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4:20 PM ET, April 24, 2010

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Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Two prototype iPod touches with cameras show up on eBay  —  Update: Shocker...they've been pulled from Ebay.  —  Well looky what we have here.  Someone has put up two semi-working iPod touches WITH cameras and a development version of the iPod OS on Ebay.
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John Herrman / Gizmodo:
What Are These Camera-fied iPod Touch “Prototypes” Doing On eBay?  —  Or, to precise, what was this apparent test device doing on eBay, before it was unceremoniously yanked?  And is it real?  —  Speaking to the second question, the answer is a firm probably.  Here's the evidence:
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Criminal Charges Possible in the Case of the Lost iPhone  —  The authorities in San Mateo County in California are considering whether to file criminal charges in connection with the sale of a missing next-generation iPhone belonging to Apple.  —  The San Mateo district attorney could act …
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Lost iPhone prototype spurs police probe  —  Silicon Valley police are investigating what appears to be a lost Apple iPhone prototype purchased by a gadget blog, a transaction that may have violated criminal laws, a law enforcement official told CNET on Friday.
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Reading on iPad before bed can affect sleep habits  —  Apple's iPad can do movies, music, e-mail, apps and rich Web browsing.  And of course, e-books.  Should Amazon just put its comparably basic e-reader, the Kindle, to sleep?  —  Not so fast.  Sleep experts say using the iPad before bed …
Discussion: I4U News and Kindle Review
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Woz has fun with leaked iPhone T-shirt (photo)  —  Steve Wozniak, the patron saint of Apple computer engineers, is smiling down on Gray Powell.  —  Wozniak, who along with Ronald Wayne and Steve Jobs founded Apple in 1976, recently had himself photographed drinking a beer …
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Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Lufthansa offers free flight to Apple worker who lost iPhone prototype in a German beer garden  —  It's too bad Southwest Airlines doesn't fly to Germany because this would've made the perfect “Wanna Get Away” commercial.  —  Lufthansa, the German airline, is offering a free flight to Munich to Gray Powell …
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
WARNING: Blippy User's Debit Card Numbers Still Appearing In Google  —  Blippy, the social network for people who want to publicize their purchases, got in big trouble yesterday for publishing some of its users credit card numbers.  But by mid-afternoon, Blippy had announced the problem …
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Blippy And Credit Card Numbers: Update
Steve Wozniak / Gizmodo:
Steve Wozniak On Apple Security, Employee Termination, and Gray Powell  —  During last week's iPhone leak saga, Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, reached out to us with a story: The morning of the iPad launch, an engineer showed him an iPad for two minutes.  For this he was fired.
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David Recordon / O'Reilly Radar:
Why f8 was good for the open web  —  It's easy as a technologist to think about openness solely in terms of technology, but openness is broader than that.  Openness of technology means that others can build using the same tools that you do.  Openness of data means that developers …
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Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
More open than thou: Blogger battle rages over new Facebook tools
Discussion: TechCrunch
BBC:
Meet Marty Cooper - the inventor of the mobile phone  —  Martin Cooper, inventor of the mobile phone, said manufacturers are cramming too much into new handsets  —  Martin Cooper may not be a household name, but his invention is familiar to more than half the planet's population who own a mobile phone.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Updated Windows Phone 7 videos show Office doing awesome things  —  As much as Microsoft has revealed about Windows Phone 7 thus far in the past two months, one critical, differentiating element that it's going to be able to lord over its competitors — true Office support — has been a bit of a black box.
ISPreview UK:
Comical Video Highlights Dangers of EU Plan to Block Internet Websites  —  Alexander Lehmann has created an incredibly clever and subtly comical video that seeks to illustrate the dangers of new European wide internet filtering / website blocking plans, which are currently being proposed by EU Commissioner Cecilia Malmström.
 
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