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6:35 PM ET, April 16, 2010

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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 …
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
Cartoonist: Apple Backs Down After Denying iPhone App  —  The cartoonist who won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning this week says Apple has asked him to resubmit an iPhone app that it earlier rejected because it “ridicules public figures.” … Mark Fiore, who won the prize …
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
It's Not the Control, It's the Secrecy  —  Craig Hockenberry, back in July 2009: … Inexplicable App Store rejections seem to be less common this year than last, but uncertainty remains the core problem.  Consider the Mark Fiore political cartoon app in the news this week.
Discussion: Slate, Mediactive, DailyTech and The Register, Thanks:atul
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:   Foursquare Product Boss: “I Like Yahoo” (YHOO)
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Introduces us to a New iTunes “Concert Ticket +” System  —  There's no missing the point that Apple wants to enter the electronic concert and event ticket business via a new application and system simply called “Concert Ticket +.”  The system that is laid out in this extraordinarily detailed patent …
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 …
Electronista:
RIM chief: no market for tablets, touch-only phones  —  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 a market for tablets like the iPad …
Discussion: IntoMobile, TiPb and Daring Fireball
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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Melissa Korn / Dow Jones Newswires:
Apple's IPad Gets Rejected From Some Colleges, For Now
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google's Plan To Give Chrome OS (And All Web-Enabled Devices) Universal Printer Support  —  Google's Chrome OS is due to come out some time this year, and there are still plenty of questions about how people are going to use a computer that's based entirely in the browser.
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Mike Jazayeri / Chromium Blog:
A New Approach to Printing  —  When we demonstrated Google Chrome OS …
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 …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, WMPoweruser.com and Unwired View, Thanks:atul
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Twitter reveals details of new “Annotated Tweets” feature  —  One of the most exciting announcements at Twitter's Chirp conference this week was “Annotated Tweets”.  Now the company has revealed more details in a message to developers.  —  The easiest way to think of annotations is as …
Thanks:zee
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Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Ideas for Twitter's new Annotations — from obvious to intriguing
Discussion: Scobleizer
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Those iPhone 4 case shots?  Fake!  —  Yesterday evening, we posted a handful of images that were going around the Internets, purportedly showing the back of the next-gen iPhone (iPhone 4, iPhone HD, whatever you want to call it.)  We spent more than half of the post decrying them as fakes — and it looks like we were right.
Paul Kapustka / Sidecut Reports:
Verizon's Lynch: LTE Going Live in Q4  —  Verizon chief technical officer Dick Lynch is an excited guy, and why not: Thursday he helped announce the groundbreaking for a new Long Term Evolution (LTE) Innovation center in the Boston area, while also confirming that the company is still on track …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
YouTube Launches Twitter-Like Channel Bulletins  —  YouTube has launched a new feature that allows channel owners to send text messages and links to videos to the front page of their subscribers' YouTube accounts.  It's a cool, if logical, feature to offer and one that could make visiting YouTube a lot more fun.
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 …
Rob Lewis / Techvibes:
Tynt raises $8 Million for Copy and Paste  —  Calgary's Tynt Multimedia Inc. announced today the closing of $8 Million of additional venture capital financing.  The financing will be used to introduce new products, expand sales and marketing, particularly in the US, Europe and Asia/Pacific, and to drive multiple new partnerships.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Eric Slivka / MacRumors Page 2:
Sprint Rolls Out Combination iPad ‘4G Case’ to Promote Overdrive Mobile Hotspot  —  Last month, Sprint began using Apple's iPhone to promote the carrier's Overdrive 3G/4G mobile hotspot device, claiming that customers could achieve Internet speeds up to ten times faster than AT&T's 3G network …
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Security Experts ‘Shocked’ by Palm's WebOS Vulnerabilities  —  It's the last thing Palm needed to hear: The crown jewel in its family of assets, its WebOS operating system, is fraught with security vulnerabilities, according to mobile security consultancy Intrepidus which will release details …
Discussion: PreCentral.net and EverythingPre
Asher Moses / The Age:
Autism iPhone breakthrough: from tantrums to app-y days  —  Lisa and Grace Domican use the Grace app.  —  Few can legitimately boast that an iPhone app changed their life but for 10-year-old Grace Domican, unable to speak due to autism, the touchscreen phone has given her a voice for the first time.
Discussion: GottaBeMobile, Thanks:mayav
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft adds repair shop to Windows  —  Microsoft's Fix it Center, now in beta, consists of both an online service and downloadable software.  It's designed to bring some of the diagnostic capabilities built into Windows 7 to older PCs.  —  Microsoft is testing a new “Fix it Center” …
 
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Stanislav Datskovskiy / Loper OS:
Non-Apple's Mistake … The howls of protest coming from iPhone …
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
DOJ abandons warrantless attempt to read Yahoo e-mail
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Digg Relaunch Reportedly Pushed Back 2 Months
Neil Hunt / The Official Netflix Blog:
Subtitles Now Available for Some Titles for PC/Mac Viewing
Discussion: NewTeeVee, Yahoo! News and AppScout
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Prosper Raises $14.7 Million For Peer To Peer Lending Market; Eric Schmidt Invests
Discussion: Business Wire and VentureBeat
USA Today:
Suit claims Web cam on school laptops took 1,000s of secret photos of students
Discussion: CNET News
John Borthwick / THINK / Musings:
bit.ly and platforms ...  Twitter announced this week …
Discussion: Fast Company, GigaOM and TechCrunch, Thanks:atul
 Earlier Items: 
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Twitter Will Get Its Own Data Center
Discussion: GigaOM and SocialTimes.com
Neil Vidyarthi / All Facebook:
Report: 6.8% Of Business Internet Traffic Goes To Facebook
Discussion: Mashable!
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Millennial Media: Android Ad Impressions Rise 72 Percent From February To March
Discussion: paidContent
Paul Alan Levy / Techdirt:
Has the New York Times Run Afoul of the FTC's Endorsement Guides?
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Oracle Buys Healthcare Software Firm Phase Forward For $685 Million
Discussion: Business Wire
 

 
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Ben Sherwood and Joanna Coles take minority stakes in The Daily Beast; Sherwood will be CEO and publisher, and Coles will be chief creative and content officer

Laurence Peter / BBC:
Russia's Ministry of Justice labels BBC Russian correspondent Ilya Barabanov and science reporter Asya Kazantseva as “foreign agents”; both now live abroad

Sahil Patel / The Information:
Sources: Disney plans old-style TV channels within Disney+, with a continuous, scheduled stream of shows that are focused on certain genres like Star Wars

 
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