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9:45 AM ET, April 6, 2010

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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
HP Slate to cost $549, have 1.6GHz Atom Z530, 5 hour battery?  —  Well, well — what's this?  We just got our hands on what looks like an internal HP Slate presentation given to cool down some of the iPad hype amongst HP employees, and it just happens to have specs and pricing details on the elusive Windows 7 tablet.
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Phil McKinney / HP Voodoo Blog:
HP's Slate Device Delivers a Holistic Mobile Experience
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft's mystery event revealed  —  Microsoft's mystery event is a mystery no more.  —  A source confirms I was on target with my prediction that the event will herald the introduction of Microsoft's long-awaited new phones for the always-connected crowd.
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Microsoft invites us to mystery event, April 12th! (update: for Pink phones?)
Jeremy Stoppelman / Yelp Official Blog:
We're Increasing Transparency and Eliminating ‘Favorite Review’  —  User trust is the foundation on which Yelp is built and the reason 31 million consumers turned to the site last month to find a great local business.  Today we're announcing two important product changes to reinforce that trust …
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Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:   Yelp Makes Big Changes in Effort to End Extortion Claims
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
6 Features to Expect in iPhone OS 4.0  —  Less than a week after the introduction of the iPad, Apple plans to share details on “the future of iPhone OS” at a press event this Thursday, where the company is widely expected to lift the wraps off version 4.0 of Apple's mobile operating system …
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Apple's iPhone 4.0 OS to be revealed Thursday
Kleiner Perkins Caufield / TechCrunch:
John Doerr: The Next Big Thing  —  This guest post was written by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers partners John Doerr, Bing Gordon, Chi-Hua Chien and Ellen Pao.  We covered KP's increase in the size of the iFund last week, and additional insights from KP's Matt Murphy on the iPad.
Thanks:atul
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
The iPad Flies Through Airport Security  —  The iPad, as Steve Jobs told us from his comfy leather chair at Macworld, represents a new computing form factor that falls squarely between the laptop and the smartphone.  Which raises a curious problem for the Transportation Security Administration …
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Skype updates for iPad, no Push Notification, no 3G  —  Skype updated their iPod Touch/iPhone/iPad app today to 1.3.1 with the below improvements.  —  Tested with iPad, iPhone OS 3.2 Improved stability in the following areas: - When switching between tabs - During an incoming call with chat …
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Understanding the iPad's Industrial Design  —  Apple's iPad embodies Dieter Rams' famous Ten Principles for Good Design, the ten commandments that every company should follow before manufacturing any product.  It feels like the future in your hands.  But it could be better.  More »
Thanks:turnipsun
Todd Jackson / Gmail Blog:
Confirm your Buzz settings  —  Shortly after launching Google Buzz, we quickly realized we didn't get everything right and moved as fast as possible to improve the Buzz experience.  We made a number of changes to the getting started experience based on your feedback, the most significant …
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Owen Fletcher / Computerworld:
China rejects hacking ‘insinuations’ after spy ring revealed  —  IDG News Service - China on Tuesday rejected “insinuations” of involvement by its government in cyberattacks after North American researchers exposed a China-based cyber-espionage ring that targeted computers in the Indian military and elsewhere.
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Is permission needed to retweet hot news?  —  When an aggregator like Google News publishes newspaper headlines, is the company treading on thin ice?  What about aggregators that publish headlines and a one-line excerpt?  What about those that simply rewrite the facts contained in the story …
Dan Frakes / PC World:
The IPad's Charging Challenge Explained  —  Anyone taking possession of a shiny new iPad this weekend may have noticed an odd message when connecting their gadget to some computers or USB chargers: the words Not charging in the iPad's menu bar.  We experienced the same issue during our initial testing …
James Lewin / Podcasting News:
iPad Peek Lets You See What Your Site Looks Like On An iPad - Except That It Doesn't  —  Mashable today highlighted a site called iPad Peek, calling it a “nifty tool that lets you see how any website will be rendered on the iPad.”  —  It sounds like a good idea, Unfortunately …
Alex Payne / al3x:
The Moderate's Position on iPad Openness  —  When Apple's iPad was announced in January, I immediately posted a reaction.  Now that the device is out, it seems worth revisiting the subject.  —  Do You Feel Like A Hypocrite Yet?  —  First thing's first.  Back in January …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Why Is Time Charging $5 for Its iPad App?  —  One subplot amid the iPad hype: A lot of grumbling about the cost of the apps, particularly from established media companies.  —  Example A: Time Magazine, which is asking $4.99 a week for its app-the same price you'd pay if you bought the paper edition at a newsstand.
Discussion: TUAW, Daring Fireball and ReadWriteWeb
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Benchmark Helps Web Talk Radio Startup Stitcher Turn Up The Volume By $6 Million  —  Stitcher CEO Noah Shanok wants his company to become the Pandora of Web talk radio, and he just raised a $6 million Series B to help him get there.  The round was led by Benchmark Capital, and follows a $2.7 million Series A in 2008.
Discussion: VentureBeat, GigaOM, BoomTown and mocoNews
Rachael King / Business Week:
Uncle Sam Wants You (To Fight Hackers)  —  The U.S. government is stepping up recruitment of engineers who can help wage cyberwar  —  Kyle Osborn does a good job impersonating a technical support rep. On a recent day in Southern California, the 19-year-old is working the phones …
Alexander Vaughn / App Advice:
Apple Splits The App Store - iPhone & iPad Apps Now Separated  —  It didn't bother me much personally, but the way Apple mixed up together iPhone and iPad apps on the App Store, and more particularly on its front page wasn't really optimal in terms of user experience.
Discussion: Mashable!
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Venture Funding Doubled To $12.8 Billion In First Quarter  —  Venture capital is flowing once again to startups at a steady pace.  During the first quarter of 2010, the total value of venture funding doubled to $12.8 billion from $6 billion a year before, when it was scraping the bottom of the barrel.
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
The iPad's Not So Revolutionary Inside  —  The inner workings of the iPad reveal that Apple has learned much from its iPhone development, using many of the same components and cramming those chips onto a pretty small board behind the device's 9.7-inch screen.
Kyle Wiens / ifixit:
Apple A4 Teardown  —  Deconstructing processors like the A4 usually happens behind the closed doors of only a handful of companies.  These global reverse engineering firms are the investigative arm of the electronics marketplace, gumshoes who do research for people who need to find …
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Exploits not needed to attack via PDF files  —  Jeremy Conway created a video to show how his PDF hack works.  —  Portable Document Format (PDF) files could be used to spread malware to clean PDF files stored on a target computer running Adobe Acrobat Reader or Foxit Reader PDF software, a security researcher warned on Monday.
Discussion: sudosecure.net and Ryan Naraine
 
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Cliff Kuang / Fast Company:
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Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Why Microsoft did the right thing in ditching XP for IE9
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