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10:40 AM ET, April 17, 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 …
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  —  The first volume licensing arrangements for Microsoft Office 2010 will be made through company partners on May 1, almost two weeks earlier than expected.  This news today from the company's Office Engineering team …
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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Robert Quigley / Geekosystem:
Cat, Meet iPad.  [Video] Update: Now with Dog  —  Today in technology news: cats — or at least one cat — are apparently very intrigued by the iPad.  Eric Rautio's cat, Iggy, is entranced by the iPad apps Noby Noby Boy and Magic Piano [warning: Apple Store links], so much so that he gets into playing them, with his paws.
Discussion: Fortune, eBookNewser, TUAW, NewTeeVee and Gizmodo
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 …
James Kendrick / GigaOM:
Android This Week: Skyfire Drops BlackBerry; Droid Incredible Emerges; Nexus One Turns Profit for Google  —  Android is fast becoming the smartphone platform du jour, as mobile browser Skyfire's decision this week to drop development of its browser for the BlackBerry to concentrate on Android makes clear.
Discussion: eWeek, Gadgetell and Softpedia News
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.
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 …
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John McCrank / Reuters:   RIM says video is big challenge to networks
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 …
Richard Waters / blogs.ft.com:
What's bugging Google investors?  —  Sometimes you just can't please Wall Street.  On Friday, the day after it registered a pretty solid advertising rebound, Google's stock plunged by nearly 8 per cent - its worst day in 16 months.  The market as a whole sold off more than a percentage point …
Discussion: Reuters
Erico Guizzo / IEEE Spectrum:
World Robot Population Reaches 8.6 Million  —  There are 8.6 million robots in the world — or more than one automaton for every person in Austria  —  The world's robot population has reached 8.6 million.  To get a sense of this number, consider that that's more than one automaton for every citizen of Austria!
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.
Mark Anderson / bizjournals:
Wells Fargo offers ATM e-receipts  —  Wells Fargo Bank launched a new electronic receipt option for its ATM customers in Northern California.  —  The ATMs will offer customers a choice off bypassing a paper receipt in favor of an electronic message sent to an online banking inbox or an e-mail account.
Barbara Ortutay / Associated Press:
Study: Young adults do care about online privacy  —  NEW YORK - All the dirty laundry younger people seem to air on social networks these days might lead older Americans to conclude that today's tech-savvy generation doesn't care about privacy.  —  Such an assumption fits happily with declarations …
Discussion: Digital Trends and ResourceShelf
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: broadstuff
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 …
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