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12:00 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  —  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.
Joanna Stern / Engadget:
HP Slate reappears for 30 seconds, shows off camera, custom interface... and iTunes
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,” …
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  —  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 …
Discussion: TheAppleBlog and Geekosystem
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
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Beach Bums & Bureaucrats: Where The iPad's Early Adopters Live
Discussion: Chitika, Inc., Thanks:rwwmike
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Brightcove Raises Another $12 Million; Says An IPO May Come Next Year  —  Online video platform company Brightcove has raised $12 million in a fourth round of funding—and is now talking about going public as soon as next year.  CEO Jeremy Allaire (pictured) told us this fall that his company …
Alex Payne / al3x:
The Moderate's Position on iPad Openness  —  When Apple's iPad was announced in January, I immediately posted a reaction.  Now that the device is out, it seems worth revisiting the subject.  —  Do You Feel Like A Hypocrite Yet?  —  First thing's first.  Back in January …
Discussion: Umair Haque, p2pnet and The Open Road
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook's iPad Impostor ‘Facebook Ultimate’ Removed From The App Store (Updated)  —  This weekend, as hundreds of thousands of people explored their iPads for the first time, many of them tried downloading the iPad edition of the App Store's most popular application ever: Facebook.
Discussion: All Facebook, TUAW and Fast Company
New York Times:
Researchers Trace Data Theft to China  —  TORONTO — Turning the tables on a China-based computer espionage gang, Canadian and United States computer security researchers have monitored a spying operation for the past eight months, observing while the intruders pilfered classified …
Discussion: Canada NewsWire Group
Kyle Wiens / ifixit:
Apple A4 Teardown  —  Deconstructing processors like the A4 usually happens behind the closed doors of only a handful of companies.  These global reverse engineering firms are the investigative arm of the electronics marketplace, gumshoes who do research for people who need to find …
Discussion: Velocity
Nick O'Neill / SocialTimes.com:
Why I'm Returning My Apple iPad ($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:
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.
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
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
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!
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Fancy Hands: Virtual Assistants, Aardvark Style  —  “It's not about the value of the task, it's about the value of me not having to do it, or even think about it anymore.”  That's how Ted Roden describes Fancy Hands, his new side project that provides virtual personal assistants in the cloud for a low monthly fee.
 
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Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Why Is Time Charging $5 for Its iPad App?
Discussion: Daring Fireball, TUAW and ReadWriteWeb
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
iTunes To Integrate Facebook Connect
Juliana Gruenwald / Tech Daily Dose:
Former Intel Chief Defends Fiorina's Tenure At HP
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Shipping All I/O Attendees A Free Droid Or Nexus One Before The Conference
Discussion: The Next Web
Kunur Patel / AdAge:
How Palm's Marketing Missed, and How It Plans to Recover
Discussion: Engadget, Erictric and PreCentral.net
Ubergizmo:
Blu-ray Discs Can Offer Up To 128GB Of Space, Thanks To The New BDXL Spec
Chris Cameron / ReadWriteWeb:
Record Breaking Acquisition Data Suggests Venture-Backed Prosperity in 2010
Discussion: CNET News
 Earlier Items: 
Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
Gloves off, telecom giants to FCC: It's on!
Jeffrey Burt / eWeek:
PCs, Cell Phones Drive Semiconductor Sales Growth, SIA Says
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Online Communities Patented; Lawsuit Against Facebook Moves Forward
Discussion: All Facebook
Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
Another incident, another company withdraws, validating Go Daddy's move out of China
Digital Arts / Macworld:
Adobe brings Ideas to iPad
Discussion: TUAW
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Trouble In Paradise: iPad Users Complain Of Wifi Issues