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1:35 PM ET, April 15, 2010

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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Sorry Bit.ly, Twitter Confirms It Will Launch Its Own Link Shortener  —  Another hole is about to be filled in Twitter's product features.  CEO Evan Williams just confirmed plans to launch its own link shortener on stage during the final Q&A session at Chirp.
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Twitter Will Have An Official Android App  —  At Twitter's Chirp conference today, Evan Williams announced that the microblogging network would be launching an Android app.  It's unclear whether Twitter will acquire an existing app (like it just did with Tweetie), if the company will partner …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Opera Mini iPhone App Downloaded 1 Million Times On First Day In App Store  —  On its first day of availability on the App Store since it was - surprisingly, to many - approved by Apple, Opera Mini for iPhone (iTunes link) was downloaded one million times.  —  Opera this morning announced …
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Gabriel Madway / Reuters:
Toshiba U.S. PC sales surge, slates coming  —  (Reuters) - Toshiba Corp's personal computer sales in the United States jumped 50 percent in the first quarter, and the company said it was preparing to roll out tablet-style computing devices later this year to compete with Apple Inc's iPad.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
HTC Droid Incredible officially official for Verizon, April 29 for $200 (updated with a live shot!)  —  Though some information leaked out of Verizon's pipes yesterday, HTC just got really real with the Droid Incredible at the 99% Conference in New York today.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Congress outlaws all Caller ID spoofing (VoIP too)  —  The House has passed the “Truth in Caller ID Act of 2010” (PDF), which does exactly what its name would lead you to believe.  —  Under the bill, it becomes illegal “to cause any caller ID service to transmit misleading …
Paul Graham:
Organic Startup Ideas  —  The best way to come up with startup ideas is to ask yourself the question: what do you wish someone would make for you?  —  There are two types of startup ideas: those that grow organically out of your own life, and those that you decide, from afar …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
At Startup Incubator Bootup Labs, a Scandal Brews  —  Bootup Labs, a Vancouver, British Columbia-based startup incubator, has been caught in the middle of a firestorm in the last day, after one of the entrepreneurs who was accepted into the group's Y Combinator-style program wrote a blog post saying …
Discussion: livejamie.com, Techvibes and TechCrunch
Laura McGann / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Mark Fiore can win a Pulitzer Prize, but he can't get his iPhone cartoon app past Apple's satire police  —  This week cartoonist Mark Fiore made Internet and journalism history as the first online-only journalist to win a Pulitzer Prize.  Fiore took home the editorial cartooning prize …
Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
Hands-on with the WebStation Android Tablet  —  Expectations are a very dangerous thing indeed.  As a user, if you expect a new device to do something — however unrealistic that expectation may be — you are bound to be disappointed when you find that it doesn't.
Discussion: GottaBeMobile and CNET News
Michael Rose / TUAW:
Israel blocks iPad imports over Wi-Fi concerns  —  Israelis had to wait a long time for the local launch of the iPhone; it was late last year before the country's three cell carriers began selling it, and some estimates indicated more than 80,000 unlocked phones were already in use there.
Oana Florescu / Gmail Blog:
Insert a calendar invitation  —  Since my friends share their schedules with me in Google Calendar, when I want to see a movie with them, I can check to see which nights they're free before sending out an email about it.  However, I need to switch between Gmail and Calendar in order to check …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Mashable!
Subrahmanyam KVJ / VentureBeat:
Why platforms like iPhone and Twitter are becoming control freaks  —  Small app developer shops have had a great couple of years.  Facebook, Apple, Twitter, and a host of other platforms opened up and let these third-party developers build games and other apps to entertain their users …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Details On Imeem Founders Next Startup: Picplz (Updated)  —  There are two financing rumors buzzing through Silicon Valley this week.  The first is the huge Groupon funding which we wrote about yesterday.  The second, on the other end of the scale dollar-wise, is the new startup created …
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Dodgeball Cofounder Joins Foursquare As Head Of Product  —  Foursquare is adding a familiar face to its ranks.  —  Alex Rainert will be the company's chief product officer.  —  Alex announced the hire on his blog, saying “The opportunity to work with this absolutely kick-ass team in a space I adore …
Discussion: everydayUX and TechCrunch
Ben Patterson / Yahoo! News:
Boxee hints at streaming video apps for iPhone, iPad  —  Guess who's shopping around for a “lead iPad and iPhone app developer”?  Yep, none other than Boxee, the “social” streaming video service that's set to launch its new video set-top box later this year.
Discussion: Engadget and Erictric
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Intel gives MeeGo 1.0 its first public performance (video)  —  Here we go open source fans, the first debut of MeeGo 1.0 running on Intel silicon — an Acer Aspire One netbook (the 532h, from the looks of it) with a Pinetrail processor to be precise — sporting a simplified UI that looks to have inherited far more Moblin DNA than Maemo.
Ty McMahan / Digits:
You've Heard Of Foursquare.  How About This Start-Up?  —  From Venture Capital Dispatch:  —  In the shadow of Foursquare, which is fast becoming a start-up darling, the marketing chief of a competing location-based service wondered how hype could help propel his company.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and PSFK
Brett Terpstra / TUAW:
Big upgrades for premium Evernote users  —  It's been no big secret that I'm a fan and frequent user of Evernote.  It's useful, both as a memory augmentation and as a general information collection utility that makes it easy to locate what I need, when I need it.
 
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Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
RIAA/MPAA Want Government-Mandated Spyware That Deletes 'Infringing …
Discussion: Boy Genius Report and Erictric
Ilya Vedrashko / Hill Holliday:
Apple iAd Team Visits Hill Holliday, Shares Details
Discussion: MacRumors
Owen Fletcher / Computerworld:
Intel execs give lukewarm predictions for tablets
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
27-Inch iMac Firmware Updates Address High Processor Usage …
Gopal Shah / Google Enterprise Blog:
Q1'10 spam & virus trends from Postini
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Gets Serious About Events
Discussion: hypebot and Black Web 2.0
 Earlier Items: 
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Did Google Just Kill Ogg Theora?
Discussion: BetaNews
Evelyn Rusli / TechCrunch:
Amazon Goes Pro With Bit.Ly
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Guess What App Is Now The Most Popular Paid App Ever (AAPL)
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Kylo and Loop Advance Viewing Web Video on TV
Discussion: Go Rumors
Aaron Wise / The Official Google Blog:
Google Follow Finder: Find some sweet tweeps