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9:10 PM ET, April 27, 2011

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Apple:
Apple Q&A on Location Data  —  Apple would like to respond to the questions we have recently received about the gathering and use of location information by our devices.  —  1. Why is Apple tracking the location of my iPhone?  —  Apple is not tracking the location of your iPhone.
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Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Q&A: Jobs and Apple Execs on Tracking Down the Facts About iPhones and Location  —  Although Apple was silent for several days after researchers raised issues about location information being stored on the iPhone, that wasn't because it was ignoring the issue.
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Apple's Jobs and Schiller On Why Making the White iPhone Was So Darn Tough  —  It turns out that white is a whole lot harder than black, at least when it comes to making iPhones.  —  Although Apple announced plans for both a black and a white iPhone 4 last year, the company was forced …
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Apple:
White iPhone Arrives Tomorrow  —  Apple® today announced that the white iPhone® 4 will be available beginning tomorrow.  White iPhone 4 models will be available from Apple's online store (www.apple.com), at Apple's retail stores, AT&T and Verizon Wireless stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers.
Reuben Kan / Google Mobile Blog:
Introducing the new Google Docs app for Android  —  Increasingly, people are using mobile phones to access information — from email to web browsing to editing documents.  Part of getting work done on the go is being able to easily access, edit and share content, which is why we're happy to announce the new Google Docs app for Android.
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Ross Miller / This is my next:
Google Docs for Android goes native (sort of), new app lets you capture text with camera
Discussion: TechCrunch
Yahoo / Yodel Anecdotal:
YouTube Founders Acquire Delicious from Yahoo!  —  Today YouTube founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen announced they have acquired the Delicious technology from Yahoo!.  They plan to continue the service that users have come to know and love and make the site even easier and more fun to save …
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Frederic Lardinois / NewsGrange:
Delicious Finds a New Home at AVOS, YouTube Founders' New Company  —  Yahoo today announced that it has sold the bookmarking service Delicious to YouTube founders Chad Hurley and Steven Chen.  According to Yahoo, the plan is to continue the service and “make the site even easier and more fun to save …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Can Delicious Solve Our Information Discovery Problem?
Discussion: Digital Trends
Reuters:
Exclusive: Facebook investors look for exits  —  (Reuters) - A group of Facebook shareholders is seeking to offload $1 billion worth of shares on the secondary market, a sale that would value the company at more than $70 billion, according to five sources with direct knowledge of the situation.
Discussion: paidContent and Gawker
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Visa Makes A Strategic Investment In Disruptive Mobile Payments Startup Square  —  There is no doubt that mobile payments company Square is on a roll.  The company just landed a lucrative deal selling its credit card readers in Apple's retail stores and is growing at a fast clip.
Josh Estelle / Google Chrome Blog:
Everybody's talking (and translating) with Chrome  —  Today, we're excited to make a nifty feature widely available in today's new Chrome stable release: speech input through HTML.  —  Curious about how speech input can be used in real life?  Here's one example: Using Chrome …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
An Update To My Investment Policy  —  Before TechCrunch I was an occasional angel investor, going back to the mid 1990s.  I've also made investments since TechCrunch, in companies like Dogster, DanceJam, Seesmic and Daylife.  Some people have seen this as a conflict of interest, which it of course is.
Chris Nova / TG Daily:
PepsiCo introduces Social Vending System technology  —  Today PepsiCo announced the launch of a Social Vending System.  It's part of the company's commitment to developing “smart” equipment.  —  The Social Vending System is a high-tech networked unit that has full touch screen interactive …
Discussion: PepsiCo, Mashable! and Reuters
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Tim Stevens / Engadget:
TomTom user data sold to Dutch police, used to determine ideal locations for speed traps  —  We like it when the accumulated speed data from GPS devices helps us avoid traffic incidents and school zones.  As it turns out, though, there are some other uses for the same stats.
Sinead Carew / Reuters:
Verizon racing to fix high-speed network outage  —  (Reuters) - Verizon Wireless was scrambling on Wednesday to resolve an outage of its highest-speed U.S. wireless network, on which the top U.S. cellular carrier is relying to drive future growth.  —  The venture of Verizon Communications …
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
T-Mobile: $1,000 Says Your iPhone's Slower Than Our Galaxy  —  T-Mobile says the Galaxy S 4G is faster than the iPhone and it's willing to pay $1,000 to anyone who can prove it wrong.  —  From Friday through Sunday, the carrier is calling on Seattle-area iPhone owners to bring their handsets …
Adrianne Jeffries / Betabeat:
Tumblr Gave Danah Boyd's Username to a Marketing Company  —  Tumblr just messed with the wrong 43,913 Twitter follower-ed blogger.  Microsoft researcher Danah Boyd just posted an open letter to Tumblr, which abruptly moved her blog to a new address and gave her old handle, zephoria.tumblr.com, to a social media consulting company.
Discussion: danah boyd
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Facebook Acq-hires Data Organization Startup Daytum  —  Facebook has just made a talent acquisition out of Daytum, a two-person New York-based data collection and organization startup.  Founders Ryan Case and Nicholas Felton will be joining the product design team at Facebook.  —  From the Daytum blog:
Arik Hesseldahl / NewEnterprise:
Magnet Systems Lands $12.6 Million Round From Andreessen Horowitz  —  Alfred Chuang was the A in BEA Systems, the software company that was acquired by Oracle in 2008.  His new venture is an outfit called Magnet Systems, which is making a play in social enterprise, but it's a little different …
Discussion: ben's blog and Pulse2
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
eBay Beats The Street; Revenue Up 16 Percent To $2.5B; Net Income Up 12 Percent  —  eBay just reported first quarter earnings today posting revenue of $2.5 billion, an increase of 16% from the same period of 2010. eBay's net income on a GAAP basis of $475.9 million, or $0.36 per diluted share …
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Windows 8′s user account roaming feature revealed  —  Thanks to some random pokings by curious enthusiasts on the MyDigitalLife forums, the user account roaming options in the early builds of Windows 8 has been exposed, shedding some light on what it enables.
Sean Michael Kerner / Datamation:
Novell Sale to Attachmate Completed  —  Today is the last day that Novell (NASDAQ:NOVL) will exist as a publicly traded company.  Trading in Novell's stock will cease at the close of business, as the company is taken private.  —  Novell is being acquired by privately held Attachmate in a deal that closes today.
Paul McDougall InformationWeek / InformationWeek:
U.S. OKs Expiration of Microsoft Antitrust Deal  —  At court hearing, DOJ and state attorneys pass on their last chance to challenge May 12 deadline.  —  Attorneys for the Department of Justice and several states told a judge on Wednesday that they would not raise any objections …
 
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Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple now field-testing iOS 5 with App Store applications
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Twitter To Hold Official #Devnest Developer Events
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Michael Cooney / Network World:
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Dan Levine / Reuters:
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80% of Android phones in China will have its default search set to Baidu
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John Cook / GeekWire:
Jeff Bezos to shareholders: ‘Invention is in our DNA’
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