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7:55 PM ET, April 20, 2010

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John Herrman / Gizmodo:
Why Apple Couldn't Get the Lost iPhone Back  —  It's such an obvious question: Why couldn't Apple track this phone down?  As it turns out, they may have had two chances to get it back - and blown them both.  The timeline of the night goes something like this: On March 18th …
Discussion: michael's posterous and Webomatica
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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.
Joel Johnson / Gizmodo:
Apple Didn't Leak the iPhone—and Why That Matters  —  A controlled leak?  The lost iPhone planted by Apple?  You have no idea how Apple PR works—and how, like it or not, Gizmodo finally beat them at their own game.  —  The only way the iPhone 4 was a controlled leak is if Apple …
Discussion: Boing Boing and EverythingiCafe
Ian Betteridge / Technovia:
Has Gizmodo broken the law with its iPhone story?  —  I am not a lawyer.  But I do play one on the weekends.  —  More importantly, over the years I've become intimately familiar with the law as it affects journalists on both sides of the pond.  I've covered cases like the “trade secrets” …
Discussion: Technologizer and Daring Fireball
Edible Apple:
Engadget had option to purchase “lost” iPhone 4G, advised not to by legal counsel  —  This Gizmodo/iPhone 4G story sure has some legs, don't it?  —  While Gizmodo is reaping all of the pageview rewards for its expose on Apple's upcoming iPhone, it appears that Engadget was offered …
Gizmodo:
The Next iPhone, Dissected
Discussion: EverythingiCafe and MobileCrunch
Foster Kamer / Runnin' Scared:
Gizmodo's iPhone Scoop: The Nick Denton Interview
Discussion: Oddly Together
Bloomberg:
Apple Gets IPhone Prototype Back After Lawyer Sends Letter, Gizmodo Says
Discussion: Chicago Sun Times, p2pnet and Digits
Apple:
Apple Reports Second Quarter Results  —  Record March Quarter Revenue and Profit iPhone Sales More Than Double  —  Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2010 second quarter ended March 27, 2010.  The Company posted revenue of $13.50 billion and net quarterly profit of $3.07 billion, or $3.33 per diluted share.
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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 …
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 …
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Agence France Presse:
Ten nations call on Google to better defend privacy  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - Officials from 10 nations have banded together to demand that Internet giant Google better defend people's privacy.  —  “While we hear corporations such as Google pay lip service to privacy, we don't always …
Discussion: Venture Chronicles
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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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Beyond Street View: Google Photographers Begin Going Inside Businesses
Dan Primack / PE Hub Blog:
Google Buys Stealth Hardware Startup Agnilux  —  Lots of talk this week about Apple's 4G iPhone, after Gizmodo found a prototype left behind at a local watering hole.  The device is believed to use an internally-designed application processor, just like Apple used with its recently-released iPad.
Business Wire:
Yahoo! Reports First Quarter 2010 Results  —  Display Advertising Grew 20% Year Over Year Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO - News) today reported results for the quarter ended March 31, 2010.  Revenues were $1,597 million for the first quarter of 2010, a 1 percent increase from the first quarter of 2009.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   Yahoo earnings get boost from Microsoft search deal; Bartz upbeat on display ads
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 Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Google Launches ‘Government Request Tool’ To Show Censorship Requests  —  Google is, for good or ill when it comes to your personal information, a strong advocate for public access to as much data as possible.  Google is acting on that today by launching a new tool that shows the number content removal …
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David Drummond / Washington Post:
Our challenge: Keeping the Internet open
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.
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 with your friends via the microblogging network.
Discussion: NBC Bay Area, Thanks:atul
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
90% of Content on Google Buzz is Bots, Report Finds  —  Less than 10 weeks after launching, Google Buzz seems so far to have fallen short of capturing the hearts and minds of the social web.  A new report from social media analytics service PostRank has found that 90% of the content published …
Ian King / Bloomberg:
Intel Looking for Acquisitions in Push Beyond PCs  —  Intel Corp., the world's biggest maker of chips for computers, is considering acquisitions that would help get its processors into smartphones and consumer electronics.  —  “We are looking at what we believe can accelerate our progress in those markets …
Discussion: mocoNews
vimov Blog:
Revealed: Using Weather HD to Look Inside the iPad App Store's Sales, and Why Apple May Have Just Created a New Billion Dollar Industry  —  Much has been said and written about the magic of the iPad, how it would be the savior of industries, and how it would transform and reshape the world.
Discussion: AppleInsider, MacStories and 9 to 5 Mac
 
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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Bloomberg:
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Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
Firefox starts reining in Flash, Silverlight, QuickTime
Discussion: CNET News
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
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Cade Metz / The Register:
Oracle charges $90 for Sun's free ODF plug-in
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Releases iPhone OS 4 Beta 2 and SDK to Developers
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Yahoo Buys The Me.me Domain For Its Twitter-Like Microblogging Site
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Facebook Fails Stanford's Privacy Test, Twitter And iPhone Pass
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook Shutters Facebook Lite
John D. Sutter / CNN:
‘Skinput’ system turns hands into buttons
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Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
10 questions to ask before buying iPad