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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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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) …
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 …
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 …
Ryan Block / gdgt live:
Live iPhone OS 4.0 event coverage  —  Automatic refreshing, no need for F5.  8:55AM - Alright, we've arrived on campus!  We"re still a bit early though, so there will be a bit of loitering before things get going.  7:45AM - You know, while you're at it, might as well go check out iPhone OS 4.0 on gdgt, too.
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.
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 …
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
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. …
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 …
Discussion: AppleInsider, Destructoid and TeleRead
Robb Lewis / App Advice:
VOIP API Will Finally Let Skype Run in the Background
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:   iPhone OS 4 not coming to the iPad until the fall
Zee / The Next Web:
iPhone 4.0 OS Gets Folders. Organisation. Finally.
Discussion: TUAW
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.
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.
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
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Barnes & Noble Nook arriving at Best Buy, will go on sale April 18  —  Looks like the e-reader wars are heating up, retail-style: we just found out that Target will be selling the Kindle later this month, and now multiple sources are telling us that Best Buy will start selling the Barnes …
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.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Microsoft media server beams direct to iPad  —  Silverlight clients hunted  —  Flash is blocked from Apple's iPad and iPhones, but Adobe rival Microsoft is getting a foot in the door of sorts, with a media server used to stream content for its Silverlight player.
Discussion: NewTeeVee and PR Newswire
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.
Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
FCC rolls out broadband proposals, weighing response to court  —  The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday said it would pursue 60 regulatory efforts to bring affordable high-speed Internet connections across the country, even as its ability to regulate Internet access hangs in limbo.
Hiroko Tabuchi / New York Times:
Nikkei Restricts Links to Its New Web Site  —  TOKYO — Japan's largest business newspaper, the Nikkei, joined the trend of other news sites by unveiled a new pay-to-view Web site last week.  But in a twist, it also put in place a strict policy banning links to its articles — or even its home page.
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 …
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Mac (not Pro) desktop with USB 3.0-Mini DisplayPort combo detailed in patent  —  Before you get all emotional, remember that this is just part of a patent application:  —  This looks like a paired down Pro workstation with some of the same characteristics, but with notable exceptions:
Jon Brodkin / Network World:
Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn will win out in enterprise, investor says  —  Rather than build private tools, vendors should improve public social networks  —  Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn will continue to be the primary social networking tools used by businesses, despite attempts by vendors …
Noel Randewich / Reuters:
Mexico may cut millions of cellphones to fight crime  —  (Reuters) - Tens of millions of Mexicans could find their cellphones disconnected this weekend if the government goes ahead with a new law meant to fight crime by forcing people to register their identities.
Jill Insley / Guardian:
FarmVille user sows £900 debt  —  A 12-year-old boy spent £625 on his mother's credit card and £288 of his own savings on Facebook game FarmVille  —  A mother has warned of the risk of children spending hundreds of pounds on “free” online games available through Facebook …
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
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 …
Matt Cherette / Gawker.TV:
South Park Explains Everything That Is Annoying About Facebook  —  Tonight, South Park made comment on Facebook and its obsessives by brilliantly taking every ridiculous thing about what the social network has become and explaining it with hilariously awkward (and eerily accurate) “IRL” interactions.
 
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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
Patrick Thibodeau / Computerworld:
Microsoft's cloud-enabled Office 2010 set to join battle with Google
Discussion: Go Rumors
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
HuffPo Launches Separate ‘Twitter Edition’; More Focus On Real-Time News
Discussion: Spark Minute, SocialTimes.com and FP Posted, Thanks:beet_tv
Staska / Unwired View:
Apple is working on its own mobile P2P payment service for iPhone and iPad
Discussion: IntoMobile, Thanks:staska
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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Bill Ray / The Register:
Apple patent shows iPhone ruling the home
 Earlier Items: 
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Xmarks Begins Monetizing Bookmarks With Advertising And Analytics …
Discussion: BoomTown, Search Engine Land and GigaOM
New York Times:
China's Censorship Machine Takes On the Internet
Dennis Howlett / Irregular Enterprise:
Steve Gillmor goes to the dark side: you should care
Sean Michael Kerner / LinuxPlanet:
Ubuntu Claims 12 Million Users as Lucid Linux Desktop Nears
Miles Godfrey / Sydney Morning Herald:
MySpace relaunch to combat Facebook
Discussion: VatorNews
MacDailyNews:
Justin Long: Apple's ‘Get a Mac’ commercials ‘might be done’
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Testing Google Voice Desktop App Internally