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2:15 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.
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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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.
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.
DigiTimes:
Nook outnumbers Kindle in March, says Digitimes Research  —  Manufacturers' e-book reader shipments to Barnes & Noble surpassed those to Amazon in March 2010, as demand for nook was picking up, according to Digitimes Research.  —  Digitimes Research senior analyst Mingchi Kuo cited figures …
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 …
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.
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Yahoo to be pre-loaded onto “tens of millions” of Samsung phones  —  App stores are no substitute for what the mobile industry calls “on deck” placement, in which an application is pre-loaded onto a phone's home screen, or a top-level menu.  —  On-deck placement costs lots of money …
Discussion: mocoNews and Search Engine Land, Thanks:paulboutin
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
Ashvin Kumar / The Blippy Blog:
Blippy Issues, Resolutions, Plan  —  It has been a rocky weekend for Blippy.  The weekend began with a front page article in the New York Times announcing our Series A financing.  The elation didn't last long.  A few hours later, reports surfaced about the discovery of credit card numbers within Google's cached search results.
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Facebook privacy hole ‘lets you see where strangers plan to go’  —  Developer says new API lets you query social network's databases - and there doesn't seem to be a way to turn it off  —  Facebook's new system for connecting together the web seems to have a serious privacy hole, a web developer has discovered.
Discussion: wolog.net
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.
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 …
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 …
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple-part-owned Imagination teams with MIPS in blow to ARM,  —  Following rumours last week that Apple may (or may not) be plotting an ARM takeover, we read yet more cafuffle from the processor and graphics industry, this time involving a move by Apple-part-owned company, Imagination, to take a shot at ARM.
Discussion: EE Times, AppleInsider and SlashGear
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Microsoft, Mozilla, and Opera team up on Web font standard  —  Microsoft, Mozilla, and Opera walk into a bar...After a lengthy discussion, they put together standards proposal for WOFF — the Web Open Font Format.  OK, so I doubt they really did this in a bar back on April 8th …
Discussion: Webmonkey and Softpedia News
Investor's Business Daily:
Google's Q1 Market Share Fell to 31% in China  —  Due to the quit in Mainland China, the world's largest Internet search service provider Google Inc. (GOOG) saw its share of the mainland search engine market fall to 31% in the first quarter of 2010 from 35.6% in the fourth quarter of the prior year …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
The Wall Street Journal Partners with Foursquare  —  Foursquare's bread-and-butter is the partnerships that seed the location-based social network with curated content.  Now, that includes editorial tips and badges from the renowned business publication The Wall Street Journal.
Discussion: Screenwerk and TechCrunch
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
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
4G wars: LTE spending to surpass WiMax, says IDG  —  Spending on Long Term Evolution (LTE) will continue to gain momentum and surpass the total spent on WiMax deployments by the end of 2011, according to a report by IDC.  —  Telecom carriers are busy building out 4G networks and most of them …
Discussion: Tech Eye
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Street View Adds Local Business Listings  —  Last week, the newly renamed Google Places added a ton of features to help local businesses create a directory page right on Google.  Today, Google's Street View is joining the party by showing links to local business listings right in Street View.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Google LatLong
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Twitter Taking Down Tweets Over Bogus DMCA Claims  —  You may recall the controversy over Google reacting too aggressively in pulling down music blog posts (or entire blogs) based on DMCA takedown notices.  Eventually, Google revamped its DMCA policy to better handle the situation, though there have still been some complaints.
 
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