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12:30 PM ET, April 15, 2010

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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Sorry Bit.ly, Twitter Confirms It Will Launch Its Own Link Shortener  —  Another hole is about to be filled in Twitter's product features.  CEO Evan Williams just confirmed plans to launch its own link shortener on stage during the final Q&A session at Chirp.
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Twitter Will Have An Official Android App  —  At Twitter's Chirp conference today, Evan Williams announced that the microblogging network would be launching an Android app.  It's unclear whether Twitter will acquire an existing app (like it just did with Tweetie), if the company will partner …
Adam DuVander / ProgrammableWeb:
Twitter Reveals: 75% of Our Traffic is via API (3 billion calls per day)
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Twitter Makes Itself More Useful
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Opera Mini iPhone App Downloaded 1 Million Times On First Day In App Store  —  On its first day of availability on the App Store since it was - surprisingly, to many - approved by Apple, Opera Mini for iPhone (iTunes link) was downloaded one million times.  —  Opera this morning announced …
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Gabriel Madway / Reuters:
Toshiba U.S. PC sales surge, slates coming  —  (Reuters) - Toshiba Corp's personal computer sales in the United States jumped 50 percent in the first quarter, and the company said it was preparing to roll out tablet-style computing devices later this year to compete with Apple Inc's iPad.
Paul Graham:
Organic Startup Ideas  —  The best way to come up with startup ideas is to ask yourself the question: what do you wish someone would make for you?  —  There are two types of startup ideas: those that grow organically out of your own life, and those that you decide, from afar …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Congress outlaws all Caller ID spoofing (VoIP too)  —  The House has passed the “Truth in Caller ID Act of 2010” (PDF), which does exactly what its name would lead you to believe.  —  Under the bill, it becomes illegal “to cause any caller ID service to transmit misleading …
Laura McGann / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Mark Fiore can win a Pulitzer Prize, but he can't get his iPhone cartoon app past Apple's satire police  —  This week cartoonist Mark Fiore made Internet and journalism history as the first online-only journalist to win a Pulitzer Prize.  Fiore took home the editorial cartooning prize …
Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
Hands-on with the WebStation Android Tablet  —  Expectations are a very dangerous thing indeed.  As a user, if you expect a new device to do something — however unrealistic that expectation may be — you are bound to be disappointed when you find that it doesn't.
Discussion: GottaBeMobile and CNET News
Subrahmanyam KVJ / VentureBeat:
Why platforms like iPhone and Twitter are becoming control freaks  —  Small app developer shops have had a great couple of years.  Facebook, Apple, Twitter, and a host of other platforms opened up and let these third-party developers build games and other apps to entertain their users …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Details On Imeem Founders Next Startup: Picplz (Updated)  —  There are two financing rumors buzzing through Silicon Valley this week.  The first is the huge Groupon funding which we wrote about yesterday.  The second, on the other end of the scale dollar-wise, is the new startup created …
Brett Terpstra / TUAW:
Big upgrades for premium Evernote users  —  It's been no big secret that I'm a fan and frequent user of Evernote.  It's useful, both as a memory augmentation and as a general information collection utility that makes it easy to locate what I need, when I need it.
Owen Fletcher / PC World:
Intel Says Its Light Peak Optical Cables May Succeed USB  —  Intel sees its Light Peak technology for linking devices by optical cable as potentially succeeding USB 3.0, a change that in several years could mean the disappearance of a port used almost universally in gadgets today.
Biz / Twitter Blog:
Tweet Preservation  —  The Library of Congress is the oldest federal cultural institution in the United States and it is the largest library in the world.  The Library's primary mission is research and it receives copies of every book, pamphlet, map, print, and piece of music registered in the United States.
Ty McMahan / Digits:
You've Heard Of Foursquare.  How About This Start-Up?  —  From Venture Capital Dispatch:  —  In the shadow of Foursquare, which is fast becoming a start-up darling, the marketing chief of a competing location-based service wondered how hype could help propel his company.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and PSFK
Gopal Shah / Google Enterprise Blog:
Q1'10 spam & virus trends from Postini  —  Editor's note: The spam data cited in this post is drawn from the network of Google email security and archiving services, powered by Postini, which processes more than 3 billion email connections per day in the course of providing email security …
Aaron Wise / The Official Google Blog:
Google Follow Finder: Find some sweet tweeps  —  This morning we announced a replay feature in real-time search that helps you search the public archive of updates from Twitter.  Now, we have more Twitter news from today's Chirp Conference.  We've just released a new experimental service …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
At Startup Incubator Bootup Labs, a Scandal Brews  —  Bootup Labs, a Vancouver, British Columbia-based startup incubator, has been caught in the middle of a firestorm in the last day, after one of the entrepreneurs who was accepted into the group's Y Combinator-style program wrote a blog post saying …
Discussion: livejamie.com, Techvibes and TechCrunch
Oana Florescu / Gmail Blog:
Insert a calendar invitation  —  Since my friends share their schedules with me in Google Calendar, when I want to see a movie with them, I can check to see which nights they're free before sending out an email about it.  However, I need to switch between Gmail and Calendar in order to check …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
27-Inch iMac Firmware Updates Address High Processor Usage, Display Backlight, and Target Display Mode Issues  —  Apple today continues its barrage of updates with the release of a pair of firmware updates for its 27-inch iMac models addressing a trio of issues.
 
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Intel gives MeeGo 1.0 its first public performance (video)
Michael Rose / TUAW:
Israel blocks iPad imports over Wi-Fi concerns
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Gets Serious About Events
Discussion: hypebot and Black Web 2.0
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Did Google Just Kill Ogg Theora?
Discussion: BetaNews
Evelyn Rusli / TechCrunch:
Amazon Goes Pro With Bit.Ly
Dmitry Gozman / Google Translate Blog:
More love for our multilingual Toolbar users
 Earlier Items: 
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Guess What App Is Now The Most Popular Paid App Ever (AAPL)
Discussion: TUAW
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Kylo and Loop Advance Viewing Web Video on TV
Discussion: Go Rumors
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Mobile Gaming Shifts Dramatically To Smartphones In One Year
Jim Dalrymple / CNET News:
Facebook deletes iPhone apps from its system
Discussion: Download Squad and The Register
 

 
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