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2:00 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 …
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
Erica Sadun / TUAW:
Skype calls not allowed over iPad 3G connections
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.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Official Twitter for Android app goes live, will go open source
Discussion: Android Phone Fans
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Android Fragmentation In Action: Twitter's New Official App …
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
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.
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
The Official Verdict in the stolen iPhone Case  — 26/gizmodo.jpg  —  Jason Nation Mailing list:  —  Unsubscribe: email  —  Last Show: Sky Dayton  —  Rights: Forwarding by email OK, but please do not publish on web
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter
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
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
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
H.264 Already Won—Makes Up 66 Percent Of Web Videos  —  Earlier this week, Steve Jobs kicked the debate about the need for Flash into high gear, especially for Web video.  As he explained, Apple products like the iPhone and iPad don't support Flash because although 75 percent of video on the Web is in Flash …
Jim Lanzone / Clicker Blog:
Fact-Checking “Thoughts on Flash”
Rosa Golijan / Gizmodo:
Racing Game Turns iPad Into iPhone-Controlled Gaming Console  —  With Padracer you can pretend that you're playing a racing game on a gaming console that consists of an iPad as a display and iPhones as controllers.  Heck, you can even make the obligatory vroom-vrooom-eeeeek sounds.
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.
Zee / The Next Web:
Facebook's just made It easier to share what you're going to do  —  Feeling that Facebook events aren't currently used enough for spontaneous events, the worlds largest social network has released a feature to make future plans easier to share.  —  Events can now be created direct from an events box on your home page in a single step.
Discussion: Facebook Blog and Mashable!
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 ( — The Federal Trade Commission has made public its first investigation into a company's relationship with bloggers …
Discussion: Mashable!
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
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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
 Earlier Items: 
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Tests Phone Numbers In AdWords Ads
Discussion:, Thanks:atul
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Researchers spy on BitTorrent users in real-time
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Facebook's impending fight with D.C. (FAQ)
Discussion: Technologizer and Inside Facebook
Scott Austin / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Google Ventures' Entire Investment Team Finally Revealed
Chris Saad / Paying Attention:
Open is not enough. Time to raise the bar: Interoperable
Discussion: Brij Singh's Blog, Thanks:chrismessina