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4:30 PM ET, April 17, 2010

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Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
As Facebook's f8 Developer Conference Approaches, a Recap of Its Rumored Launches  —  Facebook's first f8 developer conference in two years is happening next Wednesday, and it will feature big announcements from the company.  Here's our look at the latest hints and rumors about what might be launched.
Discussion: Stay N' Alive and TechCrunch
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Tumblr: 'We're pretty opposed to advertising'  —  NEW YORK — Tumblr is drawing up all kinds of off-the-wall methods to make money from its micro-blogging and social-networking website.  Founder David Karp and his 11-person team hasn't quite struck gold yet, but they refuse to venture …
Charles Levinson / Wall Street Journal:
Israel iPad Ban Puzzles Many  —  Government Cites Wireless Interference, but Apple Tablet Uses Standard Chips  —  JERUSALEM—Israel this week has been blocking travelers from bringing Apple Inc.'s new iPad into the country saying the device's wireless technology threatens to create interference …
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Steve Jobs: YouTube replaces BluRay for HD Video distribution  —  A 9to5mac reader asked SJobs@apple.com if future Macs would support BluRay.  While not flatly denying the possibility, Jobs certainly didn't give out much hope in the form of his famous “stay tuned” responses.
Discussion: Neowin.net and ithinkdifferent
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 …
Erica Ogg / Crave: The gadget blog:
How much control will Apple have over news app content?  —  Mark Fiore's job is making fun of political figures.  And he's actually quite good at it, according to the Pulitzer Prize Committee.  —  Earlier this week it named him the winner of the Pulitzer Prize in editorial cartooning …
Discussion: CJR, Nieman Journalism Lab and PC World
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Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Steve Jobs Says Apple Made a Mistake in Rejecting Pulitzer Winner's App
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
It's Not the Control, It's the Secrecy
Discussion: Slate, eWeek, TeleRead and SFWeekly Tech, Thanks:atul
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Crime Prediction Software Is Here and It's a Very Bad Idea  —  There are no naked pre-cogs inside glowing jacuzzis yet, but the Florida State Department of Juvenile Justice will use analysis software to predict crime by young delinquents, putting potential offenders under specific prevention and education programs.
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
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.
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!
Andre Paine / Billboard.Biz:
Digital Economy Act Q&A: BPI's Geoff Taylor  —  The U.K. Digital Economy Act has finally appeared, after years of lobbying for an anti-piracy law by labels trade body the BPI.  Chief executive Geoff Taylor talked through what happens next with Billboard.biz - and revealed that the BPI …
Discussion: p2pnet and TorrentFreak
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.
 
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Barbara Ortutay / Associated Press:
Study: Young adults do care about online privacy
Discussion: Switched and Digital Trends
Richard Waters / blogs.ft.com:
What's bugging Google investors?
Discussion: Reuters
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Twitter May Release Some Deleted Usernames Within Weeks
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Sprout Now Lets You Simultaneously Build Rich Ads In Both HTML5 And Flash
Discussion: RyanSpoon.com
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Stanislav Datskovskiy / Loper OS:
Non-Apple's Mistake … The howls of protest coming from iPhone …