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4:50 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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Paul Ohm / Freedom to Tinker:
The Gizmodo Warrant: Searching Journalists in the Terabyte Age  —  Last Friday night, police officers in California used a warrant to search the home of Jason Chen, the Gizmodo blogger who wrote about the iPhone prototype found in a Redwood City bar.  Orin Kerr has written an interesting post assessing the legality of the search.
CNET News:
Journalist shield law may not halt iPhone probe  —  The criminal investigation into Apple's errant iPhone prototype took a new twist this week, when Gawker Media claimed that the warrant used by police to search an editor's home was invalid.  —  It's clear that federal and state law generally …
Mattz / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
OverREACTing: Dissecting the Gizmodo Warrant
Alexia Tsotsis / SFWeekly Tech:
Nick Denton in 2009: Journalism Not Gawker's “Institutional Intention.”
Brad Stone / Bits:
Google's Andy Rubin on Everything Android  —  Andy Rubin, a vice president of engineering at Google, leads one of the search giant's most important efforts—the development of Android, Google's open source platform for smartphones and other mobile devices.  —  Android, of course …
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Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:   It's Official: Adobe Flash support will be built into Android 2.2
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.
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Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Conference Comeback for Steve Jobs?  —  We hear Steve Jobs has tentatively agreed to appear on stage at the Wall Street Journal's high-profile D Conference for the first time in three years.  The June event could be a major landmark in the Apple CEO's public recuperation.
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.
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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 …
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European Public Policy Blog:
Data collected by Google cars  —  Over the weekend, there was a lot of talk about exactly what information Google Street View cars collect as they drive our streets.  While we have talked about the collection of WiFi data a number of times before—and there have been stories published in the press …
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News and Ars Technica, Thanks:atul
New York Times:
Apple Buys a Chip Maker Believed Behind the iPad Brain  —  Apple has bought the company that many analysts say helped make the brain in the iPad tablet, people familiar with the deal said Tuesday.  —  Apple has finalized a deal to acquire a small chip company called Intrinsity, Apple confirmed.
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.
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 …
Dave Itzkoff / ArtsBeat:
M.I.A. Video for ‘Born Free’ Is Pulled From YouTube  —  Within a day of its splashy and widely discussed debut on the Web, the video for M.I.A.'s song “Born Free” has been pulled from YouTube on the American and British versions of the site, BBC News reported.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Google demands neutrality (just don't apply it to them)  —  Google doesn't care.  The FCC wants to regulate net neutrality under Title II of the Communications Act?  It wants to try again under Title I?  It wants to get frisky and try Title VI?  Google's down with that; just git-er-done.
Discussion: google.com and MediaPost
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Senators Want Facebook To Make “Instant Personalization” Service Opt-In  —  Today during a press conference, Senator Charles Schumer of New York and a number of other Democratic Senators announced that they would like Facebook to make their new “Instant Personalization” service “Opt-In” rather than “Opt-Out” by default.
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
RIM shows off BlackBerry 6 on video  —  While RIM's WES 2010 keynote is still ongoing, the company's YouTube channel has kindly released the first teaser video for the incoming BlackBerry 6 operating system.  There's a lot of movement on screen — so much, in fact, that it's almost like RIM really doesn't want you to see the OS at all.
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 …
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 …
 
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
“Fair use” generates trillions in the US alone
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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Japanese Apple resellers halt Web sales, China iPhone price cut planned
Paul Bonanos / GigaOM:
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John Cook / TechFlash:
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
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Discussion: Telegraph and iSuppli
Camille Ricketts / VentureBeat:
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AMD launches six-core desktop chip price war with Intel
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Taylor Wimberly / Android and Me:
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