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12:05 PM ET, April 25, 2011

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Jennifer Valentino-Devries / Wall Street Journal:
IPhone Stored Location in Test Even if Disabled  —  Apple Inc.'s iPhone is collecting and storing location information even when location services are turned off, according to a test conducted by The Wall Street Journal.  —  The location data appear to be collected using cellphone towers …
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Steve Jobs on iOS Location Issue: 'We Don't Track Anyone'  —  There has obviously been a lot of discussion about last week's disclosure that iOS devices are maintaining an easily-accessible database tracking the movements of users dating back to the introduction of iOS 4 a year ago.
Don MacAskill / SmugMug's Don MacAskill:
How SmugMug survived the Amazonpocalypse  —  tl;dr: Amazon had a major outage last week, which took down some popular websites.  Despite using a lot of Amazon services, SmugMug didn't go down because we spread across availability zones and designed for failure to begin with, among other things.
Discussion: Webmonkey, Thanks:donmacaskill
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Phil Wainewright / Software as Services Blog:
Seven lessons to learn from Amazon's outage
Joanna Stern / This is my next:
Exclusive: Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet with Honeycomb and an optional stylus to hit this summer  —  Ready for one awesome Easter present?  Well, it appears that Lenovo's having a rough time keeping a lid on its new products this weekend, and we just got a hold of a juicy PowerPoint that reveals …
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:   Can Lenovo be a tablet player? You bet via the ThinkPad brand
Ben Worthen / Wall Street Journal:
Michael Dell Looks Beyond PC Business  —  Michael Dell doesn't want to talk about personal computers anymore.  As Dell Inc.'s chief executive works to turn around the once high-flying PC maker, he has bet on diversifying away from the company's best-known product.
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Catharine Smith / The Huffington Post:
Michael Dell: Tablets' Rapid Rise A Big Surprise
Discussion: Andrew Lark
Rachel King / The Toybox Blog:
Barnes & Noble treats Nook Color to Froyo; unveils Nook Apps  —  Just as promised, Barnes & Noble rolled out a major update for the Nook Color on Monday, which has the 7-inch slate looking even more like a tablet than an e-book reader now.  —  There's no need to hack the Nook Color …
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Ina Fried / Mobilized:
With Update, Barnes & Noble's Nook Color Gets More Tablet-Like
Discussion: PhoneArena
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
AT&T starts selling ‘cell tower in a suitcase’  —  NEW YORK - For the first time, AT&T is selling small, portable cellular antennas that will allow corporate and government customers to provide their own wireless coverage in remote or disaster-struck areas.  —  Usually, cellphone companies …
Discussion: Engadget, eWeek and SlashGear
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Google, a Giant in Mobile Search, Seeks New Ways to Make It Pay  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — In early 2008, in the early days of the iPhone era, Google engineers began noticing something unusual in the search engine's logs.  Owners of these new phones were doing a huge number of Web searches.
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Nintendo confirms Wii replacement in 2012; Preview at E3 2011  —  Nintendo has announced [pdf link] it will release its next games console, the successor to the Wii, in 2012, with the first preview of the new hardware at E3 2011 in early June.  Confirmed in a new investor note, the unnamed console …
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Storify Collects Strands of News on the Social Web  —  SAN FRANCISCO — News events as varied as the commercial jet landing in the Hudson River and the uprisings in Egypt have demonstrated that people armed with cellphones — not professional reporters — are often the first source of breaking news …
Carolyn Thompson / Associated Press:
Innocent Man Accused Of Child Pornography After Neighbor Pirates His WiFi … BUFFALO, N.Y. — Lying on his family room floor with assault weapons trained on him, shouts of “pedophile!” and “pornographer!” stinging like his fresh cuts and bruises, the Buffalo homeowner didn't need long to figure …
Richard H. Thaler / New York Times:
Show Us the Data.  (It's Ours, After All.)  —  “NO one knows what I like better than I do.”  —  This statement may seem self-evident, but the revolution in information technology has created a growing list of exceptions.  Your grocery store knows what you like to eat and can probably …
Robert Lee Hotz / Wall Street Journal:
The Really Smart Phone  —  Researchers are harvesting a wealth of intimate detail from our cellphone data, uncovering the hidden patterns of our social lives, travels, risk of disease—even our political views.  —  ‘Phones can know,’ says an MIT researcher.  'People can get this god's-eye view of human behavior.'
Discussion: Betabeat, IntoMobile and brian s hall
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Moves Fast — Real Fast — To Scoop Up IntoNow For $20 - $30 Million  —  This past January, upon seeing a demo of IntoNow, we noted that the media check-in game just changed.  Apparently, Yahoo agreed — they've just acquired the company for something in the range of $20 to $30 million, sources with knowledge of the deal tell us.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
RealNetworks plans new ‘Rinse’ clean-up tool for iTunes  —  RealNetworks has developed a new program called Rinse for cleaning up and organizing Apple iTunes libraries on Windows PCs and Macs — automatically adding album artwork, fixing song names, organizing music libraries by genre, and finding and removing duplicate tracks.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Yes Facebook Developers, There Will Be An f8 This Year  —  The Facebook Like button celebrated its 1st anniversary this week, on April 21st.  It's ubiquity makes it hard to believe that it was a little over a year ago when Mark Zuckerberg took the stage at the third annual f8 Developers Conference …
William Grimes / New York Times:
Max Mathews, Pioneer in Making Computer Music, Dies at 84  —  Max Mathews, often called the father of computer music, died on Thursday in San Francisco.  He was 84.  —  The cause was pneumonia, his son Vernon said.  —  Mr. Mathews wrote the first program to make it possible for a computer to synthesize sound and play it back.
Frank Michlick / Domain Name News:
RightHaven.com Taken Down for Invalid Whois  —  Righthaven LLC, a company that enforces licensing of content created by their clients, has in the past taken possession of domain names owned by alleged infringers.  Recently a judge dismissed one of their claims on a defendant's domain name.
 
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Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
After Goldman Deal, Large Investors Still Busy Buying Facebook Stock
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How Spencer Rascoff's Tweets tossed us off the Zillow IPO trail
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Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Q&A: McAfee CEO Breaks Down Intel's $7.7 Billion Buyout
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Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Data-Driven Decisions Can Aid Companies' Productivity
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John Cook / GeekWire:
Are Wal-Mart and Amazon on a collision course?
Discussion: ReveNews
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple begins shipping white iPhone 4s to stateside retail stores
Dan Frommer / CNN:
Why Xbox Kinect could be — but won't be — the future of TV
Discussion: Slashdot
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Maybe Steve Jobs' “Post-PC Era” Is Bunk And Tablets Really ARE A Fad
Discussion: Daily Patricia and @ethank
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Netflix to Become Largest Subscription Entertainment Business in U.S.
Discussion: Digital Trends
 

 
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