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9:10 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 …
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 …
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Max Wang / DigiTimes:
Apple said to use OLED in second-generation iPad  —  Apple reportedly has started development of the second generation iPad using the same design concept as for the iPhone 4G, and will use an OLED panel, according to sources in the component industry.  Apple is said to be aiming to launch …
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Facebook Looks to Extend Its Presence  —  SAN FRANCISCO — With about half of Facebook's 400 million users checking in daily, the social networking company has established itself as one of the Web's most popular destinations.  —  Now Facebook is intensifying its efforts to expand its empire beyond …
Discussion: Mashable!, Softpedia News and GigaOM
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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.
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: Mashable!, TechCrunch and building43, Thanks:atul
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
XAuth: The Open Web Fires a Shot Against Facebook Connect
Discussion: VentureBeat
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
US Sees 3G iPads ‘By May 7’ Apple Confirms  —  We're out the block for 3G iPad sales, at least in the US, where Apple has updated its store to confirm 3G-equipped models of the hot new product will ship “By May 7”.  —  That's great news for iPad purchasers (and don't neglect …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Don't Sell Out, Foursquare.  Not Now.  Not To Yahoo.  —  It is becoming alarmingly apparent that Foursquare is strongly considering a sale to Yahoo.  As of the end of last week they had put the venture capitalists vying for their attention on ice.  Those VCs happily provided term sheets valuing the company at $80 million or so.
Discussion: BoomTown
Multimedia Mike / Breaking Eggs And Making Omelettes:
VP8: The Savior Codec  —  This past week, the internet picked up — and subsequently sprinted like a cheetah with — an unsourced and highly unsubstantiated rumor that Google will open source the VP8 video codec, recently procured through their On2 acquisition.
Fox News:
7,500 Online Shoppers Unknowingly Sold Their Souls  —  A computer game retailer revealed that it legally owns the souls of thousands of online shoppers, thanks to a clause in the terms and conditions agreed to by online shoppers.
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.
 
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
CloudMade's OpenStreetMap Surges On Wikipedia-Like User Passion
Discussion: Screenwerk and James Fee GIS Blog
Tim Anderson / The Register:
Microsoft stealth launches ‘historic’ programming language
Gwen / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
ACTA Text To Be Released on April 21.
Discussion: ZDNet Australia
Doree Shafrir / New York Magazine:
Tweet Tweet Boom Boom  —  A new generation of tech entrepreneurs …
Discussion: Runnin' Scared
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Why the Library of Congress cares about archiving our tweets
Discussion: TeleRead
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Seagate adds video streaming services to its media players
Discussion: SlashGear, Go Rumors and Gizmodo
Don Clark / Digits:
Storage Startup Fusion-io Continues Rapid Pace
Discussion: The Register
Chris O'Brien / Mercury News:
HP's acquisitions cement company's No. 1 status
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 Earlier Items: 
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
Lee / The Flash Blog:
Flash Player and Adobe AIR Betas for Android
Thom Holwerda / OSNews:
Google Removes http:// from Chrome