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11:35 PM ET, April 18, 2011


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Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Twitter Tries to Widen Appeal to More Users  —  Twitter Inc. is in advanced talks to buy TweetDeck Inc. for around $50 million, people familiar with the matter said.  —  TweetDeck is one of the add-on programs that help Twitter users view and manage short messages carried by the service, which are known as tweets.
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Is there a bidding war over TweetDeck?  —  A report Monday in The Wall Street Journal claimed that Twitter is in “advanced talks” to acquire TweetDeck, a Twitter desktop client preferred by many of the social-media service's most active users, for about $50 million.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Why Twitter Would Be Smart to Buy Tweetdeck
Discussion: Mashable!
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Apple Files Patent Suit Against Samsung Over Galaxy Line of Phones and Tablets  —  In the latest intellectual property suit to hit the smartphone industry, Apple is suing Samsung, alleging the Galaxy line of phones and tablets infringe on a number of the company's patents and trademarks.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:   Apple sues Samsung over Galaxy line: Co-opetition implodes
Steve Kovach / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
DROPBOX: We'll Turn Your Files Over To The Government If They Ask Us To  —  This is nothing groundbreaking, but Dropbox has updated its security Terms of Service to say that if the government asks, they will have to decrpyt user's files and turn them over.  —  That's standard practice …
Discussion: ZDNet
JP Mangalindan / Fortune:
Dropbox: 25 million users and counting  —  The popular start-up says it grew more than 500% in 15 months.  How's that for viral effectiveness?  —  FORTUNE — As many in Silicon Valley know, very few start-ups succeed, and even if they do, even fewer stumble upon the kind of growth Dropbox has in such little time.
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
Dropbox 1.4 Brings Tabs Back, Direct Uploads from Other Apps
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Wal-Mart Paid $300 Million-Plus for Kosmix  —  According to sources close to the situation, Wal-Mart Stores paid just over $300 million for Kosmix.  —  The six-year-old Mountain View, Calif.-based company-which has built a social media platform that organizes content by topic …
Discussion: @jason
Eric Bennett / Bing:
Capture and Share Panoramas Anywhere You Go with the Photosynth App  —  What does a beautiful mountain pass, your favorite coffee shop, and your blossoming backyard garden all have in common?  They're all places you would love to capture and share, but a single photograph just won't do.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Mass production of Apple's A5-, Qualcomm-powered iPhone 5 rumored for Sept.  —  Apple's iPhone 5 will feature “slight modifications” from its predecessor, including an 8 megapixel rear camera and a Qualcomm baseband for both GSM and CDMA models, and will go into production in September, a new report claims.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Most iPhone 5 Refinements Will Be Under the Hood
Discussion: PC Magazine and Apple Bitch
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
ITC Staff Recommends Siding With Nokia, HTC in Apple Case  —  HTC Corp. and Nokia Oyj shouldn't be found liable of infringing Apple Inc.'s patents, the staff of the U.S. International Trade Commission recommended.  —  A staff lawyer, Erin Joffre, disclosed the position at the start …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Chris DeWolfe's MindJolt Expands Gaming Empire; Buys SGN And Hallpass Media  —  MindJolt, the game distribution company that was acquired by MySpace founder and former CEO Chris DeWolfe last year, has made two significant acquisitions in the gaming space today— game developer Social Gaming Network (SGN) and game network Hallpass Media.
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
A Myspace Founder Builds Again, Buying Gaming Companies
Discussion: VentureBeat, eMoney and @shervin
David / TmoNews:
T-Mobile Officially Announces G-Slate Release For April 20th  —  After what seems like an unnecessarily long wait T-Mobile has finally gone and announced the arrival of the T-Mobile G-Slate for April 20th.  While we've speculated this for quite some time as all signs pointed to a release …
Dylan Byers / Adweek:
NYC's Top VC Fred Wilson Is Rich . . . and Grumpy  —  Last November, Fred Wilson had the privilege of sharing a stage with John Doerr, the wealthiest venture capitalist in the world, a man Amazon's Jeff Bezos once called the “center of gravity in the Internet.”
Tricia Duryee / eMoney:
Groupon Acquires iFund-Backed Pelago; Founder to Head Up Product Development  —  Groupon has acquired Pelago, the makers of a mobile application called Whrrl that allows people to check in to locations and discover new restaurants and local businesses.  As part of the acquisition …
Kim-Mai Cutler / Inside Mobile Apps:
Apple May Have Tweaked App Store Ranking Algorithm, Making Downloads Matter Less  —  (Updated: Added comments from Glu Mobile, Gameview Studios, W3i and more data about apps that have seen ranking shifts.)  —  It looks like Apple made a number of changes to the app store's ranking system last week …
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Next Up for Netflix: Family Plans  —  Netflix will introduce additional streaming plans later this year that will offer the ability to stream to multiple devices simultaneously, according to a FAQ for investors published on the company's website.  Details are still to be determined …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Real Estate Listings Site Zillow Files For $51.75 Million IPO  —  As expected, real estate listings and search site Zillow has just filed its S-1, which indicates that the company will be pursuing a public offering.  Zillow wants to raise $51.75 million in the offering, according to the SEC filing.
CBS News:
A billionaire bachelor's playground  —  Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen gives “60 Minutes” a tour of his estate, yacht, space rocket, and, yes — his very own submarine What would you do if you suddenly became a billionaire with the means to indulge your every whim, no matter how extreme?
New MacBook Pros push Apple's US sales up 47% year over year in March  —  Driven by strong sales of the new Thunderbolt-equipped MacBook Pro lineup, domestic Mac sales are estimated to have increased 47 percent year over year in the month of March.  —  The new estimates from the NPD Group …
Discussion: Electronista, Fortune and SAI
Joshua Topolsky / This is my next:
HP, here's how you can win in mobile  —  On Sunday, PreCentral published an interesting rumor piece based on a leaked slide from HP.  According to the story, the company has plans to include a “music syncing solution” with the forthcoming TouchPad tablet that will allow users to remotely store …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Adaptly Raises $2.7 Million To Facilitate Cross Platform Social Ad Buys  —  Social ad buying platform Adaptly has raised a total of $2.7 million in seed and Series A funding from First Round Capital, Charles River Ventures, Kirschenbaum Bond Senecal & Partners and Lerer Ventures.
Simon Owens / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The layered look: How Google News is integrating the social web  —  While many have been closely following the news of new social network projects from Google — whether it's Google Wave, Google Buzz, or a rumored project reportedly called Google Me — the search giant has been rolling …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Streaming growing, but consumers still love DVDs  —  Online and digital video options continue to grow in popularity, but people still love their “old fashioned” physical discs.  According to new data from market research firm NPD Group, the overwhelming majority of video consumers still watch …
Discussion: Electronista
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Maaike Noordhuis / Bloomberg:
Philips Unloads TV Business, Succumbing to Chinese Competition
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
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