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12:20 PM ET, April 27, 2010

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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.
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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.
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.
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.
Alexia Tsotsis / SFWeekly Tech:
Nick Denton in 2009: Journalism Not Gawker's “Institutional Intention.”
Discussion: Runnin' Scared
Gagan Biyani / MobileCrunch:
AdMob: The Original iPhone is Dead, Android Becoming Increasingly Diversified  —  Here at MobileCrunch, we love numbers.  We especially love numbers that make good stories.  And we more especially love numbers that make good stories about phones.  And so we love it when AdMob packages together data …
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 …
Gizmodo:
Nokia N8 Official, With 12MP Camera and 720p Video Recording  —  Well now, this is awkward.  Only yesterday Mobile-Review was calling the N8 an unpolished turd, and now Nokia's gone and announced it to the world.  As leaks foretold, it's got a 12MP camera with Xenon flash, and runs Symbian^3.
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.
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 …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Eye-Fi announces Apple-exclusive Geo X2 card, more WiFi hotspot support  —  In the event that none of Eye-Fi's existing 802.11n-capable offerings meet your wireless photo upload needs, take heart, because there's a new model getting shoehorned between the $49.99 Connect X2 and the $99.99 Explore X2 …
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
TomTom Go Live 1000 to offer capacitive touchscreen, WebKit-based UI  —  TomTom has just outed its new flagship PND, the Go Live 1000, and wouldn't you know it, it's the first of the company's stable to offer a capacitive touchscreen.  This comes mere days after Garmin updated its lineup with capacitive options.
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
Facebook: the Privacy Questions Continue  —  The argument over privacy on Facebook continued Tuesday as four senators sent a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg asking the company to roll back some of the features it announced last week.  —  The senators in particular criticized …
Discussion: Computerworld
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
ARM Announces Record Profits, Dismisses Rumors of Apple Takeover  —  The Daily Telegraph reports that ARM Holdings, the design firm behind the processors used in Apple's iPhone OS devices and the subject of recent rumors that Apple might be looking at an acquisition, has announced record sales …
Discussion: Telegraph and iLounge
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Zong Emerges: Facebook Deal And $15 Million In Funding  —  We've been tracking mobile payments provider Zong since 2008 - in a nutshell, it lets you pay for things, particularly virtual goods online, via direct billing to your mobile phone.  Despite heavy competition from well-backed boku …
Eric Goldman / Technology & Marketing Law Blog:
Amazon Wins Keyword Advertising Suit—Video Professor v. Amazon  —  Video Professor, Inc. v .  Amazon.com, Inc., 1:09-cv-00636-REB-KLM (D. Colo. April 21, 2010)  —  Video Professor has been involved in a few interesting legal scrapes.  For example, you may recall that in 2007 they launched …
Agam Shah / Computerworld:
AMD launches six-core desktop chip price war with Intel  —  IDG News Service - Advanced Micro Devices is trying to beat Intel on price with its latest six-core desktop Phenom II X6 processors that were unveiled today.  —  AMD is shipping two X6 processors that are substantially less pricey …
Discussion: Crave
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Netbook market may have already peaked  —  IDC will release figures later this week that indicate that the Netbook phenomenon may have peaked, and recent comments from Intel itself back this up.  —  The figures from market researcher IDC show a decline in Atom processor shipments as a percentage …
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Faster, better, Opera 10.52 for Mac is available now  —  Buoyed by the welcome reception of its alternative iPhone browser, Opera Software's sure to hope for some kind of bump-up in the number of users choosing to download the latest version of its Mac browser, Opera 10.52.
Camille Ricketts / VentureBeat:
Hootsuite simplifies Ow.ly URL shortener, plans vanity shorteners  —  Social media startup HootSuite is introducing changes to its popular URL shortener Ow.ly — commonly used on Twitter, Facebook and other sharing sites — to make its brand less invasive.  On top of that, it says it will …
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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 Earlier Items: 
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
PDA Inventor Slaps HTC With Another Patent Infringement Lawsuit
Discussion: IntoMobile and Phones Review, Thanks:robinwauters
Digits:
South Korean Official's iPad Causes a Stir
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
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Mark Sigal / O'Reilly Radar:
Five reasons iPhone vs Android isn't Mac vs Windows
Discussion: Worst Tech!, Thanks:atul
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
BlackBerry 6 coming in third quarter of this year