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2:30 PM 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: PC World and Ars Technica
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
BREAKING NEWS: Siri bought by Apple  —  Back in February I said that if you miss Siri you will miss the future of the Web.  —  Well, Apple did not miss the future of the Web.  —  According to FTC Apple just purchased Siri.  —  If previous acquisitions by Apple are an indicator …
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Timothy Hay / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Apple Moves Deeper Into Voice-Activated Search With Siri Buy  —  Apple Inc. has acquired Siri Inc. just a few months after the start-up's voice-activated personal-assistant program launched in the App Store, an investor in San Jose-based Siri told VentureWire.
Discussion: App Advice and Internet2Go
Dan Frommer / The Business Insider:
Apple Buys Siri, A Mobile Assistant App, As War With Google Heats Up
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 …
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Ian Paul / PC World:
Apple WWDC 2010: Five Things To Watch For
Discussion: App Advice, Ars Technica and TG Daily
Gabriel Madway / Reuters:   Apple to host conference in June; new iPhone expected
CNET News:
Prosecutors defend Gizmodo search in iPhone probe  —  San Mateo County prosecutors are defending the search of a Gizmodo.com editor's home and seizure of his computers that are part of a criminal investigation into an iPhone prototype lost by an Apple employee.
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Zusha Elinson / LAW.com:
Gizmodo Editor in Missing iPhone Case Retains Criminal Defense Lawyer
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.
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?
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 …
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]
Discussion: MacRumors, 9 to 5 Mac and Erictric
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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
The Final Details on the iPad's 3G Data Plans
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and MacRumors
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 …
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Yahoo chief Bartz ready to buy startups - but tight-lipped on Foursquare  —  The new Yahoo chief executive Carol Bartz says search will grow in coming quarter and that location-based services are important to future growth  —  Carol Bartz, the new chief executive of Yahoo, says the company is …
Discussion: blogs.ft.com and TechCrunch Europe
Jeremy Caplan / Digits:
The iPad and the Future of Text  —  Digital text is at a crossroads, and the iPad's momentum could nudge it in one of two directions.  —  Down one path lies a world in which words are increasingly digitized in iPad-like e-readers that function like locked glass boxes.
Hitwise:
Facebook is top search term across three major search engines  —  Experian Hitwise announced today thatthe search term Facebook was the top U.S. search conducted in the four weeks ending March 27, 2010.  Overall, Facebook related terms accounted for eight searches across the three top 10 lists.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Search Engine Land
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
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Klout Raises $1.5 Million To Measure Influence And Authority On Twitter  —  Klout, a startup that measures influence on Twitter, has secured $1.5 million in Series A funding from a number of investors, including Allen Morgan of Mayfield Fund, ff Asset Management, Bobby Yazdani …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Pulse2
 
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Windows Embedded Standard 7 brings Media Center to TVs, set-top boxes
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
AOL's Turnaround Isn't Here Yet: Revenues Down 23 Percent
Jim Buckmaster / craigslist blog:
Coverage of CT AG Grandstanding
David Kaplan / paidContent:
AOL Sells IM Service ICQ To Russia's DST For $187.5 Million
Adam DuVander / ProgrammableWeb:
PageRank For Twitter Launches - For a Fee
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Eric Schmidt / Harvard Business Review:
How I Did It: Google's CEO on the Enduring Lessons of a Quirky IPO
Discussion: paidContent, Thanks:atul
 Earlier Items: 
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
The Mysterious And Scary BitTorrent Monitoring Site
Discussion: Download Squad
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
Discussion: T3.com News and Erictric
Nick Wingfield / Digits:
Amazon, Dell Founders Help Fund Healthcare Startup
Gene J. Koprowski / Fox News:
Apple Needs to Do More to Keep Porn off iPhones, Watchdog Group Says
Discussion: TG Daily
Tom Warren / Neowin.net:
Windows Live Messenger for iPhone unveiled
New York Times:
Apple Buys Intrinsity, a Maker of Fast Chips