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3:45 PM ET, April 16, 2010

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Boy Genius Report:
AT&T blocks employees vacations in June for iPhone launch  —  Same story as last year and the year before, but we've confirmed with multiple AT&T sources that the carrier has now put a block on employees taking vacations in June.  The only time AT&T does a straight block like this is for iPhone launches.
AppleInsider:
Apple in advanced discussions to adopt AMD chips  —  Intel has served as Apple's sole source for the microprocessors used in its notebook and desktop personal computers since the company began its transition away from PowerPC in 2006, but that may soon change given the company's recent talks …
Mike Jazayeri / Chromium Blog:
A New Approach to Printing  —  When we demonstrated Google Chrome OS last Fall, a few folks asked us how it would handle printing.  Today we wanted to give developers a little more insight into our approach for printing from Chrome OS and other web-connected platforms.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google's Plan To Give Chrome OS (And All Web-Enabled Devices) Universal Printer Support  —  Google's Chrome OS is due to come out some time this year, and there are still plenty of questions about how people are going to use a computer that's based entirely in the browser.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Can Yahoo Nab Foursquare for $125 Million or Will VCs Prevail?  The Race for the Hot Mobile Start-Up Nears Its End  —  You have to give Yahoo an A for effort, if perhaps the ultimate grade in its ongoing quest to buy hot mobile social network Foursquare is an F.
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Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Foursquare Product Boss: “I Like Yahoo” (YHOO)
Discussion: everydayUX
Wall Street Journal:
Tech Sector in Hiring Drive  —  Google, Intel Add Workers as Profits Snap Back; Start-Ups Also Fight for Talent  —  The technology industry, an engine of innovation and U.S. prosperity for more than half a century, is accelerating its recovery from the recession with surging earnings …
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
Cartoonist: Apple Backs Down After Denying iPhone App  —  The cartoonist who won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning this week says Apple has asked him to resubmit an iPhone app that it earlier rejected because it “ridicules public figures.” … Mark Fiore, who won the prize …
Pandu Nayak / The Official Google Blog:
Search with fewer keystrokes and better spelling  —  We spend a lot of time thinking about search results, but we also spend a lot of time thinking about search queries.  Today we're announcing three enhancements to help you input your searches more quickly and easily: more localized Google Suggest …
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Introduces us to a New iTunes “Concert Ticket +” System  —  There's no missing the point that Apple wants to enter the electronic concert and event ticket business via a new application and system simply called “Concert Ticket +.”  The system that is laid out in this extraordinarily detailed patent …
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Ideas for Twitter's new Annotations — from obvious to intriguing  —  The big game-changer (or alternately, the potential disaster) that came out of Twitter's first big conference this week was Annotations.  It's a new way for developers to attach any kind of metadata to tweets.
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Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Twitter reveals details of new “Annotated Tweets” feature
Thanks:zee
Kenneth Li / Financial Times:
Demand Media enlists Goldman for IPO  —  Demand Media, a closely watched startup that mines online search engine data to generate thousands of videos and web stories a day, has hired Goldman Sachs to explore an initial public offering.  —  People familiar with the plans say the company could file for an IPO as early as August.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Questionable Next-Generation iPhone Rear Shell Images Surface  —  We have received a set of images purportedly depicting an iPad-inspired rear shell design for the next-generation iPhone.  While we have questions about the validity of the images given their claimed origins and other issues …
Andreas Constantinou / VisionMobile :: blog:
Is Android Evil?  —  You thought Android was open?  The Android governance model consists of an elaborate set of control points that allows Google to bundle its own services and control the exact software and hardware make-up on every handset.  All this while touting the openness rhetoric …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Unwired View and WMPoweruser.com, Thanks:atul
Melissa Korn / Dow Jones Newswires:
Apple's IPad Gets Rejected From Some Colleges, For Now  —  NEW YORK (Dow Jones)—Apple Inc.'s (AAPL) iPad isn't having an easy time during college admissions season.  —  The tablet, lauded by many as the next wave in education technology, has already been rejected by two top universities …
Asher Moses / The Age:
Autism iPhone breakthrough: from tantrums to app-y days  —  Lisa and Grace Domican use the Grace app.  —  Few can legitimately boast that an iPhone app changed their life but for 10-year-old Grace Domican, unable to speak due to autism, the touchscreen phone has given her a voice for the first time.
Discussion: GottaBeMobile, Thanks:mayav
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Glympse Brings Real-Time Location Sharing To Facebook  —  Over the last few months there have been non-stop rumors about Facebook finally launching its location feature (an announcement may well come at f8).  But a startup called Glympse has already beaten them to the punch (well, sort of).
Paul Alan Levy / Techdirt:
Has the New York Times Run Afoul of the FTC's Endorsement Guides?  —  Terry Heaton and Jeff Jarvis have commented recently on the conflicts of interest implicated by the adulatory coverage of the iPad in the New York Times and other media companies.  They point first to the expectation …
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Digg Relaunch Reportedly Pushed Back 2 Months  —  There is more drama going on at Digg than meets the eye.  The new Digg.com relaunch has (we have been told by people we trust) has been pushed back two months.  —  The original launch date was to be next week.  Now, we can expect to see the new Digg in June.
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Twitter Will Get Its Own Data Center  —  John Adams of the Twitter ops team at Velocity 2009 (Photo by Duncan Davidson via Flickr)  —  Twitter will be moving to its own data center soon to accommodate the rapid growth of its service, the company said yesterday.
Discussion: SocialTimes.com and GigaOM
John Borthwick / THINK / Musings:
bit.ly and platforms ...  Twitter announced this week that they were launching there own URL shortener.  There has been a lot of chatter about this over the past week.  I thought it would be helpful to write a about how the partnership worked and what bit.ly relationship is to platforms, Twitter and others.
Discussion: Fast Company, GigaOM, TechCrunch and PC World, Thanks:atul
Paul Kapustka / Sidecut Reports:
Verizon's Lynch: LTE Going Live in Q4  —  Verizon chief technical officer Dick Lynch is an excited guy, and why not: Thursday he helped announce the groundbreaking for a new Long Term Evolution (LTE) Innovation center in the Boston area, while also confirming that the company is still on track …
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Inside the Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro  —  With nothing new on the outside, all the newness of the just-announced 15-inch MacBook Pro is on the inside, as iFixit illustrates in its latest teardown.  —  What is of interest to most, of course, is the Intel Core i5 and i7 processors.
 
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Neil Hunt / The Official Netflix Blog:
Subtitles Now Available for Some Titles for PC/Mac Viewing
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Prosper Raises $14.7 Million For Peer To Peer Lending Market; Eric Schmidt Invests
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USA Today:
Suit claims Web cam on school laptops took 1,000s of secret photos of students
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Neil Vidyarthi / All Facebook:
Report: 6.8% Of Business Internet Traffic Goes To Facebook
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Millennial Media: Android Ad Impressions Rise 72 Percent From February To March
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Nick Farrell / Tech Eye:
US joins HP bribery investigation
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Venture investing off to a slow start for 2010 (MoneyTree report)
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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Twazzup Launches New Twitter Analytics Service and Web-Based Twitter Client
Victor Keegan / Guardian:
Barcodes without barriers - is this the web's next big thing?
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Apple's New Guidelines Won't Stop Wired Magazine iPad App, Conde Nast Says
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