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6:05 AM ET, April 23, 2011

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Joshua Topolsky / This is my next Podcast:
Is this what the iPhone 5 will look like?  —  There's no shortage of rumors swirling about the iPhone 5 right now, but we've got some enlightening information (and an image) that might help paint a better picture of what Apple's next play in the mobile market could be.
Sean Garrett / Twitter Blog:
The Tweets of San Francisco  —  The city where we have started and grown will remain our future home.  Twitter is staying in San Francisco and has signed a lease to move our headquarters to Market Square, a historic building in San Francisco's Central Market neighborhood that is being managed …
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Benny Evangelista / SFGate:   It's official: Twitter stays in SF, moving to Market Street
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Why and How Apple Is Collecting Your iPhone Location Data  —  iPhone and iPad customers were spooked Wednesday to find out that their devices have recorded a detailed history of their geographical locations for the past year in an unprotected file.  But it turns out that Apple already explained …
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Gadget Lab:
Why You Should Care About the iPhone Location-Tracking Issue  —  An unencrypted file stored in iPhones and iPads records a user's location data.  An open source application was used to plot the location data from an iPhone belonging to a Wired.com reporter.
Discussion: Live in The Future …, Thanks:mj_isaac
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Google: Of Course Our Location-based Services Require Your Location Info
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Exclusive: White iPhone 4 lands at Vodafone UK  —  Well, would you have a gander at that?  That, friends, is Apple's long-awaited, hardly-forgotten white iPhone 4, and so far as we can tell, this is actually the real deal.  We've seen retailers making space for the elusive handset over the past few months …
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Sony confirms external attack brought down PlayStation Network  —  Sony acknowledged today that its PlayStation Network online entertainment service was brought down by an external intrusion, according to a blog post this evening.  —  The network has 70 million registered users …
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Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
A Disaster In The Making? Sony's PlayStation Network Suffers Prolonged Global Outage
Spencer E. Ante / Wall Street Journal:
Foursquare Seeks New Fund Raising  —  In the latest sign of the Internet gold rush, location-based service Foursquare Labs Inc. is looking to raise fresh funds at a price that would value the three-year-old start-up at as much as $500 million, people familiar with the matter said.
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Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Foursquare Seeks New Round At $500 Million Valuation
John Brownlee / Cult of Mac:
Universal iPhone Unlocking Service CutYourSim Goes Dark... And Apple Might Be Behind It [Exclusive]  —  A unique service offering to unlock any GSM iPhone, no jailbreaks required, has suddenly shut down, leaving many customers awaiting refunds.  Increased scrutiny from Apple may very well be responsible …
Discussion: TUAW, BGR, SlashGear, MacStories, MacRumors and iClarified, Thanks:cultofmac
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Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:   Two iPhone unlocking stores call it quits
Ben Fritz / Los Angeles Times:
Netflix's days without competition may be numbered  —  Some big firms are said to be lining up to challenge Netflix, the only company that streams a large selection of movies and TV shows online by subscription.  But is it already too big to be unseated as the dominant player?
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Google's Data Shows Hollywood's Headache: Netflix Searches Booming, DVDs Fading Away
Discussion: WebProNews
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Windows 7 at 18 Months  —  18 months ago to this day was when we launched Windows 7 and with that we've hit another important milestone: we are pleased to announce that Windows 7 has sold more than 350 million licenses.  The momentum we've seen and continue to see with Windows 7 is incredible.
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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft: 350 million licenses of Windows 7 sold in 18 months
Mark Dochtermann / YouTube Blog:
An update on Google Video - Finding an easier way to migrate Google Video content to YouTube  —  Last week we sent an email to Google Video users letting them know we would be ending playbacks of Google Videos on April 29 and providing instructions on how to download videos currently hosted on the platform.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Google talks to Spotify to power music service  —  Rather than launch it's own digital music service, Google is considering whether to partner with an existing service, including Spotify, to power Google Music.  —  According to a source with knowledge of the talks, Google has told the labels …
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Apple signs cloud deal with Warner Music  —  Apple has reached an agreement with Warner Music Group to offer the record label's tracks on iTunes' upcoming cloud-music service, music industry sources said.  —  In the race to the cloud, Apple is apparently stepping on the gas.
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Climbs Toward 700 Million Users Worldwide, With Steady Growth in the US  —  Discrepancies among third party measurement services partially obscure what still looks like a steady growth rate for Facebook in the US and around the world.  —  According to the data we track …
Discussion: msnbc.com
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Conde Nast Taps Brakes on Efforts to Build iPad Editions for All its Magazines  —  Company Still Committed, but Why Rush for More iPad Editions Before Pubs Can Find Big Audiences?  —  Conde Nast is tapping the brakes on its drive to deliver iPad editions of all its magazines …
 
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
ValueClick To Acquire Mobile Ad Network Greystripe
Discussion: paidContent and VentureBeat
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Vayable Is A Marketplace For Unique Travel Experiences
J. Nicholas Hoover / InformationWeek:
NSA Building $896.5 Million Supercomputing Center
Discussion: TechSpot and Engadget
Kurt Opsahl / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Righthaven Defies Court, Ignores Domain Name Ruling
Discussion: paidContent and WebProNews
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Will Yahoo Be In Play Again? Here's a Few Scenarios (That Could Be More Than Just Scenarios)
Discussion: The Microsoft Blog and SAI
Emily Bazelon / New York Times:
How to Unmask the Internet's Vilest Characters
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
AT&T Admits It Can't Handle The iPhone
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Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Offers An Unusual Glimpse Inside One Of Its Data Centers
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft bashes Google Docs offering with Office 365 comparison
Discussion: Network World and Neowin.net, Thanks:tomwarren
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Google Updates Its Management Page...By Taking Almost Everybody Off It
Spencer Ackerman / Danger Room:
Army Picks Android to Power Its First Smartphone
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Ron Conway Threatened To Ruin Ex-Twitter Employees' Careers If They Didn't Sell Him Stock
Discussion: Business Week
 

 
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Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
Journalism and the internet: Is it the best of times? No — but it's not the worst of times either

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Mental Floss finds success in video with “The List Show” using star power of John Green

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