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2:55 PM ET, April 15, 2010

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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Ning's Bubble Bursts: No More Free Networks, Cuts 40% Of Staff  —  One month after long-time Ning CEO Gina Bianchini was replaced by COO Jason Rosenthal, the company is making some major changes: It has just announced that it is killing off its free product, forcing existing free networks …
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 …
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Twitter Makes Itself More Useful
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Owen Fletcher / PC World:
Intel Says Its Light Peak Optical Cables May Succeed USB  —  Intel sees its Light Peak technology for linking devices by optical cable as potentially succeeding USB 3.0, a change that in several years could mean the disappearance of a port used almost universally in gadgets today.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft releases the final Silverlight 4 bits  —  The release-to-the-web (RTW) version of Silverlight 4 is available for free download, as of April 15, as Microsoft officials said it would be earlier this week.  —  One important caveat for developers, as acknowledged on the Silverlight download site:
Discussion: eWeek, Method and Pete Brown's Blog
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.
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 …
BBC:
Porn virus publishes web history of victims on the net  —  A new type of malware infects PCs using file-share sites and publishes the user's net history on a public website before demanding a fee for its removal.  —  The Japanese trojan virus installs itself on computers using …
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
RIAA/MPAA Want Government-Mandated Spyware That Deletes ‘Infringing’ Content Automatically  —  The RIAA and MPAA have submitted a plan to the Office of Intellectual Property Enforcement.  It's basically a plan that they want the government to enact, and it's terrifying.
Adam de Boor / Gmail Blog:
Drag and drop attachments onto messages  —  I'm always looking for ways to save time.  Suppose I want to attach some files to an email, and I already have a folder open containing those files.  —  I used to have to click “Attach a file,” find the photos, click them, etc.
Thanks:kitson
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
At Startup Incubator Bootup Labs, a Scandal Brews  —  Updated: 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 …
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 …
Thanks:sub8u
Ilya Vedrashko / Hill Holliday:
Apple iAd Team Visits Hill Holliday, Shares Details  —  Back in January, we greeted the announcement of Apple's upcoming ad network with cautious optimism and a lot of questions.  Today, Apple's iAd team headed by the now former CEO of Quattro Wireless Andy Miller visited Hill Holliday to fuel the former and answer the latter.
Discussion: MacRumors and TiPb
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
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
iPad online use approaches Android, BlackBerry  —  Tiny usage share — just 3 out of every 10,000 online devices — but closes in on well-established mobile rivals  —  Computerworld - In its first 10 days, Apple's iPad has captured almost as much online usage share as the BlackBerry …
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.
Discussion: Haaretz, Macworld, TG Daily and CNET News
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 …
 
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Jessica Guynn / Los Angeles Times:
Promoting for dollars is new Twitter app
Owen Fletcher / Computerworld:
Intel execs give lukewarm predictions for tablets
Ben Patterson / Yahoo! News:
Boxee hints at streaming video apps for iPhone, iPad
Discussion: App Advice and Engadget
Oana Florescu / Gmail Blog:
Insert a calendar invitation
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Mashable!
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
27-Inch iMac Firmware Updates Address High Processor Usage …
Gopal Shah / Google Enterprise Blog:
Q1'10 spam & virus trends from Postini
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Gets Serious About Events
Discussion: hypebot and Black Web 2.0
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)
Ty McMahan / Digits:
You've Heard Of Foursquare. How About This Start-Up?