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7:50 AM ET, April 14, 2010

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Sjvn / ITworld.com:
Adobe vs. Apple is going to get uglier  —  You think things are bad now between Apple and Adobe?  Just wait until the lawsuit.  —  2 I like it!  —  Usually I write about security here, but Apple's iron-bound determination to keep Adobe Flash out of any iWhatever device is about to blow up in Apple's face.
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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 …
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Inside Apple's automatic graphics switching  —  Apple touts the automatic graphics switching in its new 15" and 17" MacBook Pros as a “breakthrough technology from Apple.”  Some readers scoffed at the description earlier today, assuming (as we originally did) that Apple was using NVIDIA's Optimus technology.
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MacDailyNews:
RUMOR: Apple to unveil next-gen iPhone on June 22; Evidence of Verizon iPhone found in online logs?  —  “Although no confirmations have yet come from Apple (naturally), there is speculation that the big [next-gen iPhone] reveal could take place on June 22nd,” Messany reports for ModMyi.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Twitter to Rival Ad Players: Tread Carefully  —  Twitter has started showing ads to its users.  But Twitter is not the only one doing this-there's a host of start-ups trying to insert ads into the Twitter stream, and more on the way.  —  So here's a question: Will Twitter force publishers …
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Is Twitter's Ad Platform TweetUp's Early Death Knell Or Starter's Pistol?
Discussion: SFGate and MediaMemo
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Twitter-based ad network 140Proof not afraid of Twitter's move into ads
Discussion: OneRiot Blog
bit.ly blog:
bit.ly 1.3  —  We are on our way to Chirp and we are excited to meet many new and emerging companies and discuss bit.ly and the bit.ly API.  Since the day we founded bit.ly, we've aimed to provide a simple service that does a few things very well — we believe the world of social distribution …
Discussion: Softpedia News and ResourceShelf
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Former Googlers Launch TellApart, Raise $4.75 Million From Greylock  —  Silicon Valley based TellApart, founded by ex Googlers Josh McFarland and Mark Ayzenshtat, unveiled its service today.  They also are announcing a $4.75 million first round of financing in a round led by Greylock Partners …
Discussion: alarm:clock
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Twitter's One Real Problem.  No Not Developers!  —  Photo of Twitter co-founder & CEO Ev Williams by Randy Stewart via Flickr.  —  A few days back, I stopped by at the brand-new Palo Alto, Calif. offices of Facebook.  It is a gigantic open space, with desks lined up next to each other as far as the eye could see.
Jessica Dolcourt / CNET News:
Gmail redesigns its message window for Android, iPhone, iPad  —  Google is continuing the slow and steady march of improvements to its Android-, iPhone-, and now iPad-optimized site.  On Tuesday, the company pushed out a handful of small changes to the way Gmail.com handles new messages.
Discussion: Google Mobile Blog and AndroidGuys
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 …
Jessica Dolcourt / CNET News:
Skyfire's response to iPhone's Opera Mini: Us, too!  —  When Opera Software announced late Monday that its Opera Mini browser would hit the iPhone App Store, we guessed it wouldn't be long before we saw other browser-makers follow suit by producing similar efforts that get around Apple's …
Quentyn Kennemer / Android Phone Fans:
[UPDATE] HTC Incredible $199.99 at CostCo!  [RUMOR]  —  There's just a ton of information rolling out of AndroidForums lately!  The latest from the epic HTC Incredible thread comes from forum user JakRabbitSlim.  He's been checking the CostCo inventory system religiously and finally came …
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Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
HTC Incredible specs
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
US government finally admits most piracy estimates are bogus  —  We've all seen the studies trumpeting massive losses to the US economy from piracy.  One famous figure, used literally for decades by rightsholders and the government, said that 750,000 jobs and up to $250 billion a year …
Discussion: PC World, Techdirt and Media Maverick
Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:
Labor group: Chinese teens ‘like prisoners’ in Microsoft tech factory  —  Thousands of Chinese teens and young adults work 15 hours a day at 65 cents per hour, prohibited from talking or listening to music, in abysmal conditions at the KYE Systems factory where they assemble Microsoft hardware …
Discussion: nlcnet.org and Fudzilla
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.
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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
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel CEO: New dual-core Atom chip coming  —  Intel will bring out a new dual-core Atom in the second quarter, CEO Paul Otellini said Tuesday during an earnings conference call.  —  Because Intel already has a dual-core Atom for small desktops, called Nettops, Otellini is likely referring …
Discussion: Neowin.net, Computerworld and Engadget
Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
Spring Design's Android-based Alex e-reader ships tomorrow  —  Spring Design's Android-based, dual-screen e-reader named “Alex” made a sudden and noticeable splash when it was announced one day before book retailer Barnes and Noble debuted its Android-powered Nook e-reader, and then Spring Design sued them over it.
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 …
Brian Morrissey / Adweek:
Value of a ‘Fan’ on Social Media: $3.60  —  The findings are based on impressions generated in Facebook's news feed  —  Brands have rushed to Facebook to build fan bases, with some amassing millions of connections.  The nagging question has been: What is the monetary value of these fans?
Discussion: All Facebook
 
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Joab Jackson / PC World:
Google exec worries over ‘rudderless’ Java
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
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Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Tough love: Gawker finds making it harder for comments to be seen …
Discussion: Kotaku and TidBITS, Thanks:atul
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Qualcomm to let phones record mobile TV shows
Ethan Smith / Digits:
ABC Sees Success in iPad App
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
Skype and colleagues to FCC: Declare yourself fit to regulate the net
Discussion: internetnews.com and Slate
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Estimate: 800,000 U.S. Households Abandoned Their TVs For The Web
Discussion: Techdirt and Yahoo! News
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Groupon Raises Huge New Round at $1.2 Billion Valuation
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Welcome To Steve Jobs' Dark Side
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Buzz Spreads Across The Web, Launches Official Share Buttons