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6:50 PM ET, April 13, 2010

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Biz / Twitter Blog:
Hello World  —  Although our services extend beyond the Web, Twitter ranks as one of the most popular sites on the Internet.  Over the years, we've resisted introducing a traditional Web advertising model because we wanted to optimize for value before profit.
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Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Twitter Unveils Plans to Draw Money From Ads  —  Twitter will unveil on Tuesday a much-anticipated plan for making money from advertising, finally answering the question of how the company expects to turn its exponential growth into revenue.  —  The advertising program …
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Twitter's Costolo: Promoted Tweets And The Importance Of ‘Resonance’  —  With Twitter's big announcement of how it plans to make money with Promoted Tweets out of the way, the micro-blogging service's COO Dick Costolo took the stage at the Ad Age Digital Conference to sell the idea.
Discussion: AdAge
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Twitter To Roll Out “Promoted Tweets”: Initial Thoughts (Developing)
Discussion: TechCrunch, broadstuff and the Econsultancy blog, Thanks:atul
Apple:
Apple Updates MacBook Pro Line  —  Faster Processors, Next-Generation Graphics & Up to 10 Hours of Battery Life  —  Apple® today updated the MacBook® Pro line with faster processors, powerful next-generation NVIDIA graphics and even longer battery life.
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Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
New MacBook Pros support audio over Mini DisplayPort  —  Those hooking up the latest MacBook Pros to an HDTV using an HDMI adapter can now do so a little more easily: Apple has updated its implementation of Mini DisplayPort to pass audio signals through to any device that supports them.
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
MacBook Pro 15-inch Core i7 Benchmarked: It's So Fast  —  The new 17 and 15-inch MacBook Pros with Core i5/i7 processors are fast.  Fast.  Overall I'd say they're about 50% faster than the last gen Core 2 Duos, which is about the same bump the iMacs got with Core i7.
Discussion: MacRumors, DVICE and techeblog.com
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Nvidia says new MacBook Pro graphics switching isn't Optimus
Jason D. O'Grady / The Apple Core:
Apple snubs Blu-ray in new MacBook Pro line
Discussion: Macworld and Engadget
Tim Culpan / Bloomberg:
HTC Studying Whether to Have Own Smartphone Software  —  HTC Corp., Taiwan's largest mobile- phone maker, is studying whether to equip phones with its own operating system, a move that may intensify competition with Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp.  —  “We continue to assess …
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
Rumor: Adobe Prepping Lawsuit Against Apple  —  This whole Apple/Adobe spat is about to get a lot uglier, according to IT World.  Their sources say Adobe is prepping for a major lawsuit against Apple in the coming weeks.  The updated SDK that was released with the iPhone 4. dev kit seems …
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Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Currently Testing New “Questions” Product  —  Some users have begun reporting seeing a new “Questions” product within their homepage, something oddly similar to Quora, a product developed by ex-Facebook employees that also recently raised funding at an $86 million valuation.
Discussion: Screenwerk, Internet2Go and Pocket-lint
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Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
What's the Deal With Facebook's Q&A Competitor?  Blake Ross Answers on Quora
Discussion: All Facebook and paidContent
Nick Bilton / Bits:
A Google Tablet Could Be Good News for Adobe  —  As Ashlee Vance and I report in a Monday article, Hewlett-Packard, Acer, Microsoft and a suite of other companies are hard at work on products that they hope will be iPad killers.  —  Apple will likely swat at most of these companies …
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Evelyn Rusli / TechCrunch:
Gruber: Apple Was Right, Adobe Get Over It [Video]
Discussion: Computerworld and SmoothSpan Blog
Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
HTC Incredible specs  —  One of our Verizon connects just came through for us in a huge way by passing along the entire spec list for the fast approaching HTC Incredible.  There's not a whole lot for us to say with this one so we'll let the specs do the talking, but damn can we not wait to finally get our hands on this phone.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Buzz Spreads Across The Web, Launches Official Share Buttons  —  You may remember that soon after Google Buzz launched, our crack developer Andy Brett made the Internet's first Google Buzz Button, which you could use to share our stories to the new service.
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Welcome To Steve Jobs' Dark Side  —  Steve Jobs seduced New York's media moguls all too easily, convincing them his iPad would magically keep them in business — and in chauffeured limos.  But nothing easy comes free, and the publishers' digital debt is now due.
Discussion: TechFlash and Beyond Search
Alastair Tse / Google Mobile Blog:
Google Mobile App for iPad now available in the App Store  —  We're pleased to announce that a new iPad-friendly version of Google Mobile App is now available in the App Store worldwide.  By “iPad-friendly”, we mean that this new version has been designed to show neatly on the iPad's screen …
PC World:
Intel Puts Google's Android on Atom Smartphones  —  Intel has ported Google's Android mobile operating system to smartphones based on its Atom microprocessors, an Intel executive said Tuesday.  —  Intel already has Android running on Atom-based smartphones and certain customers are interested in using it …
PR Newswire:
Twelve Major Broadcast Groups to Form Joint Venture to Develop National Mobile Content Service  —  Belo Corp., Cox Media Group, E.W. Scripps Co., Fox, Gannett Broadcasting, Hearst Television Inc., ION Television, Media General Inc., Meredith Corp., NBC, Post-Newsweek Stations Inc …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Groupon Raises Huge New Round at $1.2 Billion Valuation  —  Fast growing Groupon, fresh off a $30 million round of financing that valued the company at around $250 million, is back raising new money.  They have closed or are in the process of closing new venture money at a $1.2 billion valuation …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Intel earnings: Otellini says “Industry is nearly fully recovered”  —  Intel's first quarter results were as strong as advertised as the company delivered revenue down just a smidge from the fourth quarter tally.  Typically, there's a seasonal drop off in sales.
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Business Wire:
Intel Reports Record First Quarter
Reuters:
Huawei approached by Palm for acquisition talks: source  —  (Reuters) - China's Huawei Technologies HWT.UL has been tapped by money-losing smartphone maker Palm Inc (PALM.O) for preliminary acquisition talks, a source familiar with the matter said.  —  Huawei was approached through …
 
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Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
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Discussion: Erictric and The Microsoft Blog
Shane McGlaun / SlashGear:
RipCode allows iPad to play Flash video
Discussion: RipCode, I4U News, Erictric and Neowin.net
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Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Steve Jobs: Apple owns the trademark on ‘Pad’