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3:45 PM ET, April 20, 2011

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Alasdair Allan / O'Reilly Radar:
Got an iPhone or 3G iPad?  Apple is recording your moves  —  Today at Where 2.0 Pete Warden and I will announce the discovery that your iPhone, and your 3G iPad, is regularly recording the position of your device into a hidden file.  Ever since iOS 4 arrived, your device has been storing a long list of locations and time stamps.
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Charles Arthur / Guardian:
iPhone keeps record of everywhere you go  —  Privacy fears raised as researchers reveal file on iPhone that stores location coordinates and timestamps of owner's movements  —  Security researchers have discovered that Apple's iPhone keeps track of where you go - and saves every detail …
Amazon.com:
Amazon to Launch Library Lending for Kindle Books  —  Customers will be able to borrow Kindle books from over 11,000 local libraries to read on Kindle and free Kindle reading apps  —  Whispersyncing of notes, highlights and last page read to work for Kindle library books
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Christian Zibreg / 9 to 5 Mac:
You'll be able to borrow Kindle books from 11,000 libraries, says Amazon  —  Amazon just announced a new library lending feature for digital Kindle books.  The official press release says customers will be able to borrow Kindle books from over 11,000 local libraries in the United States …
Discussion: CrunchGear, iClarified and Engadget
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
eBay Acquires Location-Based Media And Advertising Company WHERE  —  eBay has acquired location-based media company Where.com, the ecommerce giant tells us.  Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed and the acquisition is expected to close during the second quarter of 2011.
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Gregory Gomer / BostonInnovation:
Retail Giant Ebay Acquires Where for $135 Million  —  According to our contacts at the company and confirmed by PayPal this morning, Boston based Where has been acquired by internet giant Ebay.  The news of this deal was brought to our attention late last week, but also included rumors of other giants like RIM also putting in bids.
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Local, Mobile Ambitions Driving eBay's Purchase of Where
Discussion: ClickZ
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
The Yahoo Search Revenue Disaster  —  Yesterday, Yahoo reported a second quarter of massive declines in its search revenue.  Yahoo blamed the “headwind” of paying its partner Microsoft 12% of Yahoo's net search revenues.  Yahoo also said Microsoft's ads are underperforming.
Discussion: SAI, LiveSide.net and GeekWire
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft-Yahoo collaboration hits a snag; Microsoft adCenter shortcomings cited  —  During Yahoo's Q1 FY2011 earnings call with analysts, CEO Carol Bartz said that technical issues with Microsoft's adCenter platform were largely to blame for a shortfall in revenue that was expected from the Microsoft-Yahoo search alliance.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Google launches Earth Builder, aims at geospatial software market  —  Google is going after the enterprise geospatial market with a planned launch of Earth Builder, a tool that allows companies to overlay data on Google Earth and Google Maps.  —  With the move, Earth Builder will compete with geospatial desktop software.
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Tarun Bhatnager / Google Enterprise Blog:
Bringing 100% web to the world of Google Earth and Google Maps  —  At Google we're committed to opening up our cloud infrastructure so that others can benefit from our enormous computational power.  Today I'm going to share some exciting details on our plans to make our cloud technology available …
Kelvin Soh / Reuters:
Apple to begin shipping new iPhone in September  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc suppliers will begin production of its next-generation iPhone in July this year, with the finished product likely to begin shipping in September, three people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
AT&T takes Verizon's best punch well; adds postpaid subs, activates 3.6 million iPhones  —  Worries about Verizon's iPhone hitting AT&T's financial results appear to be overblown.  AT&T topped Wall Street estimates for the first quarter and even added postpaid subscribers contrary to analyst projections.
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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
AT&T iPhone activations up 33%, unaffected by Verizon, but 3G tablets prove weak
Discussion: AT&T and GeekWire
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
iMac supplies tighten ahead of forthcoming refresh  —  A good indication that an Apple product refresh is coming soon is when the respective product's supplies begin tightening up.  Most recently, this process happened with the iPad prior to the iPad 2 launch and with the MacBook Pro prior …
Discussion: I4U News, Thanks:aaron_nussbaum
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
News.Me, Social News Service, Debuts for iPad  —  News.me, the long-awaited social news service developed in collaboration with Betaworks, a technology incubator, and The New York Times Company, is ready for its debut.  —  News.me is a newsfeed that uses artificial intelligence to monitor …
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Twitter deals with noisy users by hiding tweets  —  Ever been annoyed by someone tweeting far too much and spamming up your timeline?  If the screenshot below is anything to go by, users of Twitter's website may not have to worry too much about that any more.
Brad Sams / Neowin.net:
Twitter launches new landing page  —  It doesn't matter if you love or loathe Twitter, but the service is popular and is growing by leaps and bounds.  It wasn't long ago that Twitter unveiled a new landing page but quickly pulled it after users were facing many issues with the popular platform.
Discussion: TechSpot and @ev
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Check In App Loopt Introduces Loopt Qs, Location Based Q&A Polls  —  Loopt, a location-based checkins app along the lines of Foursquare, is announcing the launch of Loopt Qs today at Where 2.0 Conference.  —  Loopt Qs are “micro reviews” or polls that the Loopt community team will create around a place …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, VentureBeat, SAI and Mashable!
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft-backed CPTN alters Novell patent acquisition terms to appease antitrust authorities  —  Microsoft and other members of the CPTN Holdings group that is attempting to acquire more than 800 Novell patents are altering their original agreements to head off potential antitrust concerns …
BBC:
Intel says it will run Google's Android on tablets  —  Google debuted Android 3.0, dubbed Honeycomb, in February  —  Intel, the world's largest chipmaker, has confirmed it will run tablets with Google's mobile operating system.  —  Chief executive Paul Otellini confirmed it had received …
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Wins iPhone 4 and Key RFID Transponder Display Patents  —  The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 18 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today.  In our first of two reports today we cover design wins for Apple's 2007 iPod touch and iPhone 4 in addition to covering Apple TV and a key RFID patent.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Qwiki's Mapolicious iPad App Hits iTunes  —  A couple weeks ago, Qwiki CEO Doug Imbruce came by my office to talk about his new iPad app (watch video below), but he wasn't quite ready to show it.  This morning it finally hit iTunes, where you can download it for free.
Allen Huang / The Official Google Blog:
Google Toolbar 7—cleaner, fresher and faster  —  Today we're bringing the speed of Google Instant to the latest version of Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer.  We're also introducing a fresh, clean look that personalizes Toolbar with the tools you use most.  —  Toolbar Instant
Tania Branigan / Guardian:
Facebook may ‘block content’ claim as speculation grows over entry into China  —  'We're allowing too much, maybe, free speech,' says Washington lobbyist for company  —  Facebook could block content in some countries, a Washington lobbyist for the company has said, adding …
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
T-Mobile G-Slate and Sidekick 4G now on sale, Android overload imminent  —  That delectable G-Slate we just reviewed is today shaking off the cobwebs from its long journey westward and is making itself available for purchase directly through T-Mobile.  The price is still a daunting $530 …
 
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Mike Zapler / Reuters:
Jon Leibowitz: Google should step up on privacy
Discussion: Computerworld
Liana B.Baker / Reuters:
Court upholds Dish contempt filing, TiVo soars
Riley McDermid / VentureBeat:
Smartphone “spam blocker” Mr. Number hits 2 millionth user and debuts new apps
Discussion: Mobilized
Jonathan Vatner / New York Times:
Manhattan's Tech Start-Ups Settle in the Flatiron District and Chelsea
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
BT and TalkTalk fail in challenge to Digital Economy Act filesharing measures
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Who's Suing Who? A Cheat Sheet to the Mobile Patent Mess
Colleen Taylor / GigaOM:
RockMelt Goes Mobile With iPhone Offering
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Is Going To Own The Exploding Tablet Market For Years — Goldman
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Total shipments of new Apple TV top 2 million, 820K sold last quarter - report
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Google's Co-Founder Doesn't Want You to Know About His Facebook Account
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