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April 26, 2012, 4:40 AM

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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.
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
Google wanted to subsidize a $9.99 unlimited data plan for Android phones  —  In documents revealed during the Oracle v. Google trial today, Google mentioned to T-Mobile back in 2006 that it wanted to turn the carrier plan pricing structure on its head by underwriting part of the cost of an unlimited data package.
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.
George Colony / Forrester Blogs:
Apple = Sony  —  Apple will decline in the post Steve Jobs era.  Here's why.  —  Sociologist Max Weber created a typology of organizations in his 1947 book The Theory of Social and Economic Organization.  He described three categories: 1) Legal/bureaucratic (think IBM or the U.S. government) …
Jolie O'Dell / VentureBeat:
The real reason Facebook's IPO will be delayed: 15-30% drop in new tech stocks  —  Facebook's IPO was scheduled for May 2012, or so every analyst across the country was saying a couple months ago.  However, that just ain't gonna happen, and we're here to tell you why.
More: CNBCTweets: @semil
Shira Ovide / Wall Street Journal:
Groupon Must Avoid Taking ‘Stupid Risks,’ CEO Says  —  On the heels of an embarrassing financial revision last month, Groupon Inc. is seeking to steady the ship.  —  The Chicago-based daily deals site is expected to announce several new senior executive hires in the coming weeks and is in talks …
More: CNET and Gizmodo
Cade Metz / Wired:
Google Set to Meld GDrive With Chrome OS  —  Google senior vice president Sundar Pichai says the GDrive will soon be integrated with the company's Chrome OS operating system.  Image: Flickr/niallkennedy  —  Google will tightly integrate its new Google Drive online storage service …
Dan Frommer / SplatF:
WordPress Is Now A ~$50 Million Business, But It Still Won't Take My Money  —  Hey, look at that.  WordPress is becoming a decent business.  But it's still passing up an important segment of the market — sites like this one.  —  Here's All Things D's Liz Gannes on Automattic, the WordPress parent company:
Mat Smith / Engadget:
Nintendo posts first annual loss of $460 million, predicts turnaround next year  —  Nintendo has announced its first annual operating loss following an initially lukewarm response to its new 3DS handheld and an aging Wii console — set to be replaced later this year.
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Google Maps now lets you ‘visit’ famous landmarks with photo tours...using YOUR images  —  The chances are if you're reading this you've at least used Google Maps before, and the odds are you've also used Street View to get a feel for a place before you visit.
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 …

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