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Paul Miller / Engadget:
iPhone OS 4 unveiled, adds multitasking, shipping this summer  —  Just a bit more than a year after we first laid eyes on iPhone OS 3.0, Apple is back with the latest big revision of the OS that powers the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. iPhone OS 4 is shipping this summer (iPad in the fall) …
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John Herrman / Gizmodo:
iPhone OS 4.0 Multitasking First Video  —  Here's what multitasking looks like on iPhone 4.0.  For full details on iPhone OS 4, and multitasking specifically, check out our definitive guides.  [YouTube]
Robb Lewis / App Advice:
VOIP API Will Finally Let Skype Run in the Background  —  It's official!  A new developer API in iPhone OS 4.0 will allow Skype to run in the background, allowing you to receive calls through both a VOIP service, like Skype, and your network provider.  —  Running Skype in the background …
Michael Grothaus / TUAW:
iChatAgent process shows up in iPhone OS 4.0 — video conferencing coming?
Discussion: MacRumors and MacStories
Apple:
Get a sneak peek into the future of iPhone OS  —  On April 8, Apple unveiled plans for the biggest and most exciting iPhone software update yet. iPhone OS 4 will include over 100 new user features for iPhone and iPod touch owners to enjoy.  And for developers, a new software development kit …
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Joel Johnson / Gizmodo:
Original iPhones, 3G Can't Fully Upgrade to iPhone OS 4  —  To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.  Remember these words as you accept that your first-gen iPhone, iPhone 3G, and iPod Touches will not get the full Touch OS4 upgrade.
Paul Miller / Engadget:
iPhone OS 4 keynote video now online  —  Sure, you devoured every word of the liveblog (or perhaps just casually refreshed throughout the day, who are we to judge), but if you want to see the Steve Jobs-delivered iPhone OS 4 keynote with your own two eyes, the streaming video is now online.
Discussion: App Advice and GeekSmack
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
New iPhone Developer Agreement Bans the Use of Adobe's Flash-to-iPhone Compiler  —  Prior to today's release of the iPhone OS 4 SDK, section 3.3.1 of the iPhone Developer Program License Agreement read, in its entirety: … In the new version of the iPhone Developer Program License Agreement released …
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Apple previews Game Center social gaming platform for iPhone OS  —  Apple just announced Game Center, which is a social gaming network for the iPhone — it sounds a lot like Xbox Live, actually.  It's has a friend system, leaderboards, and achievements — and we're guessing it'll blow up out of the gate …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:   Why Apple Changed Section 3.3.1
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Apple Announces iAd Mobile Advertising Platform  —  Today during its iPhone 4.0 developer preview, Steve Jobs announced Apple's much-anticipated mobile advertising platform, iAd.  This has been expected since Apple acquired mobile ad platform Quattro Wireless, after having AdMob snatched away by Google …
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Steve Jobs: ‘we tried to buy a company called AdMob’  —  We'd previously heard rumors that Quattro Wireless was Apple's consolation prize after a deal with bigger mobile advertising rival AdMob fell through, and Steve Jobs confirmed it on no uncertain terms at the Q&A session following today's …
Kunur Patel / AdAge:   Apple's iAd Not Game-Changing, but Will Move Market
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Clash of the titans: Apple, Google battle for the mobile Web
Discussion: Mediactive
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: Download Squad
Matt Sanford / Twitter Blog:
Growing Around the World  —  Hi, my name is Matt Sanford and I'm the lead engineer for Twitter's International team.  I spend a great deal of time thinking about Twitter's users outside of the US.  Twitter's first users were the early employees and their friends, largely based around our offices in San Francisco.
Manu Cornet / Gmail Blog:
New in Labs: Nested Labels and Message Sneak Peek  —  Labels are more flexible than folders because a given email can have several labels but can't be in several folders at the same time.  A highly requested feature for labels, though, comes from the world of folders: the ability to organize labels hierarchically.
Discussion: TechCrunch and CloudAve
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. …
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Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
iPhone OS 4 not coming to the iPad until the fall
Discussion: CNET News, TechCrunch and eWeek
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Twitter Employees Cheerlead Top Investor's Bombshell Post, Developers Freak Out  —  Fred Wilson, a Twitter board member and the startup's most important investor, dropped a bombshell on Twitter's third-party developers yesterday, telling them to stop “filling holes in the Twitter product,” …
Discussion: GigaOM, Seattle 2.0 and /message
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
World's Largest DVR Records 50 Shows At Once, Saves 13 Years of TV  —  You would need 326 TiVo Premier boxes to match what the Snapstream DVR can do with just one coax plug.  —  This Snapstream DVR is basically just a tech demo—but it's one hell of a tech demo.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Yahoo Eyes Ex-Microsoft Exec Blake Irving for Top Product and Tech Job; Balogh to Leave  —  According to numerous sources, Yahoo has been seriously courting former Microsoft exec Blake Irving to take over as one of its key execs, running its product organization and essentially becoming …
Discussion: paidContent and CNET News
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Loses CTO Ari Balogh
Discussion: BoomTown and Silicon Alley Insider
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.
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple's iPhone Software 4.0 suggests next-gen iPhone will have camera flash  —  Apple's plans for its forth-generation iPhone, due this summer, appear to include the addition of a camera flash that will improve the quality of snapshots and videos taken in dark scenarios or dimly-lit venues, AppleInsider has learned.
Discussion: MobileCrunch
DSLreports:
Most Successful U.S. Broadband Over Powerline Network Shut Down - And Calling It The ‘Most Successful U.S. BPL Network’ Isn't Saying Much  —  Manassas, Virginia was the first US city to see a real, non-trial launch of broadband over powerline (BPL) technology.
Discussion: GigaOM, ARRLWeb and Washington Post
Kunur Patel / AdAge:
After Bruising Ad Battle, AT&T Looks to Rebrand as Lifestyle Company  —  AT&T is undertaking an ambitious rebranding effort under the banner “Rethink Possible” that includes a redesign that updates its trademark logo.  Esther Lee The new theme attempts to position AT&T as a lifestyle company …
Bing / Search Blog:
A New Look for Bing shopping  —  This week we unveiled a few updates to Bing shopping to help you do research and find what you're looking for more quickly.  You'll notice that we've created a list of product categories on the left side of the homepage to help you start your search.
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
Graham Cluley / Graham Cluley's blog:
Facebook privacy unrest rumbles on  —  Hot on the heels of a Sophos poll revealing that 95% of you disapprove of Facebook's proposed changes to its privacy policy, there appear to be signs of growing public grumpiness about Facebook's plans.  —  German Consumer Protection Minister Ilse Aigner …
Discussion: The Register
 
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Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Out-of-process plugins landing soon in Firefox as a minor update (3.6.4)
Discussion: Maximum PC
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Rumor suggests Apple could release new MacBook Pros April 13
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Plastic Logic expects to ship QUE proReader in June
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