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1:40 PM ET, April 19, 2010


 Top Items: 
This Is Apple's Next iPhone  —  You are looking at Apple's next iPhone.  It was found lost in a bar in Redwood City, camouflaged to look like an iPhone 3GS.  We got it.  We disassembled it.  It's the real thing, and here are all the details.  —  While Apple may tinker with the final packaging …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
So, Which Apple Employee Is Getting Fired For Losing The New iPhone In A Bar?  —  Apple's legal team is probably going nuts today.  —  Earlier, Gizmodo posted photos of what appears to be the next iPhone.  Apple isn't supposed to unveil the new phone for a few months …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Gizmodo Has the Purported Next-Gen iPhone in Hand  —  It's been an open secret to those of us in the racket that Gizmodo purchased this unit about a week ago, from those who claimed to find it.  That this belongs to and was made by Apple is almost beyond question at this point.
Max Wang / DigiTimes:
Apple said to use OLED in second-generation iPad  —  Apple reportedly has started development of the second generation iPad using the same design concept as for the iPhone 4G, and will use an OLED panel, according to sources in the component industry.  Apple is said to be aiming to launch …
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Facebook Looks to Extend Its Presence  —  SAN FRANCISCO — With about half of Facebook's 400 million users checking in daily, the social networking company has established itself as one of the Web's most popular destinations.  —  Now Facebook is intensifying its efforts to expand its empire beyond …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iPhone OS 4 reveals its social side: Facebook integration?  —  Users of webOS and HTC Sense can skip ahead, you're already familiar with tight social networking integration on your handsets.  Now Apple appears ready to join the social, so to speak.  New evidence of low-level Facebook event …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
2006 Apple Patent Filing for Ceramic Enclosures  —  In my research regarding Engadget's purported photos of a next-gen iPhone, the factor that pushed me over the edge to believe that it's authentic is the glass back.  I know the trend for Apple of late has been toward unibody aluminum enclosures …
Rachel Whetstone / The Official Google Blog:
Controversial content and free expression on the web: a refresher  —  Two and a half years ago, we outlined our approach to removing content from Google products and services.  Our process hasn't changed since then, but our recent decision to stop censoring search on has raised …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Is Blocked In 25 Of The 100 Countries They Offer Products In  —  This morning, on their main blog, Google posted a little reminder to everyone about its view on censorship on the web.  Specifically, they don't like it.  And while we all know their take on China's demand for censorship by now …
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 …
Discussion: Meebo, GMSV, PC Magazine, TechCrunch, Mashable! and building43, Thanks:atul
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
XAuth: The Open Web Fires a Shot Against Facebook Connect
Peter Yared / VentureBeat:
Why Google can't out-open Facebook with XAuth
Discussion: Black Web 2.0
Boy Genius Report:
HTC Droid Incredible for Verizon Wireless review  —  Is it a coincidence Verizon Wireless has consecutively had the last two most-anticipated Android handsets?  With the Motorola DROID seemingly feeling like old news (Google even basically castrated it themselves with a promise of an unbranded …
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
US Sees 3G iPads ‘By May 7’ Apple Confirms  —  We're out the block for 3G iPad sales, at least in the US, where Apple has updated its store to confirm 3G-equipped models of the hot new product will ship “By May 7”.  —  That's great news for iPad purchasers (and don't neglect …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Confirms Hiring of Former Microsoft Exec Blake Irving as Chief Product Officer  —  Yahoo said it has hired former Microsoft exec Blake Irving (pictured here) as its chief product officer.  —  Reporting directly to CEO Carol Bartz, Yahoo (YHOO) said in a statement, he will …
Discussion: CNET News and paidContent
Lauren Goode / Digits:
Boxee, Roku Announcing Deals for Streaming Live Sports on TV  —  Watching live sports on television via the Web may have just gotten easier. … Starting Monday, Web-to-TV software company Boxee will distribute the National Hockey League's Game Center Live online video content.
Discussion: NewTeeVee, Electronista and Mashable!
Andrew Kippen / Boxee Blog:   NHL + Updated Beta
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Microsoft Takes Desktop Management to the Cloud: Introducing Windows Intune  —  We've talked a lot about the benefits to optimizing your Windows desktops and how Microsoft can help large companies reduce their TCO and have a more dynamic IT environment.  But today I'd like to focus on smaller businesses …
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 that backed social networking powerhouse Facebook and game phenom Zynga.
Fox News:
7,500 Online Shoppers Unknowingly Sold Their Souls  —  A computer game retailer revealed that it legally owns the souls of thousands of online shoppers, thanks to a clause in the terms and conditions agreed to by online shoppers.
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Mary Pilon / Digits:
Personal-Finance Site Mint Expands to Allow More Banks
Discussion: Mashable! and AppScout
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
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BlackArrow scores $20M for new TV ads, partners with on-demand TV company NDS
Discussion: VatorNews, BlackArrow and NewTeeVee
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CloudMade's OpenStreetMap Surges On Wikipedia-Like User Passion
Discussion: Screenwerk
 Earlier Items: 
Tim Anderson / The Register:
Microsoft stealth launches ‘historic’ programming language
Gwen / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
ACTA Text To Be Released on April 21.
Discussion: p2pnet and ZDNet Australia
Multimedia Mike / Breaking Eggs And Making Omelettes:
VP8: The Savior Codec
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Don't Sell Out, Foursquare. Not Now. Not To Yahoo.
Discussion: BoomTown
Doree Shafrir / New York Magazine:
Tweet Tweet Boom Boom  —  A new generation of tech entrepreneurs …
Discussion: Runnin' Scared
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Why the Library of Congress cares about archiving our tweets
Discussion: TeleRead
Don Clark / Digits:
Storage Startup Fusion-io Continues Rapid Pace