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4:15 AM ET, April 13, 2011

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Richard Lai / Engadget:
Apple announces Final Cut Pro X, rebuilt from ground up with 64-bit support (update: $299 in June)  —  Apple's just announced Final Cut Pro X at NAB, and Chief Architect of Video Applications Randy Ubillos is demonstrating a beta release as we speak.  The “rebuilt from ground up” …
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Eric Reagan / Photography Bay:
Final Cut Pro User Group Supermeet – LiveBlog (Updated: Final Cut Pro X Officially Unveiled)
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 …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Flip Founder and Former CEO Jonathan Kaplan Talks About Iconic Digital Video Camera's Demise  —  Right after BoomTown heard the sad news this morning that Cisco was jettisoning its Flip digital video camera division-part of a transparent effort to assure Wall Street that it was no longer serious …
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Cisco To Shut Down Flip Video Camera Business; Will Give Pink Slips To 550 Employees
Henry Blodget / SAI:
THE FACEBOOK LAWSUIT: Here's What Happens Next — And Who Is Likely To Pay  —  Last night, we wrote about the amended lawsuit that Paul Ceglia has filed against Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook claiming that Ceglia owned 50% of the “project” that became Facebook back in 2004.
Wall Street Journal:
Rebels Hijack Gadhafi's Phone Network  —  A team led by a Libyan-American telecom executive has helped rebels hijack Col. Moammar Gadhafi's cellphone network and re-establish their own communications.  The new network, first plotted on an airplane napkin and assembled with the help of oil-rich Arab nations …
Discussion: @shervin and textually.org
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.
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Kit Eaton / Fast Company:
Carbon-Fiber iDevices? We Think Not
Discussion: GigaOM
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: The Bleak Financial Numbers From The MySpace Sale Pitch Book  —  Back in 2008 MySpace was on a roll.  They racked up $900 million in revenue and the company was still growing.  But a year later top execs started to bail (the smart ones went early).  Within two months cofounder and CEO Chris DeWolfe was gone.
Discussion: VentureBeat, Pulse2 and SAI
Mark Watkins / ReadWriteWeb:
2011: The Year the Check-in Died  —  Early last year, “checking in” was the cool new craze.  No visit to your favorite tech news site could be had without getting buried in an avalanche of articles about Foursquare, Gowalla, Loopt, BriteKite or a myriad other startups.
Discussion: StartupMuse, @cdixon and @furrier
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Kyocera Echo review  —  It's not exactly difficult to put into words what the Kyocera Echo is — it's a dual-screened Android phone, after all — but it's a wee bit more challenging to wrap your head around who exactly it's for.  The hardcore gaming contingent already has Sony Ericsson's Xperia Play …
Jacob Schulman / Engadget:
T-Mobile's new plans get official: starting at $60 for unlimited everything, throttling included  —  T-Mobile's just gone official with the new unlimited plans we caught wind of a few days ago, and while they are truly unlimited by numbers, they're not completely unlimited in functionality.
Discussion: tmonews.com, SAI and DSLreports
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Sweeet!:  Sugar Gets $15 Million More in New Funding From IVP and Sequoia  —  Sassy women-focused content site, Sugar Inc., has raised another $15 million in late-stage venture funding from new investor Institutional Venture Partners, as well as its original one, Sequoia Capital.
Discussion: VentureBeat and TechCrunch
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.
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Google In Trouble Over Lying About Security Of Apps To The Government  —  Yesterday, Microsoft called Google a liar.  Today before the U.S. Senate, a government agent agreed.  —  The dispute hinges over a security certification called FISMA, which is required for some government contracts.
Luiz Pereira / Docs Blog:
Pagination comes to Google Docs  —  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.  In particular, we baked in a way of supporting text features …
Rachel King / The Toybox Blog:
LG Thrive debuts as AT&T's first prepaid smartphone  —  Who's ready for a new (and better) GoPhone?  AT&T is introducing its first prepaid smartphone: the Android 2.2-based LG Thrive.  —  The LG Thrive certainly isn't going to pose any competition for some of AT&T's other smartphones like the Motorola Atrix 4G or the iPhone 4.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Meet Duolingo, Google's Next Acquisition Target; Learn A Language, Help The Web  —  In 2005, then-Carnegie Mellon PhD grad student Luis von Ahn had an idea for a game.  In one of the first examples of true crowdsourcing, he had people looking at images and labeling them to improve image search.
Lucy Bernholz / PHILANTHROPY 2173:
Craigslist Foundation launches LikeMinded  —  The Craigslist Foundation unveiled its LikeMinded network today - you can check it out here.  This is the second launch from the Foundation in 2011 - they launched CraigConnects several weeks ago.  —  LikeMinded, which is supported …
Discussion: SFGate
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Hotz lawyer: PS3 hacking case over, DMCA and IP abuse live on  —  The legal action between Sony and George Hotz has come to a close, with both sides seemingly happy with the results.  Sony has Hotz agreeing not to do bad things to its hardware, and Hotz gets to be left alone and continue with his life.
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 …
Cortney Fielding / GigaOM:
Startup Boom Push Rents to New Highs in SF  —  You're the head of a growing San Francisco startup looking to cut a sweet deal on a “creative” new office space to contain your ever-expanding cadre of devoted young employees and make your old incubator buddies jealous.  Should be a cakewalk in a down market, right?
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
No First Birthday Party for Twitter's Chirp Conference This Year  —  One year ago this week, Twitter held its first developer conference, Chirp, a glossy multiday event put on at picturesque venues on San Francisco Bay with an afterparty DJed by will.i.am.  —  Twitter has not scheduled Chirp 2.0 …
Chris / Adventures in Capitalism:
The Death of the Feed  —  I remember in 2001 when I first heard about RSS.  Back then, we still called them weblogs, and there were so few blogs that it was news when a new one started.  For example, I distinctly remember reading excitedly about a promising new VC blogger named Jeff Nolan from SAP Ventures.
Discussion: @davewiner
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.
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.
 
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Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Opera browser update boosts Turbo, improves Speed Dial
Discussion: The Register and SAI
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
AMD to back USB 3.0 in its chips
Discussion: Engadget, Crave and Electronista
Tricia Duryee / All Things Digital:
American Express Continues Push Into Mobile Payments With Investment in Payfone
Discussion: textually.org, IntoMobile and CNET News
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Data.gov et al. Budget Slashed by 75%
John Markoff / New York Times:
Study Shows U.S. Lagging in Use of Technology
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Microsoft releases Office for Mac 2011 SP1 with Apple Sync support for Outlook
Andy Isaacson / The Atlantic Online:
Are You Following a Bot?  —  How to manipulate social movements by hacking Twitter
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