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1:40 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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AppleInsider:
Apple issues statement on iOS location controversy, says fix is coming  —  Apple on Wednesday responded to growing concern over a bug in the iOS mobile operating system that powers the iPhone and iPad, informing customers that it is not tracking them and revealing that it will address the issue with a forthcoming software update.
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Interview: Apple CEO Steve Jobs on How the iPhone Does and Doesn't Use Location Information  —  Apple CEO Steve Jobs said Wednesday that the iPhone database that people have assumed was their personal information was, in fact, the relevant chunk of a global crowdsourced database that the company uses …
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI:
Apple Hints That It Will Release Turn-By-Turn Navigation On The iPhone
Discussion: MacRumors, 9 to 5 Mac and Engadget
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.
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Finally: white iPhone 4 arrives April 28 on AT&T and Verizon
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.
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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Apple:
iPad 2 Arrives in Japan, Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore & Eight Other Countries This Week  —  Apple® today announced that iPad® 2, the second-generation of its breakthrough post-PC device, will arrive in Japan on Thursday, April 28 and Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore and eight additional countries on Friday …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Nokia To Cut 4,000 Jobs Worldwide, Transfer 3,000 Symbian Jobs To Accenture  —  It was inevitable.  Nokia this morning announced plans to ‘align its global workforce and consolidate site operations’.  That means significant layoffs and reorganizations across the board, of course, so here are the details:
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Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Memo gives full details of Nokia staff cull and closures
Discussion: Nokia, GigaOM and OStatic blogs
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.
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Verizon's LTE network takes the night off, leaves a bunch of Thunderbolt users bewildered  —  Is your fancy new phone lacking that certain extra G that makes it special?  Worry not, it's not just your device, Verizon's entire LTE network seems to be having problems as outages have been reported from across the US.
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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Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Sony defends sluggish PSN leak warnings; Some PSN services back “within a week”
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 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Realtime Search Quietly Adds Quora, Gowalla, Others  —  Google Realtime Search is nothing new.  For months it has existed as its own area within the search engine's navigation to search for things happening in realtime.  But up until now, that has meant mainly Twitter (thanks to Google's data deal with that company).
Cade Metz / The Register:
Amazon: Some data won't be recovered after cloud outage  —  Post mortem wait  —  Amazon says that about 0.07 per cent of the EBS storage volumes in the East Region of its infrastructure cloud are not “fully recoverable” following the extended outage that hit the service last Thursday.
Discussion: Fast Company
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Slate:   Will Amazon's recent server failures slow the rise of cloud computing?
SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
CHART OF THE DAY: Surprise!  Microsoft Has Sold 3 Times As Many Windows 7 Licenses As All Apple Products Combined  —  Apple has been turning in hot quarter after hot quarter, blowing away expectations.  Apple's mobile operating system, iOS, the platform underlying iPhones, iPods, and iPads, seems to be taking over the world.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
CenturyLink acquires Savvis in $2.5 billion deal; Cloud, hosting consolidation continues  —  Data center hosting and cloud computing providers continue to be gobbled up.  —  CenturyLink said Wednesday that it will acquire Savvis, a hosting and cloud computing provider with big established …
Groklaw:
Barnes & Noble Charges Microsoft with Misusing Patents to Further an Anticompetive Scheme Against Android  —  Wednesday, April 27 2011 @ 05:55 AM EDT Barnes & Noble has answered [PDF] Microsoft's Complaint [PDF] against it for alleged patent infringement regarding it using Android in its Nook reader.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
RIM Acquires Social Calendaring Application Tungle.Me  —  RIM has picked up another company today—social calendaring application Tungle.Me.  The startup taps into your social graph and simplifies the process of finding and connecting with friends and colleagues.
John Cook / GeekWire:
Jeff Bezos to shareholders: ‘Invention is in our DNA’  —  It's been a tough few days for Amazon.com.  The Seattle online retailer took a PR beating after a massive outage at Amazon Web Services, then on Tuesday the company's stock plunged after posting weaker profits than projections.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Expect Apple to charge for music cloud  —  Don't expect Apple's cloud-music service to come free of charge, at least not forever.  Music industry insiders told me that Apple has indicated it could offer the service free of charge initially but that company will eventually require a fee.
Discussion: Gizmodo and iPhone Download Blog
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
DirecTV Real Interested In Netflix, Contemplates Launching A Competitor  —  DirecTV (DTV) hit up some of their customers today with a web survey.  A very interesting web survey.  As it's nearly all about Netflix (NFLX) - usage patterns, both physical discs and online streaming.
Discussion: CNET News, ITworld.com and DSLreports
Frederic Lardinois / NewsGrange:
Google Apps Gets $5 Monthly Plans, Makes Business With 10+ Users Pay  —  Earlier today, Google announced some changes to its Google Apps accounts.  First the bad news: business with more than 10 users now have to sign up for a paid Google Apps for Business account when they sign up for a new account …
Discussion: SAI and Softpedia News
 
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Francis Tan / The Next Web:
80% of Android phones in China will have its default search set to Baidu
John Cook / GeekWire:
SignalSet lands $6M, looks to quickly switch mobile devices between GSM and CDMA networks
Discussion: VentureBeat
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Launches Three New Sponsored Stories Types for Pages, Apps, and Websites
Mike Isaac / Epicenter:
Qik Bridges Android-iPhone Gap With Cross-Platform Video Chat
Discussion: App Advice and Gizmodo
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Google: 50 Percent Of Those Exposed To Mobile Ads Took Action
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AT&T and T-Mobile USA: the case against a merger
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Scott Shane / New York Times:
Detainees' Lawyers Can't Click on Leaked Documents
Anton Troianovski / Wall Street Journal:
Silicon Valley Office Market Booms
Glenn Peoples / Billboard.Biz:
Netflix: A Subscription Model the Music Business Should Aspire To
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Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
AOL's Patch Adding 8,000 Bloggers in ‘Full-On Course Correction’
Signal vs. Noise:
Exit interview: Jaiku's Jyri Engeström
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Milk Completes $1.5 Million Angel Round, Packed with Valley Names
Discussion: SAI and VentureBeat
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo Mulls Spin-off for Hadoop Software Unit
Discussion: SAI
 

 
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