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1:10 PM ET, May 1, 2010

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Charles Starrett / iLounge:
iPad 3G video downscaled, blocked over AT&T network  —  In our early testing, iLounge has learned that some video delivery applications act differently over the 3G network than they do on Wi-Fi.  The iPad's built-in YouTube application strips both standard and HD videos to a dramatically lower resolution …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
AT&T On The iPad 3G Video Restrictions: “That's something you need to ask Apple”  —  Today in the U.S. people are getting their hands on the 3G version of the iPad for the first time.  The hardware is supposed to be exactly the same as the WiFi-only version except, of course …
Discussion: Beet.TV, MacRumors, Gizmodo and TUAW
Electronista:
Some apps blocked, throttled on 3G iPad  —  Certain iPad apps are dramatically scaling back or even blocking their video when on the 3G-ready iPad, new owners have been discovering today.  The YouTube app significantly degrades the quality of video; ABC's TV viewer doesn't allow video at all unless it's on Wi-Fi.
Dan Moren / Macworld:
First Look: iPad Wi-Fi + 3G  —  At last, the prophecy has been fulfilled: the second half of the coming of the iPad is upon us.  I have in my hands (well, on my ottoman as I write this), an iPad Wi-Fi + 3G, which is Apple's somewhat long-winded moniker for describing an iPad with cellular data access …
Erica Sadun / TUAW:
Skype calls not allowed over iPad 3G connections
Nick Saint / Silicon Alley Insider:
Why Is Twitter More Popular With Black People Than White People?  —  New data confirms that Twitter's population is disproportionately black.  —  According to Edison Research's annual report on Twitter, black people represent 25% of Twitter users, roughly twice their share of the population in general.
Discussion: The Digital Letter
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Rosa Golijan / Gizmodo:
Racing Game Turns iPad Into iPhone-Controlled Gaming Console … 12:20 AM  —  327  —  2  —  By Wilson Rothman
Natalie Zmuda / AdAge:
Ann Taylor Investigation Shows FTC Keeping Close Eye on Blogging  —  Commission's Scrutiny of Retailer for Rewarding Posts About Collection Is a Warning to Marketers  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — The Federal Trade Commission has made public its first investigation into a company's relationship with bloggers …
Discussion: Mashable!
Leland Rechis / Twitter Blog:
Twitter for Android: Robots like to share too  —  When we tweet what's happening around us, we share not only our thoughts, but also web pages, photos, videos, location...anything.  Mobile phones are increasingly part of our lives, and we seem to be doing everything but making phone calls.
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Android Fragmentation In Action: Twitter's New Official App …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Official Twitter for Android app goes live, will go open source
Discussion: Android Phone Fans
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
The Official Verdict in the stolen iPhone Case  —  http://www.cbsnews.com/i/tim//2010/04/ 26/gizmodo.jpg  —  Jason Nation Mailing list: http://jasonnation.com  —  Unsubscribe: email unsubscribe@calacanis.com  —  Last Show: Sky Dayton http://bit.ly/b5Rsi1  —  Rights: Forwarding by email OK, but please do not publish on web
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter
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Nick Bilton / Bits:
iPhonegate: Q.&A. With Mark D. Rasch, Computer Security Expert
Discussion: Bloomberg
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Gawker Media seeks legal reversal in Gizmodo search case
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Inside the mind of Boy Genius, whose blog sold for millions  —  Like that, the veil was lifted.  —  One boy (now, man) made such a racket for mobile industry executives over the last 3 1/2 years that he seemingly upended how mobile juggernauts approach product leaks.
Thanks:labnol
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Hard Labor: Adobe Rebuilds Its Wired Magazine App to Fit Apple's Flash-Free Agenda  —  Condé Nast and Adobe spent months creating a version of Wired magazine for the iPad — only to be to told Apple wouldn't let the thing anywhere near its gadget.  —  So back to the drawing board …
Discussion: App Advice
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
YouTube Store Still Tanks, Despite Oscar Fare  —  Consumers still aren't warming up to YouTube's video rentals, even with the site offering critically acclaimed movies like Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire, Reservoir Dogs and 3:10 to Yuma as paid streams.
CNET News:
Free Android phones coming to Adobe employees  —  This will come as little surprise to anyone who followed technology news this week, but let there be no doubt about the preferred smartphone platform at Adobe: it isn't the iPhone.  —  Adobe confirmed Thursday that it plans to demonstrate …
Discussion: PC World
Phil Nickinson / Android Central:
LG Ally spotted in new Iron Man 2 commercial  —  Want more on the LG Ally for Verizon?  We've got it.  It's in a commercial for “Iron Man 2,” and it's clearly running Android.  That keyboard looks pretty darn usable, but the D-pad could be interesting.  We've confirmed that in fact it's Android 2.1 …
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Facebook's impending fight with D.C. (FAQ)  —  You probably have a Facebook account—well over 400 million people do.  You've probably noticed that the look and feel of your profile have recently changed (again).  —  And you've probably heard a lot recently about Facebook changing its privacy policies (again).
Discussion: Technologizer and Inside Facebook
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:   Activist groups launch new Facebook privacy offensive
 
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Christopher Mims / Technology Review:
Blog: Why Twitter Is the Future of News
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
City of LA: Despite what you've heard, we still like Google
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Posterous Starts Automatically Inserting Affiliate Links Into Sites …
Discussion: Alexey Shamrin
Megan Woolhouse / Boston Globe:
Family, Verizon far apart over nearly $18,000 phone bill
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
AT&T wants 3 strikes tribunal, government website blacklist
Discussion: Boing Boing
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Tests Phone Numbers In AdWords Ads
Discussion: Maboot.com, Thanks:atul
 Earlier Items: 
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Researchers spy on BitTorrent users in real-time
Jim Lanzone / Clicker Blog:
Fact-Checking “Thoughts on Flash”
Scott Austin / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Google Ventures' Entire Investment Team Finally Revealed
Thanks:louisgray
Chris Saad / Paying Attention:
Open is not enough. Time to raise the bar: Interoperable
Discussion: Brij Singh's Blog, Thanks:chrismessina