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4:30 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: PC World and 9 to 5 Mac
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
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Sharon Waxman / The Wrap:
EXCLUSIVE: YouTube Finally Goes Hollywood With New Movies on Demand Service
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Movies You've Heard Of Coming To YouTube. Will You Rent Them?
Discussion: SocialTimes.com
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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Ian Sherr / Digits:
Sony Shuts Down PlayStation Network Indefinitely  —  Internet gamers were frustrated last week when Sony shut down its PlayStation Network.  Now, they might have reason to be worried. … On Monday, the Japanese electronics giant said it is keeping its PlayStation Network videogame service …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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
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: All Things Digital, Thanks:jasoncosta
Eric Chu / Android Developers Blog:
Merchant Sales Reports on Android Market  —  As part of our ongoing efforts to provide better tools to help you manage your business, we are introducing merchant sales reporting on Android Market.  Developers now have convenient access to monthly reports that detail the financial performance …
Discussion: Inside Mobile Apps and eWeek
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 …
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
SYS-CON MEDIA:
VMware Acquires SlideRocket Collaborative Presentation Provider  —  SaaS-Based Presentation Solution Advances VMware's Vision for Modern End-User Computing, Delivering Next Generation Applications Across Any Device via Cloud Computing  —  By: Marketwire .  —  PALO ALTO, CA — (Marketwire) …
Discussion: VMware Blogs and bizjournals
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Verizon officially announces HTC Droid Incredible 2: available April 28th for $200  —  It was pretty clear that a launch was imminent, and Verizon has now finally officialy announced that the HTC Droid Incredible 2 will be available on Thursday, April 28th.  It will run you the usual $200 …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Court grapples with ‘cast of thousands’ in Paul Allen suit vs. Google, Apple and others  —  With more than a dozen lawyers looking on — representing Google, Apple, eBay, Yahoo, Facebook and other Internet titans — a federal judge in Seattle heard arguments yesterday in the lawsuit brought …
Discussion: Electronista, Thanks:johnhcook
 
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Jason Kottke / kottke.org:
How to beat Apple  —  In the near term, companies making iPhone …
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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]
Discussion: Hardware 2.0 Blog and MacRumors
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
Vevo is live in the UK today - and so are its apps
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Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Twitter Looks to Rebuild its Mobile Experience, Hints at New Developer Opportunities
Discussion: SAI, Light Reading and VentureBeat
Klint Finley / ReadWriteWeb:
Stop Blaming the Customers - the Fault is on Amazon Web Services
Discussion: Computerworld
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Iran's Answer to Stuxnet
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
Shocker! Instant messaging gains popularity as TXTing declines, BBM to blame
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
How Google Killed GDrive and Spiked Its Skype Acquisition
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Android Momentum Plateaus, Says New Developer Report
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