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April 25, 2012, 5:30 PM

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Roger Cheng / CNET:
Sprint confirms unlimited data plan for next iPhone  —  Sprint Nextel is banking that its unlimited data plan will continue to set its iPhone apart from the others — even when the next version arrives.  —  If the next iteration of the iPhone arrives with LTE, Sprint will continue to offer …
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
This was the original ‘Google Phone’ presented in 2006  —  Two years before the T-Mobile G1 introduced to the world to Android, Google presented carriers with the “Google Phone — a device that looked a lot more like the portrait QWERTY Android prototype shown in early 2008.
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
First Android revenue numbers revealed: $278.1m in 2010, iPhone more lucrative  —  The Google / Oracle trial continues to reveal a wealth of inside information about Android — in addition to seeing the earliest mockups of a “Google Phone” earlier today, we're also seeing how the platform was doing in 2010 …
Apple:
Apple Worldwide Developers Conference to Kick Off June 11 at Moscone West in San Francisco  —  Apple® today announced that it will hold its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) June 11 through June 15 at San Francisco's Moscone West.  At this year's five-day conference …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Exclusive: Microsoft to preview ‘Woodstock’ Xbox music service at E3  —  Microsoft will offer a sneak peak at its Zune replacement during E3 2012, according to sources familiar with the company's plans.  The new music service, codenamed Woodstock, will continue Microsoft's shift away from the Zune brand towards the well known Xbox one.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
People Search Engine Ark Raises Biggest Y Combinator Seed Round Ever  —  People search start-up Ark.com has led a bit of a charmed existence.  Part of Y Combinator's winter class, it debuted to the public shortly after YC leader Paul Graham posted an essay about “frighteningly ambitious ideas” …
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Andreessen Horowitz to give half their earnings to charity  —  A different type of return on investment  —  Venture capital firm makes a bold philanthropic pledge.  —  FORTUNE — The general partners of Andreessen Horowitz have pledged to donate at least half of their future venture capital earnings to philanthropic causes.
Danielle Kucera / Bloomberg:
Square Payment Pace Rises 25% in Niche Coveted by EBay  —  Square Inc., maker of credit-card readers for smartphones and tablets, has increased its payment volume 25 percent since March, when EBay Inc. (EBAY)'s PayPal showed off a new mobile scanner and underscored growth in the field.
Seth Stevenson / Wired:
What Your Klout Score Really Means  —  Last spring Sam Fiorella was recruited for a VP position at a large Toronto marketing agency.  With 15 years of experience consulting for major brands like AOL, Ford, and Kraft, Fiorella felt confident in his qualifications.
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Feature: Windows 8 on the desktop—an awkward hybrid  —  Windows 8's new user interface has proven nothing short of polarizing.  The hybrid operating system pairs a new GUI concept, the touch-friendly Metro interface, to the traditional windows, icons, menus, and pointer concept that Windows users have depended on for decades.
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Facebook partners with McAfee, Symantec, Microsoft, others to offer free antivirus software, expanded URL blacklist  —  Upwards of 90 percent of “hacked” Facebook accounts don't get hacked on Facebook, the company once told us.  Yet, since Facebook has become one of the most important destinations …
David Carnoy / CNET:
Kickstarter project aims to turn iPad into MacBook Air  —  The Brydge hits Kickstarter with early-adopter pricing of $150 for the entry-level model with no built-in speaker.  —  (Credit: Oona)  —  During Apple's second quarter earnings call yesterday, Apple CEO Tim Cook dismissed the idea …
Wall Street Journal:
China Escalates Crackdown On Internet Amid Scandal  —  China censors have gone into high gear as the most popular topic continues to be the Bo Xilai scandal.  The WSJ's Deborah Kan speaks to reporter Josh Chin on why the government is enforcing a heavy hand on China's microbloggers.
David Beren / TmoNews:
T-Mobile Branded Samsung Galaxy Note Hanging In The Wild, Looking Awesome  —  We're about to put aside any doubt any of you may have had surrounding the future availability of the Galaxy Note on T-Mobile.  We've had two indications that the 5.3″ “phablet” was forthcoming …
Brian Klug / AnandTech:
Lava Xolo X900 Review - The First Intel Medfield Phone  —  For Intel, the road to their first real competitive smartphone SoC has been a long one.  Shortly after joining AnandTech and beginning this journey writing about both smartphones and the SoC space, I remember hopping on a call …
Joseph B. White / Wall Street Journal:
Google Seeks Co-Pilots for Self-Driving Car  —  DETROIT—The leader of Google Inc.'s effort to develop self-driving cars was in the Motor City on Wednesday to send a message that the Internet company is looking for partners to bring its innovations to market within the next decade.
More: The Verge
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
WordPress.com Maker Automattic Expects $45M in Revenue This Year  —  Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, is a quiet Web powerhouse.  —  WordPress now powers 70 million sites, up from 35 million sites a year ago.  Almost half of the biggest blogs in the world are hosted by WordPress.com …
Sebastian Anthony / ExtremeTech:
Think GPS is cool?  IPS will blow your mind  —  For all of their awesome applications — from portable navigation devices, to self-driving cars, to cruise missile targeting — the American Global Positioning System and its Russian cohort GLONASS have two fundamental flaws: They don't work indoors …
More: Betabeat and SlashGear
Dan Rowinski / ReadWriteWeb:
White House Blasts CISPA, Promises Veto  —  The White House issued a statement today that it “strongly opposes” the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) in its current form in the House of Representatives over consumer privacy concerns.  CISPA is a controversial bill …
David Kushner / GQ:
The Man Who Hacked Hollywood  —  They've become a part of the pop-culture landscape: sexy, private shots of celebrities (your Scarletts, your Milas) stolen from their phones and e-mail accounts.  They're also the center of an entire stealth industry.  For the man recently arrested in the biggest case yet …
Greg Lindahl / High Scalability:
The Anatomy of Search Technology: blekko's NoSQL database  —  Imagine that you're crazy enough to think about building a search engine.  It's a huge task: the minimum index size needed to answer most queries is a few billion webpages.  Crawling and indexing a few billion webpages requires …
Michael Arrington / Uncrunched:
VC Competition  —  Business Insider published a follow up to my post yesterday on acqui-hires.  —  It's a little bit snarky, which is fine because it's just the writer trying to find an angle to add his own thoughts.  But there's an interesting part at the end where Nicholas Carlson says …
More: Fortune and the Econsultancy blogThanks:@mask
Dare Obasanjo / The Windows Blog:
SkyDrive APIs - Bring your data to any app, any platform, any device  —  On Monday, we released preview versions of SkyDrive for Windows and Mac, along with updates for iOS and Windows Phone.  With SkyDrive on your desktop, you can now access files in the cloud right from any of your PC or Mac apps.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
With 7B Photos, Flickr Debuts New Speedy, HTML5 Image Uploader; Drag And Drop Interface, And More  —  Yahoo's photos sharing site, Flickr, has been steadily redesigning a number of components of its platform over the past few months, including editing (courtesy of Aviary), photo views and more.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
VMware confirms source code leak, LulzSec-affiliated hacker claims credit  —  VMware has confirmed a leak of source code from the ESX hypervisor.  The code was posted on Pastebin on April 8 by a hacker calling himself “Hardcore Charlie.”  —  VMware confirmed the theft yesterday …

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