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1:00 AM ET, April 19, 2010

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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
iPhone 4G: proof  —  Well what do you know about this?  With all those rumors flying around that the iPhone 4G we'd spotted was no more than a Japanese knock-off of an Apple product, it was starting to look like this thing was too good to be true.  That is until one of the Engadget editors spotted …
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
2006 Apple Patent for Ceramic Enclosures  —  In my research regarding Engadget's purported photos of a next-gen iPhone, the factor that pushed me over the edge to believe that it's authentic is the glass back.  I know the trend for Apple of late has been toward unibody aluminum enclosures …
Discussion: MacRumors
Owen Thomas / VentureBeat:
Meebo's XAuth could turn social sharing into a big business  —  For Web publishers, “share and share alike” is a nightmare, not a dream.  Picking which social sharing services to show a user, from networks like Facebook and MySpace to discussion sites like Reddit and Digg to bookmarking services …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, GigaOM, TechCrunch, Mashable! and building43, Thanks:atul
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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Boy Genius Report:
HTC Droid Incredible for Verizon Wireless review  —  Is it a coincidence Verizon Wireless has consecutively had the last two most-anticipated Android handsets?  With the Motorola DROID seemingly feeling like old news (Google even basically castrated it themselves with a promise of an unbranded …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Groupon Grabs $135 Million From DST and Battery-Valuation Above $1 Billion for Social Buying Site  —  Groupon, the social buying site that has become one of the hotter start-ups of late, has gotten a giant round of funding from the same Russian investors who backed social networking powerhouse Facebook and game phenom Zynga.
David Gelles / Financial Times:
Facebook to unveil “like” button for the web  —  Facebook is planning to unveil this week a content-sharing button that other websites can embed on their pages, according to marketers briefed on the plans.  —  The announcement will be one of several that come at F8, Facebook's annual conference which begins Wednesday in San Francisco.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Seagate adds video streaming services to its media players  —  Seagate is announcing today that it is adding streaming video services from providers such as Netflix to its home media players.  —  Netflix streaming movies will now be part of the content available on Seagate's FreeAgent Theater …
Discussion: Gizmodo
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:
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 …
Discussion: TechSpot
Chris O'Brien / Mercury News:
HP's acquisitions cement company's No. 1 status  —  Looking at the powerhouse Hewlett-Packard has become, it's hard to remember how uncertain its future seemed just five years ago.  —  Carly Fiorina had been pushed out of the CEO chair after six years.  Her controversial acquisition of Compaq …
Thanks:atul
Don Clark / Digits:
Storage Startup Fusion-io Continues Rapid Pace  —  Data storage has always been a tumultuous part of tech, as companies grapple with a rising flood of information and hardware vendors race to offer hardware that stores more of it.  But speed is just as important as capacity for many customers …
 
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Randall Stross / New York Times:
Two Billion Laptops? It May Not Be Enough
Dan Friedman / Inside AdWords:
Go Mobile! Series: iPad Device Targeting Now Available
Discussion: Search Engine Journal and eWeek
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Apple, Microsoft Headline Huge Week for Tech Earnings
Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
Chatroulette Founder: All Your Chats Are Belong To Me
Dominic Jones / IR Web Report:
Reuters' conflicted reporting on Google's earnings release practices
Discussion: Reuters
 Earlier Items: 
Thom Holwerda / OSNews:
Google Removes http:// from Chrome
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and The Next Web
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
Verizon: Here's the Truth About Sprint 4G
Daniel A. Begun / HotHardware.com News:
Definitive 2TB HD Roundup: WD, Seagate, Samsung
Discussion: I4U News
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Keeping the Platform Nimble
Discussion: MacDailyNews, Slashdot and steve's blog
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
It's Time For An Open Database Of Places
Discussion: Screenwerk