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2:40 PM ET, April 21, 2010

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Bret Taylor / Facebook Developer Blog:
The Next Evolution of Facebook Platform  —  We're hosting our third f8 conference in San Francisco today.  There are two important themes behind everything we're delivering today.  First, the Web is moving to a model based on the connections between people and all the things they care about.
Discussion: The Business Insider
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Facebook F8: One graph to rule them all  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg onstage at the F8 conference.  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took the stage at the company's F8 developer conference on Wednesday to unveil what he said is “the most transformative thing we've ever done for the Web.”
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Live-Blogging Facebook's f8 Developer Conference  —  We're at Facebook's f8 developer conference.  Here's our live blog.  Founder Mark Zuckerberg is on stage:  —  Three years ago at our first f8, we launched Facebook platform.  Together we started an industry.  Two years ago we announced Connect.
Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook Blog:
Building the Social Web Together  —  Facebook has always focused on building ways for people to connect with each other and share information with their friends.  We think this is important because people are shaping how information moves through their connections.
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Facebook socializes the web with powerful new plug-ins  —  Facebook is launching a series of plug-ins that will dramatically expand its presence across the web.  —  “Social plug-ins are a way you can provide an instnatnely personal experience with one line of HTML,” said Bret Taylor, the company's director of product
The Independent:
How to watch Facebook's F8 developers conference live on the web
Discussion: Computerworld, NewTeeVee and GigaOM
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 (update: Apple responds)  —  Color us unsurprised, but it's still notable to hear that Adobe is stopping investment in its software's capability to port content over to iPhone OS.
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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 …
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Gray Powell's father: ‘He was devastated’  —  The father of Gray Powell, the Apple engineer who reportedly lost a prototype of the iPhone 4G, says his son was reeling following the incident.  —  “Of course he was devastated,” Robert Powell told CNET in a phone interview Wednesday.  “He loves the company.”
Discussion: Media Maverick
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.
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Bits:
Google Acquires Another Piece of the Tablet Puzzle  —  This week, Google took another step toward bringing its popular Web tools onto a myriad of non-traditional computing devices like tablet computers.  It acquired a mysterious Silicon Valley startup called Agnilux.
Bloomberg:
Google Said to Hold Talks to Buy ITA; Travel Program Firm Seeks $1 Billion  —  Google Inc. is in talks to acquire ITA Software Inc., a maker of travel programs used by companies including Orbitz Worldwide Inc. and Microsoft Corp., three people familiar with the matter said.
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Google brings free turn-by-turn Navigation to UK Androids (updated)  —  Talk about random gifts from the ether.  British Android device owners are waking up this morning to discover their robot-themed operating system has gone and upgraded itself overnight.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Salesforce Buys Business Directory Jigsaw For $142 Million In Cash Plus Earn-Out  —  Salesforce.com has just announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Jigsaw, which provides crowd-sourced data services in the cloud, for approximately $142 million in cash …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Visa Picks Up CyberSource For $2 Billion  —  Payment network operator Visa has agreed to acquire e-payment company CyberSource for $26 per share, or total consideration of approximately $2 billion to be paid with cash on hand.  The price represents a near 34 percent premium over Mountain View-based CyberSource's Tuesday closing price.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Skype By the Numbers: It's Really Big  —  We all marvel at Facebook and its number of users, which at last check stood at around 400 million.  For context, consider Skype, which at the end of the fourth quarter of 2009 had 560 million registered users, a data point Skype's chief technology strategist …
Discussion: Softpedia News and The Xplanation
Andy Rubin / Adobe Featured Blogs:
Adobe AIR on the Android Platform  —  Partnerships have been at the very heart of Android, the first truly open and comprehensive mobile platform, since we first introduced it with the Open Handset Alliance.  Through close relationships with carriers, device manufacturers, developers …
Discussion: Technologizer, Thanks:__ted__
Jeff Smykil / Ars Technica:
The keyboardless Office: a review of iWork for iPad  —  The validity of the iPad as a casual device—something you can use to check your e-mail, surf the Internet on the couch, or watch a movie in bed—has never really been in question.  The real question is, “Can I convince my boss to buy me one?”
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Phil Bronstein / SFGate:
Bill Gates on Journalism and Social Media (and the iPad, too)  —  Bill Gates strikes me as a guy who rarely says anything other than what he wants to say.  And these days he's largely talking about the big, multi-billion dollar philanthropic work of his Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
AskTog:
Mac & the iPad, History Repeats Itself  —  For those of us around Apple for the launch of the 1984 Mac, things are awfully familiar.  In bringing that original Mac to market, Steve hit on a formula that worked for him.  He keeps repeating it, and it seems to get better every time.
Discussion: TUAW
Pat Kinsel / Docs.com Blog:
INTRODUCING DOCS... for FACEBOOK  —  I'm so excited to announce today the launch of a new beta Facebook app from FUSE Labs called “Docs”, also available at our docs.com website.  Built on Microsoft Office 2010, the Docs app enables Facebook® users for the first time to create …
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft prepping next Windows Live  —  Microsoft is getting ready to start public testing of the next version of its moviemaking and photo-editing software, but the company confirmed this week that the products won't run on Windows XP.  —  The new versions are part of a series of changes coming …
Joab Jackson / Computerworld:
Microsoft's long-awaited SQL Server 2008 update finally ships  —  IDG News Service - Microsoft today released to manufacturing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2, the new version of its relational database management system software.  —  The software, a major update of the SQL Server 2008 code base …
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
iTravel: Apple's Future Travel Centric App for the iPhone  —  Christina Warrens of Mashable covered our iTunes Concert Ticket + report last week and added that “Delta Airlines, which is headquartered in my hometown, supports digital boarding passes at some of its bigger airports.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Distorted-Loop.com
 
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Don Clark / Digits:
Bechtolsheim Thinks New Box Changes the Game Again
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Bloomberg:
LinkedIn, Zynga Consider Limiting Employee Sales of the Companies' Shares
Dawn Chmielewski / Company Town:
News Corp. snags game developer Irata Labs
Discussion: Gamasutra, mocoNews, BaltTech and TechCrunch
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Corynne / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Everyone Who's Made a Hitler Parody Video, Leave the Room