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2:40 PM ET, April 27, 2010

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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.
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Paul Ohm / Freedom to Tinker:
The Gizmodo Warrant: Searching Journalists in the Terabyte Age  —  Last Friday night, police officers in California used a warrant to search the home of Jason Chen, the Gizmodo blogger who wrote about the iPhone prototype found in a Redwood City bar.  Orin Kerr has written an interesting post assessing the legality of the search.
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:
Journalist shield law may not halt iPhone probe  —  The criminal investigation into Apple's errant iPhone prototype took a new twist this week, when Gawker Media claimed that the warrant used by police to search an editor's home was invalid.  —  It's clear that federal and state law generally …
Discussion: Daring Fireball and textually.org
Gizmodo:
Police Seize Jason Chen's Computers
Alexia Tsotsis / SFWeekly Tech:
Nick Denton in 2009: Journalism Not Gawker's “Institutional Intention.”
Discussion: Runnin' Scared
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.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Believed To Pay Up To $25 Million For LabPixies To Flood The Web With Apps
Brad Stone / Bits:
Google's Andy Rubin on Everything Android  —  Andy Rubin, a vice president of engineering at Google, leads one of the search giant's most important efforts—the development of Android, Google's open source platform for smartphones and other mobile devices.  —  Android, of course …
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.
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Doug / Nokia Conversations:
One of our children is missing  —  Today was an important day for Nokia.  After months of planning, we proudly introduced the Nokia N8, our latest smartphone and the first to feature the Symbian^3 platform.  When it goes on sale this summer, we're confident that the N8 is going stand …
Discussion: Tech Central and Fone Arena
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 …
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
AdMob: Android Passes iPhone Web Traffic In U.S.
Discussion: Business Wire and Lifehacker, Thanks:albaraha
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.
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 …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Eye-Fi announces Apple-exclusive Geo X2 card, more WiFi hotspot support  —  In the event that none of Eye-Fi's existing 802.11n-capable offerings meet your wireless photo upload needs, take heart, because there's a new model getting shoehorned between the $49.99 Connect X2 and the $99.99 Explore X2 …
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 …
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
RIM shows off BlackBerry 6 on video  —  While RIM's WES 2010 keynote is still ongoing, the company's YouTube channel has kindly released the first teaser video for the incoming BlackBerry 6 operating system.  There's a lot of movement on screen — so much, in fact, that it's almost like RIM really doesn't want you to see the OS at all.
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Senators Want Facebook To Make “Instant Personalization” Service Opt-In  —  Today during a press conference, Senator Charles Schumer of New York and a number of other Democratic Senators announced that they would like Facebook to make their new “Instant Personalization” service “Opt-In” rather than “Opt-Out” by default.
Discussion: GigaOM, CNN, VentureBeat and Digits
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Netbook market may have already peaked  —  IDC will release figures later this week that indicate that the Netbook phenomenon may have peaked, and recent comments from Intel itself back this up.  —  The figures from market researcher IDC show a decline in Atom processor shipments as a percentage …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Google demands neutrality (just don't apply it to them)  —  Google doesn't care.  The FCC wants to regulate net neutrality under Title II of the Communications Act?  It wants to try again under Title I?  It wants to get frisky and try Title VI?  Google's down with that; just git-er-done.
Discussion: google.com
John Cook / TechFlash:
Ground Truth raises $7M to bring insight to mobile phone usage  —  Just three months after emerging from stealth mode, Seattle mobile measurement startup Ground Truth has scored a substantial $7 million second round of venture capital financing.  Total funding in the 20-person company now stands at $9.6 million.
Discussion: The Seattle Times and mocoNews
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.
Leena Rao / TechCrunchIT:
Salesforce And VMware Partner To Launch Enterprise Java Cloud Platform VMforce  —  Java developers may have good news to celebrate today.  Salesforce.com and virtualization giant VMware are partnering to launch VMforce, a enterprise Java Cloud platform to enable Java developers to build apps off of Force.com.
 
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Paul Bonanos / GigaOM:
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Agam Shah / Computerworld:
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Carlo Longino / Techdirt:
Total Number Of Personal Data Records Leaked Since 2005: At Least 358.4 Million
Discussion: VentureBeat
Taylor Wimberly / Android and Me:
Motorola's 3D Android phone appears again
Discussion: Gizmodo, Geek.com and MobileCrunch
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iPad Bans: Misinformation from Media Old and New
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South Korean Official's iPad Causes a Stir
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