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4:35 AM ET, April 19, 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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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
2006 Apple Patent 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 …
Discussion: Edible Apple, MacRumors and I4U News
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: TechCrunch, Mashable! and building43, Thanks:atul
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:   XAuth: The Open Web Fires a Shot Against Facebook Connect
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 …
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Laura June / Engadget:
Verizon's Droid Incredible pre-order page is live, delivery on April 29th
Discussion: Erictric
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 …
Discussion: GigaOM and Mashable!
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David Gelles / Financial Times:
Facebook to unveil “like” button for the web  —  Facebook is planning to unveil this week a content-sharing button that other websites can embed on their pages, according to marketers briefed on the plans.  —  The announcement will be one of several that come at F8, Facebook's annual conference which begins Wednesday in San Francisco.
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Don't Sell Out, Foursquare.  Not Now.  Not To Yahoo.  —  It is becoming alarmingly apparent that Foursquare is strongly considering a sale to Yahoo.  As of the end of last week they had put the venture capitalists vying for their attention on ice.  Those VCs happily provided term sheets valuing the company at $80 million or so.
Discussion: BoomTown
Don Clark / Digits:
Storage Startup Fusion-io Continues Rapid Pace  —  Data storage has always been a tumultuous part of tech, as companies grapple with a rising flood of information and hardware vendors race to offer hardware that stores more of it.  But speed is just as important as capacity for many customers …
Discussion: The Register
Doree Shafrir / New York Magazine:
Tweet Tweet Boom Boom  —  A new generation of tech entrepreneurs in the city is trying to overthrow old media and build a better New York—with the help of their iPhones.  Are they dreaming?  Definitely.  But in a good way.  —  On any given day in New York City, there are usually close to a dozen …
Discussion: Runnin' Scared
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Two Billion Laptops?  It May Not Be Enough  —  ONE LAPTOP PER CHILD is a nonprofit group that thinks big.  Since 2007, it has sold inexpensive but rugged laptop computers to the governments of less-developed countries.  The goal is to equip each of the two billion children in the developing world with his or her own computer.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Why the Library of Congress cares about archiving our tweets  — “Happiness is knowing yourself, loving yourself, and being yourself, F**** anyone who doesn't get you”  — “Surprising.  Obama did not claim Beck, Hannity, Limbaugh as dependents even though their income totally dependent on him.”
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.
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Seagate adds video streaming services to its media players
Discussion: Gizmodo and Go Rumors
Chris O'Brien / Mercury News:
HP's acquisitions cement company's No. 1 status
Thanks:atul
Dan Friedman / Inside AdWords:
Go Mobile! Series: iPad Device Targeting Now Available
Discussion: Search Engine Journal and eWeek
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Apple, Microsoft Headline Huge Week for Tech Earnings
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Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
Chatroulette Founder: All Your Chats Are Belong To Me
Dominic Jones / IR Web Report:
Reuters' conflicted reporting on Google's earnings release practices
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Reuters
Thom Holwerda / OSNews:
Google Removes http:// from Chrome