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3:40 PM ET, April 28, 2010

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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 …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Is the Microsoft-HTC patent deal more about Linux or Apple?
Discussion: PC World and Ars Technica
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
BREAKING NEWS: Siri bought by Apple  —  Back in February I said that if you miss Siri you will miss the future of the Web.  —  Well, Apple did not miss the future of the Web.  —  According to FTC Apple just purchased Siri.  —  If previous acquisitions by Apple are an indicator …
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Timothy Hay / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Apple Moves Deeper Into Voice-Activated Search With Siri Buy  —  Apple Inc. has acquired Siri Inc. just a few months after the start-up's voice-activated personal-assistant program launched in the App Store, an investor in San Jose-based Siri told VentureWire.
Apple:
Apple Worldwide Developers Conference Kicks Off June 7 in San Francisco  —  Apple® today announced that it will hold its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) June 7 through June 11 at San Francisco's Moscone West.  The five-day conference includes the first ever iPad™ development sessions …
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Ben Parr / Mashable!:   New iPhone Could Hit Stores During Apple's Developer Conference
CNET News:
Prosecutors defend Gizmodo search in iPhone probe  —  San Mateo County prosecutors are defending the search of a Gizmodo.com editor's home and seizure of his computers that are part of a criminal investigation into an iPhone prototype lost by an Apple employee.
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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
The Final Details on the iPad's 3G Data Plans  —  I'm already a firm believer in the iPad 3G and its no-contract data plans, but AT&T's released the nitty gritty details, in case you wanted to check the fine print.  Pretty much the same, but a few new bits.
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Kat Hannaford / Gizmodo:
Surprise Surprise, Pre-Ordered iPad 3G Begins Shipping
Discussion: MacRumors, 9 to 5 Mac and Gadget Lab
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.
Doantam Phan / The Official Google Blog:
Discovering pages “similar to” ones that you like  —  One of the great things about the web is choice.  There's a website out there for nearly everything, and sometimes there are many sites all dedicated to a single topic.  But how can you find all the sites that are related to the subject that interests you?
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 …
Hitwise:
Facebook is top search term across three major search engines  —  Experian Hitwise announced today thatthe search term Facebook was the top U.S. search conducted in the four weeks ending March 27, 2010.  Overall, Facebook related terms accounted for eight searches across the three top 10 lists.
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Yahoo chief Bartz ready to buy startups - but tight-lipped on Foursquare  —  The new Yahoo chief executive Carol Bartz says search will grow in coming quarter and that location-based services are important to future growth  —  Carol Bartz, the new chief executive of Yahoo, says the company is …
Discussion: blogs.ft.com and TechCrunch Europe
Markus Frind / Plenty of fish blog:
Match.com No longer top dating site, sends in the lawyers.  —  Here is comscores worldwide ranking of dating sites for march.  We are doing pretty good considering we are only in UK, Canada and US.  —  Last year Match launched a plentyoffish clone called downtoearth.com which was supposed …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Klout Raises $1.5 Million To Measure Influence And Authority On Twitter  —  Klout, a startup that measures influence on Twitter, has secured $1.5 million in Series A funding from a number of investors, including Allen Morgan of Mayfield Fund, ff Asset Management, Bobby Yazdani …
Discussion: VentureBeat, Mashable! and Pulse2
Jeremy Caplan / Digits:
The iPad and the Future of Text  —  Digital text is at a crossroads, and the iPad's momentum could nudge it in one of two directions.  —  Down one path lies a world in which words are increasingly digitized in iPad-like e-readers that function like locked glass boxes.
TechCrunch:
When Jack Dorsey Met Fred Wilson, And Other Twitter Tales (Book Excerpt)  —  Editor's note: The following excerpt is from Mastering The VC Game, a new book by Jeffrey Bussgang that goes on sale Thursday.  It tells the backstory of Twitter from the perspective of founder Jack Dorsey …
Discussion: A VC, Thanks:eghosao
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
Report: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Doesn't Believe In Privacy  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appears to have been outed as not caring one whit about your privacy — a jarring admission, considering how much of our personal data Facebook owns, not to mention its plans to become …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
 
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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple retail store sales climb 8% to start 2010, even without new Macs
Discussion: Digital Daily
Joe McDonald / Associated Press:
US, Europe press China to drop tech security rule
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Windows Embedded Standard 7 brings Media Center to TVs, set-top boxes
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
AOL's Turnaround Isn't Here Yet: Revenues Down 23 Percent
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Coverage of CT AG Grandstanding
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AOL Sells IM Service ICQ To Russia's DST For $187.5 Million
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Eric Schmidt / Harvard Business Review:
How I Did It: Google's CEO on the Enduring Lessons of a Quirky IPO
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Ilinca Nita / Unwired View:
Unknown HTC Android QWERTY phone (Wildfire?) hits the FCC, AT&T 3G included
Tim Ferguson / silicon.com:
Windows 7 now on one in 10 of world's PCs
Nick Wingfield / Digits:
Amazon, Dell Founders Help Fund Healthcare Startup
Gene J. Koprowski / Fox News:
Apple Needs to Do More to Keep Porn off iPhones, Watchdog Group Says
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Windows Live Messenger for iPhone unveiled
 

 
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