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8:50 PM ET, April 19, 2010

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This Is Apple's Next iPhone  —  You are looking at Apple's next iPhone.  It was found lost in a bar in Redwood City, camouflaged to look like an iPhone 3GS.  We got it.  We disassembled it.  It's the real thing, and here are all the details.  —  While Apple may tinker with the final packaging …
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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
How Apple Lost the Next iPhone  —  The Gourmet Haus Staudt.  A nice place to enjoy good German ales.  And if you are an Apple Software Engineer named Gray Powell and you get one too many beers, it's also a nice place to lose the next-generation iPhone.  —  The 27-year-old Powell …
Choire / The Awl:
How Much Gizmodo Paid for the Next iPhone: $5K Plus Bonus  —  Engadget said that the “finder” (who some are referring to as a “stealer") was charging to see the “lost” new iPhone—pictures of which were published on Gizmodo this morning.  Tech blogger John Gruber said the phone was a …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Why 960 x 640  —  Ever since I hinted last month that this summer's next-gen iPhones would sport double-resolution 960 × 640 displays,1 there's been a strain of incredulous feedback regarding this suggestion — emails from readers who don't understand why Apple would do this.
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Gizmodo paid for iPhone 4G: so are they receivers of stolen goods?  —  Nick Denton confirms it was paid for.  But that seems to put the Gizmodo team in the frame  —  Did Gizmodo buy that iPhone 4G it's been showing off?  Ken Sweet asked whether Gizmodo had bought the “found” iPhone 4G, and Nick Denton replied: yup.
Erica Ogg / CNET News:
The leaked ‘iPhone 4G’: How did this happen?  —  People lose their iPhones all the time.  But it's not often that a super-secret prototype of a not-yet-released iPhone is carelessly left on the floor of a local drinking establishment.  —  But apparently that's what happened, according to two different gadget blogs.
Alex Li / Facebook Blog:
Connecting to Everything You Care About  —  Facebook has always been about helping people make connections.  We started with helping people connect with their friends, and over time we expanded this model to mirror more of the connections you make in your life—including organizations and interests that may not be people.
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Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
In Big New Product Push, Facebook Set to Launch 6.5 Million New Community Pages  —  Facebook is turning previously static information in user profiles into links for Pages.  It's also further clarifying the point of Pages, dividing out official ones for businesses, celebrities and other known entities …
Discussion: All Facebook, Mashable! and TechCrunch
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Launches New Privacy Section That May Make Your Head Hurt
Discussion: GigaOM
David Pogue / Pogue's Posts:
Android Tries Harder  —  Remember the old Avis car-rental slogan?  “We're Number 2.  We try harder.”  —  That slogan came to mind when a reader, an iPhone app developer, wrote to let me know how hard Google, maker of Android, the No. 2 app phone software, is trying to woo iPhone programmers …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Sprint Confirms Radio Shack Phasing Out Palm Pre, Pixi Sales (Updated)  —  News, analysis and insights from Barron's Silicon Valley bureau.  —  Daily Analysis Blogs & Columns Investing Ideas Rankings & Reports  —  Market Data  —  Daily Stock Alert  —  Radio Shack (RSH) …
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 …
Ken Auletta / New Yorker:
PUBLISH OR PERISH  —  Can the iPad topple the Kindle, and save the book business?  —  On the morning of January 27th—an aeon ago, in tech time—Steve Jobs was to appear at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, in downtown San Francisco, to unveil Apple's new device, the iPad.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
HP Slate leaks its way into the wild: ‘meh’  —  We've only ever seen the HP Slate in extremely controlled demonstrations and cheesy videos until now, but it looks like the Windows 7 tablet just spent a little bit of time in the wild — Conecti.ca's posted up a full hands-on and mini-review.
Rachel Whetstone / The Official Google Blog:
Controversial content and free expression on the web: a refresher  —  Two and a half years ago, we outlined our approach to removing content from Google products and services.  Our process hasn't changed since then, but our recent decision to stop censoring search on Google.cn has raised …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:   Google Is Blocked In 25 Of The 100 Countries They Offer Products In
Blake Irving / Yodel Anecdotal:
Yodeling Hello to Yahoo!  —  As the newest Yahoo! employee, at the risk of being highly corny, I'm delighted to yodel my first purple-hued shout-out to the 600 million people and tens of thousands of advertisers and publishers who enjoy Yahoo!'s products every day.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Confirms Hiring of Former Microsoft Exec Blake Irving as Chief Product Officer
Discussion: CNET News, paidContent and WebProNews
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iPhone OS 4 reveals its social side: Facebook integration?  —  Users of webOS and HTC Sense can skip ahead, you're already familiar with tight social networking integration on your handsets.  Now Apple appears ready to join the social, so to speak.  New evidence of low-level Facebook event …
Bloomberg:
Apple May Have IPad Touch-Screen Shortages as Company Steps Up Production  —  Apple Inc., which delayed selling the iPad outside the U.S. because demand is outpacing supply, may be struggling to get enough of the touch screens used in the tablet computer, analysts said.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and MacNN
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Palm now waiving the $99 annual fee for webOS development  —  It's no secret: Palm's webOS needs apps.  The iPhone has over 180,000.  Android has over 68,000. webOS has, as of right this second, 1,812.  Quantity by no means equals quality — but when the difference we're talking about is that huge …
Discussion: PreCentral.net
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Microsoft Takes Desktop Management to the Cloud: Introducing Windows Intune  —  We've talked a lot about the benefits to optimizing your Windows desktops and how Microsoft can help large companies reduce their TCO and have a more dynamic IT environment.  But today I'd like to focus on smaller businesses …
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Amazon.com fights tax collectors' demand for 50 million records  —  Amazon.com filed a lawsuit on Monday to fend off a sweeping demand from North Carolina's tax collectors: detailed records including names and addresses of customers and information about exactly what they had purchased.
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Apple to replace problematic headphones with inline remote  —  Apple began including inline remote controls with its earbuds beginning with the introduction of the third-generation, buttonless iPod shuffle.  However, some users complained that the controls were prone to failing after some time …
Discussion: PC World and MacRumors
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Apple Sued Over iPhone Liquid Sensors  —  Customers' inability to verify liquid sensor data, the lawsuit claims, make Apple's warranty coverage an illusion.  —  Apple on Thursday was sued for denying warranty service to its iPod and iPhone customers based on data supplied by allegedly inaccurate liquid sensors.
Discussion: Macworld and Macsimum News
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
Microsoft Launches Social Media Platform for Politicians  —  Twitter and Facebook have become important platforms for politicians and public figures to connect with their constituents and fans.  Today Microsoft is unveiling TownHall, a social media platform designed to further serve the needs of these political figures.
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Is Foursquare's growth boxed in?  —  My arteries hate me.  —  Late last week, I earned the coveted “Pizzaiolo” badge on Foursquare.  —  A true indicator of potential cholesterol problems down the road, the Pizzaiolo badge is awarded when a user of the mobile social-networking site has “checked in” to 20 different pizzerias.
Steven Levy / Wired:
Geek Power: Steven Levy Revisits Tech Titans, Hackers, Idealists  —  “It's funny in a way”, says Bill Gates, relaxing in an armchair in his office.  “When I was young, I didn't know any old people.  When we did the microprocessor revolution, there was nobody old, nobody.  It's weird how old this industry has become.”
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