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4:55 AM ET, April 21, 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 …
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Gizmodo:
The Next iPhone, Dissected  —  We took apart the next iPhone.  —  There are a number of interesting facts gained from the dissection, the most important of which is more concrete confirmation (as if we needed any more) that this phone is from Apple.  There are three separate places …
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 …
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Did lost iPhone lead to blog bidding war?  —  There was no bidding war between Gizmodo and Engadget over the now famous misplaced iPhone 4G, Joshua Topolsky, Engadget's editor in chief, told CNET Tuesday.  —  Engadget management never tendered an offer for the leaked phone …
Jeff Bercovici / DailyFinance:
Why Apple Should Sue Gawker Over ‘Lost’ iPhone Story  —  How hard must the finder of lost property try to return it to its owner before deciding it's his to keep or sell?  The answer to that question could determine whether Monday's iPhone scoop results in millions of dollars in legal damages …
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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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple Crushes FY Q2 Ests; Revs $13.5B, EPS $3.33; Stk Jumps
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 …
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Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry 9670 unveiled, CDMA clamshell device!  —  With rumors and rumors of a clamshell BlackBerry device going back ages, we finally have some confirmation on the phone, and in a big way, too.  Not only do we have the first photos ever of this BlackBerry 9670, and not only is it the first …
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.
Mike Chambers:
On Adobe, Flash CS5 and iPhone Applications  —  A little over a week ago Apple released a new draft of their iPhone developer program license which contained the following clause: … Essentially, this has the effect of restricting applications built with a number of technologies, including Unity, Titanium, MonoTouch, and Flash CS5.
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Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Adobe halts investment in iPhone-specific Flash dev tools, has another dig at Apple
Discussion: Mashable!
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Corynne / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Everyone Who's Made a Hitler Parody Video, Leave the Room  —  One the most enduring (and consistently entertaining) Internet memes of the past few years has been remixes of the bunker scene from the German film, The Downfall: Hitler and the End of the Third Reich (aka Der Untergang).
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Zynga's Mark Pincus: Time for Facebook to choose  —  Facebook's biggest partner had a suggestion for the adolescent social network: figure out what it wants to be when it grows up.  —  “Facebook is at a crossroads,” said Zynga CEO Mark Pincus.  “They have to decide whether its more important …
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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
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priv.gc.ca:
Letter to Google Inc. Chief Executive Officer
Om Malik / GigaOM:
The f8 Preview: How Facebook Plans to Take Over the Web  —  Mark Zuckerberg @ SXSW 2008 by Deney Terreio via Flickr  —  Facebook's third f8 developer conference kicks off tomorrow in San Francisco and online, with the social networking company likely to announce what is essentially a game plan …
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
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Like BoomTown Said: Partovi Brothers Finally Leave MySpace (Here Are the Internal Memos)  —  Well-known tech entrepreneurs and twin brothers, Ali and Hadi Partovi (pictured here, right to left) are leaving MySpace, in a high-profile departure for the struggling social networking company.
David Brooks / New York Times:
Riders on the Storm  —  In 2001, Cass R. Sunstein wrote an essay in The Boston Review called “The Daily We: Is the Internet really a blessing for democracy?”  Sunstein, a professor at the University of Chicago who now serves in the Obama administration, raised the possibility that the Internet may be harming the public square.
Ashby Jones / Law Blog:
Our Tech-Savvy Supreme Court  —  The Supreme Court justices are a bright bunch.  But chances are you're not going to see them at next January's CES show or ever watch them on a Web video demonstrating how to create apps for the iPhone.  —  That much was driven home, it seems …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Yahoo earnings get boost from Microsoft search deal; Bartz upbeat on display ads  —  Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz said the company had “a good quarter,” but it takes a little mathematical gymnastics to verify that claim.  —  Bartz touted display advertising gains of 20 percent from a year ago.
James Temple / San Francisco Chronicle:
Consumer group to call for Google break up  —  Consumer Watchdog, the Santa Monica group that's proving a perpetual thorn in the side of Google Inc., plans to call on the Justice Department to launch an antitrust action against the search giant and seek remedies including a possible break up.
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 …
 
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Bloomberg:
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Bloomberg:
Google Said to Be in Talks to Buy Software Maker ITA
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
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Bloomberg:
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Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
Firefox starts reining in Flash, Silverlight, QuickTime
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Ian King / Bloomberg:
Intel Looking for Acquisitions in Push Beyond PCs
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Cade Metz / The Register:
Oracle charges $90 for Sun's free ODF plug-in
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Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook Shutters Facebook Lite
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Patrick Goss / TechRadar.com:
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