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Dean Hachamovitch / MSDN Blogs:
Native HTML5: First IE10 Platform Preview Available for Download  —  IE10 Platform Preview 1, available for download today is the first step in delivering the next wave of progress in native HTML5 support.  Web sites and HTML5 run best when they run natively, on a browser optimized for the operating system on your device.
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Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Microsoft pushes out preview build of Internet Explorer 10 (update: Windows on ARM!)  —  Happy with your shiny new copy of Internet Explorer 9?  It's already out of date — Microsoft just announced Internet Explorer 10 at its MIX developer conference in Las Vegas, and if you're running Windows …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Cisco To Shut Down Flip Video Camera Business; Will Give Pink Slips To 550 Employees  —  Wow.  Cisco has just issued a release stating that in a strategic plan to “align its operations,” the company will exit parts of its consumer businesses and realign the remaining consumer business …
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Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
The End: Cisco Shuts Down Flip, a $590 Million Mistake  —  Cisco is giving up on its barely two-year-old $590 million purchase of Pure Digital Technologies, announcing today that it is closing its Flip business unit and cutting 550 employees as part of a larger restructuring.
Henry Blodget / SAI:
The Guy Who Says He Owns 50% Of Facebook Just Filed A Boatload Of New Evidence — And It's Breathtaking  —  Remember Paul Ceglia?  —  He's the fellow in upstate New York who sued Mark Zuckerberg last July, claiming that, way back in 2003, Zuckerberg had agreed to give him a 50% ownership in the project that became Facebook.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Paul Ceglia vs. Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg: Here's the complaint and it's a good read
Discussion: SAI
Violet Blue / Tech Broiler Blog:
AOL/HuffPo Shuts Down Download Squad  —  In a surprise move Monday night, popular software blog Download Squad became the latest tech casualty in Huffington/AOL's so-called ‘consolidation’ of its content sites.  In an end-of-the-day email, Download Squad's staff was told that the blog …
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Thomas Houston / Download Squad:   Farewell, Internet
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
HTC Sensation 4G official: 1.2GHz dual-core, qHD display, and Sense 3.0  —  We've known about the so-called HTC Pyramid for months, long before the Vodafone leak this morning.  Now the long-rumored Android phone is official and coming to T-Mobile under the moniker HTC Sensation 4G.
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Vlad Savov / Engadget:
HTC Sensation first video hands-on!
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Social Browser Flock Shuts Down  —  Flock, the social browser we had high hopes for back in August of 2005, is officially in the deadpool today with a “Gone Fishing” note attached to its website.  The note reads: “Support for Flock browsers will be discontinued as of April 26th, 2011.
Ray Colitt / Reuters:
Foxconn considers investing $12 bln in Brazil  —  * Foxconn to start assembling iPad in Brazil by end-Nov  —  iPhone maker Foxconn Technology Group is considering investing $12 billion in Brazil to assemble monitors, Brazil's president said on Tuesday, in a sign the company may be ready …
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Several sites claim permanent iPhone unlock solution without jailbreak  —  There has been a lot of chatter recently about a new permanent unlock solution for the Apple iPhone 4 and other iPhone models.  It works pretty much like any other standard cell phone unlocking service …
International Business Times:
Apple's Assault on the Living Room and Video Is Coming: The New Halo Effect  —  Jefferies & Co. believes Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) is about to launch a new video-focused cloud-based service.  The brokerage continues to believe that the assault on the living room likely means the introduction of another Apple appliance or device.
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Democratic senator wants Internet sales taxes  —  A Democratic senator is preparing to introduce legislation that aims to end the golden era of tax-free Internet shopping.  —  The proposal—expected to be made public soon after Tax Day—would rewrite the ground rules for Internet …
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
AOL, Arianna Huffington Hit with Class Action Suit  —  Huffington Post bloggers who think they ought to get paid for their volunteer writing have been litigating their case in the court of public opinion.  Now they're taking it to a real one.  —  Today, a group of bloggers led by union organizer …
Billboard.Biz:
Amazon Letter To Labels: Cloud Drive Locker Has Boosted MP3 Sales  —  In a letter to music labels, Amazon says its Cloud Drive locker has boosted Amazon MP3 sales.  The company also reiterated the claim that its current setup doesn't need a license.  —  The letter, signed from the Amazon Music Team …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Run iPhone Apps Directly From Your Browser With Pieceable Viewer  —  Part of i/o Ventures first cohort, Pieceable is launching its first product today, the Pieceable Viewer.  As you can see above with the Yelp app or here with apps like Hipmunk or Foodspotting, the viewer allows you to run …
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
Carbon Fiber iPods Will Bring Wi-Fi Syncing [Exclusive]  —  Apple is prototyping iPods with carbon-fiber cases, like this wrap from Carbon:Era. www.carbon-era.co.uk  —  Steve Jobs is keen to bring wireless syncing to iPods this year, and carbon fiber may be the key.
Discussion: Techland and Geek.com
Colleen Taylor / GigaOM:
Xobni Co-Founder Returns With Postagram  —  Matt Brezina, the entrepreneur who co-founded the Y-Combinator-backed email management company Xobni, has returned to the startup game with the launch today of his new company, Sincerely.  —  Sincerely's business is simple but ambitious …
Luiz Pereira / Docs Blog:
Pagination comes to Google Docs  —  (Cross-posted on the Official Google Blog and Google Enterprise Blog)  —  Exactly one year ago, we launched a new version of the Google document editor, created from the ground up to take advantage of the latest capabilities in modern web browsers like Chrome.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
ChangeWave Research: iPad 2 demand 40% higher than iPad 1  —  A new survey suggests that Apple sold 7 million iPads in Q2, including 2-3 million iPad 2s  —  RBC Capital's Mike Abramsky joined the 7 million club Tuesday.  —  That's the small but growing group of analysts who believe Apple …
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
VMware Launches Open Source Cloud  —  VMware has entered the cloud game by offering an open source package called Cloud Foundry, a platform as a service that should strike fear in the hearts of its competitors, especially the likes of Salesforce.com Microsoft and Rackspace.
Samuel Gibbs / TUAW:
iPad 2 gets glasses-free 3D display using front-facing camera for head tracking  —  Now that the iPad 2 has a front facing-camera and some decent horsepower under the hood, there's a lot of potential for really interesting camera-plus-screen coordination hacks.
Arik Hesseldahl / NewEnterprise:
Exclusive: Autodesk Brings AutoCAD to Android Phones and Tablets This Month  —  There's probably not a recent building or major movie that wasn't touched in some way by AutoCAD, the computer assisted design sofware put out by Autodesk.  If you're someone works with CAD files …
Diana ben-Aaron / Bloomberg:
Nokia Workers Face Steepest Cut in 20 Years as Job Talks Near  —  Nokia Oyj (NOK1V) workers are bracing for what may be the steepest job cuts in almost two decades as the world's largest maker of mobile phones prepares to start a partnership with Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)
Tony Bradley / PC World:
Why Firefox Rapid Release Schedule Is a Bad Idea  —  Mozilla has committed to a more aggressive release schedule for the Firefox Web browser.  There were nearly three years between the launch of Firefox 3 and Firefox 4, but Firefox 5 is expected to be introduced in a matter of months at the end of June.
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Priceline founder takes aim at Apple, more than 100 others in patent suit  —  Apple joins other major technology companies including Microsoft, Google, Amazon and Facebook as defendants in a new lawsuit from Walker Digital, which founded the travel site Priceline.com.
Discussion: Electronista
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Eye-Fi launching new 8GB wireless SD card today, kicking out Direct Mode for iOS and Android next week  —  Remember how Eye-Fi was cooking up some software to let their WiFi-enabled SD memory cards sling photos directly to your tablet or phone?  Here's some sweet news — starting next week …
 
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Frederic Lardinois / NewsGrange:
Facebook Comments Plugin Gets New Features and Support for Hotmail Logins
Discussion: Facebook Developers
Diane Bartz / Reuters:
McCain, Kerry introduce tough privacy bill
Discussion: Threat Level
Douglas MacMillan / Bloomberg:
Starting Up: A Generation of Zuckerberg Wannabees
Nadia Damouni / Reuters:
Exclusive: HP held talks to buy Tibco
Tomio Geron / Social Markets:
Start-ups Rejected By Y Combinator (And Investors) Flock To YC Reject
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Resurrected Bebo gets a facelift
Discussion: paidContent and thinq_
Kellex / Droid Life:
Download: Skype with Video on Android
Discussion: GottaBeMobile and SlashGear
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Dutch Government To Outlaw File-Sharing and Block The Pirate Bay
Dan Goodin / The Register:
How is SSL hopelessly broken? Let us count the ways
Nicholas Deleon / MobileCrunch:
Study: Smartphone Users Wasting Hundreds Of Dollars Per Year On Unnecessary Contracts
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Vudu starts streaming movies to the browser, but only in SD
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Bing Now Powers 30% of US Searches