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10:05 AM ET, April 20, 2010

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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.
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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 …
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 …
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.
Apple:
iPad Wi-Fi + 3G Models Available in US on April 30  —  Apple® today announced that the Wi-Fi + 3G models of its magical iPad™ will be delivered to US customers who've pre-ordered on Friday, April 30, and will be available in Apple retail stores the same day starting at 5:00 p.m.
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Ten Countries Ask Google to Do More to Protect Privacy  —  Privacy officials from ten countries Monday sent Google Inc. a letter demanding that the Internet giant build more privacy protections into its services, the latest sign of increasingly international anxiety over Google's power.
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Google Slammed by Privacy Authorities Over Buzz
Thanks:mathewi
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Steve Jobs Reiterates: “Folks who want porn can buy an Android phone”  —  Apple CEO Steve Jobs is on a roll.  While he's probably had better days than today, he's lately been shooting off emails left and right in response to customers' concerns.  We just were sent what appears to be one such Jobs response …
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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Jesse Stay / Stay N' Alive:
Facebook to Launch SideWiki-like Recommendation System for Websites
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:jesse
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.
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 …
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.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
This is What a Tweet Looks Like  —  Think a tweet is just 140 characters of text?  Think again.  To developers building tools on top of the Twitter platform, they know tweets contain far more information than just whatever brief, passing thought you felt the urge to share your friends via the microblogging network.
Discussion: dygiscape and mehack, Thanks:atul
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.
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) …
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: 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 …
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.
Discussion: Tech Eye and the Econsultancy blog
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Cisco finally closes $3.3 billion Tandberg bid  —  Cisco Systems has finally managed to acquire video-conferencing vendor Tandberg.  —  The networking giant announced Monday that it has completed a so-called voluntary offer for Tandberg, with 91.1 percent control of the Oslo, Norway-based company.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Tom Krazit / Relevant Results:
New features, new name for Google Places  —  Businesses that want to enhance their listings on Google Maps have few new features to accompany the renamed Google Places.  —  (Credit: Google)  —  Google is rebranding its Google Maps listing service for local businesses as it continues to try to organize …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Tumblr Raises Another $5 Million From Spark and Union Square.  Now It Wants Your Money  —  Who wants to bet on a Web company with lots of users but very little revenue?  The same people who have bet on it before.  Spark Capital and Union Square Ventures have poured another $5 million into Tumblr …
Discussion: paidContent and TechCrunch
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.
 
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Joanna Stern / Engadget:
Lenovo ThinkPad L Series arrives for the eco-conscious professional
Discussion: Softpedia News and Electronista
Clay Dillow / Popular Science:
HP Designjet 3D Printer Now On Sale, Churns Out Solid Plastic Objects …
Thanks:hpnews
John D. Sutter / CNN:
‘Skinput’ system turns hands into buttons
Discussion: The Microsoft Blog
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Malware spreads to emerging countries as cyber threats multiply
Discussion: BBC, T3.com News and CNET News
John P. Martin / Philly.com:
Lower Merion report: Web cams snapped 56,000 images
Discussion: ChannelWeb and Between the Lines
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Borrows Another Feature From Twitter (Or Was It FriendFeed?):
Discussion: Download Squad
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Is Foursquare's growth boxed in?
Discussion: LEWIS 360° and TechCrunch
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Palm now waiving the $99 annual fee for webOS development
Discussion: PreCentral.net
 Earlier Items: 
Serge Jespers:
Flash Player 10.1 for Android still on track for H1 release
Discussion: Softpedia News, Thanks:ryanstewart
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Apple Sued Over iPhone Liquid Sensors
Discussion: Phones Review, Macworld and Phone Scoop
Bloomberg:
Apple May Have IPad Touch-Screen Shortages as Company Steps Up Production
Discussion: SlashGear, 9 to 5 Mac and Phones Review
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Launches New Privacy Section That May Make Your Head Hurt
Discussion: GigaOM