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5:05 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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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 …
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.
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 …
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: Gizmodo
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 …
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, TeleRead and Phone Scoop
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. …
Joel Johnson / Gizmodo:
Original iPhones, 3G Can't Fully Upgrade to iPhone OS 4
Discussion: Engadget and MacRumors
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.
Robb Lewis / App Advice:
VOIP API Will Finally Let Skype Run in the Background
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.
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 …
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: /message and Seattle 2.0
New York Times:
China's Censorship Machine Takes On the Internet  —  An Internet cafe in Beijing.  Some Internet cafes and schools use filtering software, and a version for cellphones is in development.  —  BEIJING — Type the Chinese characters for “carrot” into Google's search engine here in mainland China …
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Computerworld:
Google says mobile services now mostly accessible in China
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.
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.
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:
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.
MacDailyNews:
Justin Long: Apple's ‘Get a Mac’ commercials ‘might be done’  —  “For a decade, Justin Long has acted in commercials, TV shows, studio features, and independents, many comedies and a few dramas.  He's also done more than his share of voice work for animated fare... Long recently spoke …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Testing Google Voice Desktop App Internally  —  Last November Google acquired Gizmo5, a VoIP service that competed with Skype by making P2P VoIP calls as well as making and receiving calls with POTS (normal landlines) and mobile phones.  —  Gizmo5 fills some of the holes in the Google Voice product …
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 …
Patrick Thibodeau / Computerworld:
Microsoft's cloud-enabled Office 2010 set to join battle with Google  —  Contract terms, not features, may have major role in Google Apps vs. Office cloud decisions  —  Computerworld - SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Next month, Microsoft Corp. will release Office 2010 into an IT world that Google Inc …
Discussion: Go Rumors
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
HuffPo Launches Separate ‘Twitter Edition’; More Focus On Real-Time News  —  The Huffington Post is launching a “Twitter edition” that is intended to serve as an extension and a distinct entity from the main news and opinion site, the company told paidContent.
 
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Graham Cluley / Graham Cluley's blog:
Facebook privacy unrest rumbles on
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Add-ons responsible for 70 percent of IE8 crashes
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Out-of-process plugins landing soon in Firefox as a minor update (3.6.4)
Discussion: Mozilla Links
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
New service aims to improve on Chatroulette
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Plastic Logic expects to ship QUE proReader in June
Staska / Unwired View:
Apple is working on its own mobile P2P payment service for iPhone and iPad
Discussion: IntoMobile and Daily Patricia, Thanks:staska
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Parallels unveils Windows 7 upgrade tool
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ron Conway And The Technology Ecosystem
Bill Ray / The Register:
Apple patent shows iPhone ruling the home
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Xmarks Begins Monetizing Bookmarks With Advertising And Analytics …
Discussion: Search Engine Land, BoomTown and GigaOM
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
Discussion: AppScout and internetnews.com
Miles Godfrey / Sydney Morning Herald:
MySpace relaunch to combat Facebook
Discussion: VatorNews