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3:25 PM ET, April 18, 2010

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John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
An Open Letter to Apple Regarding The Company's Approach to Conversation with Its Peers and Its Community  —  Dear Apple:  —  We miss you.  —  Once upon a time, back before you got real popular, you used to take part in the public square.  You may have been less forthcoming than most …
Arn / MacRumors:
Images of iPhone 4G Actually a Japanese Counterfeit?  —  The iPhone 4G images posted yesterday by Engadget seem likely to be fake.  Applesfera reports that the device is a Japanese iPhone counterfeit.  They have posted another image of the device (above) which is claimed to have been purchased in Japan by a reader.
Discussion: I4U News, Erictric, TUAW, TiPb and The Next Web
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
iPhone 4G: is this it?  —  Is this the iPhone 4G (or iPhone HD)?  There's no way to tell for sure, but these photos which made their way into our hands certainly do a convincing job of making us think that's very much the case.  Apparently the phone was found on the floor of a San Jose bar inside of an iPhone 3G case.
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Adobe CEO: Flash coming to Android, WebOS and BlackBerry ‘smartphones and tablets’ in 2H 2010  —  This week Adobe released version 5 of its Creative Suite software compilation.  CEO Shantanu Narayen has naturally hit the interview trail to promote his company's wares, but the biggest news from him is actually a delay of sorts.
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Lee / The Flash Blog:
Flash Player and Adobe AIR Betas for Android  —  You can now sign up to be notified when the first public betas of both Flash Player 10.1 and Adobe AIR 2.0 are available.  We just started the private betas and we are really looking forward to getting these technologies into your hands as soon as possible.
Discussion: PC World
Thom Holwerda / OSNews:
Google Removes http:// from Chrome  —  Now this is something that I find really interesting.  We all know and love Google Chrome/Chromium (and if you don't, you're demonstrably wrong), but Google recently made a change in the developer version that ruffled some feathers: the URL field will no longer show the “http://”.
Discussion: The Next Web
Davidw / Joho the Blog:
Volcano 1, Internet 0.01  —  In a time of international crisis, the Internet failed almost utterly.  At least in my limited experience.  —  Here are the things that I could not do over the Internet when, just as we were about to go through passport control for our trip to New York, the Barcelona Airport closed:
Discussion: GigaOM, BuzzMachine and chrisbrogan.com
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
Verizon: Here's the Truth About Sprint 4G  —  Today is a historic day in Mobile Tech Manor.  It is the first day in a decade that I have no service on the Verizon phone network.  I canceled my long-time account as I signed up for Sprint 4G service to go with my Palm Pre voice line on Sprint.
Dominic Jones / IR Web Report:
Reuters' conflicted reporting on Google's earnings release practices  —  REUTERS, the news division of information services giant Thomson Reuters, has published an ill-informed, inaccurate and one-sided article about Google Inc.'s (NASDAQ: GOOG) announcement that it will use its website rather …
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Jonathan Spicer / Reuters:
Google's unorthodox press release raises questions
Discussion: MediaPost and Telegraph
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
It's Time For An Open Database Of Places  —  With last week's declaration by Twitter that it intends to start identifying places based on the coordinates of geo-coded Tweets, the location land rush is in full swing.  A long list of companies including Twitter, Google, Foursquare, Gowalla …
Discussion: Screenwerk
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Tumblr: 'We're pretty opposed to advertising'  —  NEW YORK — Tumblr is drawing up all kinds of off-the-wall methods to make money from its micro-blogging and social-networking website.  Founder David Karp and his 11-person team hasn't quite struck gold yet, but they refuse to venture …
Discussion: bijan sabet and Mark Evans Tech
Kevin Poulsen / Threat Level:
Spam Suspect Uses Google Docs; FBI Happy  —  FBI agents targeting alleged criminal spammers last year obtained a trove of incriminating documents from a suspect's Google Docs account, in what appears to be the first publicly acknowledged search warrant benefiting from a suspect's reliance on cloud computing.
Discussion: TechSpot, Neowin.net and Gizmodo
 
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Fred / A VC:
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Daniel A. Begun / HotHardware.com News:
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Discussion: I4U News, Engadget and 9 to 5 Mac
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Keeping the Platform Nimble
Discussion: steve's blog, MacDailyNews and Slashdot
Alexia Tsotsis / SFWeekly Tech:
AT&T Fail: Coachella Has an iPhone App But No Actual iPhone Service
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Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Why So Few Women in Silicon Valley?
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As Facebook's f8 Developer Conference Approaches, a Recap of Its Rumored Launches
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