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8:50 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
David Recordon / O'Reilly Radar:
Why f8 was good for the open web  —  It's easy as a technologist to think about openness solely in terms of technology, but openness is broader than that.  Openness of technology means that others can build using the same tools that you do.  Openness of data means that developers …
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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 and FactoryCity
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
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
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 …
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Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Blippy users' credit card numbers found on Google
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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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.
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.
Discussion: ithinkdifferent
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.
BBC:
Phone home  —  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.
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
Undercover persuasion by tech industry lobbyists  —  Why pay for a golf trip, dinner or full-page ad when you can tweet for free?  —  The influence peddlers of K Street have discovered the power of social networking on such Web sites as Twitter and Facebook.
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
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
 
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jballer:
Gizmodo's Trade Secret Liability
Discussion: TUAW
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!
Markcuban / blog maverick:
Is Facebook the new internet and how soon before Microsoft tries to buy it ?
Discussion: All Facebook
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Overhauls Page and App Insights, Adds Domain Analytics Features and an API
Tim Mullaney / Bloomberg:
Foursquare Will Decide Between Sale, Financing in Weeks, CEO Crowley Says
Discussion: TechCrunch and The Next Web
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
And Groupon makes three. What's Russian firm DST's secret sauce?
 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
Daniel Ionescu / PC World:
Google Dashes Hopes of Free iPhone Turn-by-Turn GPS
David Carnoy / CNET News:
B&N delivers meaty Nook update, teases iPad app
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Asustek Eee Pad to hit channel in July