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12:55 PM 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.
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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.
Discussion: TUAW, The Next Web and TiPb
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 …
Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
HTC Droid Incredible stars in video walkthrough  —  We know that for many of you April 29th can't come soon enough, so here's a quick YouTube video overview of the HTC Droid Incredible to tide you over.  Shot the other day during the 99% Conference in New York City, the video is a wee bit out of focus …
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.
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.
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
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 …
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
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
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
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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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Keeping the Platform Nimble
Discussion: steve's blog, MacDailyNews and Slashdot
Jonathan Spicer / Reuters:
Google's unorthodox press release raises questions
Discussion: IR Web Report, MediaPost and Telegraph
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Why So Few Women in Silicon Valley?
Discussion: CloudAve
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
 Earlier Items: 
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