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7:55 PM ET, April 27, 2010

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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 …
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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.
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.
Evan Hansen / Threat Level:
Apple May Have Traced iPhone to Finder's Address  —  People identifying themselves as representing Apple last week visited and sought permission to search the Silicon Valley address of the college-age man who came into possession of a next-generation iPhone prototype, according to a person involved with the find.
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 …
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Can Gizmodo Win the iPhone Legal Battle?  —  As we move into the second week of the iPhone-left-in-the-bar saga, the plot is moving from a technology news story to a legal one — and entering a cul-de-sac of speculation.  —  As I reported today with my colleague Brian Stelter …
CNET News:
Police ID person who found iPhone prototype
Discussion: blogs.chron.com
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.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple Continues To Morph Into The Chocolate Factory.  Expect Fewer Gobstopper Leaks.  —  Lost iPhone prototypes aside, most Apple leaks tend to come from partners companies tasked with helping to build something Apple needs for a particular product.  After all, Apple can't do it all, itself.
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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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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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Want to Know What Facebook Is Saying About You?  Try This Tool  —  Interested in finding out what information Facebook is sharing about you through the company's new open-graph API?  Developer Ka-Ping Yee has come up with a simple tool that shows you everything the social network sends …
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.
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
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.
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.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
“Fair use” generates trillions in the US alone  —  When pressing Congress to ratchet up the legal screws on infringers, copyright holders are fond of touting apocalyptic reports about how piracy is destroying their industries—and the US economy.  —  But strengthening the nation's intellectual property laws …
Discussion: Hillicon Valley and Threat Level
 
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