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8:35 PM ET, April 5, 2010

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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?)  —  Well... we don't know what to make of this one.  Microsoft just snail-mailed us a circular package with an invitation to an event on April 12th in San Francisco.  They also tell us that it's “time to share,” …
Natalie Harrison / Apple:
Apple Sells Over 300,000 iPads First Day  —  Apple® today announced that it sold over 300,000 iPads in the US as of midnight Saturday, April 3.  These sales included deliveries of pre-ordered iPads to customers, deliveries to channel partners and sales at Apple Retail Stores.
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Piper Jaffray survey of iPad buyers: 74% owned Macs; 66% had iPhones  —  Who were the device's first buyers, and what do they plan to do with it?  —  Photo: PED  —  Most of the people who lined up in New York and Minneapolis to purchase the iPad on Saturday were already committed Apple …
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Beach Bums & Bureaucrats: Where The iPad's Early Adopters Live
Discussion: Chitika, Inc. and L.A. Times Tech Blog, Thanks:rwwmike
Phil McKinney / HP Voodoo Blog:
HP's Slate Device Delivers a Holistic Mobile Experience  —  Up to now, we've given you only tiny glimpses of the HP slate device coming out later this year.  You saw it first in a video we released during CES and most recently in videos demoing its Web experience and Adobe Flash and Air support.
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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.
Joanna Stern / Engadget:
HP Slate reappears for 30 seconds, shows off camera, custom interface... and iTunes
Boy Genius Report:
Apple's iPhone 4.0 OS to be revealed Thursday  —  Uh oh... Apple just sent out invitations for press to get a sneak peak at their next generation iPhone OS, 4.0.  We can't wait for April 8th.
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Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
6 Features to Expect in iPhone OS 4.0
Discussion: TheAppleBlog and Geekosystem
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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BBC:
Google rolls out privacy reset for Buzz social network  —  Google has said that it will begin to roll out a privacy reset for its controversial social network Buzz.  —  The search giant will ask all its users to confirm or change their privacy settings, starting on 5 April.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Digg's Kevin Rose: “One Of Us Has To Leave”  —  Last summer we'd heard that the Digg board of directors was considering terminating Digg cofounder and CEO Jay Adelson.  But everything was fine, said senior Digg employees, and the fact that the company moved Adelson out to California from New York …
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Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Kevin Rose to Replace Jay Adelson as Digg CEO
James McQuivey / paidContent:
Why The iPad Actually Strengthens Amazon's Position  —  Round 1 goes to Apple (NSDQ: AAPL).  The iPad, as expected, has caused a big stir, and given people like Walt Mossberg reason to gush with enthusiasm about the death of laptops.  Throughout, as various members of the press have mused …
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:   Pricey iPad Not A Must-Have Dedicated E-Reader; Kindle App …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Trouble In Paradise: iPad Users Complain Of Wifi Issues  —  Just one day after launch and there are already scores of complaints on the Apple support site over faulty wifi on the iPad.  A typical complaint is that the iPad shows no wifi signal, or a very weak signal, where other devices pick it up just fine:
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Brightcove Raises Another $12 Million; Says An IPO May Come Next Year  —  Online video platform company Brightcove has raised $12 million in a fourth round of funding—and is now talking about going public as soon as next year.  CEO Jeremy Allaire (pictured) told us this fall that his company …
Nick O'Neill / SocialTimes.com:
Why I'm Returning My Apple iPad ($AAPL)  —  In the past 48 hours I've gone from boycotting the Apple iPad, to purchasing one, and this morning I'm bringing it back to the store.  While I can explain my initial justification for purchasing the device, I should state that I could just as easily justify …
Discussion: All Facebook
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook's iPad Impostor ‘Facebook Ultimate’ Removed From The App Store (Updated)  —  This weekend, as hundreds of thousands of people explored their iPads for the first time, many of them tried downloading the iPad edition of the App Store's most popular application ever: Facebook.
Discussion: All Facebook and Fast Company
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
iPad Peek: See How Your Website Looks on the iPad  —  The iPad is finally available, and it's already residing in the hands of some 300,000 people who purchased it on launch day.  In a couple of months, the iPad user base will become big enough for web developers to start paying attention to how their websites look on the iPad.
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Citing Legal Risks, Facebook Restricts Employee Stock Sales  —  Facebook implemented a new policy against insider stock trading last Friday.  The point is to keep employees with stock to sell from getting in legal trouble, according to a source familiar with the matter.
Discussion: Digits and LAW.com
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
comScore: Android Market Share Continues To Gain On The iPhone  —  comScore has just released its latest report on smartphone marketshare, and the trend we saw last month has continued: Google's Android is gaining quickly on the iPhone, as Palm and Microsoft's shares continue to dip.
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
‘Suicide’ Query Prompts Google to Offer Hotline  —  As with any omniscient being, you can ask Google anything.  You just don't know what the answer is going to be.  —  That changed slightly last week when the Google search engine started automatically giving a suggestion of where to call …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Shipping All I/O Attendees A Free Droid Or Nexus One Before The Conference  —  This May, Google is holding its annual I/O conference, where it invites thousands of developers to learn about the latest Google and web technologies.  Last year, Google had its first (of many) “Oprah Moments” …
Discussion: The Next Web and IntoMobile
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Why Microsoft did the right thing in ditching XP for IE9  —  I recently expressed a lack of surprise that Internet Explorer 9 will almost certainly not be supported on Windows XP.  In Redmond's words, a “modern browser” needs a “modern operating system,” and Windows XP doesn't qualify.
Discussion: Mashable!
Cliff Kuang / Fast Company:
Facebook Whisperer Speaks About Why Facebook Threatened to Sue Him  —  Computer programmer Pete Warden speaks about the massive social network enlightenment that Facebook's datasets could herald—and why it all went off the rails.  —  Pete Warden's been called the “Facebook Whisperer,” …
Discussion: PeteSearch, Thanks:noahr
Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
World's First Android TV Comes from Sweden  —  A Swedish company will be the first to sell an internet-connected, Android-based TV set.  The TV, from the amazingly-named People of Lava, will also be the first television made in Sweden for decades.  —  The TV is set, fittingly …
Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
Gloves off, telecom giants to FCC: It's on!  —  It didn't take long for the gloves to come off.  —  Soon after the Federal Communications Commission released its national broadband plan a few weeks ago, the nation's biggest telecom companies began a battle against specific measures …
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
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Chris Cameron / ReadWriteWeb:
Record Breaking Acquisition Data Suggests Venture-Backed Prosperity in 2010
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 Earlier Items: 
Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
Another incident, another company withdraws, validating Go Daddy's move out of China
Zee / The Next Web:
Finally....A real test for the iPad. Will it blend?
Discussion: Computerworld and Digits
Digital Arts / Macworld:
Adobe brings Ideas to iPad
Discussion: TUAW
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Meet the App Store Millionaires: The Brothers Behind Doodle Jump
Discussion: InfoWorld
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
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