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4:15 PM ET, April 24, 2010

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Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Two prototype iPod touches with cameras show up on eBay  —  Update: Shocker...they've been pulled from Ebay.  —  Well looky what we have here.  Someone has put up two semi-working iPod touches WITH cameras and a development version of the iPod OS on Ebay.
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John Herrman / Gizmodo:
What Are These Camera-fied iPod Touch “Prototypes” Doing On eBay?  —  Or, to precise, what was this apparent test device doing on eBay, before it was unceremoniously yanked?  And is it real?  —  Speaking to the second question, the answer is a firm probably.  Here's the evidence:
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Criminal Charges Possible in the Case of the Lost iPhone  —  The authorities in San Mateo County in California are considering whether to file criminal charges in connection with the sale of a missing next-generation iPhone belonging to Apple.  —  The San Mateo district attorney could act …
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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.
Bloomberg:
Gizmodo Says Police Haven't Been in Contact Over IPhone Prototype Incident
Discussion: EverythingiCafe
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Woz has fun with leaked iPhone T-shirt (photo)  —  Steve Wozniak, the patron saint of Apple computer engineers, is smiling down on Gray Powell.  —  Wozniak, who along with Ronald Wayne and Steve Jobs founded Apple in 1976, recently had himself photographed drinking a beer …
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Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Lufthansa offers free flight to Apple worker who lost iPhone prototype in a German beer garden  —  It's too bad Southwest Airlines doesn't fly to Germany because this would've made the perfect “Wanna Get Away” commercial.  —  Lufthansa, the German airline, is offering a free flight to Munich to Gray Powell …
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Reading on iPad before bed can affect sleep habits  —  Apple's iPad can do movies, music, e-mail, apps and rich Web browsing.  And of course, e-books.  Should Amazon just put its comparably basic e-reader, the Kindle, to sleep?  —  Not so fast.  Sleep experts say using the iPad before bed …
Discussion: I4U News
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
WARNING: Blippy User's Debit Card Numbers Still Appearing In Google  —  Blippy, the social network for people who want to publicize their purchases, got in big trouble yesterday for publishing some of its users credit card numbers.  But by mid-afternoon, Blippy had announced the problem …
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Official Blippy Blog:
Blippy And Credit Card Numbers: Update
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
More open than thou: Blogger battle rages over new Facebook tools  —  Facebook has reignited the openness debate by launching tools this week that may reshape the web and hand the company a big advantage over its competitors.  —  The word “open” — like “green” or “eco-conscious” …
Discussion: TechCrunch
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Steve Wozniak / Gizmodo:
Steve Wozniak On Apple Security, Employee Termination, and Gray Powell  —  During last week's iPhone leak saga, Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, reached out to us with a story: The morning of the iPad launch, an engineer showed him an iPad for two minutes.  For this he was fired.
Thanks:jwherrman
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Updated Windows Phone 7 videos show Office doing awesome things  —  As much as Microsoft has revealed about Windows Phone 7 thus far in the past two months, one critical, differentiating element that it's going to be able to lord over its competitors — true Office support — has been a bit of a black box.
BBC:
Meet Marty Cooper - the inventor of the mobile phone  —  Martin Cooper, inventor of the mobile phone, said manufacturers are cramming too much into new handsets  —  Martin Cooper may not be a household name, but his invention is familiar to more than half the planet's population who own a mobile phone.
ISPreview UK:
Comical Video Highlights Dangers of EU Plan to Block Internet Websites  —  Alexander Lehmann has created an incredibly clever and subtly comical video that seeks to illustrate the dangers of new European wide internet filtering / website blocking plans, which are currently being proposed by EU Commissioner Cecilia Malmström.
 
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