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12:25 PM ET, April 19, 2010

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Gizmodo:
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 …
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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 …
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
iPhone 4G Will Sport Apple-Designed Chip, Sources Say  —  Surprising few, it seems Apple will deploy its own unique processor within the fourth generation (ceramic-backed?) iPhone, industry sources have confirmed.  —  In a report looking at the impact of Apple's move to produce …
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 …
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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 …
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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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
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 …
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
Tim Anderson / The Register:
Microsoft stealth launches ‘historic’ programming language  —  Hidden F# strikes right note  —  Launching a new language is easy - getting it used is hard.  The combination of existing code and existing skills is a strong barrier to adoption, and even excellent languages like Ruby and Python …
Andrew Kippen / Boxee Blog:
NHL + Updated Beta  —  It's springtime, and in the animal world that means it's time to come out of hibernation, time for leaves to grow back, and time for humans to start enjoying saturday afternoons at the park and preparing for the Stanley Cup®.  It's also time to update you on a fresh new version of Boxee.
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Lauren Goode / Digits:
Boxee, Roku Announcing Deals for Streaming Live Sports on TV
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Mashable!
Mary Pilon / Digits:
Personal-Finance Site Mint Expands to Allow More Banks  —  Starting Monday, personal-finance site Mint.com will double the number of financial institutions from which it can receive account information. … The change is important for Mint as the site seeks to expand beyond its core base …
Discussion: AppScout
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.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Radio Shack Dumping Palm?  —  For Palm (PALM), April is indeed proving to be the cruelest month.  It began with reports that the company has put itself up for sale and continued with news of the departure of software chief Michael Abbott.  Now comes another ugly development: Radio Shack …
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Viacom's Epix Lands National Distribution Deal With Dish Network
David Barboza / New York Times:
Chinese Suppliers to Microsoft Cited for Labor Violations
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Facebook E-Commerce App Payvment Allows Retailers To Use Coupons To Attract Fans
Discussion: Business Wire
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
BlackArrow scores $20M for new TV ads, partners with on-demand TV company NDS
Discussion: VatorNews, BlackArrow and NewTeeVee
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
CloudMade's OpenStreetMap Surges On Wikipedia-Like User Passion
Discussion: Screenwerk
Gwen / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
ACTA Text To Be Released on April 21.
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Multimedia Mike / Breaking Eggs And Making Omelettes:
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Doree Shafrir / New York Magazine:
Tweet Tweet Boom Boom  —  A new generation of tech entrepreneurs …
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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
Chris O'Brien / Mercury News:
HP's acquisitions cement company's No. 1 status
Thanks:atul
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Two Billion Laptops? It May Not Be Enough
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Apple, Microsoft Headline Huge Week for Tech Earnings
Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
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