile broadband devices rose 55 percent in 2009 over the year previous year, according to a recent Infonetics Research report, even despite the effects of the economic downturn.  Even more surprising, however …
Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
Many Of Apple's Supposed List Of “iPad Ready” Sites Don't Work On The iPad  —  A few days before Apple's iPad went on sale, Apple launched a new section on their website showcasing a list of websites that they call “ipad ready”.  Clearly, part of their reason for doing so was to combat a lot of the people …
Discussion: MediaMemo, Macsimum News and Forever Geek, Thanks:flashstream
 
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Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Conan O'Brien Ventures Onto the Web to Promote His Tour
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Nick Kallen / The Twitter Engineering Blog:
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Discussion: GigaOM, ReadWriteWeb and pluGGd.in, Thanks:atul
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