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4:45 AM ET, April 6, 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?)
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.
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
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  —  Local review powerhouse Yelp is rolling out a number of product changes on Tuesday in an effort to put to rest allegations that it hides negative reviews in exchange for money.  Such allegations aren't a new problem for Yelp …
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 …
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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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.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: IntoMobile, CNET News and Kindle Review
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:   Pricey iPad Not A Must-Have Dedicated E-Reader; Kindle App …
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
Julien Sobrier / Zscaler Research:
Google search: more links are malicious than you realize  —  It is not uncommon to find malicious links in 15% to 20% of the first 100 results returned by Google for any popular search term (according to Google trends).  If Google doesn't take the Blackhat SEO problem more seriously …
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
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 …
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” …
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: LAW.com and Digits
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.
 
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Yakov Sadchikov / CenterNetworks:
AOL Collects Final Bids for ICQ from DST, ProfMedia (Rambler) and Tencent (QQ)
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Sensorly Crowdsources Worldwide Cellular Coverage Maps
New York Times:
Researchers Trace Data Theft to China
Discussion: Canada NewsWire Group
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Fancy Hands: Virtual Assistants, Aardvark Style
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
iTunes To Integrate Facebook Connect
Discussion: Erictric
Juliana Gruenwald / Tech Daily Dose:
Former Intel Chief Defends Fiorina's Tenure At HP
Kunur Patel / AdAge:
How Palm's Marketing Missed, and How It Plans to Recover
Discussion: Engadget, PreCentral.net and Erictric
Ubergizmo:
Blu-ray Discs Can Offer Up To 128GB Of Space, Thanks To The New BDXL Spec
 Earlier Items: 
Chris Cameron / ReadWriteWeb:
Record Breaking Acquisition Data Suggests Venture-Backed Prosperity in 2010
Discussion: CNET News
Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
Gloves off, telecom giants to FCC: It's on!
Cliff Kuang / Fast Company:
Facebook Whisperer Speaks About Why Facebook Threatened to Sue Him
Discussion: PeteSearch, Thanks:noahr
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
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Why Microsoft did the right thing in ditching XP for IE9
Discussion: Mashable!
Nick O'Neill / SocialTimes.com:
Why I'm Returning My Apple iPad ($AAPL)
PR Newswire:
Apple Sells Over 300,000 iPads First Day