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3:20 PM ET, April 19, 2011

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Vlad Savov / Engadget:
White iPhone 4 used to demo new multitasking, Spotlight search in ‘test version’ of iOS? (video)  —  We've just laid eyes on a video from the prolific leaksters over at Tinhte, who claim they not only have a white iPhone 4 from Apple, but it's one with a “test version” of iOS that nobody else has yet seen.
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Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
That iOS 5 video?  Here's why it's fake.  —  We've examined the video that began making the rounds just a few hours ago, seemingly displaying an internal build of iOS 5.  We think that the phone is most likely an internal prototype of the white iPhone 4, but iOS 5 it isn't.
Discussion: App Advice and MacRumors
Nilay Patel / This is my next:
Apple sues Samsung: a complete lawsuit analysis  —  Apple sued Samsung yesterday, the latest in a long line of IP lawsuits against Android device manufacturers.  (See: Apple v. HTC, Apple v. Motorola, Microsoft v. Motorola, Microsoft v. Barnes & Noble.)  The case is remarkable for several reasons …
Discussion: lalawag, MacStories and 9 to 5 Mac
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Agence France Presse:
Samsung vows counter-action over Apple patent suit  —  SEOUL (AFP) - Samsung Electronics said Tuesday it would take counter-action against Apple after the US firm filed suit alleging that the South Korean giant copied its smartphones and tablet computers.  —  Apple's lawsuit claims Samsung's …
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Apple spent nearly $5.7b on Samsung parts in 2010, faces ‘strong’ response to its patent suit
The Official Google Blog:
Add your local knowledge to the map with Google Map Maker for the United States  —  Before Google Map Maker—a product that enables people to add to and update the map for locations around the world—only 15 percent of the world's population had detailed online maps of their neighborhoods.
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
BlackBerry PlayBook now on sale in the US and Canada, starting at $500 with 16GB of storage  —  Today is the day in BlackBerry land.  The wait for a dual-core device with an up-to-date operating system and that stylized BB logo is now over, and a vast array of stores in the US and Canada are now ready to sell you your PlayBook.
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:   BlackBerry PlayBook: Fail With Consumers, Fail With Enterprise
Dan Anderson / T-Mobile Blog:
Bobsled by T-Mobile: Providing Free, One-Touch Calling Within Facebook  —  Have you ever been chatting with a friend on Facebook only to realize it would be nice to actually hear the person's voice?  You're not alone.  A recent survey found that 88% of Facebook users want voice chat capabilities within the site.
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Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Look Out Skype!  T-Mobile Powers Facebook VoIP  —  T-Mobile today announced its new Bobsled brand, which will be a carrier-agnostic set of products, the first of which is a Facebook voice chat application.  Bobsled is powered by Vivox, a VoIP solutions company that has offered voice chat in video games and within Facebook since 2009.
Discussion: GeekWire and VentureBeat, Thanks:kevinctofel
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Apple Reportedly Rejecting Apps With Pay-Per-Install Campaigns  —  Apple isn't just tweaking its App Store rankings to include more than download numbers and possibly lessening the impact of incentivized pay-per-install marketing campaigns.  It's actually banning apps that use pay-per-install …
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
HBO Go app set to stream its way to iPhones, iPads and Android devices  —  Are you familiar with the HBO Go online streaming service that lets subscribers catch up on HBO's award-winning and ass-kicking TV content?  Well, 'appy news for you, dear reader, for it's about to hit smartphones and tablets early next month.
Monica Langley / Wall Street Journal:
In Silicon Valley, Investors Are Jockeying Like It's 1999  —  MENLO PARK, Calif.—Travis Kalanick is the founder of a start-up that lets people order up a car service from a cellphone.  Recently, the 34-year-old found himself in the driver's seat.  —  Several major venture-capital firms were vying to fund Uber, his fledgling company.
Discussion: broadstuff and Deal Journal
Mrinal Desai / TechCrunch:
Five Reasons Why Twitter Will Kill TweetDeck  —  Editor's note: The following guest post is written by Mrinal Desai, co-founder of CrossLoop and addappt.  You can follow him on Twitter.  —  On reading today's report by the Wall Street Journal that Twitter is in talks to buy TweetDeck …
Horace Dediu / asymco:
Review of Apple's unit numbers released in legal filing prior to earnings  —  In a complaint filed on April 15th against Samsung, Apple revealed some potentially material data about its performance in the last quarter (which won't be public until the 20th).  —  On page 4: … On page 5:
Paul Geller / Digital Music News:
Get Ready: Grooveshark Promises a Fight to the Finish...  The following is an open letter to the music industry from Grooveshark, shared exclusively with Digital Music News.  The letter was prompted by the recent removal of the Grooveshark app from the Android Market, though it also addresses broader concerns and challenges.
Tricia Duryee / eMoney:
Kobo Closes Book on $50 Million Round to Fuel International Growth  —  Kobo has raised $50 million in capital to go head to head against Amazon, Apple, Google and others.  —  The e-book company will need all the cash it can get.  —  All three of its major competitors have deep pockets …
Discussion: GeekWire and paidContent
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
comScore: Including iPads, iPods And Tablets, Apple's iOS Outreaches Android By 59 Percent  —  comScore has just released an interesting study comparing the reach of Apple's iOS platform to Google's Android operating system in the U.S. The analytics and data company is reported that Apple's device …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Rovio To Launch Angry Birds Free with Magic, Requires NFC To Unlock Levels  —  Finnish app developers Rovio is to introduce a new title to its Angry Birds franchise, launching Angry Birds Magic, a new game that will launch on Nokia smartphones which run the latest Symbian Anna update …
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Nokia launches Ovi Maps 3D beta, challenges Google Earth as your virtual tour guide of choice  —  Still searching for today's internet time sink?  Then look no further than Nokia's just launched beta version of Ovi Maps 3D.  Thanks to a little help from Navteq's maps and some software wizardry …
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
T-Mobile G-Slate review  —  The tablet wars are building, petty disputes that will soon lead to bloodshed.  Products will be launched into battle only to be gunned down straight out of their boxes, crying for their fabricators as bigger, faster, better slates step over the stricken chassis …
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 …
Martin LaMonica / CNET News:
Google plants $100 million in giant wind farm  —  The Shepherds Flat wind farm is expected to be fully operational in 2012 and supply 235,000 average U.S. homes.  —  Google today said that it will invest about $100 million in the very large Shepherd's Flat wind project in Oregon …
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Windows Phone “NoDo” update starts rolling out to AT&T devices … Microsoft started distributing the Windows Phone “NoDo” update to AT&T devices on Tuesday.  —  AT&T's Samsung Focus and LG Quantum devices started to receive update notifications on Tuesday morning.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Ticketmaster Rival Ticketfly Gets Another $12M To Make Concert Ticketing More Social  —  Social ticketing company Ticketfly is announcing a $12 million Series B round of financing from Root Music investor Mohr Davidow Ventures.  This Series B will bring the startup's total funding to $15 million …
Discussion: paidContent, VentureBeat and MediaMemo
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Andreessen Horowitz Leads $1.75M Round In Freebie Marketplace Listia  —  Listia, a marketplace for free stuff, has raised $1.75 million in funding from an impressive roster of investors and angels.  The round was led by Andreessen Horowitz with participation from SV Angel, Founder Collective …
Serkan Toto / CrunchGear:
Hitachi Announces First USB 3.0 External Drives, Bundled With Personal Cloud Space  —  Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (which was just acquired by Western Digital) has announced the company's first USB 3. external hard drives, the so-called Touro Mobile Pro Portable Drive …
Audrey Watters / ReadWriteWeb:
Evernote for Android Gets More Secure, More Social, More Collaborative  —  The sharing platform Evernote has been on a tear lately, updating its mobile, desktop, and Web apps each in turn - not just polishing the UI but adding new features.  Today it's Android's turn, and the newly updated Evernote …
 
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Tagged Buys Popular Social/Instant Messaging Client Digsby
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Bloomberg:
Sprint Agrees to Pay Clearwire $1 Billion for Use of Network
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
With $4 Million From Comcast, Fwix Launches Its Own Open Places Databases
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You Are the Ad  —  Facebook has emerged from a privacy scandal …
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Matt Hickey / CNET News:
GeoHot gives leftover legal funds to EFF, mocks Sony
Discussion: Inquirer and Techdirt
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Netflix posts ‘buy’ button but not doing the selling
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Miguel de Icaza:
Dropbox Lack of Security
Discussion: Mediactive and PC World
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Samsung Inks $1.375 Billion Deal With Seagate On HDD Operations Sale And More
Irina Slutsky / AdAge:
Facebook to Ad Agencies: Let's Be ‘in a Relationship’
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