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5:20 PM ET, April 26, 2011

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Nielsen Wire:
U.S. Smartphone Market: Who's the Most Wanted?  —  Things change quickly in the U.S. smartphone market.  —  According to The Nielsen Company's monthly surveys of U.S. mobile consumers from July-September 2010, consumers planning on getting a new smartphone had a very clear preference: A third (33%) wanted an Apple iPhone.
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Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Android Passes iPhone as Most Desired Smartphone. Barely
Discussion: MediaPost, PC World and 9 to 5 Mac
Patrick Seybold / PlayStation Blog:
Update on PlayStation Network and Qriocity  —  Thank you for your patience while we work to resolve the current outage of PlayStation Network & Qriocity services.  We are currently working to send a similar message to the one below via email to all of our registered account holders regarding …
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Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
Sony Comes Clean: PlayStation Network Hackers Have Stolen Personal Data  —  Sony Comes Clean: PlayStation Network Hackers Have Stolen Personal Data A security breach in the Playstation Network by still unidentified hackers resulted in stolen personal information, Sony confirmed today.
Discussion: Geek.com
Ian Sherr / Digits:
Sony Shuts Down PlayStation Network Indefinitely
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple's ‘iPhone 6’ to employ Sharp's next-gen p-Si LCDs in spring 2012  —  Apple has reportedly selected Sharp to create next-generation low-temperature poly-silicon LCD displays, which will allow a thinner and lighter design for the anticipated sixth-generation iPhone in 2012.
Sharon Waxman / The Wrap:
Why Fox, Paramount, Disney Are Holding Out on the YouTube Deal  —  A divide has opened among Hollywood's major studios over whether to join YouTube's initiative to rent movies on demand - which is holding up the launch of the service, TheWrap has learned.  —  Fox and Paramount have both confirmed …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Electronista
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Sharon Waxman / The Wrap:
EXCLUSIVE: YouTube Finally Goes Hollywood With New Movies on Demand Service
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Facebook Launches “Social Deals” To Challenge Groupon & LivingSocial  —  After several months of anticipation Facebook is launching its second deals program: Social Deals.  The new effort more closely resembles Groupon-style daily deals, with several twists.
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Emily C White / Facebook Blog:
Deals: Better with Friends  —  A few months ago we launched Check-In Deals, to help you get special offers when you check in at local businesses from your mobile.  Today we're going a step further and testing a new feature to help you find fun experiences to share with your favorite people: Deals on Facebook.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Social Network Pioneer Friendster To Erase All User Photos, Blogs And More On May 31  —  Before MySpace and Facebook, there was Friendster, a pioneering social networking website for consumers.  First launched in 2002, Friendster attracted tens of millions of users over the years …
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Microsoft collects locations of Windows phone users  —  Like Apple and Google, Microsoft collects records of the physical locations of customers who use its mobile operating system.  —  Windows Phone 7, supported by manufacturers including Dell, HTC, LG, Nokia, and Samsung …
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Peter Pachal / PC Magazine:
Microsoft: Windows Phones Do Not Store Location History
Amazon.com:
Amazon.com Announces First Quarter Sales up 38% to $9.86 Billion; Introduced Kindle with Special Offers for $114  —  Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2011.  —  Operating cash flow increased 9% to $3.03 billion …
Lisa M. Krieger / Mercury News:
SETI Institute to shut down alien-seeking radio dishes  —  If E.T. phones Earth, he'll get a “disconnect” signal.  —  Lacking the money to pay its operating expenses, Mountain View's SETI Institute has pulled the plug on the renowned Allen Telescope Array, a field of radio dishes …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Amazon.com tries to toss Apple ‘app store’ trademark suit, cites Steve Jobs in its own defense  —  Amazon.com today responded in court to Apple's lawsuit over the name of its Android Appstore — calling the iPhone maker's claim to the “App Store” trademark baseless, and pointing to a statement …
Richard Barley / The TweetDeck Blog:
The Dark App Rises: New iPhone TweetDeck Is Here  —  You all enjoyed the trailer, but now the year's biggest blockbuster has arrived at last. iPhone TweetDeck v2.0 is here!  —  In Hollywood they would call it a “re-imagining” - keep the essence of the original, but bring it bang up to date with a new team …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Apple Battles “Mother of All Backlogs” With $11 Billion in Purchase Commitments  —  Apple may not have any particular plans for its cash abundance beyond the preservation of capital, but it's not letting the $65.8 billion it had on hand at the end of the first quarter burn a hole in its pocket, either.
Discussion: TiPb
Dai Pham / Google Mobile Ads Blog:
Smartphone user study shows mobile movement under way  —  71% of smartphone users search because of an ad they've seen either online or offline; 82% of smartphone users notice mobile ads, 74% of smartphone shoppers make a purchase as a result of using their smartphones to help with shopping …
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Square's Keith Rabois: Websites are dead, reinvent for mobile  —  Keith Rabois, a startup veteran who's now president and chief operating officer at Square, didn't mince words today when he talked about the potential of mobile startups.  He said “the website as you know it” is “dead, dying …
Eliot Van Buskirk / Evolver.fm:
MOG To Launch Freemium Music Service  —  As rumors continue to swirl regarding the imminent launch of cloud-based music services from Spotify, Apple, and Google, one such service that's already up and running in this country - MOG - announced that plans to revamp its on-demand music subscription …
Lauren Goode / Digits:
Yelp Plans to Go Public, Despite Booming Private Market  —  Yelp Inc., the consumer-reviews website, is declining to seek another round of financing and instead has its sights set on going public, the start-up's chief executive officer, Jeremy Stoppelman, said in an interview.
Discussion: CNET News
SYS-CON MEDIA:
VMware Acquires SlideRocket Collaborative Presentation Provider  —  SaaS-based business presentation provider.  SlideRocket delivers innovative presentation solutions that uniquely leverage modern concepts of cloud computing, collaboration, social media and mobile computing platforms.
Discussion: VMware Blogs and bizjournals
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Sony S1 and S2 dual-screen Honeycomb tablets get official  —  Sony's hosting a press event in Tokyo today where it just made it's first announcement: a pair of Android 3.0 tablets.  The first is the S1 media tablet with a curved top much like a folded magazine and both front- and rear-facing cameras.
Jason Kottke / kottke.org:
How to beat Apple  —  In the near term, companies making iPhone and iPad competitors are never going to beat Apple at their own game.  Apple has supply chain advantages, a massive number of their customers' credit card numbers (why do you think Jobs brings this up at every single Apple event …
Discussion: Mike Cane's xBlog
Om Malik / GigaOM:
State of the Internet: Fiber, Fast Cities and Faster Broadband  —  The last three months of 2010 were good for broadband, thanks to growing demand for high-speed connections and growing popularity of fiber-based networks in Asia and Europe, according to the State of the Internet Report put together …
Discussion: internetnews.com, Thanks:om
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Twitter Adds Much-Needed Developer Relations Manager & Developer Events  —  The stormy relations between Twitter Inc. and the sprawling developer community that surrounds it may have taken a big turn for the better.  Longtime developer relations manager at Google and Facebook Jason Costa announced …
Discussion: NetworkEffect, Thanks:jasoncosta
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
PixelFish Finds A Local Deal In Backyard — Eric Schmidt's Second Venture Exit In As Many Weeks  —  It was only this past December that local business guide Backyard launched, backed by a few big-name early-stage investors.  Now, less than five months later, they're exiting and providing a nice, quick return for those investors.
Discussion: Screenwerk and Local Onliner
Nicholas Jackson / The Atlantic Online:
Last Typewriter Factory in the World Shuts Its Doors  —  I've owned at least two typewriters over the years.  They were passed down to me from other family members; I think one I discovered in my grandmother's basement and begged her to let me take it home with me.
Discussion: Mashable! and TechSpot
 
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Wall Street Journal:
Bids for Myspace Expected This Week
Matthew Lynley / VentureBeat:
Reddit founder heads home
Discussion: reddit
Greg Bensinger / Bloomberg:
Sprint Seeks Peek at Confidential AT&T Filings in T-Mobile Deal
Discussion: Electronista and FierceWireless
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
White iPhones Already Being Sold In Belgium, Italy [Update: Unboxing]
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Court grapples with ‘cast of thousands’ in Paul Allen suit vs. Google, Apple and others
Discussion: Electronista, Thanks:johnhcook
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
Vevo is live in the UK today - and so are its apps
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Eric Chu / Android Developers Blog:
Merchant Sales Reports on Android Market
Discussion: Inside Mobile Apps and eWeek
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Twitter Looks to Rebuild its Mobile Experience, Hints at New Developer Opportunities
Klint Finley / ReadWriteWeb:
Stop Blaming the Customers - the Fault is on Amazon Web Services
Discussion: CloudAve and Computerworld
Cyrus Farivar / Technology Review:
Iran's Answer to Stuxnet
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
Shocker! Instant messaging gains popularity as TXTing declines, BBM to blame
Discussion: MediaPost
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
How Google Killed GDrive and Spiked Its Skype Acquisition
Discussion: BoomTown and SAI
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Android Momentum Plateaus, Says New Developer Report
 

 
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