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5:25 AM ET, April 28, 2010

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Nick Bilton / Bits:
Can Gizmodo Win the iPhone Legal Battle?  —  As we move into the second week of the iPhone-left-in-the-bar saga, the plot is moving from a technology news story to a legal one — and entering a cul-de-sac of speculation.  —  As I reported today with my colleague Brian Stelter …
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Mary Duan / bizjournals:
Apple asked for ‘lost’ iPhone criminal probe  —  The criminal investigation into the purported theft of an apparent iPhone prototype came at the request of Apple Inc., officials said Tuesday.  —  Investigators said they have identified and interviewed the person who took the phone …
Evan Hansen / Threat Level:
Apple May Have Traced iPhone to Finder's Address  —  People identifying themselves as representing Apple last week visited and sought permission to search the Silicon Valley address of the college-age man who came into possession of a next-generation iPhone prototype, according to a person involved with the find.
Matt Zimmerman / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
OverREACTing: Dissecting the Gizmodo Warrant
Zusha Elinson / LAW.com:   Gizmodo Editor in Missing iPhone Case Retains Criminal Defense Lawyer
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
REACT task force that targeted blogger addresses its connections to Apple
Discussion: AppleInsider and Yahoo! News
Microsoft:
Microsoft Announces Patent Agreement With HTC  —  Agreement will cover HTC's Android phones.  —  Microsoft Corp. and HTC Corp. have signed a patent agreement that provides broad coverage under Microsoft's patent portfolio for HTC's mobile phones running the Android mobile platform.
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Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft claims Android steps on its patents  —  The mobile phone wars got a more interesting late on Tuesday as Microsoft publicly asserted for the first time that Google's Android operating system infringes on its intellectual property.  —  Microsoft has taken the position …
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
It's Official: Adobe Flash support will be built into Android 2.2  —  10 months.  That's how long its been since Adobe first demonstrated Flash on Android — and that's pretty much a lifetime in the mobile world.  And yet, official Flash support for Android is still nowhere to be seen*.
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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 …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Welcome Back, Steve: Apple CEO Jobs to Appear Onstage at D8  —  Apple (AAPL) CEO and Co-founder Steve Jobs will appear at the eighth D: All Things Digital, in an interview on the opening night, kicking off our tech and media conference that will also include famed Hollywood director James Cameron …
New York Times:
Apple Buys Intrinsity, a Maker of Fast Chips  —  Apple wants the fastest chip for its mobile devices and has bought another chip maker to gain an edge over its competitors.  —  Apple has acquired a small Austin, Tex., company called Intrinsity, known for making zippy versions of a computer chip often found in mobile devices.
Vladimir Vukievi:
Fennec on Android  —  Over the last few months, we've made some great progress on bringing Firefox to Android.  Michael Wu, Brad Lassey, Alex Pakhotin and I have been focusing on getting a build ready that's usable by a broader set of people, and we're now ready to get that build out there.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Mozilla Officially Unveils A Pre-Alpha Test Version Of Firefox For Android
Discussion: Geekword
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Nokia says leaked N8 has early software, shouldn't be reviewed  —  It looks like Nokia isn't too happy that its big N8 / Symbian^3 reveal this morning was tarnished by Eldar Murtazin's harsh preview of the device and OS a few days ago: in a new Conversations blog post, the company says that Eldar's …
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Tom Warren / Neowin.net:
Windows Live Messenger for iPhone unveiled  —  Remember in December 2009 we told you Microsoft were planning a Windows Live Messenger app for iPhone?  Well today we can reveal a little bit more.  —  Today we can exclusively unveil the first official screenshots of Windows Live Messenger for iPhone.
Eric Schmidt / Harvard Business Review:
How I Did It: Google's CEO on the Enduring Lessons of a Quirky IPO  —  It happened six years ago, but I still remember every detail of our journey to becoming a public company.  It was a uniquely “Googley” experience that to this day says a lot about who we are.  An IPO can change a company.
Discussion: paidContent, Thanks:atul
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
The Mysterious And Scary BitTorrent Monitoring Site  —  While many BitTorrent users operate their clients without a second thought, many are well aware that everything they can do has the potential to be monitored by someone, somewhere.  The data available in BitTorrent swarms is necessarily public …
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.
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Tim Ferguson / silicon.com:
Windows 7 now on one in 10 of world's PCs  —  Licences for Microsoft's latest OS are selling like hotcakes...  Just six months after its release, Windows 7 is now installed on one in 10 of the world's PCs, Microsoft has confirmed.  —  The operating system was launched on 22 October 2009 …
Discussion: Erictric, Engadget and I4U News
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
Facebook Sends Window Decals to Local Businesses  —  Facebook may not have made any big announcements about local business marketing at last week's f8 conference, but the company is certainly stepping up its efforts in that area.  Today, we discovered that Facebook is sending out window decals …
Discussion: Mobile Marketing Watch and Lost Remote, Thanks:atul
Nick Wingfield / Digits:
Amazon, Dell Founders Help Fund Healthcare Startup  —  A Seattle startup that provides primary health care for a flat monthly fee is getting some big-name financial backers from the technology industry: Jeff Bezos and Michael Dell.  —  Qliance Medical Management Inc. says it has raised $6 million …
Discussion: Seattle Times and TechFlash
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Frothy Times for Web Angel Investing  —  The startup Formspring.me was just four months old when it closed a $2.5 million angel round of funding last month from 10 name-brand investors, among them angel funds, individual entrepreneurs — even a venture capital firm.
Discussion: Loic Le Meur Blog, Thanks:atul
 
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