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6:55 PM ET, April 18, 2010

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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
iPhone 4G: proof  —  Well what do you know about this?  With all those rumors flying around that the iPhone 4G we'd spotted was no more than a Japanese knock-off of an Apple product, it was starting to look like this thing was too good to be true.  That is until one of the Engadget editors spotted …
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Arn / MacRumors:
Images of iPhone 4G Actually a Japanese Counterfeit?  —  The iPhone 4G images posted yesterday by Engadget seem likely to be fake.  Applesfera reports that the device is a Japanese iPhone counterfeit.  They have posted another image of the device (above) which is claimed to have been purchased in Japan by a reader.
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
An Open Letter to Apple Regarding The Company's Approach to Conversation with Its Peers and Its Community  —  Dear Apple:  —  We miss you.  —  Once upon a time, back before you got real popular, you used to take part in the public square.  You may have been less forthcoming than most …
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Adobe CEO: Flash coming to Android, WebOS and BlackBerry ‘smartphones and tablets’ in 2H 2010  —  This week Adobe released version 5 of its Creative Suite software compilation.  CEO Shantanu Narayen has naturally hit the interview trail to promote his company's wares, but the biggest news from him is actually a delay of sorts.
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Lee / The Flash Blog:
Flash Player and Adobe AIR Betas for Android  —  You can now sign up to be notified when the first public betas of both Flash Player 10.1 and Adobe AIR 2.0 are available.  We just started the private betas and we are really looking forward to getting these technologies into your hands as soon as possible.
Discussion: PC World
Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
Chatroulette founder: All Your Chats Are Belong To Me  —  For a variety of reasons, too complicated to explain in this short intro paragraph, there's no NSFW column from me this week.  All will be revealed soon, but suffice it to say that any or all of the following are involved: 1) …
Thom Holwerda / OSNews:
Google Removes http:// from Chrome  —  Now this is something that I find really interesting.  We all know and love Google Chrome/Chromium (and if you don't, you're demonstrably wrong), but Google recently made a change in the developer version that ruffled some feathers: the URL field will no longer show the “http://”.
Discussion: The Next Web
David Gelles / Financial Times:
Facebook to target ads based on users' trail  —  Facebook has laid the ground for a new system that would track its users' behaviour as they visit other sites around the internet, using the information to deliver highly targeted advertisements to them on the social networking site.
Davidw / Joho the Blog:
Volcano 1, Internet 0.01  —  In a time of international crisis, the Internet failed almost utterly.  At least in my limited experience.  —  Here are the things that I could not do over the Internet when, just as we were about to go through passport control for our trip to New York, the Barcelona Airport closed:
Discussion: GigaOM, BuzzMachine and chrisbrogan.com
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
Verizon: Here's the Truth About Sprint 4G  —  Today is a historic day in Mobile Tech Manor.  It is the first day in a decade that I have no service on the Verizon phone network.  I canceled my long-time account as I signed up for Sprint 4G service to go with my Palm Pre voice line on Sprint.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
It's Time For An Open Database Of Places  —  With last week's declaration by Twitter that it intends to start identifying places based on the coordinates of geo-coded Tweets, the location land rush is in full swing.  A long list of companies including Twitter, Google, Foursquare, Gowalla …
Discussion: Screenwerk
Dominic Jones / IR Web Report:
Reuters' conflicted reporting on Google's earnings release practices  —  REUTERS, the news division of information services giant Thomson Reuters, has published an ill-informed, inaccurate and one-sided article about Google Inc.'s (NASDAQ: GOOG) announcement that it will use its website rather …
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Jonathan Spicer / Reuters:
Google's unorthodox press release raises questions
Discussion: MediaPost and Telegraph
Daniel A. Begun / HotHardware.com News:
Definitive 2TB HD Roundup: WD, Seagate, Samsung  —  Article Index:  —  Lately, it feels like the good, old, reliable hard disk drive (HDD) doesn't get any respect.  When it comes to storage, Solid State Drives (SSDs) are getting all the attention these days—and it's no wonder …
Discussion: I4U News, 9 to 5 Mac and Engadget
 
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Fred / A VC:
Narratives Over Numbers
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Keeping the Platform Nimble
Discussion: MacDailyNews, Slashdot and steve's blog
Alexia Tsotsis / SFWeekly Tech:
AT&T Fail: Coachella Has an iPhone App But No Actual iPhone Service
Kevin Poulsen / Threat Level:
Spam Suspect Uses Google Docs; FBI Happy
Discussion: TechSpot, Neowin.net and Gizmodo
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Why So Few Women in Silicon Valley?
Discussion: CloudAve
 Earlier Items: 
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
As Facebook's f8 Developer Conference Approaches, a Recap of Its Rumored Launches
Discussion: Howard Lindzon and Stay N' Alive
Charles Levinson / Wall Street Journal:
Israel iPad Ban Puzzles Many
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Tumblr: 'We're pretty opposed to advertising'
Discussion: bijan sabet and Mark Evans Tech