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11:15 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.
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.
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 …
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.
Owen Thomas / VentureBeat:
Meebo's XAuth could turn social sharing into a big business  —  For Web publishers, “share and share alike” is a nightmare, not a dream.  Picking which social sharing services to show a user, from networks like Facebook and MySpace to discussion sites like Reddit and Digg to bookmarking services …
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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:
Chris O'Brien / Mercury News:
HP's acquisitions cement company's No. 1 status  —  Looking at the powerhouse Hewlett-Packard has become, it's hard to remember how uncertain its future seemed just five years ago.  —  Carly Fiorina had been pushed out of the CEO chair after six years.  Her controversial acquisition of Compaq …
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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: ReadWriteWeb and The Next Web
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) …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Groupon Grabs $135 Million From DST and Battery-Valuation Above $1 Billion for Social Buying Site  —  Groupon, the social buying site that has become one of the hotter start-ups of late, has gotten a giant round of funding from the same Russian investors who backed social networking powerhouse Facebook and game phenom Zynga.
 
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Randall Stross / New York Times:
Two Billion Laptops? It May Not Be Enough
Dan Friedman / Inside AdWords:
Go Mobile! Series: iPad Device Targeting Now Available
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Apple, Microsoft Headline Huge Week for Tech Earnings
Dominic Jones / IR Web Report:
Reuters' conflicted reporting on Google's earnings release practices
Discussion: Reuters
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
Verizon: Here's the Truth About Sprint 4G
Fred / A VC:
Narratives Over Numbers
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Daniel A. Begun / HotHardware.com News:
Definitive 2TB HD Roundup: WD, Seagate, Samsung
Discussion: I4U News
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Keeping the Platform Nimble
Discussion: MacDailyNews, Slashdot and steve's blog
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
It's Time For An Open Database Of Places
Discussion: Screenwerk
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?