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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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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 …
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: SAI and Pulse2
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.
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.
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 …
Chris / Adventures in Capitalism:
The Death of the Feed  —  Image courtesy of the awesomely cool Russell Beattie  —  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 …
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.
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
HTC Debuts New Video Service for Android Devices, HTC Watch
Discussion: HTC, CNN, Pulse2 and Engadget
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.
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.
Frederic Lardinois / NewsGrange:
Facebook Comments Plugin Gets Support for Hotmail Logins  —  Facebook today made some much-needed updates to its commenting platform for third-party sites.  Among other things, the commenting plugin now features permalinks to specific comments, a dark colorscheme and support for signing in with Hotmail accounts.
John Cook / GeekWire:
Seattle social commerce startup Lockerz scores massive $30 million round  —  Last week, Lockerz CEO Kathy Savitt told GeekWire that we'd have to “stay tuned” for news about the company's future financing plans.  Well, that news is starting to leak out.  The Seattle social networking company …
Discussion: VentureBeat, TechCrunch and Xconomy
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 …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Online game startup Tiny Speck raises $10.7M from Andreessen Horowitz and Accel  —  Tiny Speck said today it raised $10.7 million in the second round of funding for its online game business from Andreessen Horowitz and Accel.  —  The company is also launching an invite-based beta test of its social online game, Glitch, next week.
Andy Isaacson / The Atlantic Online:
Are You Following a Bot?  —  How to manipulate social movements by hacking Twitter  —  ONE DAY LAST February, a Twitter user in California named Billy received a tweet from @JamesMTitus, identified in his profile as a “24 year old dude” from Christchurch, New Zealand, who had the avatar of a tabby cat.
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.
Discussion: Macworld
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: PC World, PC Magazine, TUAW and Electronista
 
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Jacob Schulman / Engadget:
T-Mobile's new plans get official: starting at $60 for unlimited everything, throttling included
Discussion: DSLreports
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
Discussion: BBC and Mobilized
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Microsoft releases Office for Mac 2011 SP1 with Apple Sync support for Outlook
Discussion: PC World and 9 to 5 Mac
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Angels invested $20.1B in 2010 — but they're taking fewer risks
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FilmOn Streams Live TV, Movies via Facebook
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Phil Mattingly / Bloomberg:
Google, Facebook Group Asks Delay of Debit-Card Fee Rules (1)
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
eBay Acquires Turkish Marketplace GittiGidiyor
Arik Hesseldahl / NewEnterprise:
Exclusive: Autodesk Brings AutoCAD to Android Phones and Tablets This Month
Discussion: GottaBeMobile
Tony Bradley / PC World:
Why Firefox Rapid Release Schedule Is a Bad Idea
Discussion: Ars Technica