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1:55 AM ET, April 19, 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.
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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! and @owenthomas
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.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Apple sues Samsung over Galaxy line: Co-opetition implodes
Discussion: Daring Fireball
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 …
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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 …
Discussion: BGR, LAPTOP Magazine and IntoMobile
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 …
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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
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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.
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Most iPhone 5 Refinements Will Be Under the Hood
Discussion: App Advice, PC Magazine and Apple Bitch
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
A Myspace Founder Builds Again, Buying Gaming Companies  —  Just days after the online gaming company MindJolt moved into its Los Angeles headquarters in March 2010, rain started to pour through the ceiling.  —  Christopher T. DeWolfe, the chief executive, and his small team …
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Chris DeWolfe's MindJolt Expands Gaming Empire; Buys SGN And Hallpass Media
Discussion: eMoney and The Domains
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 …
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.
Discussion: Androinica
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Electronista:
Grooveshark skirts Android Market ban with unofficial app
Discussion: Lifehacker
SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
THE TRUTH ABOUT SMARTPHONES: Our Exclusive Survey On iPhone vs Android  —  Recent news that Android has blasted past the iPhone in smartphone market share triggered a huge brawl among fans in both camps about whether the numbers were accurate and which platform would reign supreme.
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.”
Irina Slutsky / AdAge:
Facebook to Ad Agencies: Let's Be ‘in a Relationship’  —  Social Network Rolls Out Community Site Aimed at Creatives  —  Facebook today launched a stand-alone community site (facebook-studio.com) where ad agency creatives can share ideas, comment on campaigns and learn what it takes to create a successful page for a brand.
Discussion: Marketing Pilgrim
Jerry Hildenbrand / Android Central:
First look at the OGT Tablet — the world's thinnest Android tablet  —  Ask any analyst, technophile, or blogger — this summer we expect a plethora of Android tablets.  Some will be good, some not so much, but the OGT Tablet is something we're going to be keeping our eye on.
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 …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Hacking NetFlix
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Buzzd Rebrands As Local Response; Debuts Social Customer Management Tool For Businesses  —  When Nihal Mehta launched Buzzd with co-founder Deepen Shah, he believed in the power of the check-in and essentially created an city guide that aggregated check-ins from Foursquare, Gowalla, and others.
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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Bloomberg:
Apple Asks Judge to Dismiss Lawsuit Alleging ITunes Downloading Monopoly
Discussion: AppleInsider, BGR and TUAW
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Adaptly Raises $2.7 Million To Facilitate Cross Platform Social Ad Buys
Maaike Noordhuis / Bloomberg:
Philips Unloads TV Business, Succumbing to Chinese Competition
Discussion: Reuters, Gadgetell and DailyTech
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Web video delivery startup Envivio plans to raise $69M in IPO
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New MacBook Pros push Apple's US sales up 47% year over year in March
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