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11:45 PM ET, April 7, 2010

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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
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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:
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Foursquare Starts To Enforce The Rules, Cracks Down On Fake Check-Ins
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.”
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: TUAW, Macworld, Gizmodo and Marco.org
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, Nature, Ars Technica and Electronista, Thanks:hpnews
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.
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 …
David Kushner / Mother Jones:
Inside WikiLeaks' Leak Factory  —  WikiLeaks has revealed the secrets of the Pentagon, Scientology, and Sarah Palin—and the explosive video of a US attack on civilians and journalists in Iraq.  Meet the shadowy figure behind the whistleblower site.  —  Post Comment
Discussion: Gawker and Reuters
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Earth Fills In The Blue Parts  —  If you thought Google's Street View was ambitious, or even Google Earth, then the companies latest efforts to “fill in the ‘blue’ part of the planet” on Google Earth puts the rest to shame.  That “blue part”, after all, comprises more than 70% of the planet's surface.
Discussion: Google LatLong, VatorNews and TED Prize
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.
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Verizon's CEO Is Going To Find And Throttle You - CEO again hints at his dream for higher LTE broadband pricing  —  Speaking this week at the Council For Foreign Relations, Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg said a lot of things, including the fact that the company has told Apple they're ready to offer the iPad.
Discussion: fastnetnews.com
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Tony Romm / Hillicon Valley:
Verizon CEO: Other nations ‘not even close’ to U.S. in broadband
Discussion: CFR.org, Ars Technica and Joho the Blog
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 …
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 …
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.)
Tom Espiner / ZDNet:
IBM denies breaking open-source pledge  —  IBM has rebuffed accusations that it has gone back on a promise not to enforce a group of patents if the technology is used by open-source developers.  —  In a blog post on Tuesday, open-source software developer Florian Mueller criticised the company for reneging on its five-year-old pledge.
Discussion: Open Source and LinuxInsider
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.
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.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
iPad Sales Estimated to Have Already Surpassed 500,000  —  Advertising firm Chitika earlier this week rolled out a running tally calculating the number of iPads accessing the Internet via the device's Safari browser based on unique hits to its network of advertisements.
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.
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 …
Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
Skyfire: BlackBerry development just not as good as Android  —  Popular third party mobile Web browser Skyfire posted an announcement last week that it would be opening up alpha testing for its forthcoming Webkit-based Android browser.  Within one hour of making the announcement …
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 …
 
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Jeremy Kirk / ITworld.com:
Adobe considers changes to mitigate PDF attack
Cara Anna / Associated Press:
US author says China media can't cover Google book
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 Earlier Items: 
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Will Facebook Start Investing More in Its Own Apps Again?
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Darrell M. West / Brookings Institute:
Saving Money Through Cloud Computing
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Wins Patents for iChat, iDVD, Virtual Keyboard & Multi-Touch
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Jessica E. Vascellaro / Digits:
Gdgt Raises New Financing with New Concept