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8:45 AM ET, April 28, 2010

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Microsoft:
Microsoft Announces Patent Agreement With HTC  —  Agreement will cover HTC's Android phones.  —  Microsoft Corp. and HTC Corp. have signed a patent agreement that provides broad coverage under Microsoft's patent portfolio for HTC's mobile phones running the Android mobile platform.
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Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft claims Android steps on its patents  —  The mobile phone wars got a more interesting late on Tuesday as Microsoft publicly asserted for the first time that Google's Android operating system infringes on its intellectual property.  —  Microsoft has taken the position …
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 …
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Zusha Elinson / LAW.com:
Gizmodo Editor in Missing iPhone Case Retains Criminal Defense Lawyer
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Matt Zimmerman / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
OverREACTing: Dissecting the Gizmodo Warrant
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Welcome Back, Steve: Apple CEO Jobs to Appear Onstage at D8  —  Apple (AAPL) CEO and Co-founder Steve Jobs will appear at the eighth D: All Things Digital, in an interview on the opening night, kicking off our tech and media conference that will also include famed Hollywood director James Cameron …
Vladimir Vukievi:
Fennec on Android  —  Over the last few months, we've made some great progress on bringing Firefox to Android.  Michael Wu, Brad Lassey, Alex Pakhotin and I have been focusing on getting a build ready that's usable by a broader set of people, and we're now ready to get that build out there.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Mozilla Officially Unveils A Pre-Alpha Test Version Of Firefox For Android
Discussion: Geekword
New York Times:
Apple Buys Intrinsity, a Maker of Fast Chips  —  Apple wants the fastest chip for its mobile devices and has bought another chip maker to gain an edge over its competitors.  —  Apple has acquired a small Austin, Tex., company called Intrinsity, known for making zippy versions of a computer chip often found in mobile devices.
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
It's Official: Adobe Flash support will be built into Android 2.2  —  10 months.  That's how long its been since Adobe first demonstrated Flash on Android — and that's pretty much a lifetime in the mobile world.  And yet, official Flash support for Android is still nowhere to be seen*.
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Brad Stone / Bits:
Google's Andy Rubin on Everything Android
Doantam Phan / The Official Google Blog:
Discovering pages “similar to” ones that you like  —  One of the great things about the web is choice.  There's a website out there for nearly everything, and sometimes there are many sites all dedicated to a single topic.  But how can you find all the sites that are related to the subject that interests you?
Tom Warren / Neowin.net:
Windows Live Messenger for iPhone unveiled  —  Remember in December 2009 we told you Microsoft were planning a Windows Live Messenger app for iPhone?  Well today we can reveal a little bit more.  —  Today we can exclusively unveil the first official screenshots of Windows Live Messenger for iPhone.
Markus Frind / Plenty of fish blog:
Match.com No longer top dating site, sends in the lawyers.  —  Here is comscores worldwide ranking of dating sites for march.  We are doing pretty good considering we are only in UK, Canada and US.  —  Last year Match launched a plentyoffish clone called downtoearth.com which was supposed …
Discussion: paidContent
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Nokia says leaked N8 has early software, shouldn't be reviewed  —  It looks like Nokia isn't too happy that its big N8 / Symbian^3 reveal this morning was tarnished by Eldar Murtazin's harsh preview of the device and OS a few days ago: in a new Conversations blog post, the company says that Eldar's …
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Tremor Media Rounds Up Another $40 Million For Web Video Ads  —  Remember when the pre-roll — ads that run before Web video clips — was supposed to be on its way out?  Somebody forgot to tell Tremor Media.  —  The video ad network, which makes most of its money selling pre-rolls …
David Kaplan / paidContent:
AOL Sells IM Service ICQ To Russia's DST For $187.5 Million  —  As expected, Russian investment group Digital Sky Technologies says it has reached an agreement with AOL (NYSE: AOL) to buy its instant messaging service ICQ for $187.5 million.  DST, which has investment in Facebook and Zynga …
Eric Schmidt / Harvard Business Review:
How I Did It: Google's CEO on the Enduring Lessons of a Quirky IPO  —  It happened six years ago, but I still remember every detail of our journey to becoming a public company.  It was a uniquely “Googley” experience that to this day says a lot about who we are.  An IPO can change a company.
Thanks:atul
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
The Mysterious And Scary BitTorrent Monitoring Site  —  While many BitTorrent users operate their clients without a second thought, many are well aware that everything they can do has the potential to be monitored by someone, somewhere.  The data available in BitTorrent swarms is necessarily public …
The Politico:
Senators' letter to Facebook  —  Four Democratic U.S. senators — Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Michael Bennet (D-Col.), Mark Begich (Alaska) and Al Franken (D-Minn.) — on Tuesday were unveiling this letter to Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg:  —  Dear Mr. Zuckerberg,
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Tim Ferguson / silicon.com:
Windows 7 now on one in 10 of world's PCs  —  Licences for Microsoft's latest OS are selling like hotcakes...  Just six months after its release, Windows 7 is now installed on one in 10 of the world's PCs, Microsoft has confirmed.  —  The operating system was launched on 22 October 2009 …
 
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Adam DuVander / ProgrammableWeb:
PageRank For Twitter Launches - For a Fee
Ilinca Nita / Unwired View:
Unknown HTC Android QWERTY phone (Wildfire?) hits the FCC, AT&T 3G included
Nick Wingfield / Digits:
Amazon, Dell Founders Help Fund Healthcare Startup
Discussion: TechFlash and Seattle Times
Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson / Financial Times:
News Corp gives its backing to ‘free’ digital music start-up
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Third-party search engines start indexing Facebook “likes,” shared content
Discussion: OneRiot Blog
Gene J. Koprowski / Fox News:
Apple Needs to Do More to Keep Porn off iPhones, Watchdog Group Says
Discussion: PC World and Macsimum News
Michael Wolff / Newser:
Creepy Steve Jobs May Not Want You to Read This (or Will Break Down Your Door)
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Garcia / eWeek:
Cisco CleanAir Delivers Networkwide RF Analysis
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Frothy Times for Web Angel Investing
Discussion: Loic Le Meur Blog, Thanks:atul
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Want to Know What Facebook Is Saying About You? Try This Tool
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
“Fair use” generates trillions in the US alone
Peter Fleischer / European Public Policy Blog:
Data collected by Google cars