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6:05 AM 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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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Will FCC Choose “The Nuclear Option” In Net Neutrality Fight?  —  Today's decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals to strike down the FCC's authority to order Comcast (CMCSA) not to throttle down traffic from BitTorrent and other file-sharing services poses a fundamental challenge to the government ability …
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Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
FCC loses Comcast's court challenge, a major setback for agency on Internet policies
Kevin Rose / Digg Blog:
Digg: The Digg iFrame Toolbar is Dead / Unbanning Domains  —  Here are a couple updates regarding the DiggBar (iFrame toolbar) and banned sites.  Note: These changes will not take place until the launch of Digg v4, sign up for the beta here.  —  DiggBar:  —  Framing content with an iFrame is bad for the Internet.
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Liz Gannes / GigaOM:   As Kevin Rose Restarts Digg, He Faces an Unsocial Problem
Owen Thomas / VentureBeat:
Yahoo buying Foursquare for $100 million?  Let's check in.  —  A report surfaced today that Yahoo is considering buying Foursquare for $100 million.  The story, put out by Silicon Alley Insider, seems pretty preposterous, considering Foursquare is the hottest name in location-based services …
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Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Here's The Real Story Behind Apple, Newsweek, Dan Lyons, And Steven Levy  —  Earlier today, we covered a flare up between Steven Levy of Wired and Dan Lyons, a.k.a. Fake Steve Jobs, tech columnist at Newsweek.  —  Over the weekend, Dan had appeared on CNN and said that Apple's head of PR …
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 …
Discussion: VentureBeat, Second Shares and ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:atul
Marco Tabini / Macworld:
Apple confirms iPad Wi-Fi issues, suggests fixes  —  If you feel like your brand-new iPad isn't working with wireless networks the way you think it should, the problem may not be in your head.  Apple's support forums contain a number of comments from frustrated users who are experiencing problems …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
How “Dirty” MP3 Files Are A Back Door Into Cloud DRM  —  All the big music sellers may have moved to non-DRM MP3 files long ago, but the watermarking of files with your personal information continues.  Most users who buy music don't know about the marking of files, or don't care.
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Fusion Garage JooJoo review  —  We're not sure what's harder to believe: the fact that after months and months of the soap-opera-like drama that the JooJoo (formerly known as the CrunchPad) has finally landed in our hands, or that within just a few days there are now two capacitive touchscreen …
Todd Lappin / Laughing Squid:
A 2.5 Year-Old Uses an iPad for the First Time  —  My iPhone-savvy 2.5 year-old daughter held an iPad for the very first time last night, and it turned out to be an interesting user-interface experiment.  —  As you can see, after geeking out on my Sutro Tower homescreen, she took right to it …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
AOL Admits Bebo To Be Sold Or Shut Down; Memo Sets May Target For Decision  —  AOL (NYSE: AOL) told employees today that it may sell or shut down social network Bebo this year after deciding it would take too much additional investment to make keeping it worthwhile.  Here's the memo from AOL Ventures EVP Jon Brod...
Marco.org:
iBooks and private APIs  —  iBooks' use of tons1 of private APIs is frustrating on a few levels, the biggest that it makes all third-party reading-related apps second-class citizens.  —  I won't be able to offer some features that iBooks has (such as a true brightness control) …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Conan O'Brien Ventures Onto the Web to Promote His Tour  —  LOS ANGELES — When Conan O'Brien wanted to start a Web site last winter, he was reminded that he did not own his dot-com name, ConanOBrien.com.  —  Gainfully employed by NBC for some two decades, a personal Web site had hardly …
Thanks:rawmeet
Nick Kallen / The Twitter Engineering Blog:
Introducing Gizzard, a framework for creating distributed datastores  —  An introduction to sharding  —  Many modern web sites need fast access to an amount of information so large that it cannot be efficiently stored on a single computer.  A good way to deal with this problem is to “shard” …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:atul
Google Mobile Blog:
Gmail for mobile integrates with Google Buzz  —  When Google Buzz for mobile launched in February, we created the mobile web app at buzz.google.com so you could post buzz on the go.  Depending on your inbox integration settings buzz gets sent to your Gmail inbox when people @reply you …
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.
Bruce Schneier / Schneier on Security:
Privacy and Control  —  In January, Facebook Chief Executive, Mark Zuckerberg, declared the age of privacy to be over.  A month earlier, Google Chief Eric Schmidt expressed a similar sentiment.  Add Scott McNealy's and Larry Ellison's comments from a few years earlier …
Discussion: MediaPost
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Launch: OpenSky Wants To Turn Bloggers Into Sellers Without Sacrificing Their Souls  —  Any good blogger or “influencer” is a natural salesman, but what he or she sells (typically) are ideas or a lifestyle, not actual goods.  John Caplan, the CEO of OpenSky, thinks he can turn influencers …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Bits, Thanks:andrewpbrett
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Is iPad a game-changer?  —  If you're old enough to remember the vice-presidential debate between Lloyd Bentsen and Dan Quayle, you're also old enough to remember the PC jr.  —  Quayle, a fit young man, probably chosen as a running mate because of his fitness, was likely told by his handlers …
Discussion: Daring Fireball
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
The Reason No One Is Bragging About iPad App Sales: The Numbers Are Too Small (AAPL)  —  Around Christmas, iPhone app developers LOVE to brag about how many apps they sold.  The numbers are often huge.  —  But in the early days of Apple's iPad app market, no one's bragging about anything.
Discussion: eHomeUpgrade
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
The Problems with the iPad and Streaming Video  —  While the iPad may be a marvelous, 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.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, Lost Remote and CNN, Thanks:beet_tv
 
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Trulia Enters The Real Estate Rental Market And Starts Collecting Location Ratings
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Bump's Data Exchange API Goes Cross-Platform, Launches For Android And iPad
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Redbox Could Take On Netflix in Streaming
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Photographers Group To Sue Google Over Book Deal
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Zynga Mafia Wars Addicts Can Now Whack Their Rivals With An SMS Message
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 Earlier Items: 
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Verizon CEO has told Apple of iPhone interest
Electronista:
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Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Windstream Hijacking Firefox Google Toolbar Results …
Dan Goodin / The Register:
RSA says it fathered orphan credential in Firefox, Mac OS
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Next Up, Multi-Tasking?
 

 
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