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12:10 AM ET, May 3, 2010

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Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:
iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G - Our Pre-Review Findings (Updated: Battery + 3G Results)  —  Our full review of the iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G is still a little ways off, but since the device will officially be on store shelves at 5:00PM tonight, we wanted to post some early findings that might help you decide whether to buy in or not.
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Alexander Vaughn / App Advice:
iPad 3G Streaming Restrictions Explained  —  Alright, so you went with the iPad 3G for that ubiquitous Internet connection?  Well, it's there now, but there are some limitations.  For example, while Netflix and Youtube will work over 3G (in low res however), ABC still requires a WiFi connection.
Taimur Asad / Redmond Pie:
Jailbroken iPad 3G Can Send SMS Text Messages [Video]  —  Wow!  There is some great work being done in the jailbreaking community for the newly released iPad 3G.  The infamous iPhone Dev Team has managed to send SMS text messages from iPad 3G using command line terminal.
Brian X. Chen / under the wire:
How Wired.com Tracked the iPhone Finder  —  In response to Wired.com's scoop identifying the finder of the lost iPhone prototype, many have asked me how we did it.  The process of uncovering digital footprints to identify Brian Hogan was indeed challenging and enlightening, so I thought I'd tell the story here.
Discussion: Product Reviews Net
Daeng Bo / I' Been to Ubuntu:
Lead OGG Dev Responds to Jobs' Jabs  —  Xiph's Gregory Maxwell, the designer and lead dev of the OGG container and the Vorbis audio and Theora video codecs, had a few choice words for Steve Jobs over his recent suggestion that OGG Theora would soon be in court over patent infringement.
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John Sullivan / Free Software Foundation:
FSF responds to Jobs's “Thoughts on Flash”
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Google acquires BumpTop: Will Android get a 3D facelift?  —  Google is acquiring BumpTop, a startup that aimed to improve the interface of your computer desktop.  —  BumpTop launched its first product about a year ago.  The idea, as founder and chief executive Anand Agarawala described …
Evan Selleck / SlashPhone:
Microsoft Kin One and Kin Two Available for Pre-Order May 6 and Launching May 13th  —  As we look back to the beginning of April, we see Microsoft launching their socially-connected handsets: the Kin One and Kin Two.  Two very different, distinct devices in of themselves, they are either woefully ignored or highly anticipated.
Roger Ebert / Newsweek:
Why I Hate 3-D (And You Should Too)  —  Avatar director James Cameron is reflected in an audience member's 3-D glasses during a panel discussion in San Diego  —  From the magazine issue dated May 10, 2010  —  3-D is a waste of a perfectly good dimension.  Hollywood's current crazy stampede toward it is suicidal.
David Carr / New York Times:
A Lost iPhone Shows Apple's Churlish Side  —  Journalists are already getting warmed up for the next big Apple event, the Worldwide Developers Conference in June, where they will most likely get a look at the next generation of the iPhone.  —  But there might be fewer people lined up …
Hilary Stout / New York Times:
How Does Technology Affect Kids' Friendships?  —  “HEY, you're a dork,” said the girl to the boy with a smile.  “Just wanted you to know.”  —  “Thanks!” said the boy.  —  “Just kidding,” said the girl with another smile.  “You're only slightly dorky, but other than that, you're pretty normal — sometimes.”
Discussion: Gothamist
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Twitter Suspends Accounts of Torrent Sites  —  The popular micro-blogging service Twitter has had a love/hate relationship with BitTorrent during the first few months of the year.  —  Early February Twitter attributed a phishing attack to an unnamed torrent site script …
Discussion: Erictric and TechSpot
Chris / cdixon.org:
Old VC firms: get ready to be disrupted  —  If the U.S. economy were a company, the VC industry would be the R&D department.  The financing for the VC industry comes from so-called LPs (Limited Partners) - mostly university endowments, pension funds, family funds, and funds-of-funds.
 
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Tim / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Facebook's “Evil Interfaces”
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A Russian Star Rises in Silicon Valley
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