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8:35 PM ET, April 8, 2010

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Paul Miller / Engadget:
iPhone OS 4 unveiled, adds multitasking, shipping this summer  —  Just a bit more than a year after we first laid eyes on iPhone OS 3.0, Apple is back with the latest big revision of the OS that powers the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. iPhone OS 4 is shipping this summer (iPad in the fall) …
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John Herrman / Gizmodo:
iPhone OS 4.0 Multitasking First Video  —  Here's what multitasking looks like on iPhone 4.0.  For full details on iPhone OS 4, and multitasking specifically, check out our definitive guides.  [YouTube]
Robb Lewis / App Advice:
VOIP API Will Finally Let Skype Run in the Background
Apple:
Get a sneak peek into the future of iPhone OS  —  On April 8, Apple unveiled plans for the biggest and most exciting iPhone software update yet. iPhone OS 4 will include over 100 new user features for iPhone and iPod touch owners to enjoy.  And for developers, a new software development kit …
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Joel Johnson / Gizmodo:
Original iPhones, 3G Can't Fully Upgrade to iPhone OS 4  —  To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.  Remember these words as you accept that your first-gen iPhone, iPhone 3G, and iPod Touches will not get the full Touch OS4 upgrade.
Paul Miller / Engadget:
iPhone OS 4 keynote video now online  —  Sure, you devoured every word of the liveblog (or perhaps just casually refreshed throughout the day, who are we to judge), but if you want to see the Steve Jobs-delivered iPhone OS 4 keynote with your own two eyes, the streaming video is now online.
Discussion: App Advice and GeekSmack
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
iPhone OS 4 not coming to the iPad until the fall
Discussion: eWeek, Boy Genius Report and MacRumors
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Apple Announces iAd Mobile Advertising Platform  —  Today during its iPhone 4.0 developer preview, Steve Jobs announced Apple's much-anticipated mobile advertising platform, iAd.  This has been expected since Apple acquired mobile ad platform Quattro Wireless, after having AdMob snatched away by Google …
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Steve Jobs: ‘we tried to buy a company called AdMob’  —  We'd previously heard rumors that Quattro Wireless was Apple's consolation prize after a deal with bigger mobile advertising rival AdMob fell through, and Steve Jobs confirmed it on no uncertain terms at the Q&A session following today's …
Kunur Patel / AdAge:   Apple's iAd Not Game-Changing, but Will Move Market
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
New iPhone Developer Agreement Bans the Use of Adobe's Flash-to-iPhone Compiler  —  Prior to today's release of the iPhone OS 4 SDK, section 3.3.1 of the iPhone Developer Program License Agreement read, in its entirety: … In the new version of the iPhone Developer Program License Agreement released …
DigiTimes:
Apple reportedly planning a smaller-size iPad for 1Q11, says Digitimes Research  —  Apple is reportedly scheduling a smaller 5- to 7-inch version of the iPad that is expected to launch as soon as the first quarter of 2011, according to Digitimes Research senior analyst Mingchi Kuo.
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Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple producing 5-7 inch, $400 mini-iPad for 2011?
Discussion: Download Squad
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Apple previews Game Center social gaming platform for iPhone OS  —  Apple just announced Game Center, which is a social gaming network for the iPhone — it sounds a lot like Xbox Live, actually.  It's has a friend system, leaderboards, and achievements — and we're guessing it'll blow up out of the gate …
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Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple's iPhone Software 4.0 suggests next-gen iPhone will have camera flash  —  Apple's plans for its forth-generation iPhone, due this summer, appear to include the addition of a camera flash that will improve the quality of snapshots and videos taken in dark scenarios or dimly-lit venues, AppleInsider has learned.
Discussion: MobileCrunch
Zee / The Next Web:
iPhone 4.0 OS Gets Folders. Organisation. Finally.
Discussion: TUAW and MobileCrunch
Matt Sanford / Twitter Blog:
Growing Around the World  —  Hi, my name is Matt Sanford and I'm the lead engineer for Twitter's International team.  I spend a great deal of time thinking about Twitter's users outside of the US.  Twitter's first users were the early employees and their friends, largely based around our offices in San Francisco.
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Twitter Employees Cheerlead Top Investor's Bombshell Post, Developers Freak Out  —  Fred Wilson, a Twitter board member and the startup's most important investor, dropped a bombshell on Twitter's third-party developers yesterday, telling them to stop “filling holes in the Twitter product,” …
Discussion: GigaOM, /message, Seattle 2.0 and Telegraph
Adam Lashinsky / Brainstorm Tech:
Palm CEO puts his cards on the table  —  Former Apple exec Jon Rubinstein remains committed to Palm's success, even as takeover rumors swirl.  —  Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein … The conventional wisdom is that Palm has blown it and either is going to run out of money or get sold or both.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Loses CTO Ari Balogh  —  Yahoo's CTO and EVP Products Ari Balogh, who joined Yahoo in early 2008, will leave the company.  His last day with Yahoo will be June 3.  He's leaving for personal reasons, he told me today by phone, and won't be taking another position in the near term.
Discussion: BoomTown
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Yahoo Eyes Ex-Microsoft Exec Blake Irving for Top Product …
Discussion: paidContent and CNET News
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Apple has sold more than 450,000 iPads, with 3.5M downloads  —  Apple announced that it has sold more than 450,000 iPads as of today since the tablet computer went on sale on Saturday.  —  Apple chief executive Steve Jobs made the announcement at its headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. …
Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
Algebraix: “Too Good To Be True” - Creating An Algebra For Data  —  “This is too good to be true,” I told Charles Silver, CEO of Algebraix Data, a San Diego based startup that has developed a way of querying huge databases in near real-time without the need for any prior indexing.
DSLreports:
Most Successful U.S. Broadband Over Powerline Network Shut Down - And Calling It The ‘Most Successful U.S. BPL Network’ Isn't Saying Much  —  Manassas, Virginia was the first US city to see a real, non-trial launch of broadband over powerline (BPL) technology.
Discussion: ARRLWeb
Rob Jackson / Android Phone Fans:
HTC Incredible User Guide Leaks [EXCLUSIVE]!  —  Are you ready for 205-pages of Incredible glory?  HTC Incredible glory, that is - we've just gotten our hands on an exclusive copy of the HTC Incredible User's Guide!  —  The Incredible User Guide was brought to you courtesy of AndroidForums Member and Forum Phone Guide - Anonimac.
Kunur Patel / AdAge:
After Bruising Ad Battle, AT&T Looks to Rebrand as Lifestyle Company  —  Telecom to Integrate All Communications Under ‘Rethink Possible’ Theme, Introduce Updated Logo  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — AT&T is undertaking an ambitious rebranding effort under the banner “Rethink Possible” …
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
World's Largest DVR Records 50 Shows At Once, Saves 13 Years of TV  —  You would need 326 TiVo Premier boxes to match what the Snapstream DVR can do with just one coax plug.  —  This Snapstream DVR is basically just a tech demo—but it's one hell of a tech demo.
Graham Cluley / Graham Cluley's blog:
Facebook privacy unrest rumbles on  —  Hot on the heels of a Sophos poll revealing that 95% of you disapprove of Facebook's proposed changes to its privacy policy, there appear to be signs of growing public grumpiness about Facebook's plans.  —  German Consumer Protection Minister Ilse Aigner …
Discussion: The Register
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Add-ons responsible for 70 percent of IE8 crashes  —  In a recently published whitepaper titled “Enhancing the performance of Windows Internet Explorer 8,” Microsoft detailed browser add-ons, toolbars, malware, restricted sites, plus more advanced topics such as User Agent String and concurrent download settings.
Discussion: Webmonkey and Download Squad
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Rumor suggests Apple could release new MacBook Pros April 13  —  As the wait for new MacBook Pro notebooks from Apple continues to grow, yet another rumor suggests their release is imminent, with a new report claiming a refresh is set for next Tuesday.  —  Thursday's article …
 
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Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
Twitter for BlackBerry shifts into public beta tonight
Discussion: CNET News and MobileCrunch
Hiroko Tabuchi / New York Times:
Japan's Nikkei Newspaper Charges to View Web Site
Jon Brodkin / Network World:
Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn will win out in enterprise, investor says
Noel Randewich / Reuters:
Mexico may cut millions of cellphones to fight crime
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Microsoft media server beams direct to iPad
Discussion: NewTeeVee and PR Newswire
Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
FCC rolls out broadband proposals, weighing response to court
Discussion: Bloomberg and Wall Street Journal
 Earlier Items: 
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Out-of-process plugins landing soon in Firefox as a minor update (3.6.4)
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
New service aims to improve on Chatroulette
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Plastic Logic expects to ship QUE proReader in June
Discussion: Obsessable and Softpedia News
Patrick Thibodeau / Computerworld:
Microsoft's cloud-enabled Office 2010 set to join battle with Google
Matt Cherette / Gawker.TV:
South Park Explains Everything That Is Annoying About Facebook
MacDailyNews:
Justin Long: Apple's ‘Get a Mac’ commercials ‘might be done’