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11:50 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 …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Is the Microsoft-HTC patent deal more about Linux or Apple?
Discussion: Fone Arena and Phone Scoop
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
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
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 …
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?
Apple:
Apple Worldwide Developers Conference Kicks Off June 7 in San Francisco  —  Apple® today announced that it will hold its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) June 7 through June 11 at San Francisco's Moscone West.  The five-day conference includes the first ever iPad™ development sessions …
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.
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 …
TechCrunch:
When Jack Dorsey Met Fred Wilson, And Other Twitter Tales (Book Excerpt)  —  Editor's note: The following excerpt is from Mastering The VC Game, a new book by Jeffrey Bussgang that goes on sale Thursday.  It tells the backstory of Twitter from the perspective of founder Jack Dorsey …
Discussion: A VC, Thanks:eghosao
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: paidContent, Thanks:atul
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Download Squad
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*.
Adam DuVander / ProgrammableWeb:
PageRank For Twitter Launches - For a Fee  —  There are many tools to analyze and rank Twitter users, but a new one takes a trick from Google's book.  Trst.me uses an algorithm similar to Google's PageRank to give any Twitter user a score from one to 10 based on their followers' networks of followers.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Mashable!
Kat Hannaford / Gizmodo:
Surprise Surprise, Pre-Ordered iPad 3G Begins Shipping  —  Being the 28th of April, it figures that iPad 3G pre-order customers have begun receiving confirmation their iPad 3Gs are shipping.  They should be dropping on doormats this Friday, or available in-store after 5pm that day.  [9to5Mac]
Jim Buckmaster / craigslist blog:
Coverage of CT AG Grandstanding  —  From Techdirt's “Banging Your Head on the Virtual Wall Department” : … As always, the Techdirt user comments are worth reading as well.  —  Speaking of which, if you can get past the gross inaccuracies and apparent absence of fact-checking …
 
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Ilinca Nita / Unwired View:
Unknown HTC Android QWERTY phone (Wildfire?) hits the FCC, AT&T 3G included
Tim Ferguson / silicon.com:
Windows 7 now on one in 10 of world's PCs
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News Corp gives its backing to ‘free’ digital music start-up
Gene J. Koprowski / Fox News:
Apple Needs to Do More to Keep Porn off iPhones, Watchdog Group Says
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
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Evan Ramstad / Wall Street Journal:
South Korea Lifts Brief iPad Ban
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