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9:10 AM ET, April 20, 2010

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Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
A Letter: Apple Wants Its Secret iPhone Back  —  Well, how can I explain this?  I got some interesting calls today.  It was Apple.  And they wanted their phone back.  —  This phone was lost, and then found.  But from Apple's perspective, it could have been considered stolen.
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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 …
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 …
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.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:   Why 960 x 640  —  Ever since I hinted last month that this …
John Markoff / New York Times:
Cyberattack on Google Said to Hit Password System  —  Ever since Google disclosed in January that Internet intruders had stolen information from its computers, the exact nature and extent of the theft has been a closely guarded company secret.  But a person with direct knowledge of the investigation …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Steve Jobs Reiterates: “Folks who want porn can buy an Android phone”  —  Apple CEO Steve Jobs is on a roll.  While he's probably had better days than today, he's lately been shooting off emails left and right in response to customers' concerns.  We just were sent what appears to be one such Jobs response …
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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Jesse Stay / Stay N' Alive:
Facebook to Launch SideWiki-like Recommendation System for Websites
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:jesse
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Borrows Another Feature From Twitter (Or Was It FriendFeed?):
Discussion: Download Squad
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
In Big New Product Push, Facebook Set to Launch 6.5 Million New Community Pages
Discussion: Mashable!, All Facebook and TechCrunch
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Launches New Privacy Section That May Make Your Head Hurt
Discussion: GigaOM
Apple:
iPad Wi-Fi + 3G Models Available in US on April 30  —  Apple® today announced that the Wi-Fi + 3G models of its magical iPad™ will be delivered to US customers who've pre-ordered on Friday, April 30, and will be available in Apple retail stores the same day starting at 5:00 p.m.
Discussion: MacRumors, Gizmodo, Engadget and Mashable!
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.
Jack Neff / AdAge:
Nielsen: Facebook's Ads Work Pretty Well  —  When Social Ads Collide With Stated Interests, Awareness Goes Up  —  BATAVIA, Ohio (AdAge.com) — It pays to have fans on Facebook if you want your ads to work there too, according to the first public study to come out of the collaboration of Nielsen Co. and Facebook.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
This is What a Tweet Looks Like  —  Think a tweet is just 140 characters of text?  Think again.  To developers building tools on top of the Twitter platform, they know tweets contain far more information than just whatever brief, passing thought you felt the urge to share your friends via the microblogging network.
Discussion: dygiscape and mehack, Thanks:atul
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
10 questions to ask before buying iPad  —  On Friday night, I bought an iPad nearly three months after giving 12 reasons why I wouldn't.  An unexpected reason came up: My wife's MacBook Pro died.  I reckoned she could temporarily use the tablet (which cost way less than any new Mac laptop) …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
As Abbott Flocks From Palm To Twitter, Pass Becomes The First Twitter CTO  —  Last Friday, news hit that Michael Abbott, Palm's head of software and services, the man in charge of its webOS platform, was leaving the company.  The news, which broke via a regulatory filing …
Discussion: PreCentral.net
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 …
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Ford Sync Will Soon Let You Control Your Mobile Apps by Voice  —  Thanks to voice-controlled systems like Ford's Sync, drivers don't have to take their eyes off the road if they want to place a call or switch to the next track on their playlists.  Today, Ford announced the next step …
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.
Discussion: Tech Eye and the Econsultancy blog
Kevin Conley / vogue.com:
Sheryl Sandberg: What She Saw at The Revolution  —  Nobody close to Sheryl Sandberg, now the COO of Facebook, is surprised to find her running the company that turned friend into a verb.  In her case, it's an action verb.  Sheryl remembers birthdays.  She texts people seconds before big presentations ("Smile.
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.
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Cisco finally closes $3.3 billion Tandberg bid  —  Cisco Systems has finally managed to acquire video-conferencing vendor Tandberg.  —  The networking giant announced Monday that it has completed a so-called voluntary offer for Tandberg, with 91.1 percent control of the Oslo, Norway-based company.
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.
 
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John D. Sutter / CNN:
‘Skinput’ system turns hands into buttons
Discussion: The Microsoft Blog
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Tumblr Raises Another $5 Million From Spark and Union Square.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Malware spreads to emerging countries as cyber threats multiply
Discussion: BBC, T3.com News and CNET News
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
80legs makes it even easier to crawl the Web like Google
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Andreessen Horowitz Drops Out of Funding Race for Foursquare
John P. Martin / Philly.com:
Lower Merion report: Web cams snapped 56,000 images
Discussion: ChannelWeb and Between the Lines
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Is Foursquare's growth boxed in?
Discussion: LEWIS 360° and TechCrunch
 Earlier Items: 
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Palm now waiving the $99 annual fee for webOS development
Discussion: PreCentral.net
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Apple to replace problematic headphones with inline remote
Serge Jespers:
Flash Player 10.1 for Android still on track for H1 release
Discussion: Softpedia News and Neowin.net, Thanks:ryanstewart
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Apple Sued Over iPhone Liquid Sensors
Discussion: Macworld and Phone Scoop
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Sprint Confirms Radio Shack Phasing Out Palm Pre, Pixi Sales (Updated)
 

 
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