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5:00 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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Erica Ogg / CNET News:
The leaked ‘iPhone 4G’: How did this happen?  —  People lose their iPhones all the time.  But it's not often that a super-secret prototype of a not-yet-released iPhone is carelessly left on the floor of a local drinking establishment.  —  But apparently that's what happened, according to two different gadget blogs.
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:   Why 960 x 640  —  Ever since I hinted last month that this …
Alex Li / Facebook Blog:
Connecting to Everything You Care About  —  Facebook has always been about helping people make connections.  We started with helping people connect with their friends, and over time we expanded this model to mirror more of the connections you make in your life—including organizations and interests that may not be people.
Discussion: Macworld, VentureBeat and CNET News
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Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
In Big New Product Push, Facebook Set to Launch 6.5 Million New Community Pages  —  Facebook is turning previously static information in user profiles into links for Pages.  It's also further clarifying the point of Pages, dividing out official ones for businesses, celebrities and other known entities …
Discussion: TechCrunch, All Facebook and Mashable!
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 …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Launches New Privacy Section That May Make Your Head Hurt  —  Today, alongside Community Pages and a revamped Interests section, Facebook is also making some changes to its privacy controls.  Facebook and confusing privacy settings have long gone hand in hand, which really isn't a surprise given …
Discussion: GigaOM
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 …
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 …
David Pogue / Pogue's Posts:
Android Tries Harder  —  Remember the old Avis car-rental slogan?  “We're Number 2.  We try harder.”  —  That slogan came to mind when a reader, an iPhone app developer, wrote to let me know how hard Google, maker of Android, the No. 2 app phone software, is trying to woo iPhone programmers …
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 …
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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 Google.cn has raised …
Discussion: Seeking Alpha
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:   Google Is Blocked In 25 Of The 100 Countries They Offer Products In
Peter Yared / VentureBeat:
Why Google can't out-open Facebook with XAuth  —  Peter Yared is founder and CEO of social app development company Transpond.  —  XAuth, Google's attempt to head off Facebook's domination of online content sharing, is fraught with problems.  It appears to be built with good intentions …
Discussion: Black Web 2.0
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Owen Thomas / VentureBeat:
Meebo's XAuth could turn social sharing into a big business
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
XAuth: The Open Web Fires a Shot Against Facebook Connect
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 …
Blake Irving / Yodel Anecdotal:
Yodeling Hello to Yahoo!  —  As the newest Yahoo! employee, at the risk of being highly corny, I'm delighted to yodel my first purple-hued shout-out to the 600 million people and tens of thousands of advertisers and publishers who enjoy Yahoo!'s products every day.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Confirms Hiring of Former Microsoft Exec Blake Irving as Chief Product Officer
Discussion: CNET News and paidContent
Ken Auletta / New Yorker:
PUBLISH OR PERISH  —  Can the iPad topple the Kindle, and save the book business?  —  On the morning of January 27th—an aeon ago, in tech time—Steve Jobs was to appear at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, in downtown San Francisco, to unveil Apple's new device, the iPad.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Sprint Confirms Radio Shack Phasing Out Palm Pre, Pixi Sales (Updated)  —  News, analysis and insights from Barron's Silicon Valley bureau.  —  Daily Analysis Blogs & Columns Investing Ideas Rankings & Reports  —  Market Data  —  Daily Stock Alert  —  Radio Shack (RSH) …
Bloomberg:
Barnes & Noble Updates Nook Software After Screen Freezes Irk Readers  —  Barnes & Noble Inc. plans to release a software update to its Nook e-reader this week to stop the screen from freezing, increase its speed and offer a Web browser and games for the first time, a company executive said.
Discussion: Technologizer
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 …
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Windows Phone 7 leak tips mandatory Live ID, limited OEM customization, more  —  It looks like Microsoft have taken a leaf out of Google and Apple's linking of user accounts to individual devices, with a freshly leaked Windows Phone 7 architecture guide confirming that owners of smartphones running …
 
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: News Corp. Digital Media Group Contemplates Spin-Off …
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
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 Earlier Items: 
Lauren Goode / Digits:
Boxee, Roku Announcing Deals for Streaming Live Sports on TV
Mary Pilon / Digits:
Personal-Finance Site Mint Expands to Allow More Banks
Discussion: Mashable! and Black Web 2.0
Tim Anderson / The Register:
Microsoft stealth launches ‘historic’ programming language
Discussion: CrunchGear
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 and SiliconANGLE