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5:40 AM ET, April 18, 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.
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 …
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
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Did Apple just sell its 1 millionth iPad?  —  According to Chitika Labs, unit sales hit seven figures on the fourteenth day  —  [UPDATE: A few hours after this was posted, Chitika — without explanation — reset its counter to about 700,000.]  —  It happened Saturday night around 8:00 p.m. EDT.
Discussion: Neowin.net and Kindle Review, Thanks:philiped
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: IR Web Report, MediaPost and Telegraph
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Keeping the Platform Nimble  —  Steve Cheney raises a good point regarding Apple's renewed push for App Store developers to use Apple's own iPhone SDK: … Adobe did not ship (non-beta) Intel-native versions of the Creative Suite apps until April 2007, 16 months after Apple began shipping Intel-based Macs …
Discussion: steve's blog, MacDailyNews and Slashdot
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 …
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
Alexia Tsotsis / SFWeekly Tech:
AT&T Fail: Coachella Has an iPhone App But No Actual iPhone Service  —  There's a reason we prefer to be chained to our computers.  While complaints about AT&T service are a dime a dozen, we hear the situation is particularly dire at this year's Coachella music festival …
Discussion: NewTeeVee, Thanks:nicklucchesi
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.
 
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Jim Harper / Technology Liberation Front:
Privacy Worries for Ingrates
Discussion: I4U News and /message
Charles Levinson / Wall Street Journal:
Israel iPad Ban Puzzles Many
Andre Paine / Billboard.Biz:
Digital Economy Act Q&A: BPI's Geoff Taylor
Discussion: p2pnet and TorrentFreak
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Crime Prediction Software Is Here and It's a Very Bad Idea
Erico Guizzo / IEEE Spectrum:
World Robot Population Reaches 8.6 Million
 Earlier Items: 
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
Robert Quigley / Geekosystem:
Cat, Meet iPad. [Video] Update: Now with Dog
Discussion: Fortune, eBookNewser, TUAW, NewTeeVee and Gizmodo
Richard Waters / blogs.ft.com:
What's bugging Google investors?
Microsoft Office 2010 Engineering:
Office 2010 Reaches RTM!