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1:00 PM 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 …
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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Mr. Eric Schmidt / priv.gc.ca:
Letter to Google Inc. Chief Executive Officer  —  The Privacy Commissioner of Canada, Jennifer Stoddart, and the heads of the data protection authorities in France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain and the United Kingdom sent the following letter …
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 …
Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry OS 6.0 screenshots, details!  —  If you're a BlackBerry fan, there is probably not a single thing you have been looking forward to more than what we have right here — screenshots and full details of RIM's upcoming operating system, OS 6.0.  One of our AT&T sources has not only showed us …
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.
John Hanke / The Official Google Blog:
Introducing Google Places  —  Today the Local Business Center is becoming Google Places.  Why?  Millions of people use Google every day to find places in the real world, and we want to better connect Place Pages — the way that businesses are being found today — with the tool …
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Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook Shutters Facebook Lite  —  Facebook just announced via its Facebook profile that the ultra-lightweight version of its website, Facebook Lite, is no more.  —  The site, which many (including us) called yet another Twitter imitation, had only been live since last September but now redirects to the main Facebook homepage.
Discussion: All Facebook, Mashable! and Erictric
Patrick Goss / TechRadar.com:
Google CEO talks about Chrome OS devices  —  Aiming to be first successful new platform this millennium  —  Google CEO Eric Schmidt has talked about the eagerly anticipated Chrome OS devices, insisting that the price point will remain at around £200 to £275 and that he would …
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) …
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, Thanks:atul
Charlie White / DVICE:
Ford first to seamlessly integrate Pandora into a car stereo  —  Pandora Internet radio has just about taken over our musical lives, and now Ford has figured out the best way yet to integrate it into a car.  Starting with the 2011 Ford Fiesta, if you have an Android or BlackBerry smartphone …
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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Ford Sync Will Soon Let You Control Your Mobile Apps by Voice
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.
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 …
Clay Dillow / Popular Science:
HP Designjet 3D Printer Now On Sale, Churns Out Solid Plastic Objects From the Desktop  —  Remember back in January when HP announced it would bring a tabletop 3-D printer to market, at a place and time to be named later?  That place and time just became a quite a bit less ambiguous.
Thanks:hpnews
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 …
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: FierceMobileContent
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: Post Tech, Thanks:atul
John D. Sutter / CNN:
‘Skinput’ system turns hands into buttons  —  Atlanta, Georgia (CNN) — In Chris Harrison's ideal world, mobile phones would be the size of matchbooks.  They'd have full-size keyboards.  They'd browse the Web.  They'd play videos.  —  And, most importantly, you'd never have to touch them.
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.
Kim Heras / The Next Web:
Pocket Life wins race to bring real-time location-based social networking to Facebook  —  Pocket Life , the geo-location social network created out of Vodafone's Innovation lab in Australia, has released its new Facebook app, bringing real-time geo-location integration to Facebook.
Thanks:kimheras
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.
Discussion: CNET News and Maximum PC
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Charter Fund Acquires DreamBox In Partnership With Netflix CEO Reed Hastings  —  DreamBox this morning announced that it has been acquired by a new partnership between Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and the Charter Fund, a non-profit venture capital firm.  Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed …
 
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eMarketer:
Twitter Stays Strong as Growth Slows
Discussion: Mashable!, Thanks:clarkf
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft to roll out its newest Great Plains ERP release with Office 2010 hooks
Discussion: Softpedia News
Paul McNamara / Network World:
Palin e-mail hack trial starts today
Discussion: CNN
Oliver Chiang / The Firewall:
Facebook Fails Stanford's Privacy Test, Twitter And iPhone Pass
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Offerpal becomes one-stop shop for ads and offers
Discussion: SocialTimes.com
Joanna Stern / Engadget:
Lenovo ThinkPad L Series arrives for the eco-conscious professional
Discussion: Softpedia News
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
80legs makes it even easier to crawl the Web like Google
 Earlier Items: 
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Andreessen Horowitz Drops Out of Funding Race for Foursquare
John P. Martin / Philly.com:
Lower Merion report: Web cams snapped 56,000 images
Discussion: ChannelWeb
Jesse Stay / Stay N' Alive:
Facebook to Launch SideWiki-like Recommendation System for Websites
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:jesse
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Palm now waiving the $99 annual fee for webOS development
Discussion: Softpedia News and PreCentral.net
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Apple to replace problematic headphones with inline remote
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Apple Sued Over iPhone Liquid Sensors
Discussion: CrunchGear
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Sprint Confirms Radio Shack Phasing Out Palm Pre, Pixi Sales (Updated)