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1:50 PM ET, April 25, 2011

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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.
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Jennifer Valentino-Devries / Wall Street Journal:
IPhone Stored Location in Test Even if Disabled
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.
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:   Yahoo acquires TV check-in app IntoNow
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
SurveyMonkey Buys Online Forms Start-Up Wufoo for $35 Million  —  SurveyMonkey, the quiet but profitable and fast-growing Web survey company, is buying online forms start-up Wufoo.  —  While the terms of the transaction for the Tampa, Fla.-based Infinity Box-makers of Wufoo-were not disclosed …
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Wufoo:
Holy Donkey Kong! SurveyMonkey Acquires Wufoo!
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Mashable!
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  —  Starting on Monday, Barnes & Noble is delivering a promised software update for the Nook Color that will further tilt the device from being a multi-purpose e-reader into a full-fledged Android tablet.
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
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: PC Magazine and Epicenter, Thanks:donmacaskill
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Amazon Web Services outage: ‘Detailed post mortem’ coming
Discussion: Internet Evolution and Joyeur
Catharine Smith / The Huffington Post:
Michael Dell: Tablets' Rapid Rise A Big Surprise … Michael Dell, founder and chief executive of Dell, Inc., recently sat down with the Wall Street Journal to discuss the company's big challenges as it diversifies beyond affordable consumer PCs.  —  Asked to name the most surprising thing …
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Ben Worthen / Wall Street Journal:
Michael Dell Looks Beyond PC Business
Discussion: TG Daily, IntoMobile and eWeek
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 …
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
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.
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.'
Xinhua News Agency:
China's cultural ministry punishes illegal music providers, including Baidu  —  China's cultural ministry announced Monday that it would hand down punishments for 14 websites that have provided illegal music downloads, including Baidu's “BaiduMP3” service.  —  An official from the ministry …
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.
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 …
Matt Frost / The WebM Open Media Project Blog:
Introducing the WebM Community Cross-License Initiative  —  It's been almost a year since Mozilla, Opera, Xiph.Org, Matroska, Google and over 40 other partners launched the WebM Project with the goal of developing a world-class, open source media format for the web.
Discussion: CNET News and GigaOM
 
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John Cook / GeekWire:
Ex-Microsoft and Yahoo research guru Gary Flake starts stealthy Clipboard
Thanks:toddbishop
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
After Goldman Deal, Large Investors Still Busy Buying Facebook Stock
William Grimes / New York Times:
Max Mathews, Pioneer in Making Computer Music, Dies at 84
The Geek Insider / GeekWire:
How Spencer Rascoff's Tweets tossed us off the Zillow IPO trail
Vivek Wadhwa / TechCrunch:
Obama-Zuckerberg and Expeditionary Economics
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Q&A: McAfee CEO Breaks Down Intel's $7.7 Billion Buyout
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 Earlier Items: 
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Data-Driven Decisions Can Aid Companies' Productivity
Discussion: FM Blog and Stowe Boyd
Alicia M. Cohn / Hillicon Valley:
State Department shifts digital resources to social media
Discussion: techPresident
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Yes Facebook Developers, There Will Be An f8 This Year
Frank Michlick / Domain Name News:
RightHaven.com Taken Down for Invalid Whois
John Cook / GeekWire:
Are Wal-Mart and Amazon on a collision course?
Discussion: ReveNews