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12:40 PM ET, April 30, 2010

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Hewlett-Packard To Kill Windows 7 Tablet Project  —  Hewlett-Packard has killed off its much ballyhooed Windows 7 tablet computer, says a source who's been briefed on the matter.  —  The device was first unveiled by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer at CES 2010 in January and was supposed to hit the market in mid 2010.
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Joel Johnson / Gizmodo:
Microsoft Cancels Innovative Courier Tablet Project  —  According to sources familiar with the matter, Microsoft has cancelled Courier, the folding, two-screen prototype tablet that was first uncovered by Gizmodo.  —  We're told that on Wednesday, Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer informed …
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Microsoft confirms, kills Courier in one fell swoop  —  Well this is depressing.  Word has just gone fluttering out of Redmond that work on the Courier project — a heretofore rumored dual-screen tablet which rightfully set the tech world ablaze — has been spun down by the company.
Kevin Lynch / Adobe:
Moving Forward  —  This morning Apple posted some thoughts about Flash on their web site.  —  The primary issue at hand is that Apple is choosing to block Adobe's  —  widely used runtimes as well as a variety of technologies from other  —  providers.  —  Clearly, a lot of people are passionate about both Apple and Adobe and
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Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:   Adobe CEO says Apple's ban of Flash “has nothing to do with technology”
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
Highlights: The Journal's Exclusive Interview With Adobe CEO
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iPhone Finder Regrets His ‘Mistake’  —  The person who found and sold an Apple iPhone prototype says he regrets not doing more to return the device to its owner, according to a statement provided by his attorney Thursday in response to queries from Wired.com.
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CNET News:
The people involved in sale of lost iPhone revealed  —  The saga of the lost prototype iPhone started with a 21-year-old Silicon Valley resident who says he regrets not trying harder to find its real owner, according to a published report.  —  Brian J. Hogan, a 21-year-old resident of Redwood City …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Apple To Shut Down Lala On May 31, iTunes.com Launch Impending?  —  Lala - where music will stop playing ...  In a brief message that was just posted on the Lala.com website, Apple has announced that the service will be shut down on May 31st, 2010.  Apple will not be accepting new users …
IEBlog:
HTML5 Video  —  There's been a lot of posting about video and video formats on the web recently.  This is a good opportunity to talk about Microsoft's point of view.  —  The future of the web is HTML5.  Microsoft is deeply engaged in the HTML5 process with the W3C.
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Microsoft takes H.264 stand in Web video debate  —  Deepening a rift in a key Web standards debate, Microsoft said Thursday that Internet Explorer 9 will support the variety of Web video Apple built into Safari but not the one embraced by Firefox and Opera.  —  “In its HTML5 support …
Discussion: Geek.com and Electronista
Kroc Camen / OSNews:   IE9 HTML5 Video Will Be H264 Only
Lou Young / WCBS-TV:
NJ Principal Asks Parents To Ban Social Networking  —  Benjamin Franklin Middle School Chief Says Students Should Be Cut Off From Facebook, Text Messaging  —  RIDGEWOOD, N.J. (CBS) ― A controversial proposal has students horrified at a Bergen County middle school on Wednesday.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Why it is too late to regulate Facebook  —  I've seen a lot of angst over the past week about Facebook's moves to open up your data to other applications.  —  To really understand how huge these changes are I had to get away from Silicon Valley and come and hang out with the geeks in Kinneret …
Noah Robischon / Fast Company:
Sean Parker: Facebook Should Not Have Won, MySpace Blew It  —  Why did Friendster and MySpace fail where Facebook found phenomenal success?  It's not that the site was better marketed, designed or had fancier code, according to Sean Parker, the former president of Facebook and now managing partner of Founders Fund.
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Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
Set Google Voice as Your Skype Caller ID  —  A Google Voice number, one that rings all your phones, makes good sense as the caller ID number for outgoing Skype calls.  Google Voice blocked the verification SMS that Skype needed until recently, but Google's flipped the switch and made it convenient.
Discussion: Computerworld
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Amazon Stabs Penguin in the Throat With Ebook Pricing for Real Books  —  Amazon?  Not playing around with publishers when it comes to ebook deals.  Penguin's contract ran out on April 1, so Amazon can't sell their ebooks.  So Amazon's cut the price of Penguin's actual hardcovers to $9.99 ebook pricing.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Chris Saad / Paying Attention:
Open is not enough.  Time to raise the bar: Interoperable  —  Last week Elias Bizannes and I wrote a post Assessing the Openness of Facebook's ‘Open Graph Protocol’.  —  To summarize that post, it's clear that Facebook is making a play to create, aggregate and own not only identity on the web, but everything that hangs off it.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Cash cow out of the barn: Adobe shipping CS5  —  The official debut was two weeks ago, and now Adobe is actually delivering its Creative Suite 5 software to customers.  —  The CS5 software spans a broad range of uses—image editing in Photoshop, video editing in Premiere Pro …
Chris Holt / Macworld:
Steam set to arrive on the Mac May 12  —  Valve's game distribution service to launch on the Mac platform  —  Valve revealed Thursday that Steam, its digital distribution service for games, will launch a Mac OS X version on Wednesday, May 12th.  With over twenty-five million users and hundreds …
Curt Hopkins / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Brings Living Stories to WordPress  —  Google today announced the release of a Living Stories plugin for WordPress.  —  Living Stories was Google's “experimental format for displaying news coverage” a two-month-long experiment with the New York Times and Washington Post.
Steve Lohr / Bits:
Privacy Concerns Limit Online Ads, Study Says  —  Privacy advocates have had an impact on Madison Avenue after all, according to a new study.  —  Among marketers, privacy groups are often portrayed as scare mongers out of touch with ordinary consumers, who overstate the privacy perils of data collection online.
Percy Cabello / Mozilla Links:
Meet the new Firefox Add-ons Manager  —  It has taken a long time for the Firefox team to come up with a significant update to the Add-ons Manager, but it's finally coming to Firefox.next.  It looks and works great and there are a lot of opportunities for the new interface.
John Brownlee / Cult of Mac:
iPad 3G Available At 5PM This Afternoon, Retail Stores Closed Between 4PM-5PM to Prep  —  Just a friendly Cult of Mac reminder that if you haven't already pre-ordered an iPad 3G, and if you aren't already elbowing Greg Packer for elbow room at the front of the 5th Avenue store lines …
Discussion: Digital Daily and Erictric
David Meyer / CNET News:
Symbian Foundation releases Web app toolkit  —  The Symbian Foundation has released a Web application development toolkit for the open-source Symbian 3 mobile platform.  —  According to a Thursday statement from the foundation, anyone who can create a Web page can create an app for Symbian 3 …
Discussion: Engadget and MobileCrunch
Joanna Stern / Engadget:
MSI Android, Windows 7 tablets launching in June, dualscreen delayed until Q4  —  It looks like ASUS won't be the only Taiwanese manufacturer whipping out new tablets at Computex in early June, and MSI will be joining the party with its Android and Windows 7 touchscreen devices.
Dan Nystedt / PC World:
Asustek Sees Netbooks Keeping Lead Over IPad-like Devices  —  Netbook pioneer Asustek Computer believes its popular Eee PC netbook family will continue to attract more buyers than tablet devices such as Apple's iPad.  —  The two devices serve different markets, with iPads better for cloud computing …
Discussion: Electronista and Electricpig.co.uk
 
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Matt Brian / The Next Web:
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
The App Store Now Counts 4,870 iPad Apps
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Odd YouTube Banners Mislead In The Facebook/Google Identity War
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Before The FTC Blocks The Google-AdMob Deal, Maybe It Should Read …
Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
We are removing Flash support from OS X
Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
HTC DROID Incredible sold out, new orders ship May 4th
 Earlier Items: 
Brett Winterford / iTnews:
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Gowalla Checks-In To The iPad Before Foursquare
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Yahoo predicts problem for Google
Discussion: BoomTown, TechCrunch and Tech Eye
Reuters:
Chavez exhorts Fidel, Morales to Twitter
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
YouTube Rolls Out New Video Player
Discussion: Fast Company, Pocket-lint and Mashable!
Jon Fortt / Fortune:
Q&A: HP's strategy chief on the Palm acquisition
Discussion: eWeek, IntoMobile and PC World, Thanks:hpnews