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2:00 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 And The FTC Determining The Future  —  For those centered in the mobile advertising game, the next few months could prove to be very interesting.  With big moves planned by Apple, Google still waiting in limbo with its AdMob purchase …
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 …
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.
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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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
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 …
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
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
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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Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
Three options for the FCC
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.)
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
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
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 …
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: Between the Lines
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
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.
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 …
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 and Between the Lines
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.
Joanna Stern / Engadget:
Lenovo C200 brings NVIDIA Ion 2 stateside for $499  —  If you've been patiently waiting on a low-cost NVIDIA Ion 2 system it looks like today is your lucky day since it looks like Lenovo has scored an early lead in unleashing the wrath of the new Atom / GeForce combo.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Say What?  Yes, You Heard Right - Zynga Could Be Worth $5 Billion  —  Zynga, the leading social gaming company behind Facebook hits such as Farmville and Mafia Wars, would likely be worth as much as $5 billion if it were publicly traded instead of privately held, according to SecondShares.com …
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
The Problems with the iPad and Streaming Video  —  While the iPad may be a marvelous and elegant new kind of computing device, and our show looks very nice on it indeed, the inconsistent WiFi connection and subsequent buffering is insufferable for consuming streaming video.
 
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Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Long delay expected for Intel support of USB 3.0
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Quirky Raises $6 Million For Social Product Development Platform
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Mobile Ad Network Millennial Media Unveils iPad SDK And New Ad Formats
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Robert Andrews / mocoNews:
Vodafone Brings Mobile Web To Developing Markets With Opera Mini
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Plaxo Doubles Address Book Traffic, Raises Ambitions
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Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
UK iPad users blocked from App store
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Wall Street Journal:
In the Search for a Hot Job Title, Enter the Ninja
Discussion: BaltTech
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Conan O'Brien Ventures Onto the Web to Promote His Tour
Thanks:rawmeet
Nick Kallen / The Twitter Engineering Blog:
Introducing Gizzard, a framework for creating distributed datastores
Discussion: GigaOM, ReadWriteWeb and pluGGd.in, Thanks:atul
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
How “Dirty” MP3 Files Are A Back Door Into Cloud DRM
 

 
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