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1:40 AM ET, April 13, 2010

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Opera Press Room:
Approved  —  Opera Mini App approved for the App Store  —  Opera today announced its popular mobile browser, Opera Mini has been approved for iPhone and iPod touch on the App Store.  Opera Mini will be available as a free download within 24 hours, depending on market.
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Surprise, Surprise: Opera Mini iPhone App Gets Apple's Stamp Of Approval  —  Good news for Opera (and its legions of fans around the world): the company has just announced that its mobile browser Opera Mini has been approved for iPhone and iPod touch on the App Store.
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Twitter Unveils Plans to Draw Money From Ads  —  Twitter will unveil on Tuesday a much-anticipated plan for making money from advertising, finally answering the question of how the company expects to turn its exponential growth into revenue.  —  The advertising program …
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Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Twitter Has a Business Model: ‘Promoted Tweets’  —  Search Ads For Twitter That Split Difference Between ‘Earned’ and ‘Paid’ Media  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — In the four years since Twitter launched, two questions have hung over the micro-blog service: Can it make money?  If so, how?
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 …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Five surprising things about Microsoft's Kin
Discussion: Mashable!, Engadget and WMPoweruser.com
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
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:
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: Daring Fireball, CNET News and Webmonkey, Thanks:jank0
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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Mark Long / NEWSFACTOR:   iPhone Visual Search App Dies as Google Acquires Plink
Addy Dugdale / Fast Company:
Google Buys U.K. Start-Up Plink, a Shazam for Art
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Flip Slide HD officially official, on sale now  —  After a week of essentially non-stop leaks from Best Buy, Cisco's finally coming clean with the Flip Slide HD, the newest member of its Flip family.  Obviously the big feature here is that pop-up three-inch screen — when folded down and in record mode …
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 …
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Eric Schmidt on Google's “mobile first” attitude, weaknesses  —  Google chief executive Eric Schmidt talked on-stage about the company's future this evening at Google's Atmosphere conference for chief information officers.  In addition to fielding some general questions about Google's plans …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Mary Meeker: Mobile Internet Will Soon Overtake Fixed Internet  —  Mary Meeker of Morgan Stanley isn't just any Internet analyst.  She was covering the sector when the brokerage firm was the lead underwriter for Netscape Communications' initial public offering in 1995, was dubbed the …
Discussion: VentureBeat and dailywireless.org
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Facebook May Be About To Jump Into The Virtual Currency Offers Game  —  We're hearing that Facebook is going to start rolling out its own version of offers, which let users earn virtual currency credits in return for signing up for services like Netflix or filling out a survey.
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Week two: Apple stores still finding it tough to keep iPad in stock  —  Consumers looking for one of Apple's more affordable iPad models may still have trouble finding one at the company's nation retail chain, where the device continues to sell out during its second full week of availability.
Kimbal Musk / OneRiot Blog:
Monetizing the Realtime Web - Insights and Challenges after 6 Months  —  People love to interact in realtime.  Last year saw the burst of Twitter into the mainstream and the phenomenal growth of Facebook.  People love to interact in realtime, whether it is with each other or with content.
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 …
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
South Korea Imposes Midnight Gaming Curfew  —  Video game addiction is a serious problem in Korea, where kids are prone to staying up all night long to play.  So the government is disabling internet connections for six hours per night for underage gamers.  —  The ban won't affect most internet uses …
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
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
YC's NewsTilt Aims To Help Journalists Create A Business Model For Content  —  The business and content models behind news have been changing dramatically over the past few years; with the mechanisms by which journalists interact with their audiences constantly transforming along the way.
Discussion: PE Hub Blog
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Malware Extorts Cash From BitTorrent Users  —  ICCP Foundation claims to be an international company operating out of Switzerland.  They say they are “committed to promoting the cultural and economic benefits of copyright” while assisting their partners to fight “copyright theft around the world”.
Louis Gerbarg / /dev/why!:
Its all about the framework...  There are a lot of posts right now about Flash and iPhone.  It is pretty heated, a lot of people have very real amounts of time and money tied up in this.  I am an iPhone developer, so I am not going to reveal anything covered under NDA, but the text …
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 …
 
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Donald Melanson / Engadget:
NASDAQ and CEA announce Smartphone Index
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Is Apple Closing Off the iPhone to Rival Ad Networks?
Discussion: VentureBeat and 148Apps148Apps
Alma Whitten / Forbes:
Google: Privacy Is Alive And Well
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Apple to Lend Hand to IAd Producers
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bizjournals:
2010 sees worst Q1 for VCs raising funds since 1993
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Nathan Eddy / eWeek:
Vonage Brings VOIP App to Google Android Mobiles
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Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Shazam Moves Into the TV Room
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The Yahoo! Firehose: Get access to our public Updates activity stream
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