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1:25 PM 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
Ryan Block / gdgt live:
Live iPhone OS 4.0 event coverage  —  Automatic refreshing, no need for F5.  8:55AM - Alright, we've arrived on campus!  We"re still a bit early though, so there will be a bit of loitering before things get going.  7:45AM - You know, while you're at it, might as well go check out iPhone OS 4.0 on gdgt, too.
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Apple has sold more than 450,000 iPads, with 3.5M downloads  —  Apple announced that it has sold more than 450,000 iPads as of today since the tablet computer went on sale on Saturday.  —  Apple chief executive Steve Jobs made the announcement at its headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. …
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Multitasking comes to iPhone OS 4.0!  —  You heard that right, people — iPhone OS 4 just brought multitasking to the platform!  Apple says they've figured out how to implement third party multitasking without hurting performance or battery life, and they're demoing it now …
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.
Adam Lashinsky / 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.
Matt Cherette / 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.
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 …
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Digital Economy Bill: Quick Guide To All 45 Measures  —  The controversial Digital Economy Bill may have had a few parts stripped out, it may even be a damp squib.  But the remaining, 76-page bill is still a wide-ranging piece of media and technology reform.  —  Confused?
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Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
UK Parliament Hurriedly Approves Online Piracy Law
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 …
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 …
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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 …
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: Go Rumors and 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: Spark Minute and textually.org, Thanks:beet_tv
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 …
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Rob Jackson / Android Phone Fans:
HTC Incredible User Guide Leaks [EXCLUSIVE]!  —  Are you ready for 205-pages of Incredible glory?  HTC Incredible glory, that is - we've just gotten our hands on an exclusive copy of the HTC Incredible User's Guide!  —  The Incredible User Guide was brought to you courtesy of AndroidForums Member and Forum Phone Guide - Anonimac.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Wi-LAN Files Patent Lawsuit Against Just About Every Portable Device Manufacturer  —  Wi-LAN, a Canadian company founded in 1992 to commercialize wireless networking technology, a couple of years ago decided to refocus its business on “developing, protecting and monetizing patented inventions” …
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: internetnews.com and AppScout
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
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?
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 and Daily Patricia, Thanks:staska
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
New service aims to improve on Chatroulette  —  A service that is about to go into beta called ChatImprov aims to offer Facebook users the best and most interesting parts of Chatroulette, but without the male nudity.  —  If you like the basic concept of Chatroulette—video chatting with random strangers …
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Plastic Logic expects to ship QUE proReader in June  —  So, Plastic Logic perhaps isn't for sale, but what about that long-awaited QUE proReader of theirs?  Well, we just got an update on that front.  A hapless tipster who pre-ordered the devices way back on January 9th just got an email …
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
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: Search Engine Land, BoomTown and GigaOM
 
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