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May 1, 2012, 12:35 PM

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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.
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 …
New York Times:
Facebook Is Urging Members to Add Organ Donor Status  —  Nearly 7,000 people in the United States die each year while waiting for an organ transplant.  It is a number that Facebook hopes to lower with its vast network of 161 million members in this country.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC:
iPad ‘4G’ claims face scrutiny from UK regulator  —  In Australia, iPad users unhappy with 4G claims were offered refunds  —  The Advertising Standards Authority has widened its inquiry into the advertising of the Apple iPad.  —  The BBC understands the regulator is not satisfied that Apple …
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Signpost, the AdSense for local business, raises $3.75M  —  As local businesses move their marketing spending from Yellow Page listings and mailers to online ads, there's a growing opportunity to help them make the transition.  Signpost, a New York start-up, has been growing quickly by filling this gap for local merchants.
More: TechCrunch
Satya Patel / Twitter Blog:
Discover better stories  —  The Discover tab makes it easy to discover information that matters to you without having to follow additional accounts.  Starting today, the Discover tab will begin to surface content that is even more personalized and meaningful to you.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 Verge, MacRumors and TUAWThanks:@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 …

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