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7:05 PM ET, April 30, 2010

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Leland Rechis / Twitter Blog:
Twitter for Android: Robots like to share too  —  When we tweet what's happening around us, we share not only our thoughts, but also web pages, photos, videos, location...anything.  Mobile phones are increasingly part of our lives, and we seem to be doing everything but making phone calls.
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Android Fragmentation In Action: Twitter's New Official App Won't Work On Many Google Phones (GOOG, MOT)  —  One of Google's biggest Android problems is that its platform — as young as it is — is already super fragmented.  —  There's already a handful of Android phones on the market, which is good for Google.
Discussion: The Blog Herald
Hugo Roy / hugo's blog:
Open Letter to Steve Jobs  —  update 16:00: Steve Jobs answers to my open letter, see below.  —  Dear Steve Jobs,  —  Having read your Thoughts on Flash, I could not agree with you more.  Flash is not the Web, and I am glad Apple seizes the opportunity of open standards to build better products for their customers.
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Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Apple May Be Gunning for Open Source Codecs  —  The latest indication that Apple is trying to strong-arm publishers to adopt HTML5 and H.264 came today, as Steve Jobs reportedly claimed by email that a patent pool was being assembled to “go after” Ogg Theora and other open source codecs.
Discussion: ChannelWeb and Fonehome.co.uk
Jim Lanzone / Clicker Blog:
Fact-Checking “Thoughts on Flash”
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Hewlett-Packard To Kill Windows 7 Tablet Project  —  Hewlett-Packard has killed off its much ballyhooed Windows 7 tablet computer, says a source who's been briefed on the matter.  —  The device was first unveiled by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer at CES 2010 in January and was supposed to hit the market in mid 2010.
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Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft's Windows Monopoly Now At Risk As Tablet Market Sprouts Without It (MSFT, GOOG, AAPL, HPQ, PALM)  —  Microsoft's plans to enter tablet computing just took two steps backwards, and now it has no obvious challenger in the race with Apple's iPad.  —  The latest: Microsoft shut down its experimental Courier tablet project.
Joanna Stern / Engadget:
MSI Android, Windows 7 tablets launching in June, dualscreen delayed until Q4
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Apple To Shut Down Lala On May 31, iTunes.com Launch Impending?  —  Lala - where music will stop playing ...  In a brief message that was just posted on the Lala.com website, Apple has announced that the service will be shut down on May 31st, 2010.  Apple will not be accepting new users …
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Waiting for iTunes.com?  Don't Hold Your Breath  —  Apple is shutting down its Web-based music service in a month.  When will it open a new one?  —  No time soon, from what I can tell.  —  I've been on the phone all day with music industry sources.  None of them know of any specific plans Apple …
Charlie Stross / Charlie's Diary:
The real reason why Steve Jobs hates Flash  —  There has been some ... interesting news from the tech sector this week.  —  Firstly, the Apple vs. Adobe vendetta gets even nastier, with a public letter from Steve Jobs explaining why Adobe's Flash multimedia format will not ever be allowed …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Why it is too late to regulate Facebook  —  I've seen a lot of angst over the past week about Facebook's moves to open up your data to other applications.  —  To really understand how huge these changes are I had to get away from Silicon Valley and come and hang out with the geeks in Kinneret …
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:   Activist groups launch new Facebook privacy offensive
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:   Facebook's impending fight with D.C. (FAQ)
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Gawker Media seeks legal reversal in Gizmodo search case  —  Shortly after Silicon Valley police entered the home of Gizmodo editor Jason Chen last Friday armed with a search warrant and walked out with four computers and two servers, Gawker Media raised the issue of California's shield law protecting journalists.
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Karen Gullo / Bloomberg:
Apple Reported IPhone Prototype as Stolen, Law Enforcement Official Says
Discussion: Bits and PC World
Erica Sadun / TUAW:
Skype calls not allowed over iPad 3G connections  —  During our live iPad 3G first look this afternoon, TUAW readers were able to confirm that Skype calls still cannot be placed over the iPad 3G's cellular network connection.  The Skype application will not connect those calls, telling users that, “You need WiFi to call over Skype.”
Discussion: MacRumors
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Dan Moren / Macworld:
First Look: iPad Wi-Fi + 3G
IEBlog:
HTML5 Video  —  There's been a lot of posting about video and video formats on the web recently.  This is a good opportunity to talk about Microsoft's point of view.  —  The future of the web is HTML5.  Microsoft is deeply engaged in the HTML5 process with the W3C.
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David Goldman / CNNMoney.com:
One in eight to cut cable and satellite TV in 2010  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Despite rising cable and satellite TV prices and easy access to streaming TV and movies on the Internet, few consumers have cut the cord.  But that looks like it's about to change.
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Lost Remote
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Jim Louderback / Silicon Alley Insider:   Why The Internet And Apps Will Crumble The TV Business
Lou Young / WCBS-TV:
NJ Principal Asks Parents To Ban Social Networking  —  Benjamin Franklin Middle School Chief Says Students Should Be Cut Off From Facebook, Text Messaging  —  RIDGEWOOD, N.J. (CBS) ― A controversial proposal has students horrified at a Bergen County middle school on Wednesday.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Why iPad mags cost $4.99 each  —  Because that's what the market will bear — at least for now  —  If you buy the digital editions of Popular Science or TIME Magazine on the iPad, they cost $4.99 each — same as on the newsstand.  —  However, one-year subscriptions to Popular Science …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
New Chrome fires up geolocation ability  —  “The geolocation feature is now available in Chrome 5.0.375.25 (Official Build 45690).”  —  With those words, posted Thursday at the bottom of a Chrome issue tracker item, the developer version of Google's browser catches up to Firefox with one important new component of the Web.
Discussion: Maximum PC
Scott Austin / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Now We Know: Google Ventures' Entire Investment Team  —  Ever since Google Inc. launched its venture capital arm about a year ago, it's remained furtive about staffing.  —  The company said in March 2009 that Google Ventures' investments would be vetted by William Maris …
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Percy Cabello / Mozilla Links:
Meet the new Firefox Add-ons Manager  —  It has taken a long time for the Firefox team to come up with a significant update to the Add-ons Manager, but it's finally coming to Firefox.next.  It looks and works great and there are a lot of opportunities for the new interface.
 
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Evelyn Rusli / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: Justin.TV's New Android App, iPhone App Hits 1.5M Downloads (Video)
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Google Cloud Print Gets Mobile Printing Support from Cortado
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Privacy Concerns Limit Online Ads, Study Says
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Amazon Stabs Penguin in the Throat With Ebook Pricing for Real Books
Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
Set Google Voice as Your Skype Caller ID
Discussion: Computerworld
Chris Saad / Paying Attention:
Open is not enough. Time to raise the bar: Interoperable
Curt Hopkins / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Brings Living Stories to WordPress
Discussion: Google News Blog
Noah Robischon / Fast Company:
Sean Parker: Facebook Should Not Have Won, MySpace Blew It
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Kevin Lynch / Adobe:
Moving Forward  —  This morning Apple posted some thoughts about Flash on their web site.
 

 
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