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5:50 PM ET, April 7, 2010

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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:
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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.
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
FTC staff ready to recommend blocking Google Admob deal: source  —  (Reuters) - Lawyers at a U.S. regulator plan to recommend that the government try to block Google's proposed acquisition of mobile advertising firm AdMob on antitrust grounds, a source familiar with the matter said.
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Justin / Mobile Marketing Watch:   Mobile Advertising Is At A Turning Point, With Google, Apple …
Owen Fletcher / PC World:
FTC May Try to Block Google's AdMob Deal, Report Says
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.
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.
Discussion: MacRumors, MobileCrunch, iLounge and Ajaxian
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.”
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Rules clarified to enhance federal social media interactions  —  Users of social media, rejoice!  —  It will soon be much easier to interact with the federal government, through tweets, blogs and wikis, without forcing agencies to jump through procedural hoops that were set up by the Paperwork Reduction Act.
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Norm Eisen / White House.gov Blog Feed:
Open for Change  —  Today, U.S. departments and agencies …
Discussion: AppScout and techPresident
Ole CaveLie / Google Mobile Blog:
Google Maps 4.0 for BlackBerry adds Search by Voice, Google Buzz, Starring, Labs, and More  —  We've been rolling out new versions of Google Maps for mobile at a fast pace lately, and the first Google Maps for BlackBerry update of 2010 is a big one.  For version 4., we've added new features …
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.
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 …
David Hallerman / The eMarketer Blog:
New US Online Ad Spending Data: No Surprise & Some Surprises  —  The Interactive Advertising Bureau and PricewaterhouseCoopers released their full-year US online ad spending report for 2009 this morning.  The IAB/PwC historical data is our benchmark for Internet ad spending projections, so these new numbers certainly got our attention.
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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.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Mashable! and The Next Web
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.)
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: GMSV and AppScout, Thanks:steverubel
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 …
Discussion: TechCrunch and The Next Web
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.
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: Nature and Ars Technica, Thanks:hpnews
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
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: Macworld, TiPb and Gizmodo
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
What's coming in Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 1  —  It wasn't all that long ago (October 2009) that Microsoft released to manufacturing its Exchange Server 2010 product.  Yet on April 7, company officials started talking about what's coming in the first service pack (SP) for the product, via the Exchange Server Team blog.
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.
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.
 
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Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
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Gabriel Madway / MediaFile:
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Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
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Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Long delay expected for Intel support of USB 3.0
Discussion: Obsessable and CrunchGear
Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
Many Of Apple's Supposed List Of “iPad Ready” Sites Don't Work On The iPad
Discussion: MediaMemo, Macsimum News and Forever Geek, Thanks:flashstream
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
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Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Microsoft cites no-email crawl pledge
Adam DuVander / ProgrammableWeb:
How Twitter's 1 API Gave Birth to 43 New APIs
Thanks:atul
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Wall Street Journal:
In the Search for a Hot Job Title, Enter the Ninja
Discussion: Switched
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
The Problems with the iPad and Streaming Video
Discussion: BBC, Brainstorm Tech and Lost Remote, Thanks:beet_tv