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11:30 PM ET, April 16, 2010

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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Dell's 7-inch and 10-inch Streak tablets leaked!  —  We'd heard through the grapevine that the engineers at Round Rock were working on a number of slates to fill the Streak lineup, but man, we didn't see this coming... at least not yet.  A couple of images along with an internal Dell announcement landed …
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Steve Jobs Says Apple Made a Mistake in Rejecting Pulitzer Winner's App  —  Apple's chief executive apparently believes that his company made a mistake when it rejected an iPhone app from a cartoonist who is now a Pulitzer prize winner.  —  An Apple spokeswoman did not comment Friday afternoon …
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Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
Cartoonist: Apple Backs Down After Denying iPhone App
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
It's Not the Control, It's the Secrecy
Discussion: Slate, Mediactive, DailyTech and The Register, Thanks:atul
AppleInsider:
Apple in advanced discussions to adopt AMD chips  —  Intel has served as Apple's sole source for the microprocessors used in its notebook and desktop personal computers since the company began its transition away from PowerPC in 2006, but that may soon change given the company's recent talks …
Electronista:
RIM chief: market unclear for tablets, touch-only phones [U]  —  (Updated with clearer remarks) RIM's co-chief Mike Lazaridis downplayed many of Apple's efforts today in a keynote at the TD Newcrest technology conference in Toronto.  The executive was concerned that there wasn't necessarily …
Discussion: Reuters, IntoMobile, Engadget and TiPb
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John McCrank / Reuters:   RIM says video is big challenge to networks
Boy Genius Report:
AT&T blocks employees vacations in June for iPhone launch  —  Same story as last year and the year before, but we've confirmed with multiple AT&T sources that the carrier has now put a block on employees taking vacations in June.  The only time AT&T does a straight block like this is for iPhone launches.
Microsoft Office 2010 Engineering:
Office 2010 Reaches RTM!  —  I am very excited to share some great news with you.  Earlier today we reached the release-to-manufacturing (RTM) milestone for Office 2010, SharePoint 2010, Visio 2010 and Project 2010!  —  RTM is the final engineering milestone of a product release …
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Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
Office 2010 releases to manufacturing, availability as soon as May 1
Pandu Nayak / The Official Google Blog:
Search with fewer keystrokes and better spelling  —  We spend a lot of time thinking about search results, but we also spend a lot of time thinking about search queries.  Today we're announcing three enhancements to help you input your searches more quickly and easily: more localized Google Suggest …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Palm's SVP of software and services takes off, others given cash, stock to stick around (updated)  —  No one really knows exactly what's going on inside the walls of Palm HQ this week — whether the company will sink or swim is perhaps a bigger question right now than it has been since its rebirth last year …
Rosa Golijan / Gizmodo:
Wi-Fi-Only Nook “Lite” Coming Soon, Nook 2 To Follow  —  We're told that Barnes & Noble will be revealing some new products later this year: Nook 2 ("Project Encore") and a Wi-Fi-only Nook Lite.  Meanwhile, a software update that includes a full browser is supposed to hit next week.
Discussion: Kindle Review, Electronista and Maximum PC, Thanks:sebatinsky
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Ideas for Twitter's new Annotations — from obvious to intriguing  —  The big game-changer (or alternately, the potential disaster) that came out of Twitter's first big conference this week was Annotations.  It's a new way for developers to attach any kind of metadata to tweets.
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Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Twitter reveals details of new “Annotated Tweets” feature
Thanks:zee
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
More Details Emerge About the iPad's Connectivity Issues  —  According to Dow Jones, some colleges have banned the iPad from their networks.  Princeton and Cornell, for example, are seeing major networking and connectivity issues that mirror the problems many users are seeing with their iPads at home.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Twitter May Release Some Deleted Usernames Within Weeks  —  What's happening with all those inactive and deleted usernames that Twitter has?  Some of them will continue to be held back for a few more weeks; some likely for much longer, Twitter cofounder Ev Williams said yesterday.
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Online Coupons Know a Lot About You, and They Tell  —  For decades, shoppers have taken advantage of coupons.  Now, the coupons are taking advantage of the shoppers.  —  A new breed of coupon, printed from the Internet or sent to mobile phones, is packed with information about the customer who uses it.
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Calif. cities dominate Apple's top 10 markets  —  Shocker!  The San Francisco Bay Area is the biggest U.S. market for Apple products, according to the results of a survey conducted by research firm Experian Simmons.  The study found that 32.3 percent of adult residents of the region own …
Wall Street Journal:
Tech Sector in Hiring Drive  —  Google, Intel Add Workers as Profits Snap Back; Start-Ups Also Fight for Talent  —  The technology industry, an engine of innovation and U.S. prosperity for more than half a century, is accelerating its recovery from the recession with surging earnings …
Stanislav Datskovskiy / Loper OS:
Non-Apple's Mistake … The howls of protest coming from iPhone and iPad developers are loud and shrill, and are sure to grow louder and shriller as their Golden Cage grows smaller and smaller, as I'm certain it will.  —  The Golden Cage is indeed a cage, and a strong one.  Yet it has no door.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Can Yahoo Still Nab Foursquare for $125 Million or Will VCs Prevail?  The Race for the Hot Mobile Start-Up Nears Its End.  —  You have to give Yahoo an A for effort, if perhaps the ultimate grade in its ongoing quest to buy hot mobile social network Foursquare is an F.
Andreas Constantinou / VisionMobile :: blog:
Is Android Evil?  —  You thought Android was open?  The Android governance model consists of an elaborate set of control points that allows Google to bundle its own services and control the exact software and hardware make-up on every handset.  All this while touting the openness rhetoric …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Sprout Now Lets You Simultaneously Build Rich Ads In Both HTML5 And Flash  —  Last week during Apple's iPhone 4.0 Preview, Steve Jobs announced iAd, a product that could help turn the mobile ad industry on its head.  The new product lets developers quickly integrate rich …
Discussion: Adotas, RyanSpoon.com and PRWeb
Jason Rosenthal / Ning Blog:
An Update from Ning  —  As many of you know, we made a decision yesterday to focus 100% of the company on enhancing the features and services we offer to paying Ning Creators.  The tens of thousands of you who already use our paid service represent over 75% of our traffic …
 
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David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Microsoft pulls part of Kin campaign after ‘sexting’ complaints
Discussion: TechFlash and The Microsoft Blog
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
YouTube Launches Twitter-Like Channel Bulletins
Rob Lewis / Techvibes:
Tynt raises $8 Million for Copy and Paste
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Security Experts ‘Shocked’ by Palm's WebOS Vulnerabilities
Discussion: PreCentral.net and EverythingPre
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft adds repair shop to Windows
 Earlier Items: 
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Digg Relaunch Reportedly Pushed Back 2 Months
Discussion: Erictric, Thanks:jacobdfriedman
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Prosper Raises $14.7 Million For Peer To Peer Lending Market; Eric Schmidt Invests
USA Today:
Suit claims Web cam on school laptops took 1,000s of secret photos of students
Discussion: CNET News
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Twitter Will Get Its Own Data Center
Discussion: GigaOM and SocialTimes.com
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Introduces us to a New iTunes “Concert Ticket +” System