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2:20 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 …
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Will Apple sue over stolen iPhone prototype?
Discussion: Network World and RustyBrick, Inc.
Foster Kamer / Runnin' Scared:
Gizmodo's iPhone Scoop: The Nick Denton Interview
Discussion: Gawker and The Awl
Edible Apple:
The holes in Gizmodo's iPhone story
Discussion: CNET News, GeekBrief.TV and I4U News, Thanks:edibleapple
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 …
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 …
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 …
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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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.
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.
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 …
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: CNET News and dygiscape, Thanks:atul
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) …
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 bet on it before.  Spark Capital and Union Square Ventures have poured another $5 million into Tumblr …
David Drummond / The Official Google Blog:
Greater transparency around government requests  —  Article 19 of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights states that “everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information …
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
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Will FaceCash, the mobile payment application, kill the credit card?  —  A Silicon Valley company has created a mobile payment system called FaceCash that it hopes will one day displace credit cards.  —  You might be tempted to write this off as too audacious.
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.
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: AppScout and FierceMobileContent
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 …
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
 
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Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Yahoo Buys The Me.me Domain For Its Twitter-Like Microblogging Site
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eMarketer:
Twitter Stays Strong as Growth Slows
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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: Hillicon Valley and 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
Kim Heras / The Next Web:
Pocket Life wins race to bring real-time location-based social …
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Joanna Stern / Engadget:
Lenovo ThinkPad L Series arrives for the eco-conscious professional
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80legs makes it even easier to crawl the Web like Google
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Andreessen Horowitz Drops Out of Funding Race for Foursquare
Discussion: CNET News
Kevin Conley / vogue.com:
Sheryl Sandberg: What She Saw at The Revolution
Discussion: Post Tech, Thanks:atul
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
HP Slate leaks its way into the wild: ‘meh’
Discussion: CNET News and Maximum PC