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May 1, 2012, 11:35 AM

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New York Times:
Data Engineer in Google Case Is Identified  —  At the center of the uproar over a Google project that scooped up personal data from potentially millions of unsuspecting people is the company software engineer who wrote the code.  —  Google has declined to identify the engineer, as has the Federal Communications Commission.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha developer testing device hands-on photos and impressions  —  RIM may finally be ready to begin showing BlackBerry 10 to users, but right now the company has another priority: getting developers on board with the new platform.  To that end, it's giving every developer …
Joseph Volpe / Engadget:
BlackBerry 10 dev alpha unit unveiled: 4.2-inch screen, 1280 x 768 resolution  —  Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words.  In this instance, it just leaves us wanting more.  The image you see above is RIM's official dev unit for its just launched BlackBerry 10 platform.
Russell Goldman / ABCNEWS:
Zuckerberg's Dinners with Girlfriend Help Spur Life-Saving Facebook Tool  —  Conversations over the dinner table with his med-student girlfriend helped Mark Zuckerberg formulate his latest big idea — harnessing the power of Facebook to help eliminate the critical shortage of organs …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Facebook IPO Docs Could Get Approval This Week, Followed by Road Show With Zuckerberg (No Guarantee on Tie)  —  According to sources close to the situation, Facebook is anticipating getting approval from government regulators to officially distribute its S-1 public offering prospectus …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Digg's Tech Team Heads for the Washington Post, and Digg Looks for a Lifeline  —  Digg isn't done.  Yet.  —  But it's looking pretty close.  The Washington Post is in the process of buying/hiring the news aggregator's technology team, but isn't purchasing the business itself …
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Apple Doesn't Want Musicians to See Secret Steve Jobs Deposition  —  In bringing a class-action lawsuit against Universal Music over digital music revenues, musicians trigger a big objection from Apple.  —  Steve Jobs  —  Aftermath Records, a division of Universal Music Group …
Burt Helm / Inc.com:
Turntable.fm: Where Did Our Love Go?  —  The partners behind a one-time “next big thing” go to South by Southwest to win back the adoration of the tech world—and figure out how to make their partnership work.  —  Last summer, Turntable.fm set techie hearts pounding: Billy Chasen and Seth Goldstein …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Nope!  Still No Bubble Here, Says Marc Andreessen.  —  It will be a man-bites-dog story when a prominent tech investor comes out and declares that we are in fact in a bubble, and that they've stopped investing in tech companies.  —  But for the record: Marc Andreessen …
Adrianne Jeffries / Betabeat:
This Is What a Kickstarter Scam Looks Like  —  “Seth Westfall,” the creator and cofounder of “Little Monster Productions.”  (kickstarter.com)  —  When Kickstarter projects go wrong, backers often think they've been scammed; usually, the creators simply overpromised.
Jbat / John Battelle's Search Blog:
Does the Pebble Cause a Ripple In Apple's Waters?  —  Ever since the Pebble watch became an cause célèbre in tech circles for its kickass Kickstarter moves (it's raised almost $7mm dollars and counting), something's been nagging me about the company and its product.
Jeremy Kirk / Computerworld:
Skype investigates tool that reveals users' IP addresses  —  Skype said Tuesday it is investigating a new tool that collects a person's last known IP address, a potential privacy-compromising issue.  —  Skype said Tuesday it is investigating a new tool that collects a person's last known IP address …
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Feature: Does “Mastered for iTunes” matter to music?  Ars puts it to the test  —  Apple's push to increase the quality of songs distributed via iTunes has been formally realized in the company's Mastered for iTunes program—but does it really make music sound better?
More: The VergeThanks:@foresmac
Peter Ha / TechCrunch:
Hands-On With the Jawbone Big Jambox: 2.7 Pounds of Audio Fury, Available May 15 for $299  —  Bigger isn't necessarily better but in the case of Jawbone's Jambox, it might actually work out.  Typically known for their Bluetooth headsets and the ill-fated-but-not-quite-dead UP band …
Tomio Geron / Social Markets:
Top Startup Incubators And Accelerators: Y Combinator Tops With $7.8 Billion In Value  —  Incubators have become an increasingly important part of the tech startup scene in recent years.  —  A number of hot startups have emerged from these programs, encouraging more new entrepreneurs to apply.
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Where Do All Those BuzzFeed Cute Animal Pictures Come From?  —  BuzzFeed founder Jonah Peretti discusses the copyright implications of all the adorable cats, disappointed otters, and worried monkeys that grace the site.  —  It all started when I was looking at a photograph of an otter that was …
Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:
From cloud OS to personal cloud service, Jolicloud launches its iOS app  —  Jolicloud is a service that has taken some time to find its way.  In Silicon Valley speak, you might know those maneuvers as “pivots”, but it seems like Jolicloud has finally found a sweet spot for its cloud services.
More: MacNN and The Verge
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Rumor: Hulu Will Soon Require Viewers To Have A Cable Subscription [Update: It'll Happen, But Not “Soon"]  —  If you love watching TV shows on Hulu but don't have a cable subscription, things could get a bit more complicated in the near future.  According to the New York Post …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Can You Imagine More Than 1,200 New Top-Level Domains?  ICANN.  —  When the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) finally begins its domain-name expansion program in earnest, how many new top level domains (TLDs) can we expect to see cluttering up the Web?
Somini Sengupta / Bits:
The New Pay Phone and What It Knows About You  —  The term pay phone has a new meaning today.  —  For consumers who wish to ditch their wallets, paying through a mobile phone can be awfully convenient.  Those same consumers can also, often unwittingly, give up valuable information …
Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
Online Video Content Pioneer Revision3 In Acquisition Talks With The Discovery Channel  —  Seven years in, Revision3 and its stable of stars have more than survived the tough early days of building a video content business on the web.  The San Francisco company is now bringing …

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