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4:10 PM ET, April 15, 2010

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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Ning's Bubble Bursts: No More Free Networks, Cuts 40% Of Staff  —  One month after long-time Ning CEO Gina Bianchini was replaced by COO Jason Rosenthal, the company is making some major changes: It has just announced that it is killing off its free product, forcing existing free networks …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
HTC Droid Incredible officially official for Verizon, April 29 for $200 (updated with a live shot!)  —  Though some information leaked out of Verizon's pipes yesterday, HTC just got really real with the Droid Incredible at the 99% Conference in New York today.
BBC:
Porn virus publishes web history of victims on the net  —  A new type of malware infects PCs using file-share sites and publishes the user's net history on a public website before demanding a fee for its removal.  —  The Japanese trojan virus installs itself on computers using …
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.
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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Viacom:
VIACOM RELEASES ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS  —  Today, nine additional exhibits filed with our opening brief are being released to the public for the first time after Google dropped its objections.  Newly public are excerpts from the deposition of Google CEO Eric Schmidt as well as documents …
Discussion: Media Maverick
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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 Shadwell RTFM:
A letter to Steve Jobs  —  In a fit of frustration after yesterday's announcement from Apple of the 1 month further delay in the international release of the iPad, I wrote the email below to Steve Jobs, chairman and CEO of Apple.  —  You see, I had been waiting patiently waiting for the iPad to appear here in Switzerland.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
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Federico Viticci / MacStories:
Steve Jobs Replies To Email: “Are You Nuts?”
Discussion: App Advice, Neowin.net and TiPb
Erica Ho / Lifehacker:
Gmail Adds Drag-and-Drop Attachment Uploads, Deeper Calendar Integration  —  Starting today, Google Chrome and Firefox 3.6 users can drag and drop attachments into Gmail messages without hassling through the slow, kind of annoying manual file upload.  Gmail has also increased their support …
Discussion: GottaBeMobile and Gmail Blog
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 …
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 …
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.
Ilya Vedrashko / Hill Holliday:
Apple iAd Team Visits Hill Holliday, Shares Details  —  Back in January, we greeted the announcement of Apple's upcoming ad network with cautious optimism and a lot of questions.  Today, Apple's iAd team headed by the now former CEO of Quattro Wireless Andy Miller visited Hill Holliday to fuel the former and answer the latter.
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.
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Adding Offers to Payment Options for Credits  —  Facebook has been expanding payment options for Facebook Credits, its universal virtual currency used in Platform applications, in recent months.  Today, it is partnering for the first time with two offer providers so users can earn Credits without having to pay directly.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft releases the final Silverlight 4 bits  —  The release-to-the-web (RTW) version of Silverlight 4 is available for free download, as of April 15, as Microsoft officials said it would be earlier this week.  —  One important caveat for developers, as acknowledged on the Silverlight download site:
Discussion: eWeek, Method and Pete Brown's Blog
Investor Relations:
Google Announces First Quarter 2010 Financial Results  —  Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2010.  —  “Google performed very well in the first quarter, with 23% year over year revenue growth driven by strength across all major verticals …
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
RIAA/MPAA Want Government-Mandated Spyware That Deletes ‘Infringing’ Content Automatically  —  The RIAA and MPAA have submitted a plan to the Office of Intellectual Property Enforcement.  It's basically a plan that they want the government to enact, and it's terrifying.
Discussion: Hillicon Valley, p2pnet and Boing Boing
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
At Startup Incubator Bootup Labs, a Scandal Brews  —  Updated: 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 …
Juliana Gruenwald / Tech Daily Dose:
Panel Debates Google-AdMob Merger  —  Google's acquisition of mobile advertiser AdMob was put under a microscope Thursday when industry experts debated whether the FTC should block the deal to preserve competition in the growing mobile advertising market.  —  The FTC is currently examining …
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
iPad online use approaches Android, BlackBerry  —  Tiny usage share — just 3 out of every 10,000 online devices — but closes in on well-established mobile rivals  —  Computerworld - In its first 10 days, Apple's iPad has captured almost as much online usage share as the BlackBerry …
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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Promoting for dollars is new Twitter app
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Dodgeball Cofounder Joins Foursquare As Head Of Product
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Owen Fletcher / Computerworld:
Intel execs give lukewarm predictions for tablets
Ben Patterson / Yahoo! News:
Boxee hints at streaming video apps for iPhone, iPad
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Israel blocks iPad imports over Wi-Fi concerns
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
27-Inch iMac Firmware Updates Address High Processor Usage …
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Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Did Google Just Kill Ogg Theora?
Discussion: BetaNews
Evelyn Rusli / TechCrunch:
Amazon Goes Pro With Bit.Ly
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Twitter Will Have An Official Android App
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