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8:55 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 …
Apple:
Apple Reports Second Quarter Results  —  Record March Quarter Drives 83 Percent Revenue Growth, 95 Percent Profit Growth  —  Record iPhone Sales Grow 113 Percent  —  Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2011 second quarter ended March 26, 2011.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Apple Earnings Q2 '11: $24.67B Revenue; 3.76M Macs, 18.65M iPhones, 4.69M iPads Sold  —  It's that special time of the season, when Apple fans and investors alike get to gloat over just how much money the tech giant in Cupertino is raking in: Quarterly Earnings.
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Shares Up, Huge iPhone And Mac Sales Overshadow Weak iPad  —  Apple posted better than expected March quarter sales and profits, with especially huge iPhone and Mac shipments.  —  iPad sales were much lower than expected — just 4.69 million shipped, versus expectations around 7 million.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:   The Most Successful Store No One Cares About: Apple's iTunes Posts A Record $1.4 Billion Quarter
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, Engadget and USA Today
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Obama: I Want People To Feel The Same About The Next Internet Breakthrough As They Did About The Moonwalk  —  Obama spent a considerable amount of time preaching to the choir at today's Facebook Town Hall event, first bringing up Intel founder and Hungarian immigrant Andy Grove as an example …
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Tomio Geron / Social Markets:
Obama And The Facebook Crowd Connect In California
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: The Microsoft Blog
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft-Yahoo collaboration hits a snag; Microsoft adCenter shortcomings cited
Discussion: MediaPost, TechFlash and LiveSide.net
Nicholas Jackson / The Atlantic Online:
Gawker's Traffic Numbers Are Worse Than Anyone Anticipated  —  When Gawker launched an aggressive redesign back in early February, the tech blogs were waiting to see what would happen.  How would readers respond?  (The assumption was that the reaction would be negative …
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
Tarun Bhatnagar / 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 …
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Google launches Earth Builder, aims at geospatial software market
Discussion: SAI, eWeek, Pulse2, The Register and GigaOM
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Why Are Tech Founders Such A**holes?  —  In the past couple of weeks, the co-founders of Microsoft and Twitter have been attached to the same kinds of unsavory stories that have long dogged the people behind Facebook, Apple, Zynga and other top tech firms.  What is it about computers and money that instills villainy?
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 …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google, Microsoft, LinkedIn, AmEx And Others Offer Over $400M In Value To Startup America  —  Unveiled at the end of January, the Startup America Partnership has just announced a slew of new company commitments, in conjunction with President Obama's Town Hall meeting at Facebook today.
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.
Neowin.net:
Exclusive: Chrome notebooks confirmed to be released June/July  —  To be sold as a subscription.  —  You may or may not have seen the news about the Google Chrome production notebooks floating around the web today.  Ariotech reports that “Google product manager Sundar Pichai said …
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 …
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.
Mike Elgan / Datamation:
Time for Google to Cut Up Its Credit Card?  —  Google missed its numbers in the most recent earnings report.  The company is still making truckloads of cash.  But it's also spending money faster than ever.  —  The earnings report itself is no big deal.  The company is still growing …
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
AT&T iPhone activations up 33%, unaffected by Verizon, but 3G tablets prove weak  —  AT&T reported its quarterly earnings on Wednesday, revealing that it activated 3.6 million iPhones in the first quarter of 2011, a 33 percent increase from a year prior.  Tablet activations, however, were much lower, at just 322,000.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
AT&T takes Verizon's best punch well; adds postpaid subs, activates 3.6 million iPhones
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Gets Government Security Sign-Off For Online Services  —  Last week, Microsoft helped stir up controversy about whether Google Apps were secure enough for government use.  —  The debate came down to whether Google Apps for Government had a security certification called FISMA.
Violet Blue / Pulp Tech Blog:
Amazon, Google and Twitter Top EFF's Privacy Scorecard  —  Monday's privacy panic over cloud storage service Dropbox's Terms of Service changes came hot on the heels of the EFF updating the Internet Privacy Report Card - as Congress is proposed online privacy legislation backed by the companies that scored the worst.
Discussion: PC World
 
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Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
Offering a direct challenge to Verizon, Cellular South hooks up with LightSquared for LTE
Discussion: Mobilized
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
BlackBerry Curve Touch to be revealed at BlackBerry World; June-July launch
Discussion: LAPTOP Magazine and Electronista
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Ad.ly Removed From Facebook for Monetizing the News Feed Through Paid Page Update Endorsements
Frederic Lardinois / NewsGrange:
Google Autocomplete Gets Enhanced Predictive Powers
Andrew Munchbach / BGR:
Verizon's Samsung Fascinate fitted with Froyo
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Report: government cyberattacks against own citizens intensifying
Mike Zapler / Reuters:
Jon Leibowitz: Google should step up on privacy
Discussion: PC World
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Check In App Loopt Introduces Loopt Qs, Location Based Q&A Polls
Liana B.Baker / Reuters:
Court upholds Dish contempt filing, TiVo soars
Brad Sams / Neowin.net:
Twitter launches new landing page
Discussion: @ev
Kelvin Soh / Reuters:
Apple to begin shipping new iPhone in September
Allen Huang / The Official Google Blog:
Google Toolbar 7—cleaner, fresher and faster