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7:55 AM ET, April 27, 2010

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Gizmodo:
Police Seize Jason Chen's Computers  —  Last Friday night, California's Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team entered editor Jason Chen's home without him present, seizing four computers and two servers.  —  They did so using a warrant by Judge of Superior Court of San Mateo.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
iPhone Leak Investigation Pauses As DA Ponders Gizmodo Shield Law Defense  —  Earlier today news broke that police had raided Gizmodo editor Jason Chen's home in connection with the iPhone leak last week.  Authorities got a search warrant and removed four computers, two servers, and more.
CNET News:
Police poised to expand iPhone prototype probe  —  Gizmodo editor Jason Chen in a video embedded in his April 19 post titled “This is Apple's next iPhone.”  —  The criminal probe into Apple's errant iPhone prototype is expected to broaden, a law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation told CNET.
Discussion: Geek.com and ChannelWeb
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Expert: Invalid Warrant Used in Raid on iPhone Reporter's Home  —  Police raided the house of an editor for Gizmodo on Friday and seized computers and other equipment.  The raid was part of an investigation into the leak of a prototype iPhone that the site obtained for a blockbuster story last week.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Good Luck With the Shield Law Argument  —  Henry Blodget: … Journalist shield laws are about journalists being able to protect sources who may have committed crimes.  They're not a license for journalists to commit crimes themselves.  Gawker is making an argument that is beside the point.
Yahoo! News:
What is Apple Inc.'s role in task force investigating iPhone case?  —  The California criminal investigation into the case of the errant Apple G4 iPhone that Gizmodo.com unveiled before legions of curious Internet readers last week is noteworthy in its potential to make new media law.
Discussion: Daring Fireball, Electronista and CJR
Alexia Tsotsis / SFWeekly Tech:
Nick Denton in 2009: Journalism Not Gawker's “Institutional Intention.”
Discussion: Runnin' Scared
Music Ally:
Spotify Goes Social  —  On the back of the Facebook Connect platform Spotify has begun the integration of social media into its music service, and the implications are huge.  —  In its newest app update, and the biggest since launch in 2008, Spotify users will now be able to connect …
Google Nexus One:
An update on Nexus One partnerships  —  When we launched Nexus One in January, we announced partnerships with Vodafone in Europe and Verizon Wireless in the US.  We have news on both fronts.  —  Today, Vodafone begins accepting pre-orders for Nexus One from customers in the United Kingdom …
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Amy Thomson / Bloomberg:
Verizon Doesn't Plan to Distribute Google's Nexus Phone
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google acquires entertainment company LabPixies  —  Google loves to build platforms on which programs run—Android, App Engine, iGoogle, and in the biggest picture, the Web itself.  But platforms are of no use, and aren't much fun, without applications on top, so Google often also kick-starts development with applications of its own.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Mobile Blogger “Boy Genius” Unmasked, Acquired  —  You probably haven't heard of Jonathan Geller.  But you may have read his site.  Geller's Boy Genius Report is avidly followed by those obsessed with mobile phones and the companies who make them.  —  Among those paying attention …
Brian McClendon / The Official Google Blog:
Earthly pleasures come to Maps  —  Earth Day may have just passed, but the Google Earth team loves it too much to let it go.  So we've found our own special way to celebrate Earth Day (a little late) by making an announcement that we've been working toward for a long time: Earth view in Google Maps.
Dave Berkowitz / The Windows Blog:
Wanna Peek at the Next Version of Windows Home Server?  Check out the new public beta for Windows Home Server, Code Name “Vail”  —  Many of you may already know that Microsoft has been hard at work on the next version of Windows Home Server.  We are excited to announce today that the beta …
Digits:
South Korean Official's iPad Causes a Stir  —  South Korea's culture minister, Yu In-chon, strode into a government briefing room Monday for what seemed to be a routine photo-op as his ministry announced a $50 million program to help develop the country's budding electronic-books industry.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Macsimum News
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Burn Blu-ray Disks on Regular DVDs With x264  —  The developers of the open source h.264 codec x264 have just released an update that makes it possible to burn Blu-ray discs on regular DVD-9 or even DVD-5 DVD-Rs. x264 uses advanced compression to fit Blu-ray movies on much cheaper DVD-Rs …
Discussion: Pocket-lint, Gizmodo and Electronista
The Scott Adams Blog:
That Lost 4G Phone  —  Two questions I am often asked:  — How far in advance do you work?  — How quickly can you publish a comic on a current event?  —  Today I will indirectly answer both questions by talking about something else entirely.  I assume you've all been following …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
BlackBerry 6 coming in third quarter of this year  —  RIM's co-CEO Mike Lazaridis just announced in an analyst call today that the company's next platform — coined BlackBerry 6 — will be available “in the next calendar quarter,” which we take to mean the third quarter of 2010.
Marco Chiappetta / Hot Hardware:
NVIDIA To Unify Desktop and Notebook Drivers  —  Over the last few years, both ATI and NVIDIA have implemented plans to release mobile graphics driver updates at more regular intervals.  Historically, notebook users have been at the mercy of the notebook OEM with regard to mobile graphics driver updates …
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
We Have Met the Enemy and He Is PowerPoint  —  WASHINGTON — Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the leader of American and NATO forces in Afghanistan, was shown a PowerPoint slide in Kabul last summer that was meant to portray the complexity of American military strategy, but looked more like a bowl of spaghetti.
Taylor Wimberly / Android and Me:
Motorola's 3D Android phone appears again  —  New images have leaked of what could be Motorola's first 3D Android phone.  A similar device was spotted last week which looked more like a prototype, but these new images appear to be final hardware.  We say this because the new phone (MT810) now sports the China Mobile logo.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Will Foursquare Badges Really Help Newspapers?  —  The Wall Street Journal, which has waded into a fierce battle for local New York readers with the New York Times, has turned to the uber-hip social networking service Foursquare for some reinforcements.  The Journal announced today that readers …
Jin Hyun-joo / The Korea Herald:
Samsung eyes Google TV  —  Samsung Electronics, the world's top TV maker, is considering developing “Google TVs” which run Google's Android operating system, its executive told The Korea Herald yesterday.  —  The move came as Samsung's rival, Sony, is reportedly working with Google and Intel …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Facebook privacy hole ‘lets you see where strangers plan to go’  —  Developer says new API lets you query social network's databases - and there doesn't seem to be a way to turn it off  —  Facebook's new system for connecting together the web seems to have a serious privacy hole, a web developer has discovered.
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Carlo Longino / Techdirt:
Total Number Of Personal Data Records Leaked Since 2005: At Least 358.4 Million
Discussion: VentureBeat
Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
Google on FCC broadband authority: We're staying out of it
Jeanette Borzo / The Australian:
Salesforce.com, VMware tipped to unveil joint offering
Steve Wildstrom / Steve Wildstrom on Tech:
iPad Bans: Misinformation from Media Old and New
Discussion: Fortune, BetaNews and TUAW
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
PDA Inventor Slaps HTC With Another Patent Infringement Lawsuit
Discussion: IntoMobile and Phones Review, Thanks:robinwauters
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Doing 10-20X As Many App Downloads A Day As BlackBerry (RIMM, AAPL)
Mark Sigal / O'Reilly Radar:
Five reasons iPhone vs Android isn't Mac vs Windows
Discussion: Mark Sigal's Blog, Thanks:atul
 Earlier Items: 
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Cyber Privacy Act not specific enough, opens door to abuse
Discussion: Techdirt
Todd Spangler / Multichannel News:
CableLabs Next-Gen Broadband Project Envisions Multigigabit Speeds
All Facebook:
The Problem With Community Pages
Discussion: Mashable! and ReadWriteWeb
Austin Haugen / Facebook Blog:
Answers to Your Questions on Personalized Web Tools
Discussion: louisgray.com, Digits and Technologizer