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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
How Apple Lost the Next iPhone  —  The Gourmet Haus Staudt.  A nice place to enjoy good German ales.  And if you are an Apple Software Engineer named Gray Powell and you get one too many beers, it's also a nice place to lose the next-generation iPhone.  —  The 27-year-old Powell …
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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 …
Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
A Letter: Apple Wants Its Secret iPhone Back  —  Well, how can I explain this?  I got some interesting calls today.  It was Apple.  And they wanted their phone back.  —  This phone was lost, and then found.  But from Apple's perspective, it could have been considered stolen.
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Gizmodo paid for iPhone 4G: so are they receivers of stolen goods?  —  Nick Denton confirms it was paid for.  But that seems to put the Gizmodo team in the frame  —  Did Gizmodo buy that iPhone 4G it's been showing off?  Ken Sweet asked whether Gizmodo had bought the “found” iPhone 4G, and Nick Denton replied: yup.
Choire / The Awl:
How Much Gizmodo Paid for the Next iPhone: $5K Plus Bonus  —  Engadget said that the “finder” (who some are referring to as a “stealer") was charging to see the “lost” new iPhone—pictures of which were published on Gizmodo this morning.  Tech blogger John Gruber said the phone was a …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Why 960 x 640  —  Ever since I hinted last month that this summer's next-gen iPhones would sport double-resolution 960 × 640 displays,1 there's been a strain of incredulous feedback regarding this suggestion — emails from readers who don't understand why Apple would do 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.
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Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
In Big New Product Push, Facebook Set to Launch 6.5 Million New Community Pages
Discussion: Mashable!, TechCrunch and All Facebook
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Borrows Another Feature From Twitter (Or Was It FriendFeed?):
Discussion: Download Squad
Jesse Stay / Stay N' Alive:
Facebook to Launch SideWiki-like Recommendation System for Websites
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:jesse
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Launches New Privacy Section That May Make Your Head Hurt
Discussion: GigaOM
John Markoff / New York Times:
Cyberattack on Google Said to Hit Password System  —  Ever since Google disclosed in January that Internet intruders had stolen information from its computers, the exact nature and extent of the theft has been a closely guarded company secret.  But a person with direct knowledge of the investigation …
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
HP Slate leaks its way into the wild: ‘meh’  —  We've only ever seen the HP Slate in extremely controlled demonstrations and cheesy videos until now, but it looks like the Windows 7 tablet just spent a little bit of time in the wild — Conecti.ca's posted up a full hands-on and mini-review.
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 …
Jack Neff / AdAge:
Nielsen: Facebook's Ads Work Pretty Well  —  When Social Ads Collide With Stated Interests, Awareness Goes Up  —  BATAVIA, Ohio (AdAge.com) — It pays to have fans on Facebook if you want your ads to work there too, according to the first public study to come out of the collaboration of Nielsen Co. and Facebook.
Discussion: paidContent and Mashable!
Kevin Conley / vogue.com:
Sheryl Sandberg: What She Saw at The Revolution  —  Nobody close to Sheryl Sandberg, now the COO of Facebook, is surprised to find her running the company that turned friend into a verb.  In her case, it's an action verb.  Sheryl remembers birthdays.  She texts people seconds before big presentations ("Smile.
Discussion: BoomTown, Silicon Alley Insider and Mashable!, Thanks:atul
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) …
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.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Andreessen Horowitz Drops Out of Funding Race for Foursquare  —  In an unusual move for a venture firm chasing a hot start-up, Andreessen Horowitz said it has dropped out of the race to be an investor in social location company Foursquare.  —  In an interview tonight, Ben Horowitz …
Discussion: CNET News
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
As Abbott Flocks From Palm To Twitter, Pass Becomes The First Twitter CTO  —  Last Friday, news hit that Michael Abbott, Palm's head of software and services, the man in charge of its webOS platform, was leaving the company.  The news, which broke via a regulatory filing …
Discussion: Daring Fireball and PreCentral.net
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Ford Sync Will Soon Let You Control Your Mobile Apps by Voice  —  Thanks to voice-controlled systems like Ford's Sync, drivers don't have to take their eyes off the road if they want to place a call or switch to the next track on their playlists.  Today, Ford announced the next step …
Discussion: Mashable!, Engadget and Electronista
Bloomberg:
Apple May Have IPad Touch-Screen Shortages as Company Steps Up Production  —  Apple Inc., which delayed selling the iPad outside the U.S. because demand is outpacing supply, may be struggling to get enough of the touch screens used in the tablet computer, analysts said.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
80legs makes it even easier to crawl the Web like Google  —  80legs launched last fall with the goal of offering Web crawling for the masses — in other words, it offered relatively cheap technology to help companies browse and index data from the Web, as giant companies like Google …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Amazon.com fights tax collectors' demand for 50 million records  —  Amazon.com filed a lawsuit on Monday to fend off a sweeping demand from North Carolina's tax collectors: detailed records including names and addresses of customers and information about exactly what they had purchased.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Malware spreads to emerging countries as cyber threats multiply  —  Thanks to cookie-cutter tools, cyber attacks are multiplying exponentially across the internet, hitting both developed and emerging countries in all regions of the world, according to an annual assessment by security vendor Symantec.
Discussion: BBC and CNET News
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Apple Sued Over iPhone Liquid Sensors  —  Customers' inability to verify liquid sensor data, the lawsuit claims, make Apple's warranty coverage an illusion.  —  Apple on Thursday was sued for denying warranty service to its iPod and iPhone customers based on data supplied by allegedly inaccurate liquid sensors.
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
10 questions to ask before buying iPad  —  On Friday night, I bought an iPad nearly three months after giving 12 reasons why I wouldn't.  An unexpected reason came up: My wife's MacBook Pro died.  I reckoned she could temporarily use the tablet (which cost way less than any new Mac laptop) …
Discussion: The Loop
 
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Tom Krazit / CNET News:
New features, new name for Google Places
Discussion: Screenwerk and Search Engine Land, Thanks:atul
John P. Martin / Philly.com:
Lower Merion report: Web cams snapped 56,000 images
Discussion: Between the Lines and ChannelWeb
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Hearst Appears Close To Buying Digital Ad Firm iCrossing For $375 Million
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Is Foursquare's growth boxed in?
Discussion: TechCrunch
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Palm now waiving the $99 annual fee for webOS development
Discussion: PreCentral.net
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Apple to replace problematic headphones with inline remote
Discussion: PC World and Macsimum News
 Earlier Items: 
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Kodak sued Apple. Snap. Apple sues back.
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
McAfee, Adgregate unveil anti-malware for Web ads
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
1 Out of 5 Textbooks Digital by 2014  —  Today, digital textbooks …
Discussion: The Xplanation and WebProNews
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iPhone OS 4 reveals its social side: Facebook integration?