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11:15 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 …
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  —  Privacy authorities from 10 countries this morning released a joint letter at a conference in Washington, D.C., that takes Google to task over the way it released its social tool, Google Buzz, saying the launch “betrayed a disappointing disregard …
Discussion: Computerworld, 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 …
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.
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
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.
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: Technology Questions
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 …
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 …
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
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: Maximum PC and 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: 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 and Mashable!, Thanks:atul
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.
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.
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 …
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: VentureBeat, paidContent and TechCrunch
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.
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 …
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
Joanna Stern / Engadget:
Lenovo ThinkPad L Series arrives for the eco-conscious professional  —  We told you Lenovo's ThinkPad team was up to something, and two days earlier than its predicted Earth Day launch, the ThinkPad L Series has been released into the atmosphere.  While it may look like the ThinkPad R Series …
Discussion: Softpedia News and Electronista
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 …
 
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
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Jesse Stay / Stay N' Alive:
Facebook to Launch SideWiki-like Recommendation System for Websites
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
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Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Palm now waiving the $99 annual fee for webOS development
Discussion: Softpedia News and PreCentral.net
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Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Apple to replace problematic headphones with inline remote
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Apple Sued Over iPhone Liquid Sensors
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Bloomberg:
Apple May Have IPad Touch-Screen Shortages as Company Steps Up Production
Discussion: SlashGear