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5:30 AM ET, April 17, 2011

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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Square's Disruptive Payment Service About To Get A Huge Retail Boost From Apple  —  Mobile payments company Square has landed a big coup—sales placement on Apple's online store.  And we've just confirmed with Square that the startup has a deal for in-store sales as well.
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Speculation on an Amazon iPad competitor  —  I'd bet on Amazon releasing a true tablet, competing more directly with the iPad than the Kindle currently does, in the possibly-near future.  Andy Ihnatko nailed it last month: … I don't know why it has taken most of us this long to figure this out, but it makes a lot of sense.
Discussion: Snarkmarket
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Blames The iPad For Killing Jobs  —  Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL), who admits to owning an iPad, blames the Apple Inc. product for “eliminating thousands of American jobs.”  —  “A few short weeks ago I came to the House floor after having purchased an iPad …
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Toys R' Us to start selling 16 GB and 32 GB WiFi iPad 2s, Smart Covers tomorrow - Sunday, April 17  —  Following the rumors that Apple will expand their iPad 2 retail presence to Toys R' Us, we have been told that the rumors are true and that Toys R' Us will begin selling the iPad 2 tomorrow.
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Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Still need an iPad 2? Head to Best Buy on Sunday, Sunday, Sunday
Joe Mullin / paidContent:
Righthaven's Secret Contract Revealed: Will Its Strategy Collapse?  —  Angered at Righthaven's behavior, a Las Vegas federal judge unsealed the company's heretofore confidential agreement with the Las Vegas Review-Journal late on Friday.  The contract reveals that the controversial copyright …
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Steve Green / Las Vegas Sun Blogs:
After Righthaven defies judge, observers question company's motives
Discussion: Techdirt
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Real Reason Mike McCue Needs $50 Million: Google Is Building A Flipboard Killer  —  When news came out the other day that Flipboard just raised another $50 million at a $200 million valuation for its iPad news reading app, I gave CEO Mike McCue a hard time on Twitter and here on TechCrunch.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Could Bing Improve Its Search Results With Google +1?  —  Here's a big dose of irony.  Could Google +1 buttons or +1 data — which Google uses to improve its search results — come to rival Bing?  Potentially.  —  Bing +1, Anyone?  —  The issue came up yesterday during Q&A following …
Discussion: WinRumors
Frank Michlick / Domain Name News:
.XXX Goes Live in the Root Servers  —  Earlier today IANA added the .XXX Top Level Domain to the root nameservers.  While the registry operator Afilias is still in their setup process for ICM registry, the zone is currently propagating.  While a number of registrars have already …
Evan Blass / pocketnow.com:
HTC Preparing 16-Megapixel Windows Phone 7?  (Video)  —  HTC is working on a Windows Phone 7 model with an unprecedented 16-megapixel camera, according to the ad embedded below.  Such a handset would double the pixel count of the company's highest-resolution devices, which currently top out at eight megapixels.
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple launches Apple Support Communities with question asking, tracked responses  —  Apple took their support discussions website down this morning and now it is back up.  It's not back up as support discussions, though.  Apple has finally replaced their aging support discussions board website with Apple Support Communities.
Discussion: TUAW
Jerry Brito / Techland:
Online Cash Bitcoin Could Challenge Governments, Banks  —  Late last year, after WikiLeaks began releasing its trove of State Department cables, many individuals sought to show solidarity with the group by making a donation.  They found, however, that many payment processors would not remit money …
Max Read / Gawker:
What Happened to Encyclopedia Dramatica?  —  Unofficial 4chan wiki Encyclopedia Dramatica, the user-authored repository of memes, racism and homophobia, is no more.  It's been replaced by OhInternet, a much cleaner site with much less offensive content.  We asked its founder: Is ED preparing to sell out?
Discussion: The Inquisitr and Geekosystem
 
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