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6:35 AM ET, March 30, 2010

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Wall Street Journal:
Two New IPhones Coming; One May Be Aimed at Verizon  —  Apple Inc. is developing a new iPhone to debut this summer and also appears to be working on a model for U.S. mobile phone operator Verizon Wireless, say people briefed on the matter.  —  While Apple has unveiled a new iPhone every June …
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
WSJ's Lame Entry in the iPhone Rumors Game  —  The Wall Street Journal: … Keep in mind there's a big difference between “is” and “appears to be”.  And they have no actual details of the next-generation iPhone.  Nothing.  Not the A4-family CPU system-on-a-chip.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
WSJ: Apple ‘developing new iPhone,’ plus another for Verizon (update: iPhone HD?)  —  You heard right, folks — according to the Wall Street Journal, Apple is currently “developing a new iPhone to debut this summer,” and as if that weren't enough, it's also “working on another model for US mobile phone operator Verizon Wireless.”
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Rumored iPhone 4 Specs: 960x640 Display, Front Facing Camera, Multitasking  —  Daring Fireball builds on the WSJ iPhone 4 rumors earlier today by dumping what they know: An almost iPad-level 940 x 640 resolution display, an iPad-esque A4 CPU and a front facing camera.  AND, multitasking in iPhone OS 4.
Discussion: IntoMobile
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Apple iPhone coming to Verizon Wireless?  If so, it'll freeze smartphone upgrades
Discussion: Softpedia News
Marc Benioff / TechCrunch:
Hello, iPad.  Hello, Cloud 2.  —  The first piece of software I ever wrote was on the TRS-80 Model 1.  It was called “How To Juggle”, and it had 4K of memory.  It was my version of “Hello World”, what every programmer first writes on a new piece of hardware.
Discussion: deal architect
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
The State of the Internet Operating System  —  I've been talking for years about “the internet operating system”, but I realized I've never written an extended post to define what I think it is, where it is going, and the choices we face.  This is that missing post.
Discussion: Boing Boing and rc3.org, Thanks:atul
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Exclusive: Android Froyo to take a serious shot at stemming platform fragmentation  —  We had a couple people at CTIA last week — people whose words carry weight — tell us off the record that the next major version of Android would take big strides toward stopping the ugly trend toward severe fragmentation …
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Exclusive: Dell Aero hands-on and UI walkthrough (video)  —  We took a look at the Dell Aero during last week's CTIA bonanza, but AT&T and Dell weren't exactly forthcoming with letting us take the UI for a spin.  Luckily, we're pretty resourceful folks, so we've wrangled some face …
Boy Genius Report:
Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac gets undressed  —  We've just scored some of the first shots of Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac, and while they are said to be very early, you can clearly see the progress that has been made in the transition to native Cocoa applications.
Brad Stone / Bits:
Godfather of iPod Severs Final Ties With Apple  —  An era is formally ending at Apple.  Tony Fadell, one of the creators of the iPod and iPhone, is breaking off his nine-year affiliation with Steve Jobs & Co.  —  Mr. Fadell's exit from Apple, which he planned to announce online Monday night, has been gradual.
Discussion: Gizmodo, CNET News and MacNN
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Aha!  Google Buzz Is A Black Hole — Its Traffic Must Be Inferred  —  My bad — maybe.  —  Earlier today, I reported that Google Buzz, Google's new social sharing service, was sending less traffic than FriendFeed, a service which has been a ghost town in recent months.
Christopher Heine / ClickZ:
Facebook Killing ‘Become A Fan,’ Embracing ‘Like’  —  Facebook is scaling back on the word “Fan” and ramping up usage of “Like” on brand pages.  According to a confidential e-mail sent to ad agencies today, the social media site will change the “Become A Fan” button to read “Like” within the next few weeks.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Twitter And The Nine-Month Bounce  —  I've long suspected that the basic usage pattern for Twitter is that people try it, don't get it or become discouraged because they don't know anyone else on it, but it grows on them eventually until they start using it every day.
Discussion: Sysomos
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Fake Steve Jobs Blog Likely To Shut Down  —  It took a year for anyone to figure out that Forbes (now Newsweek) writer Dan Lyons was the guy behind the Fake Steve Jobs blog.  Now, a couple of years later, the blog is still going strong.  And it remains very, very funny.
Chad Whitney / The LinkedIn Blog:
LinkedIn for BlackBerry: Anytime, Anywhere  —  I'm Chad Whitney, the Product Manager responsible for mobile products at LinkedIn.  This is my first blog post for LinkedIn, so why not kick things off with a bang?  I'm excited to announce the full release of LinkedIn for BlackBerry v1.0.
Arn / MacRumors:
Future Apple's iPad OS Upgrade Pricing Policies Revealed as Apple Seeds GM iPad SDK, Firmware and Licensing Agreement  —  Apple has begun seeding the Golden Master version of the iPhone OS 3.2 SDK to developers.  This represents the shipping version of the software that developers must use to develop iPad applications.
Grant Gross / PC World:
Lawmakers Ask for FTC Investigation of Google Buzz  —  Eleven U.S. lawmakers have asked the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to investigate Google's launch of its Buzz social-networking product for breaches of consumer privacy.  —  The representatives — six Democrats and five Republicans …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Apple's Best Buy distribution changes iPad unit calculus  —  Apple's iPad lands at Apple stores April 3 and Best Buy's distribution heft will be riding shotgun.  The double-barreled distribution channel for the Apple iPad may change the calculus behind Wall Street's unit guessing game.
Chris Preimesberger / eWeek:
Toshiba Unveils Pocket-Sized 1TB Backup Drives  —  The company's new Windows 7-based Canvio portable hard drives are aimed primarily at consumers but could also be something SMBs and midrange businesses might find useful, since they are inexpensive, easily transportable and capacious.
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Google, Microsoft to team up on privacy push launching tomorrow  —  The world's biggest tech heavyweights are set to team up with each other to influence the future of Internet privacy law.  Google, Microsoft and a number of other civil liberties groups, think tanks and tech companies …
Discussion: CNET News and Search Engine Land
Andrew Ramadge / NEWS.com.au:
Quip app security hole shares private photos  — iPhone app had serious security hole  —  THOUSANDS of intimate photos sent between iPhone users have been made public after an embarrassing security flaw.  —  The Quip app promised to let people send pictures to each other for free …
Markus Goebel / TechCrunch Europe:
Europe's biggest publisher embraces the WePad  —  [Germany] Billed as an iPad competitor, the WePad is not vaporware, but is in fact, The Chosen One.  At least, that's the view of some, who are hailing the WePad as the saviour of the German print publishing industry.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Boxcar Opens Up Its iPhone Push Notifications.  And Soon, You Can Monetize Them  —  Push Notifications on the iPhone are great, but they can be impossible to manage.  That's why Boxcar, a Push Notification management app, is brilliant, and has long been one of my favorite apps.
Tom Krazit / Relevant Results:
Yahoo adds Facebook status updates to Mail  —  Yahoo continues to inject social networking into its services.  —  Starting later today, Yahoo Mail users will be able to update their Facebook status from their Yahoo Mail inbox.  Facebook users will be able to log into their accounts right …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Teleku Takes On Twilio, Helps Developers Integrate Telephony Services Into Web Apps  —  Back in fall 2008, we covered the launch of Twilio, a service that gives web developers an API to easily build web apps with telephony features, like audio playback, voice recording, and more recently, SMS messages.
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
TomTom add lifetime maps/traffic to $200+ PNDs  —  One of the more compelling aspects of a smartphone-based PND app that uses online mapping data is that you don't need to worry so much about the maps going stale; as long as the provider is on the ball, they can update their servers …
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Mainstream Commenters Choose Yahoo Logins  —  When given a choice of login systems, visitors to mainstream media properties such as Slate, Forbes, Newsweek, Discovery, Time and Press Enterprise are most likely to choose Yahoo, according to data collected by commenting system Echo, which helps power such sites.
 
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Martin Weil / Washington Post:
Data stolen from firm that handles student loans in Virginia
Discussion: Computerworld
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
One less news app: Did BBC's iPad support threaten the EU's ‘Digital Agenda?’
Discussion: BBC, The Register and Times of London
Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
Android Devices Crave Google's Attention
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JP Gownder / Marketing and Strategy:
Windows 7 Early Adopters Were Satisfied Upgraders
Discussion: Digits, eWeek and Ars Technica
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
MPEG LA wins major MPEG-2 settlement from Alcatel-Lucent
Discussion: Business Wire
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Looking to Capitalize on the Boom in Mobile Apps
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
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