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9:40 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 …
Fred / A VC:
Narratives Over Numbers  —  When I'm not sure what I want to write about, I start reading blogs until I come across something that interests me or strikes me.  Today the blog that did that to me was Chris Dixon's.  A few weeks ago he wrote a post about sizing markets with narratives, not numbers.
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.
Discussion: ithinkdifferent
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: bijan sabet and Mark Evans Tech
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, Engadget and 9 to 5 Mac
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
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
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
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
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.
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
Discussion: I4U News, /message and Daily Patricia
 
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Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
As Facebook's f8 Developer Conference Approaches, a Recap of Its Rumored Launches
Discussion: Stay N' Alive
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
 Earlier Items: 
Erico Guizzo / IEEE Spectrum:
World Robot Population Reaches 8.6 Million
Mark Anderson / bizjournals:
Wells Fargo offers ATM e-receipts
Barbara Ortutay / Associated Press:
Study: Young adults do care about online privacy
Discussion: MediaPost, Switched and Digital Trends
Robert Quigley / Geekosystem:
Cat, Meet iPad. [Video] Update: Now with Dog