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9:50 PM ET, April 17, 2010

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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
iPhone 4G: is this it?  —  Is this the iPhone 4G (or iPhone HD)?  There's no way to tell for sure, but these photos which made their way into our hands certainly do a convincing job of making us think that's very much the case.  Apparently the phone was found on the floor of a San Jose bar inside of an iPhone 3G case.
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 …
Discussion: Mark Evans Tech
Jonathan Spicer / Reuters:
Google's unorthodox press release raises questions  —  Google Inc (GOOG.O) unveiled its quarterly results in an unorthodox way on Thursday: The No. 1 Internet search company issued a three-line statement directing readers to its website for the full report.  —  Almost all major U.S. companies …
Discussion: MediaPost, IR Web Report and Telegraph
Kevin Poulsen / Threat Level:
Spam Suspect Uses Google Docs; FBI Happy  —  FBI agents targeting alleged criminal spammers last year obtained a trove of incriminating documents from a suspect's Google Docs account, in what appears to be the first publicly acknowledged search warrant benefiting from a suspect's reliance on cloud computing.
Discussion: Neowin.net and Gizmodo
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Why So Few Women in Silicon Valley?  —  CANDACE FLEMING'S résumé boasts a double major in industrial engineering and English from Stanford, an M.B.A. from Harvard, a management position at Hewlett-Packard and experience as president of a small software company.
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
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.
Jim Harper / Technology Liberation Front:
Privacy Worries for Ingrates  —  It's intended as a cute line, but the opener of Stephanie Clifford's New York Times story about custom coupons is packed with ideological assumptions: “For decades, shoppers have taken advantage of coupons.  Now, the coupons are taking advantage of the shoppers.”
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Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Online Coupons Know a Lot About You, and They Tell
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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 …
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.
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
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 …
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
It's Not the Control, It's the Secrecy
Discussion: Slate, eWeek, SFWeekly Tech and TeleRead, Thanks:atul
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
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!
 
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Andre Paine / Billboard.Biz:
Digital Economy Act Q&A: BPI's Geoff Taylor
Discussion: p2pnet and TorrentFreak
Mark Anderson / bizjournals:
Wells Fargo offers ATM e-receipts
Barbara Ortutay / Associated Press:
Study: Young adults do care about online privacy
Discussion: MediaPost and Switched
 Earlier Items: 
Richard Waters / blogs.ft.com:
What's bugging Google investors?
Discussion: Reuters
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Sprout Now Lets You Simultaneously Build Rich Ads In Both HTML5 And Flash
Discussion: RyanSpoon.com