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6:40 PM ET, April 12, 2010

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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Microsoft Kin One and Kin Two announced: Windows Phone roots with a social slant (updated with video)  —  It's finally official: Microsoft Pink — the product of Redmond's acquisition of Danger — has just been unveiled as a pair of handsets sourced from Sharp (which made most of Danger's Sidekicks) known as the Kin One and Kin Two.
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Ushers in the Next Generation of the Social Phone With KIN, a New Windows Phone  —  Microsoft, Sharp, Verizon Wireless and Vodafone unveil KIN, a new Windows Phone designed for broadcasting and sharing everyday moments.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced KIN …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Five surprising things about Microsoft's Kin
Discussion: Engadget, Microsoft and WMPoweruser.com
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Microsoft Kin Studio saves all your phone content to the web (update: video!)
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
Steve Jobs Replies to Mail, Apple Is Dropping Support for the iPhone 2G  —  He did it again, and with his usual style we've gotten used to.  Steve Jobs has replied to a customer mail regarding the future support for the iPhone 2G (do you even remember it?) and clearly said:
Jonathan Rochelle / Docs Blog:
A new Google Docs  —  They say a house is only as good as its foundation, and we believe the same holds true for web applications like Google Docs.  With our old foundation, we could continue delivering most features you wanted quickly, but over time it became clear that some just weren't possible.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Docs Gets More Realtime; Adds Google Drawings To The Mix  —  Slowly but surely, Google keeps trying to chip away at Microsoft's core Office productivity suite with Google Docs, its free online word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation software.  Today, Google Drawing is being added …
New York Times:
After iPad, Rivals Offer Variations on a Theme  —  Just as Apple's iPhone shook up a complacent cellphone industry, the company's iPad is provoking PC makers — and non-PC makers — to fight back with new devices.  —  Google — a search and advertising company — is soon expected to begin selling …
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Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Google Tablet, HP 6-inch mini slate & Nokia ereader tipped to take on Apple iPad
Discussion: IntoMobile and Android Central
Bloomberg:
Palm Said to Put Itself Up for Sale; Bids May Come This Week  —  Palm Inc., creator of the Pre smartphone, put itself up for sale and is seeking bids for the company as early as this week, according to three people familiar with the situation.  —  The company is working with Goldman Sachs Group Inc …
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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
HTC May Buy Palm to Fight Apple
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Google CEO Disses Blogging  —  Eric Schmidt runs the biggest single blog network in the world, which makes it all the more bizarre that the Google CEO was insulting bloggers at a newspaper conference today.  Was it something we said, Eric?  Here's what Schmidt told the American Society …
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Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Google CEO: ‘Journalism will triumph’  —  The chief executive of Google has a message for the staggering newspaper industry: Things will get better.  —  But, Google CEO Eric Schmidt told a group of industry brass Sunday evening, that will mean big changes to the news business and Google …
Mark / PlinkArt Blog:
Plink is joining Google!  —  We have some very exciting news - Plink has just been acquired by Google.  —  We started Plink to bring the power of visual search to everyone, and we're delighted to be taking a big step towards that goal today.  Google has already shown that it's serious …
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Addy Dugdale / Fast Company:
Google Buys U.K. Start-Up Plink, a Shazam for Art
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Google to Open-source VP8 for HTML5 Video  —  Google will soon make its VP8 video codec open source, we've learned from multiple sources.  The company is scheduled to officially announce the release at its Google I/O developers conference next month, a source with knowledge of the announcement said.
Discussion: CNET News, Thanks:jank0
Kat Hannaford / Gizmodo:
Adobe Creative Suite 5 Now Available  —  As expected, Adobe's Creative Suite 5 has officially become available.  Including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash Catalyst and 11 more products, it's pricey—but reaming with the goods needed for any designer serious about their work.
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Brad Cooper / Smashing Magazine:
The Gradual Disappearance Of Flash Websites  —  If you want to “go big” visually with a website, delivering complex interaction and a rich experience across a wide range of browsers, Flash is the only way to go.  Right?  Nope.  Given the widespread adoption and advancements of modern browsers …
Discussion: jd/adobe
Jessie / The Official Netflix Blog:
Netflix Now Available on the Wii™ Console  —  Jessie Becker here from Marketing and we're thrilled to let you know that we are now shipping instant streaming discs for the Wii to ALL members who want one today!  If you didn't reserve a disc already, click here and we will ship …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Plans To Expand Cloud Computing Services  —  When you think of developer-focused web computing services, the first thing that probably comes to mind is Amazon's hugely popular AWS, which includes S3 (storage) and EC2 (processing).  Google has its own web computing service — namely …
Serkan Toto / TechCrunch:
China's Tencent Invests $300 Million In Russian Facebook And Zynga Backer DST  —  Today is a big day in Asia's Internet industry.  Earlier today, Korea's NHN said it will buy major Japanese portal Livedoor, and now Tencent, China's largest Internet company, has announced [PDF] …
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
The Adobe - Apple Flame War  —  The short version:  —  Who, in his right mind, expects Steve Jobs to let Adobe (and other) cross-platform application development tools control his (I mean the iPhone OS) future?  Cross-platform tools dangle the old “write once, run everywhere” promise.
AdAge:
Apple to Lend Hand to IAd Producers  —  Early Adopters Get an Added Bonus: Some Fairy Dust From Company Itself  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Apple's not just getting into the business of selling ads.  They're going to make them as well, at least in the beginning for the earliest adopters of the new iAd format.
Thanks:learmonth
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
Last.fm Outsources On-Demand Streaming to Spotify, MOG and Others  —  Popular music-streaming service Last.fm has just implemented a major change in service, announcing today that it is aborting on-demand streaming and instead directing listeners to new music partners MOG, Spotify, The Hype Machine, We7 and VEVO.
Los Angeles Times:
Jason West and Vincent Zampella's new call of duty  —  The duo behind the popular video game franchise plan a new company — Respawn Entertainment — and a distribution linkup with Electronic Arts.  —  Jason West, left, and Vince Zampella, creators of Activision's Call of Duty video game …
Christine Gallen / ABI Research:
Verizon Wireless and Sprint Each Carried Over 16 Billion More Megabytes of Mobile Network Data than AT&T in 2009  —  In 2009, AT&T's network issues may have led some to conclude that its network was carrying the most data traffic.  But according to ABI Research, Verizon Wireless carried the most, followed by Sprint.
Discussion: DSLreports and The Toybox
bizjournals:
2010 sees worst Q1 for VCs raising funds since 1993  —  Venture capital firms across the country raising funds during the first quarter of 2010 got off to the slowest start since 1993.  A report released Monday by the National Venture Capital Association and Thomson Reuters said 32 funds raised …
Discussion: blogs.ft.com
 
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Alma Whitten / Forbes:
Google: Privacy Is Alive And Well
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
YC's NewsTilt Aims To Help Journalists Create A Business Model For Content
Discussion: PE Hub Blog
Nathan Eddy / eWeek:
Vonage Brings VOIP App to Google Android Mobiles
Discussion: GottaBeMobile
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Shazam Moves Into the TV Room
Discussion: Mashable!, Thanks:marcusschuler
Yahoo! Developer Network Blog:
The Yahoo! Firehose: Get access to our public Updates activity stream
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Mashable!, Thanks:atul
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Policy Watch: Facebook Updates Guidelines Prohibiting Low-Quality Ads
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Google Now Highlights Top Links Cited in Status Updates
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Business Wire:
Barnes & Noble and Best Buy Announce Partnership For NOOK™ …
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WHERE'S NEW YORK CITY?
JP Mangalindan / Fortune:
Yelp grows up  —  The site is making some changes …
Discussion: Screenwerk, Thanks:lutherlowe
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