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5:40 PM ET, April 19, 2010

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Gizmodo:
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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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.
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.
Choire / The Awl:
How Much Gizmodo Paid for the Next iPhone: $5K Plus Bonus
Discussion: The Next Web, Soup and MobileWhack.com
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:   So, Which Apple Employee Is Getting Fired For Losing The New iPhone In A Bar?
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, TechCrunch and Mashable!
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Launches New Privacy Section That May Make Your Head Hurt  —  Today, alongside Community Pages and a revamped Interests section, Facebook is also making some changes to its privacy controls.  Facebook and confusing privacy settings have long gone hand in hand, which really isn't a surprise given …
Discussion: GigaOM
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Seeking Alpha
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:   Google Is Blocked In 25 Of The 100 Countries They Offer Products In
Peter Yared / VentureBeat:
Why Google can't out-open Facebook with XAuth  —  Peter Yared is founder and CEO of social app development company Transpond.  —  XAuth, Google's attempt to head off Facebook's domination of online content sharing, is fraught with problems.  It appears to be built with good intentions …
Discussion: Black Web 2.0
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Owen Thomas / VentureBeat:
Meebo's XAuth could turn social sharing into a big business
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
XAuth: The Open Web Fires a Shot Against Facebook Connect
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
2006 Apple Patent Filing 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 …
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Confirms Hiring of Former Microsoft Exec Blake Irving as Chief Product Officer  —  Yahoo said it has hired former Microsoft exec Blake Irving (pictured here) as its chief product officer.  —  Reporting directly to CEO Carol Bartz, Yahoo (YHOO) said in a statement, Irving will …
Discussion: WebProNews, CNET News and paidContent
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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 …
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) …
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.
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.”
Discussion: Gawker
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 EverythingiCafe
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
IBM posts solid first quarter; Sees IT spending rebound across categories  —  IBM's first quarter earnings and sales were better than expected as the company software unit posted double-digit revenue growth.  The company also raised its earnings outlook for 2010.
 
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Bloomberg:
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
1 Out of 5 Textbooks Digital by 2014  —  Today, digital textbooks …
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Mary Pilon / Digits:
Personal-Finance Site Mint Expands to Allow More Banks
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Tim Anderson / The Register:
Microsoft stealth launches ‘historic’ programming language
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Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
US Sees 3G iPads ‘By May 7’ Apple Confirms
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