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11:00 AM ET, April 7, 2010

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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Apple Announces Mobile Ad Plans Thursday, and Google Can't Wait to Tell the FTC  —  Apple is likely to introduce its mobile ad platform Thursday at its iPhone developer event, say sources familiar with the company's plans.  Expect to hear a loud cheer from Google, Apple's former ally and current competitor.
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Tom Krazit / CNET News:
FTC circling the lawyers on Google-AdMob
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Digits:
Gdgt Raises New Financing with New Concept  —  Is there room for another Web site for gadget lovers? … Peter Rojas, 35, and Ryan Block, 27, veterans of tech blogs Gizmodo and Engadget, think so.  Last year, they launched gdgt, a new take on a discussion forum for gadget lovers.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and I4U News, Thanks:labnol
Paul Harris / Guardian:
I'll stop Google taking our news for nothing, says defiant Rupert Murdoch  —  News Corp boss hails iPad as potential saviour of newspapers, but says industry must stand up for itself and charge for content  —  Rupert Murdoch has launched a spirited defence of putting up paywalls around …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
How “Dirty” MP3 Files Are A Back Door Into Cloud DRM  —  All the big music sellers may have moved to non-DRM MP3 files long ago, but the watermarking of files with your personal information continues.  Most users who buy music don't know about the marking of files, or don't care.
Rosa Golijan / Gizmodo:
How to Turn an iPhone Into a Wireless iPad Camera  —  The iPad doesn't have a built-in camera, but you can give it something better.  By putting an app onto each an iPad and an iPhone, you can connect the two via bluetooth and have a wireless camera for your iPad.
Owen Thomas / VentureBeat:
Yahoo buying Foursquare for $100 million?  Let's check in.  —  A report surfaced today that Yahoo is considering buying Foursquare for $100 million.  The story, put out by Silicon Alley Insider, seems pretty preposterous, considering Foursquare is the hottest name in location-based services …
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Joanna Stern / Engadget:
Lenovo C200 brings NVIDIA Ion 2 stateside for $499  —  If you've been patiently waiting on a low-cost NVIDIA Ion 2 system it looks like today is your lucky day since it looks like Lenovo has scored an early lead in unleashing the wrath of the new Atom / GeForce combo.
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Yahoo Readies Launch Of iPad Advertising Model  —  Inspired by video game development, Yahoo has been working on a new advertising model for tablets, such as Apple's iPad, to provide another option for brands to tap its ad network.  The strategy for the new screen moves more toward product placement similar …
Thanks:steverubel
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Will FCC Choose “The Nuclear Option” In Net Neutrality Fight?  —  Today's decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals to strike down the FCC's authority to order Comcast (CMCSA) not to throttle down traffic from BitTorrent and other file-sharing services poses a fundamental challenge to the government ability …
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Dan Gillmor / Mediactive:
Net Neutrality Has Always Been Up to Lawmakers: Will They Pay Attention Now?
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Fusion Garage JooJoo review  —  We're not sure what's harder to believe: the fact that after months and months of the soap-opera-like drama that the JooJoo (formerly known as the CrunchPad) has finally landed in our hands, or that within just a few days there are now two capacitive touchscreen …
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Apple iPad Components Cost At Least $259  —  Much of the tablet's electronics powers its touchscreen and other user-interface aspects, according to a teardown analysis by iSuppli  —  Apple's (AAPL) iPad tablet computer costs as little as $259.60 to build, according to analysis by the research firm iSuppli.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Say What?  Yes, You Heard Right - Zynga Could Be Worth $5 Billion  —  Zynga, the leading social-gaming company behind Facebook hits such as Farmville and Mafia Wars, would likely be worth as much as $5 billion if it were publicly traded instead of privately held, according to SecondShares.com …
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Wall Street Journal:
In the Search for a Hot Job Title, Enter the Ninja  —  These Silicon Valley Warriors Write Computer Code; ‘Guru Is So Web 1.0’  —  Nicole Sullivan's job used to involve promoting the latest technology, so her résumé described her as an “evangelist.”
Discussion: BaltTech
Adam DuVander / ProgrammableWeb:
How Twitter's 1 API Gave Birth to 43 New APIs  —  While Twitter mashups continue their tremendous growth, there's another area we're also noticing blossom: APIs that are based on the Twitter API.  It's a growing trend, and we now have 43 Twitter-derived APIs in our directory.
Thanks:atul
Todd Lappin / Laughing Squid:
A 2.5 Year-Old Uses an iPad for the First Time  —  My iPhone-savvy 2.5 year-old daughter held an iPad for the very first time last night, and it turned out to be an interesting user-interface experiment.  —  As you can see, after geeking out on my Sutro Tower homescreen, she took right to it …
The Technium:
How to Thrive Among Pirates  —  Shangri-La is the official name of a small Chinese town in a mountainous valley on the edge of the Tibetan plateau.  Formerly called Zhongdian, the town was renamed Shangri-La by local businessmen with the blessings of the national government in order to spur tourism.
Discussion: open
Nick Kallen / The Twitter Engineering Blog:
Introducing Gizzard, a framework for creating distributed datastores  —  An introduction to sharding  —  Many modern web sites need fast access to an amount of information so large that it cannot be efficiently stored on a single computer.  A good way to deal with this problem is to “shard” …
Discussion: GigaOM and ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:atul
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
The Problems with the iPad and Streaming Video  —  While the iPad may be a marvelous and elegant new kind of computing device, and our show looks very nice on it indeed, the inconsistent WiFi connection and subsequent buffering is insufferable for consuming streaming video.
Discussion: BBC, Silicon Alley Insider and Lost Remote, Thanks:beet_tv
Marco Tabini / Macworld:
Apple confirms iPad Wi-Fi issues, suggests fixes  —  If you feel like your brand-new iPad isn't working with wireless networks the way you think it should, the problem may not be in your head.  Apple's support forums contain a number of comments from frustrated users who are experiencing problems …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Conan O'Brien Ventures Onto the Web to Promote His Tour  —  LOS ANGELES — When Conan O'Brien wanted to start a Web site last winter, he was reminded that he did not own his dot-com name, ConanOBrien.com.  —  Gainfully employed by NBC for some two decades, a personal Web site had hardly …
Thanks:rawmeet
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Box.net Raises $15 Million To Take On Microsoft SharePoint In The Cloud  —  Cloud storage and document sharing startup Box.net is announcing significant news today: the startup has just raised $15 million on Series C funding led by Scale Venture Partners, with existing investors Draper Fisher Jurvetson …
Discussion: VatorNews, GigaOM and diversity.net.nz
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Apple iPad, iPhone OS 4 appears set to gain direct printing support  —  Apple has hinted at the prospect for direct printing from the iPad in its support documents for iWork apps, suggesting the feature may appear as part of iPhone OS 4.0.  —  Support pages for iPad's Pages, Keynote …
Evelyn Rusli / TechCrunch:
Plaxo Doubles Address Book Traffic, Raises Ambitions  —  As we become tethered to a growing number of social media sites, the contact information of our social network inevitably becomes more fragmented.  Digital address books and tools like Gist, Xobni and Plaxo are trying to organize …
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Microsoft cites no-email crawl pledge  —  Unlike Google, Microsoft will not scan its hosted mail to target ads  —  Microsoft has a big responsibility in maintaining users' data as part of the company's hosted applications such as Hotmail, said Tim O'Brien, Microsoft senior director of platform strategy, on Tuesday.
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
UK iPad users blocked from App store  —  No UK iPad store means you'll need American friends to download apps  —  Apple iPad fans about to import an iPad?in the UK won't be able to access the UK app store Pocket-lint has learnt.  —  The news will no doubt come as a surprise …
 
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Robert Andrews / mocoNews:
Vodafone Brings Mobile Web To Developing Markets With Opera Mini
Discussion: The Register and Reuters
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Launch: OpenSky Wants To Turn Bloggers Into Sellers Without Sacrificing Their Souls
Discussion: Bits and VentureBeat, Thanks:andrewpbrett
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Trulia Enters The Real Estate Rental Market And Starts Collecting Location Ratings
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Redbox Could Take On Netflix in Streaming
Bruce Schneier / Schneier on Security:
Privacy and Control  —  In January, Facebook Chief Executive …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Zynga Mafia Wars Addicts Can Now Whack Their Rivals With An SMS Message
 Earlier Items: 
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Is iPad a game-changer?  —  If you're old enough to remember …
Discussion: Technovia
Associated Press:
Verizon CEO has told Apple of iPhone interest
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
The Reason No One Is Bragging About iPad App Sales: The Numbers Are Too Small (AAPL)
Discussion: eHomeUpgrade
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
AOL Admits Bebo To Be Sold Or Shut Down; Memo Sets May Target For Decision
Kevin Rose / Digg Blog:
Digg: The Digg iFrame Toolbar is Dead / Unbanning Domains