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5:10 AM ET, April 24, 2010

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CNET News:
Lost iPhone prototype spurs police probe  —  Silicon Valley police are investigating what appears to be a lost Apple iPhone prototype purchased by a gadget blog, a transaction that may have violated criminal laws, a law enforcement official told CNET on Friday.
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Bloomberg:   Gizmodo Says Police Haven't Been in Contact Over IPhone Prototype Incident
Kevin Thau / Twitter Blog:
Cloudhopping  —  Twitter was inspired by SMS and we continue to embrace this simple but ubiquitous technology.  In fact, Twitter's 140 character limit was designed specifically to allow for any tweet to be read in its entirety whether you're using a rudimentary mobile phone, or a more sophisticated Internet enabled device.
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Twitter Buys Cloudhopper To Bolster Its SMS Service
Discussion: Phone Scoop
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Blippy cofounder responds to credit card leak: “It's a lot less bad than it looks”  —  Earlier today, VentureBeat broke the news that some members of Blippy, a social-sharing site for shoppers, had their credit card numbers published to Google by Blippy's servers.
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Greg / yardley.ca:
The tech press isn't either  —  Blippy, a service that lets you share your purchases with others, was just called out by Mashable for exposing its users' credit card numbers to a search engine.  Since Mashable is widely-read, I start hearing from all over that Blippy released …
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Blippy users' credit card numbers found on Google
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:   Google blocks Blippy credit card search
Danny Sullivan / Daggle:
Dear Facebook & Google: We Are Not Your Pawns - Enough With The Auto Opt-In!  —  Over the past few months, both Facebook and Google had followed an alarming trend of opting people into things rather than letting them chose themselves.  Fair to say, I've had enough of all that.  I don't think I'm alone.
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Markcuban / blog maverick:
Is Facebook the new internet and how soon before Microsoft tries to buy it ?  —  A question for you.  When was the last time you surfed the net ?  Can you remember when you just clicked around looking to discover new sites or a site to occupy your time ?  Now ask yourself when was the last time you sat …
Discussion: All Facebook
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Palm Shake-Up Imminent, Rubinstein May Be Out  —  Palm right now is a disaster.  Its sales are going nowhere, its market share is plummeting, and try as it might, it can't even find a buyer.  Industry sources tell us that a major restructuring and management shakeup is imminent and CEO Jon Rubinstein may be replaced.
Shenaz Zack / Google Public Policy Blog:
Content ID and Fair Use  —  (Cross-posted from the Official YouTube Blog)  —  Over the past decade, the evolution of the Internet has altered the landscape for both traditional media companies and the doctrine of fair use, and the media industry has tried to keep up.
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Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:   Google highlights fair use defense to YouTube takedowns
Dan / UNEASYsilence:
CONFIRMED: Fusion Garage SOLD ONLY 64 JooJoo Devices  —  STUPID STUPID Fusion Garage.  When you email your customers use the BCC field rather then the CC field!  —  This morning, Fusion Garage emailed all their customers asking for their experience using the JooJoo.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Gizmodo Caught In Copyright Crossfire  —  At TorrentFreak we keep a close eye on the DMCA takedown requests that are received by search engines such as Google and Yahoo.  These are usually sent out by music and film companies but last week we saw them being joined by the Gawker Media-owned weblog Gizmodo.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple TV Will Remain A Hobby Until Someone Shows Apple The Money (Or Apps)  —  During the Q&A session of their earnings call this week, Apple COO Tim Cook fielded a question that he gets seemingly every earnings call: what's the deal with Apple TV?  —  The question is a good one.
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Asustek Eee Pad to hit channel in July  —  Asustek Computer chairman Jerry Shen has announced, at a conference in Taiwan, that the company will introduce its tablet PC, the Eee Pad, at Computex 2010, scheduled between June 1-5, and is aiming to launch the device in retail channels …
UM Newsdesk:
Students Addicted to Social Media - New UM Study  —  COLLEGE PARK, Md. - American college students today are addicted to media, describing their feelings when they have to abstain from using media in literally the same terms associated with drug and alcohol addictions: In withdrawal …
Discussion: Reuters and SiliconANGLE
jballer:
Gizmodo's Trade Secret Liability  —  A number of sources have turned to Ian Betteridge's thoughtful analysis of the Gizmodo saga.  I believe that, because he failed to address California law, Ian was too quick to dismiss the possibility of trade secret claims by Apple.
Discussion: TUAW
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Reader Adds Support for Video and Audio Tags  —  Google's feed reader started to support the video and audio tags from feeds.  The only popular browser that doesn't support the two tags is Internet Explorer, but that doesn't mean that you'll be able to play videos without plug-ins in all the other browsers.
Discussion: The Next Web, Softpedia News and TechRaga, Thanks:atul
Daniel Ionescu / PC World:
Google Dashes Hopes of Free iPhone Turn-by-Turn GPS  —  Google has denied the latest rumors that the search giant will bring free turn-by-turn GPS navigation on the Apple iPhone, although the features could come in the future to other (unspecified) mobile platforms.
 
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 More Items: 
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
Undercover persuasion by tech industry lobbyists
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Report: One Quarter of Online Videos Are Viewed in Primetime
Discussion: Maximum PC
Paul R. La Monica / CNNMoney.com:
It's time to add Apple to the Dow
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Why Nobody Wants Palm — Except Maybe Facebook
Discussion: Mashable!
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Overhauls Page and App Insights, Adds Domain Analytics Features and an API
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
Location Check-In Gowalla Tries to Set Itself Apart From Pack
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
And Groupon makes three. What's Russian firm DST's secret sauce?
Discussion: Hitwise Intelligence
 Earlier Items: 
Bloomberg:
Nokia Apple-Buster Failure Makes It ‘Ford’ of Phones
Discussion: mocoNews
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Why We Need an Open “Like” Standard
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Mozilla Contacts Releases Facebook-Integrated Version with New “Person URLs”
Discussion: Softpedia News and Mozilla Labs
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Mr. Fixit Goes Open Source With DIY Repair Site
David Carnoy / CNET News:
B&N delivers meaty Nook update, teases iPad app