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6:15 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.
Mary Duan / bizjournals:
Apple asked for ‘lost’ iPhone criminal probe  —  The criminal investigation into the purported theft of an apparent iPhone prototype came at the request of Apple Inc., officials said Tuesday.  —  Investigators said they have identified and interviewed the person who took the phone …
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 …
New York Times:
Apple Buys a Chip Maker Thought to Be 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.
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
Discussion: Electronista
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.
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Want to Know What to Know What Facebook Is Saying About You?  Try This Tool
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.
Doug / Nokia Conversations:
One of our children is missing  —  Today was an important day for Nokia.  After months of planning, we proudly introduced the Nokia N8, our latest smartphone and the first to feature the Symbian^3 platform.  When it goes on sale this summer, we're confident that the N8 is going stand …
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Gizmodo:
Nokia N8 Official, With 12MP Camera and 720p Video Recording
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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Andres Sehr / Spotify:
Spotify - the next generation  —  This morning we're really excited to announce a major evolution of Spotify.  Today we begin rolling out Spotify version 0.4.3 which includes the largest feature upgrade since our launch in late 2008.  —  To kick it off we've added a number of social features …
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Music Ally:
Spotify Goes Social
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.
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
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.
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.
Arn / MacRumors:
Latest iPhone SDK Beta 2 Offers More Video Chat Evidence with Possible Game Center Integration  —  It should be obvious by now that Apple is planning on integrating a front-facing camera in its next-generation iPhone.  The natural use for such a feature is video conferencing.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, EverythingiCafe and TiPb
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 …
 
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Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
Facebook Sends Window Decals to Local Businesses
Thanks:atul
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Hulu ‘abandons UK plans’ after broadcaster talks collapse
Discussion: Neowin.net
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
“Fair use” generates trillions in the US alone
Discussion: Hillicon Valley and Threat Level
Dave Itzkoff / ArtsBeat:
M.I.A. Video for ‘Born Free’ Is Pulled From YouTube
Discussion: BBC, SocialTimes.com and Mashable!
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Japanese Apple resellers halt Web sales, China iPhone price cut planned
Paul Bonanos / GigaOM:
SoundHound's Pet Project: A Music Search Engine
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Hootsuite simplifies Ow.ly URL shortener, plans vanity shorteners
Agam Shah / Computerworld:
AMD launches six-core desktop chip price war with Intel