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2:15 PM ET, April 28, 2011


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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Apple May Have Snapped Up  —  What will be the name of Apple's cloud-based music service?  No one knows.  However, a tipster of mine says that it might be iCloud.  Why?  Because the Cupertino-based computing giant is rumored to be a likely buyer of the domain
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:   Apple scoops up domain for $4.5m ahead of new cloud-based service launch?
Marco Arment /
Why Instapaper Free is taking an extended vacation  —  Last fall, I conducted an experiment: I quietly removed Instapaper Free from the App Store1 for three days, leaving only the full, $4.99 Instapaper app.  Not only did sales increase incrementally, but nobody seemed to notice.
Patrick Seybold / PlayStation Blog:
Q&A #1 for PlayStation Network and Qriocity Services  —  First off, we want to again thank you for your patience.  We know that the PlayStation Network and Qriocity outage has been frustrating for you.  We know you are upset, and so we are taking steps to make our services safer and more secure than ever before.
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Facebook shoots first, ignores questions later; account lock-out attack works  —  Got enemies on Facebook?  Facebook is so eager to protect copyright that the mere accusation of copyright infringement is enough to get an account locked.  Ars found this out the hard way Thursday morning …
Discussion: Redmond Pie and The Next Web, Thanks:clint
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Anyone Can Take Down Facebook Pages with a Fake Email Address  —  Something strange has been happening to several popular Facebook pages in recent weeks: they've disappeared.  According to the affected page owners, they're victims of bogus DMCA claims.  The DMCA, or Digital Millennium Copyright Act …
Discussion: and The Tech Herald …, Thanks:redmondpie
Richard Lai / Engadget:
Verizon freezes Droid Charge launch indefinitely, blaming ‘unexpected delays’ (update: LTE back)  —  Can't say we're surprised by this, but turns out Verizon's decided to delay the launch of its Samsung Droid Charge — originally scheduled for today — at the very last minute.
Lisa Tsai / DigiTimes:
Three Foxconn employees charged for leaking iPad 2 design, says report  —  Three employees from Taiwan-based Foxconn Electronics' (Hon Hai Precision Industry's) plants in Shenzhen, China, have been charged with leaking iPad 2's design to outside accessory companies in China, according to a Chinese-language report.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Netflix Is Killing BitTorrent in The US  —  Something's not right in the United States.  Increasingly people start to pay for Netflix subscriptions so they can stream movies on demand.  In the States Netflix nearly doubled the number of new subscribers in the first quarter of 2010, from 1.7 to 3.3 million.
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple rumored to have cut CDMA iPhone 4 orders by half as sales slow  —  Sales of Apple's CDMA-based iPhone, which made its debut on Verizon earlier this year, have reportedly eased considerably following initial pent-up demand, prompting the company to halve its production of the device for the remainder of 2010.
Fred / A VC:
Finding And Buying A Domain Name  —  I believe that a good domain name is an important success factor in building and launching consumer web services.  It's not in my top ten but it could be.  It's certainly something we think about a lot when making investments and working with companies post investment.
Discussion: @llsethj
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
There Are Now More Free Apps For Android Than For The iPhone: Distimo  —  App store analytics provider Distimo today published its latest report, once again zooming in on the pricing of mobile applications across a variety of platforms.  We got an exclusive early look at the new report.
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple now field-testing iOS 5 with App Store applications (update: AT&T, too)  —  App Store developer FutureTap just revealed that they have received their first crash report from an iOS 5 device.  This means that Apple is currently field-testing their next-generation mobile operating system …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple took 74% of tablet market in Q1  —  Counting the iPad, its PC sales grew 187.9% year over year, according to Canalys  —  Click to enlarge.  Source: Canalys  —  “Canalys today announced that the PC market grew 7% in Q1 2011, as the pad market, led by Apple's iPad, continued to bolster growth.”
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Russian Search Giant Yandex Seeks To Raise Up To $1 Billion In IPO  —  Yandex, one of the leading Internet companies in Russia, this morning announced that it has filed a registration statement with the SEC for a proposed initial public offering, as expected.
Discussion: paidContent, Reuters and Quintura blog
Quentin Hardy / At Your Servers:
Bing Maps Aerial Victory  —  Massive points to Microsoft on this one.  —  Over the past three years, Microsoft has created a uniform, detailed map of the Continental United States and 17 countries in Western and Central Europe.  The results are spectacular - a single view of about 7 million square miles …
Discussion: and TechNet Blogs
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
White iPhone 4 hands-on [Video]  —  It's been a long time since our first hands-on play with the white iPhone 4: all the way back at WWDC 2010, in fact, when the fourth-gen smartphone was brand spanking new and sparkling under Apple's halogens.  That triumphant launch paved the way for the black handset …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Sprint's weathers iPhone onslaught well in first quarter  —  Sprint delivered better-than-expected first quarter results as the company added 1.1 million total wireless subscribers, improved its postpaid churn and topped revenue expectations.  —  The No. 3 wireless carrier reported a net loss …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
An Apple VP's $13.7 million payday  —  The head of hardware engineering sold 99% of his beneficially owned shares on Monday  —  Steve Jobs may be content to let his 5,546,451 shares of Apple (AAPL) rise and fall with the vagaries of the stock market, but some of his executive staff are a bit more attentive to their holdings.
Discussion: Edible Apple, AppleInsider and MacNN
Peter Eckersley / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Why We Need An Open Wireless Movement  —  If you sometimes find yourself needing an open wireless network in order to check your email from a car, a street corner, or a park, you may have noticed that they're getting harder to find.  —  Stories like the one over the weekend about a bunch …
Discussion: Computerworld
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
What's Really Going On With Facebook's China Plans  —  Facebook's tumultuous seven-year history as a company has been smooth sailing compared to what's coming next: China.  —  Because while the country is a key global market, doing business there is rife with all kinds of thorny challenges and troublesome compromises.
Discussion: SAI, Adotas, Gawker and DigiCha
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Greplin: 1.5 Billion Documents Indexed, Six Engineers  —  Late last year we first mentioned Y Combinator startup Greplin - it's a startup that indexes your social stuff in the cloud, making all your Facebook, Gmail.  LinkedIn, Google Calendar, Evernote, Twitter, Dropbox and just about everything else searchable.
Discussion: @akumar and @cdixon
Tom Simonite / Technology Review:
App-Specific Processors to Fight Dark Silicon  —  A processor designed around Android's most-used apps could significantly extend the lives of smart-phone batteries. … A processor etched with circuits tailored to the most widely used apps on Android phones could help extend the devices' battery life.
Discussion: Gizmodo
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Cade Metz / The Register:
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Charles Hamilton / GigaOM:
First Look: Google Docs App for Android
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteMobile:
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Vikas Bajaj / New York Times:
India Puts Tight Leash on Internet Free Speech
Discussion: @mrinaldesai
Ashby Jones / Law Blog:
After AT&T Ruling, Should We Say Goodbye to Consumer Class Actions?
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Honeycomb Tablet Has 4G and 3-D But Is No iPad
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Discussion: GMSV, MediaPost, and SAI