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10:40 AM ET, April 27, 2010

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Gizmodo:
Police Seize Jason Chen's Computers  —  Last Friday night, California's Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team entered editor Jason Chen's home without him present, seizing four computers and two servers.  —  They did so using a warrant by Judge of Superior Court of San Mateo.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
iPhone Leak Investigation Pauses As DA Ponders Gizmodo Shield Law Defense  —  Earlier today news broke that police had raided Gizmodo editor Jason Chen's home in connection with the iPhone leak last week.  Authorities got a search warrant and removed four computers, two servers, and more.
CNET News:
Police poised to expand iPhone prototype probe  —  Gizmodo editor Jason Chen in a video embedded in his April 19 post titled “This is Apple's next iPhone.”  —  The criminal probe into Apple's errant iPhone prototype is expected to broaden, a law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation told CNET.
Discussion: ChannelWeb and Geek.com
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Good Luck With the Shield Law Argument  —  Henry Blodget: … Journalist shield laws are about journalists being able to protect sources who may have committed crimes.  They're not a license for journalists to commit crimes themselves.  Gawker is making an argument that is beside the point.
Alexia Tsotsis / SFWeekly Tech:
Nick Denton in 2009: Journalism Not Gawker's “Institutional Intention.”
Discussion: Runnin' Scared
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Next Question: Are The Police After Gawker Or The Person Who Took The iPhone?
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Music Ally:
Spotify Goes Social  —  On the back of the Facebook Connect platform Spotify has begun the integration of social media into its music service, and the implications are huge.  —  In its newest app update, and the biggest since launch in 2008, Spotify users will now be able to connect …
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
We Have Met the Enemy and He Is PowerPoint  —  WASHINGTON — Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the leader of American and NATO forces in Afghanistan, was shown a PowerPoint slide in Kabul last summer that was meant to portray the complexity of American military strategy, but looked more like a bowl of spaghetti.
Discussion: TechFlash, Ahad Bokhari and Seth's Blog
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Mobile Blogger “Boy Genius” Unmasked, Acquired  —  You probably haven't heard of Jonathan Geller.  But you may have read his site.  Geller's Boy Genius Report is avidly followed by those obsessed with mobile phones and the companies who make them.  —  Among those paying attention …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google acquires entertainment company LabPixies  —  Google loves to build platforms on which programs run—Android, App Engine, iGoogle, and in the biggest picture, the Web itself.  But platforms are of no use, and aren't much fun, without applications on top, so Google often also kick-starts development with applications of its own.
Gizmodo:
Nokia N8 Official, With 12MP Camera and 720p Video Recording  —  Well now, this is awkward.  Only yesterday Mobile-Review was calling the N8 an unpolished turd, and now Nokia's gone and announced it to the world.  As leaks foretold, it's got a 12MP camera with Xenon flash, and runs Symbian^3.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
BlackBerry 6 coming in third quarter of this year  —  RIM's co-CEO Mike Lazaridis just announced in an analyst call today that the company's next platform — coined BlackBerry 6 — will be available “in the next calendar quarter,” which we take to mean the third quarter of 2010.
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Jason Cipriani / BerryScoop:
BlackBerry Concierge Coming To Help You Monitor Applications
Discussion: Go Rumors and Phone Scoop
Google Nexus One:
An update on Nexus One partnerships  —  When we launched Nexus One in January, we announced partnerships with Vodafone in Europe and Verizon Wireless in the US.  We have news on both fronts.  —  Today, Vodafone begins accepting pre-orders for Nexus One from customers in the United Kingdom …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Zong Emerges: Facebook Deal And $15 Million In Funding  —  We've been tracking mobile payments provider Zong since 2008 - in a nutshell, it lets you pay for things, particularly virtual goods online, via direct billing to your mobile phone.  Despite heavy competition from well-backed boku …
Eric Goldman / Technology & Marketing Law Blog:
Amazon Wins Keyword Advertising Suit—Video Professor v. Amazon  —  Video Professor, Inc. v .  Amazon.com, Inc., 1:09-cv-00636-REB-KLM (D. Colo. April 21, 2010)  —  Video Professor has been involved in a few interesting legal scrapes.  For example, you may recall that in 2007 they launched …
Dave Berkowitz / The Windows Blog:
Wanna Peek at the Next Version of Windows Home Server?  Check out the new public beta for Windows Home Server, Code Name “Vail”  —  Many of you may already know that Microsoft has been hard at work on the next version of Windows Home Server.  We are excited to announce today that the beta …
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Burn Blu-ray Disks on Regular DVDs With x264  —  The developers of the open source h.264 codec x264 have just released an update that makes it possible to burn Blu-ray discs on regular DVD-9 or even DVD-5 DVD-Rs. x264 uses advanced compression to fit Blu-ray movies on much cheaper DVD-Rs …
Taylor Wimberly / Android and Me:
Motorola's 3D Android phone appears again  —  New images have leaked of what could be Motorola's first 3D Android phone.  A similar device was spotted last week which looked more like a prototype, but these new images appear to be final hardware.  We say this because the new phone (MT810) now sports the China Mobile logo.
Discussion: MobileCrunch and Gizmodo
Melanie Lee / Reuters:
Former rivals eBay, Alibaba tie-up on new platform  —  (Reuters) - China's largest e-commerce firm Alibaba.com said it will offer e-payment services on its new online commerce platform from eBay's PayPal, in the first such tie-up between the former arch-rivals.
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
TomTom Go Live 1000 to offer capacitive touchscreen, WebKit-based UI  —  TomTom has just outed its new flagship PND, the Go Live 1000, and wouldn't you know it, it's the first of the company's stable to offer a capacitive touchscreen.  This comes mere days after Garmin updated its lineup with capacitive options.
Discussion: The Toybox, Gizmodo and Gearlog
Brian McClendon / The Official Google Blog:
Earthly pleasures come to Maps  —  Earth Day may have just passed, but the Google Earth team loves it too much to let it go.  So we've found our own special way to celebrate Earth Day (a little late) by making an announcement that we've been working toward for a long time: Earth view in Google Maps.
Gagan Biyani / MobileCrunch:
AdMob: The Original iPhone is Dead, Android Becoming Increasingly Diversified  —  Here at MobileCrunch, we love numbers.  We especially love numbers that make good stories.  And we more especially love numbers that make good stories about phones.  And so we love it when AdMob packages together data …
Digits:
South Korean Official's iPad Causes a Stir  —  South Korea's culture minister, Yu In-chon, strode into a government briefing room Monday for what seemed to be a routine photo-op as his ministry announced a $50 million program to help develop the country's budding electronic-books industry.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Macsimum News
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Will Foursquare Badges Really Help Newspapers?  —  The Wall Street Journal, which has waded into a fierce battle for local New York readers with the New York Times, has turned to the uber-hip social networking service Foursquare for some reinforcements.  The Journal announced today that readers …
 
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Carlo Longino / Techdirt:
Total Number Of Personal Data Records Leaked Since 2005: At Least 358.4 Million
Discussion: VentureBeat
Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
Google on FCC broadband authority: We're staying out of it
Jeanette Borzo / The Australian:
Salesforce.com, VMware tipped to unveil joint offering
Discussion: TechCrunchIT
Steve Wildstrom / Steve Wildstrom on Tech:
iPad Bans: Misinformation from Media Old and New
Discussion: CrunchGear, BetaNews and Fortune
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
PDA Inventor Slaps HTC With Another Patent Infringement Lawsuit
Discussion: IntoMobile and Phones Review, Thanks:robinwauters
Jin Hyun-joo / The Korea Herald:
Samsung eyes Google TV
Discussion: VentureBeat
 Earlier Items: 
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Doing 10-20X As Many App Downloads A Day As BlackBerry (RIMM, AAPL)
Mark Sigal / O'Reilly Radar:
Five reasons iPhone vs Android isn't Mac vs Windows
Discussion: Worst Tech! and Mark Sigal's Blog, Thanks:atul
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Cyber Privacy Act not specific enough, opens door to abuse
Discussion: Techdirt
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Intel launches new version of its Classmate PC for kids
Todd Spangler / Multichannel News:
CableLabs Next-Gen Broadband Project Envisions Multigigabit Speeds
Discussion: Light Reading and FierceIPTV
Austin Haugen / Facebook Blog:
Answers to Your Questions on Personalized Web Tools
Discussion: louisgray.com