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9:05 PM ET, April 30, 2010

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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 Won't Work On Many Google Phones (GOOG, MOT)  —  One of Google's biggest Android problems is that its platform — as young as it is — is already super fragmented.  —  There's already a handful of Android phones on the market, which is good for Google.
Discussion: Mashable!
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Official Twitter for Android app goes live, will go open source
Discussion: Android Phone Fans
Hugo Roy / hugo's blog:
Open Letter to Steve Jobs  —  update 16:00: Steve Jobs answers to my open letter, see below.  —  Dear Steve Jobs,  —  Having read your Thoughts on Flash, I could not agree with you more.  Flash is not the Web, and I am glad Apple seizes the opportunity of open standards to build better products for their customers.
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Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Apple May Be Gunning for Open Source Codecs  —  The latest indication that Apple is trying to strong-arm publishers to adopt HTML5 and H.264 came today, as Steve Jobs reportedly claimed by email that a patent pool was being assembled to “go after” Ogg Theora and other open source codecs.
Discussion: Fonehome.co.uk
Jim Lanzone / Clicker Blog:
Fact-Checking “Thoughts on Flash”
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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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
Discussion: MacRumors
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Waiting for iTunes.com?  Don't Hold Your Breath  —  Apple is shutting down its Web-based music service in a month.  When will it open a new one?  —  No time soon, from what I can tell.  —  I've been on the phone all day with music industry sources.  None of them know of any specific plans Apple …
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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 …
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Gawker Media seeks legal reversal in Gizmodo search case  —  Shortly after Silicon Valley police entered the home of Gizmodo editor Jason Chen last Friday armed with a search warrant and walked out with four computers and two servers, Gawker Media raised the issue of California's shield law protecting journalists.
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Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:   The Official Verdict in the stolen iPhone Case
Karen Gullo / Bloomberg:
Apple Reported IPhone Prototype as Stolen, Law Enforcement Official Says
Discussion: Bits and PC World
Charlie Stross / Charlie's Diary:
The real reason why Steve Jobs hates Flash  —  There has been some ... interesting news from the tech sector this week.  —  Firstly, the Apple vs. Adobe vendetta gets even nastier, with a public letter from Steve Jobs explaining why Adobe's Flash multimedia format will not ever be allowed …
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 …
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:   Activist groups launch new Facebook privacy offensive
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:   Facebook's impending fight with D.C. (FAQ)
David Goldman / CNNMoney.com:
One in eight to cut cable and satellite TV in 2010  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Despite rising cable and satellite TV prices and easy access to streaming TV and movies on the Internet, few consumers have cut the cord.  But that looks like it's about to change.
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Jim Louderback / Silicon Alley Insider:   Why The Internet And Apps Will Crumble The TV Business
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft's Windows Monopoly Now At Risk As Tablet Market Sprouts Without It (MSFT, GOOG, AAPL, HPQ, PALM)  —  Microsoft's plans to enter tablet computing just took two steps backwards, and now it has no obvious challenger in the race with Apple's iPad.  —  The latest: Microsoft shut down its experimental Courier tablet project.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Hewlett-Packard To Kill Windows 7 Tablet Project
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Why iPad mags cost $4.99 each  —  Because that's what the market will bear — at least for now  —  If you buy the digital editions of Popular Science or TIME Magazine on the iPad, they cost $4.99 each — same as on the newsstand.  —  However, one-year subscriptions to Popular Science …
Megan Woolhouse / Boston Globe:
Family, Verizon far apart over nearly $18,000 phone bill  —  DOVER — Bob and Mary St. Germain say they can't believe it.  Four years after their son, Bryan, used his cellphone to connect to the Internet, the couple is still trying to fight the bill: a nearly $18,000 tab from Verizon.
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.
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.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
New Chrome fires up geolocation ability  —  “The geolocation feature is now available in Chrome 5.0.375.25 (Official Build 45690).”  —  With those words, posted Thursday at the bottom of a Chrome issue tracker item, the developer version of Google's browser catches up to Firefox with one important new component of the Web.
Discussion: Maximum PC
 
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
AT&T wants 3 strikes tribunal, government website blacklist
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Tests Phone Numbers In AdWords Ads
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Researchers spy on BitTorrent users in real-time
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 Earlier Items: 
Slate:
Don't believe the telecoms. …
Steve Lohr / Bits:
Privacy Concerns Limit Online Ads, Study Says
Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
Set Google Voice as Your Skype Caller ID
Discussion: Computerworld
Chris Saad / Paying Attention:
Open is not enough. Time to raise the bar: Interoperable
Noah Robischon / Fast Company:
Sean Parker: Facebook Should Not Have Won, MySpace Blew It
Thanks:noahr