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11:00 AM ET, April 8, 2010

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DigiTimes:
Apple reportedly planning a smaller-size iPad for 1Q11, says Digitimes Research  —  Apple is reportedly scheduling a smaller 5- to 7-inch version of the iPad that is expected to launch as soon as the first quarter of 2011, according to Digitimes Research senior analyst Mingchi Kuo.
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Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple producing 5-7 inch, $400 mini-iPad for 2011?
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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 …
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Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Move over, Skype.  Google Voice is coming to the desktop.  —  For those of us who know and love Google Voice, there's simply no replacement.  The issue though is that there was no way to do a voice call from the desktop.  In order to make or receive a call, you have to be using the phone to which your Google Voice number is tied.
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” …
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Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Digital Economy Bill: Quick Guide To All 45 Measures
Brainstorm Tech:
Palm CEO puts his cards on the table  —  Former Apple exec Jon Rubinstein remains committed to Palm's success, even as takeover rumors swirl.  —  Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein … The conventional wisdom is that Palm has blown it and either is going to run out of money or get sold or both.
Discussion: PreCentral.net and The Loop
New York Times:
China's Censorship Machine Takes On the Internet  —  An Internet cafe in Beijing.  Some Internet cafes and schools use filtering software, and a version for cellphones is in development.  —  BEIJING — Type the Chinese characters for “carrot” into Google's search engine here in mainland China …
Discussion: Computerworld
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Computerworld:
Google says mobile services now mostly accessible in China
Discussion: InfoWorld
Gawker.TV:
South Park Explains Everything That Is Annoying About Facebook  —  Tonight, South Park made comment on Facebook and its obsessives by brilliantly taking every ridiculous thing about what the social network has become and explaining it with hilariously awkward (and eerily accurate) “IRL” interactions.
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.
MacDailyNews:
Justin Long: Apple's ‘Get a Mac’ commercials ‘might be done’  —  “For a decade, Justin Long has acted in commercials, TV shows, studio features, and independents, many comedies and a few dramas.  He's also done more than his share of voice work for animated fare... Long recently spoke …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Salesforce Chatter Gets Its Own App Marketplace: ChatterExchange  —  When Salesforce's enterprise-friendly social collaboration platform Chatter was announced last Fall, we focused on the social features and connectivity it could bring to the enterprise.  It was, in fact, Salesforce's …
Dennis Howlett / Irregular Enterprise:
Steve Gillmor goes to the dark side: you should care  —  Steve Gillmor is joining Salesforce.com.  Apparently he is a direct CEO appointment (cool or what?)  Is that a big deal?  Yes it is.  Steve is a lightning rod for many things.  He's been 100% relentless in his promotion of Twitter …
Discussion: TechCrunchIT
Sean Michael Kerner / LinuxPlanet:
Ubuntu Claims 12 Million Users as Lucid Linux Desktop Nears  —  12 Million Users, Aubergine, Synchronization  —  Ubuntu Linux is gearing up for the debut of its latest release with Ubuntu 10.04, codenamed “the Lucid Lynx” and scheduled for general availability at the end of the month.
Discussion: AppScout and internetnews.com
Louis Gray:
Phones, 'Pads and Platform Plethora Pain  —  Fifteen years ago, James Gosling and others at Sun helped promote a new programming language, Java, which aggressively promised to allow developers to “write once” and have their programs “run anywhere.”  At the time, Java aimed to solve the problem …
Thanks:zee
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.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Barnes & Noble Nook arriving at Best Buy, will go on sale April 18  —  Looks like the e-reader wars are heating up, retail-style: we just found out that Target will be selling the Kindle later this month, and now multiple sources are telling us that Best Buy will start selling the Barnes …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ron Conway And The Technology Ecosystem  —  In the beginning of an interview last week I introduced Ron Conway by saying that pitching him for an investment in your startup is a rite of passage in Silicon Valley.  Venture Capitalists Marc Andreessen and David Hornik immediately agreed.  —  Why is that?
Miles Godfrey / Sydney Morning Herald:
MySpace relaunch to combat Facebook  —  AAP  —  Rupert Murdoch's social networking website MySpace is planning a Spring relaunch to try to win back users from rival Facebook and reposition itself in the rapidly changing social media market.  —  MySpace, bought by Mr Murdoch's media group News Corp …
Discussion: VatorNews
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Parallels unveils Windows 7 upgrade tool  —  Parallels is indeed coming out with a product that uses virtualization to help ease the transition to Windows 7.  —  The software, the existence of which was first reported by CNET on Wednesday, takes one's files and programs from a Windows XP …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Xmarks Begins Monetizing Bookmarks With Advertising And Analytics Platform SearchBoost  —  Following a rebranding last year, Xmarks, a social bookmarking and search tool, has been growing steadily in users.  Following the addition of its search feature last March, Xmarks now has 4.5 million active users …
Discussion: BoomTown and GigaOM
Patrick Thibodeau / Computerworld:
Microsoft's cloud-enabled Office 2010 set to join battle with Google  —  Contract terms, not features, may have major role in Google Apps vs. Office cloud decisions  —  Computerworld - SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Next month, Microsoft Corp. will release Office 2010 into an IT world that Google Inc …
Discussion: InfoWorld
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
HuffPo Launches Separate ‘Twitter Edition’; More Focus On Real-Time News  —  The Huffington Post is launching a “Twitter edition” that is intended to serve as an extension and a distinct entity from the main news and opinion site, the company told paidContent.
Discussion: textually.org, Thanks:beet_tv
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Get your e-book on the iPad (and keep all the royalties)  —  Tunecore has been a boon for musicians like Trent Reznor, who pay the Brooklyn-based company a flat fee of $40 or so and then see their music available for sale on Amazon, iTunes, and eMusic.  The copyrights all remain in the artists' hands …
Discussion: TeleRead
Nicholas Carr / Rough Type:
The iPad Luddites  —  Is it possible for a Geek God to also be a Luddite?  That was the question that popped into my head as I read Cory Doctorow's impassioned anti-iPad diatribe at Boing Boing.  The device that Apple calls “magical” and “revolutionary” is, to Doctorow …
Discussion: CNET News
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
Staska / Unwired View:
Apple is working on it's own mobile P2P payment service for iPhone and iPad  —  Mobile micropayments through your smartphone is emerging, and, most likely, soon to become pretty hot category.  —  Nokia is looking how to introduce mobile payments to developing world with it's Money service.
Discussion: IntoMobile, Thanks:staska
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.
 
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Apple patent shows iPhone ruling the home
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iPad Sales Estimated to Have Already Surpassed 500,000
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 Earlier Items: 
Tim Wu / Slate:
The iPad is Steve Jobs' final victory over the company's co-founder Steve Wozniak.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple rejected iPad app for using pinch to expand gesture
Discussion: TUAW, Computerworld and IntoMobile