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April 25, 2012, 8:30 PM

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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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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” …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Tim Kelly / Reuters:
Nintendo's hard choices for a soft landing  —  But with that Wii boom waning, the successor being prepared by the creator of Super Mario looks like a losing proposition as Apple Inc and other smartphone and tablet makers take gaming to the bathroom, the commuter bus and back to the bedroom.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Ancestry.com Acquires Archives.com For $100 Million  —  Utah-based genealogy site Ancestry.com just announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Silicon Valley-based startup Inflection to acquire its competitor Archives.com for $100 million in cash and assumed liabilities.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …

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