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12:30 PM ET, April 26, 2010

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James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
Google Nexus One Gone From Verizon Lineup  —  Many Nexus One fans have been watching the Google Nexus One web site to see when the dreaded “coming soon” to Verizon message would go away and the phone would be available for order.  That may not ever happen as a check today shows the Google Nexus …
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Amy Thomson / Bloomberg:
Verizon Doesn't Plan to Distribute Google's Nexus Phone  —  Verizon Wireless, the largest U.S. mobile-phone company, retreated from plans to offer service for Google Inc.'s Nexus One phone, saying it will focus on other Android-powered handsets instead.  —  Until this morning …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Wi-Fi Sync: wirelessly sync the iPhone with iTunes... in your dreams (video)  —  Hey iPhone, welcome to 2007.  Following Opera's script in building grassroots hysteria to goad Apple into approving a contentious app, developer Greg Hughes is teasing a video of his Wi-Fi Sync app to the peoples of planet internet.
Alex Iskold / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook Open Graph: The Definitive Guide For Publishers, Users and Competitors  —  Facebook just shook the tech world by announcing several major initiatives that collectively constitute an aggressive move to weave the social net on top of the existing Web.The rumors were that the leading social network …
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P. J. Connolly / eWeek:
OAuth Is the New Hotness in Identity Management
Discussion: CloudAve, Thanks:chrismessina
Andrew Munchbach / Boy Genius Report:
RIM announces the BlackBerry Bold 9650 and Pearl 3G  —  So check it out... RIM's huge BlackBerry hullabaloo, Wireless Enterprise Symposium, or “WES”, officially kicks off tomorrow in sunny Orlando, but that didn't stop the Waterloo folks from busting out two — count 'em, two — hot new smartphones prior to all of the festivities.
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Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
New BlackBerry Pearl Features 3G, 802.11n Wi-Fi
Discussion: Between the Lines, Engadget and Gearlog
Reuters:
Pirates rewrite script for Apple's China iPad launch  —  (Reuters) - Just three weeks after the global launch, bootleg versions of Apple Inc's hot-selling iPad tablet PCs have begun showing up on the shelves of online and real-world shops in piracy-prone China.
Electronista:
Nokia N8 already reviewed, panned as poor iPhone rival  —  The Nokia N8 has already been given an early review that calls it a poor rival to Android and the iPhone.  Symbian^3 is said to have “little change in functionality,” and the phone itself as seen as offering little new that Nokia or other companies haven't done before.
Vikas Bajaj / New York Times:
Spammers Paying Others to Solve Captchas  —  MUMBAI, India — Faced with stricter Internet security measures, some spammers have begun borrowing a page from corporate America's playbook: they are outsourcing.  —  Sophisticated spammers are paying people in India, Bangladesh …
Discussion: Help Net Security and Tech Eye
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Intel prepares to launch more Atom processors  —  Intel is preparing to launch more Atom-based processors for netbooks soon including models that support DDR3 memory and dual-cores, according to sources from notebook players.  —  Intel launched its second-generation Atom N450 and N470 processors …
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Rhapsody Adds Offline Listening To Its iPhone App  —  Newly independent Rhapsody is giving its iPhone app some bragging rights with an update that lets subscribers listen to tracks even when they're not online.  Users will now be able to download their Rhapsody playlists to their phones …
Laura Mortkowitz / Washington Post:
More colleges, professors shutting down laptops and other digital distractions  —  As a culture, we're at an odd crossroads regarding personal computers.  For years, educators have been clamoring to put technology in the hands of young students through partnerships with big tech companies …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
RIM melds BlackBerry with PBX handsets  —  Research in Motion's latest version of its mobile voice system (MVS) allows you to morph your BlackBerry into your corporate handset.  —  In a nutshell, MVS does for the corporate PBX what BlackBerry Enterprise Server does for email.
Discussion: Datamation and Tech Trader Daily
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Motorola Dumping Google's Built-In Location Feature For Skyhook On Android Phones (MOT, GOOG)  —  A nice win for Boston-based mobile location company Skyhook Wireless: Motorola will build Skyhook's location service into “much” of its Google Android-based phone lineup worldwide, replacing Google's built-in location service.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Video Ad Startup FreeWheel Raises $16.8M From Turner, Disney And Others  —  Video advertising company FreeWheel has raised $16.8 million in funding from Disney's Steamboat Ventures, and existing investors, including Turner Broadcasting System, Battery Ventures, and Foundation Capital.
Discussion: PR Newswire
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Nexus One launches on Vodafone UK this Friday, April 30  —  The first European carrier for the Nexus One is all set to start offering Google's superphone for free on two-year contracts costing £35 ($54) or more per month.  Pre-orders are being taken today and full retail availability is slated for April 30.
Kemberly Richardson / ABC 7 Eyewitness News:
Schumer challeges Facebook over info sharing  —  new york state politics, charles schumer, facebook, politics & elections, kemberly richardson  —  NEW YORK (WABC) — U.S. Senator Charles Schumer on Sunday urged the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to provide guidelines for social networking sites …
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Sex Ads Seen Adding Revenue to Craigslist  —  Craigslist, one of the most popular Web sites in the United States, is on track to increase its revenue 22 percent this year, largely from its controversial sex advertisements.  That financial success is reviving scrutiny from law-enforcement officials …
Chris / cdixon.org:
The tradeoff between open and closed  —  When having the “open vs closed” debate regarding a technology platform, a number of distinctions need to be made.  First, what exactly is meant by “open.”  Here's a great chart from a paper by Harvard professor Tom Eisenmann (et al).:
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Elias Bizannes / DataPortability Blog:
Assessing the openess of Facebook's “Open Graph Protocol”
 
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