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1:00 PM ET, April 26, 2010

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James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
Google Nexus One Gone From Verizon Lineup  —  Many Nexus One fans have been watching the Google Nexus One web site to see when the dreaded “coming soon” to Verizon message would go away and the phone would be available for order.  That may not ever happen as a check today shows the Google Nexus …
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Amy Thomson / Bloomberg:
Verizon Doesn't Plan to Distribute Google's Nexus Phone  —  Verizon Wireless, the largest U.S. mobile-phone company, retreated from plans to offer service for Google Inc.'s Nexus One phone, saying it will focus on other Android-powered handsets instead.  —  Until this morning …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and The Toybox
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Wi-Fi Sync: wirelessly sync the iPhone with iTunes... in your dreams (video)  —  Hey iPhone, welcome to 2007.  Following Opera's script in building grassroots hysteria to goad Apple into approving a contentious app, developer Greg Hughes is teasing a video of his Wi-Fi Sync app to the peoples of planet internet.
Andrew Munchbach / Boy Genius Report:
RIM announces the BlackBerry Bold 9650 and Pearl 3G  —  So check it out... RIM's huge BlackBerry hullabaloo, Wireless Enterprise Symposium, or “WES”, officially kicks off tomorrow in sunny Orlando, but that didn't stop the Waterloo folks from busting out two — count 'em, two — hot new smartphones prior to all of the festivities.
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Alex Iskold / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook Open Graph: The Definitive Guide For Publishers, Users and Competitors  —  Facebook just shook the tech world by announcing several major initiatives that collectively constitute an aggressive move to weave the social net on top of the existing Web.The rumors were that the leading social network …
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P. J. Connolly / eWeek:
OAuth Is the New Hotness in Identity Management
Discussion: CloudAve, Thanks:chrismessina
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Motorola Dumping Google's Built-In Location Feature For Skyhook On Android Phones (MOT, GOOG)  —  A nice win for Boston-based mobile location company Skyhook Wireless: Motorola will build Skyhook's location service into “much” of its Google Android-based phone lineup worldwide, replacing Google's built-in location service.
Reuters:
Pirates rewrite script for Apple's China iPad launch  —  (Reuters) - Just three weeks after the global launch, bootleg versions of Apple Inc's hot-selling iPad tablet PCs have begun showing up on the shelves of online and real-world shops in piracy-prone China.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Video Ad Startup FreeWheel Raises $16.8M From Turner, Disney And Others  —  Video advertising company FreeWheel has raised $16.8 million in funding from Disney's Steamboat Ventures, and existing investors, including Turner Broadcasting System, Battery Ventures, and Foundation Capital.
Discussion: PR Newswire and paidContent
Electronista:
Nokia N8 already reviewed, panned as poor iPhone rival  —  The Nokia N8 has already been given an early review that calls it a poor rival to Android and the iPhone.  Symbian^3 is said to have “little change in functionality,” and the phone itself as seen as offering little new that Nokia or other companies haven't done before.
Vikas Bajaj / New York Times:
Spammers Paying Others to Solve Captchas  —  MUMBAI, India — Faced with stricter Internet security measures, some spammers have begun borrowing a page from corporate America's playbook: they are outsourcing.  —  Sophisticated spammers are paying people in India, Bangladesh …
Discussion: Help Net Security and Tech Eye
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Rhapsody Adds Offline Listening To Its iPhone App  —  Newly independent Rhapsody is giving its iPhone app some bragging rights with an update that lets subscribers listen to tracks even when they're not online.  Users will now be able to download their Rhapsody playlists to their phones …
Laura Mortkowitz / Washington Post:
More colleges, professors shutting down laptops and other digital distractions  —  As a culture, we're at an odd crossroads regarding personal computers.  For years, educators have been clamoring to put technology in the hands of young students through partnerships with big tech companies …
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Intel prepares to launch more Atom processors  —  Intel is preparing to launch more Atom-based processors for netbooks soon including models that support DDR3 memory and dual-cores, according to sources from notebook players.  —  Intel launched its second-generation Atom N450 and N470 processors …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
RIM melds BlackBerry with PBX handsets  —  Research in Motion's latest version of its mobile voice system (MVS) allows you to morph your BlackBerry into your corporate handset.  —  In a nutshell, MVS does for the corporate PBX what BlackBerry Enterprise Server does for email.
Discussion: Datamation and Tech Trader Daily
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
The Wall Street Journal Partners with Foursquare  —  Foursquare's bread-and-butter is the partnerships that seed the location-based social network with curated content.  Now, that includes editorial tips and badges from the renowned business publication The Wall Street Journal.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Nvidia exec says Intel hindering graphics  —  An Nvidia executive appearing on a local San Francisco TV show on Friday said that Intel is denying consumers the chance to use Nvidia chips, likely presaging more verbal sparring and future legal wrangling between the two chip giants.
Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
Google Officially Adds TV Episode Video-Search Filter  —  Trying to pin down that episode where the whole group goes to that one place and the guy does that one thing?  It's now pretty easy to pin it down in Google itself, which publicly announced episode filters to the Video search sidebar for television content this past week.
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
Modernizing the ‘Kodak Moment’ as Social Sharing  —  DESPITE the predictions of naysayers, the concept of the “Kodak moment” has endured into the 21st century, even if Kodachrome film is going the way of the Brownie Starmite camera.  Now, Eastman Kodak, eager to sustain some recent momentum …
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple-part-owned Imagination teams with MIPS in blow to ARM,  —  Following rumours last week that Apple may (or may not) be plotting an ARM takeover, we read yet more cafuffle from the processor and graphics industry, this time involving a move by Apple-part-owned company, Imagination, to take a shot at ARM.
Discussion: AppleInsider, EE Times and SlashGear
Chris / cdixon.org:
The tradeoff between open and closed  —  When having the “open vs closed” debate regarding a technology platform, a number of distinctions need to be made.  First, what exactly is meant by “open.”  Here's a great chart from a paper by Harvard professor Tom Eisenmann (et al).:
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Elias Bizannes / DataPortability Blog:
Assessing the openess of Facebook's “Open Graph Protocol”
 
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Gregg Keizer / InfoWorld:
McAfee promises to reimburse consumers for bad update
Discussion: eWeek and The Register
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Nexus One launches on Vodafone UK this Friday, April 30
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The Glass Box And The Commonplace Book
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
16% of US homes can now get fiber, but deployments slowing
Bianca Bosker / The Huffington Post:
Pianist Lang Lang Plays iPad For Concert Encore (VIDEO)
Discussion: Crave and Forbes.com Blogs
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
New EU rules could kill off European VC and screw startups - Let's stop them
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Federico Viticci / MacStories:
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