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4:25 PM ET, April 13, 2011

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Jay Greene / CNET News:
Microsoft gives details on next Windows Phone OS  —  LAS VEGAS—Microsoft offered today its most detailed look yet into the next version of Windows Phone, code-named Mango, at the company's annual show for Web and phone developers.  —  Oh, and Microsoft said the popular game Angry Birds will be available on the phone May 25.
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Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft benchmarks Windows Phone browser against iPhone 4 and Android, wins  —  Microsoft kicked off a HTML5 mobile browser war on Wednesday after demonstrating its Internet Explorer 9 mobile for Windows Phone.  —  Joe Belfiore, Director of the Windows Phone program …
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Microsoft Offers Mea Culpa for Slow Windows Phone Updates, Promises “Mango” Update This Fall
Mark Milian / CNN:
Leading app maker said to be planning Twitter competitor  —  (CNN) — UberMedia, which owns several popular applications that interface with Twitter, is outlining plans to build a social network that could compete with that popular microblogging platform, said three people who were briefed on the plans.
Derek Kessler / PreCentral.net:
Preview: webOS 3.0 Beta 1 emulator leak [Exclusive]  —  We got our first glimpse at webOS 3.0 for the TouchPad back in February at Think Beyond, and new items have been trickling out ever since.  Well, dear PreCentral reader, now it's time for the flood.  —  It's been a few weeks since HP released …
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Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Think HP's Tablet Has No Chance?  Watch This!  —  A beta emulator of HP's webOS 3.0 leaked, and enthusiasts wasted no time putting together an extensive video walk-through of the platform on a virtual tablet.  While webOS is still a work in progress, nearly 19 minutes of feature demonstrations show …
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
EXCLUSIVE: An Interview With Twitter's Forgotten Founder, Noah Glass  —  Noah Glass is the Twitter cofounder you've never heard of.  —  He was pushed out of the company way back in 2006.  —  Before that he was the cofounder of a startup called Odeo.  He had an investor who would become cofounder and CEO, Ev Williams.
Discussion: NetworkEffect, SAI and Gawker
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Bored Meeting?  Not This Time!  —  Today and tomorrow, Yahoo's directors are gathering here in Silicon Valley for one of their regular meetings that take place over the course of the year.  —  While board meetings in general are usually pretty dull affairs-and Yahoo's, in particular …
Discussion: SAI and Adotas
Electronista:
Apple unveils Final Cut Pro X with new UI, OpenCL  —  Apple used the FCPUG Supermeet at NAB to unveil Final Cut Pro X, a completely remade version of its pro video editing suite.  The new version is designed for 64-bit and native Cocoa language from the start with support for OpenCL to accelerate video processing tasks.
Discussion: The Next Web and MacStories
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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)
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
VodPod Founders Launch Showyou, A Flipboard-Like Social Video App For iOS  —  Online video startup Vodpod is launching a new app today, Showyou, which is essentially a Flipboard for videos.  Launched as a free iOS app for the iPad, iPhone and iPad touch; Showyou allows you to access …
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The most important new protocol since RSS: AirPlay (three cool new apps that use it to change how we view TV)
Discussion: GottaBeMobile and MacStories, Thanks:om
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Hacker Gains Access To WordPress.com Servers, Source Code Exposed  —  WordPress.com has revealed that someone has gained access to several of the their servers this morning and that VIP customers' source code was accessible.  WordPress.com customers are all on ‘code red’ and in the process …
DigiTimes:
Apple not yet released production roadmap for iPhone 5, say touch panel makers  —  Apple has not yet released a production roadmap for iPhone 5 as shipment volumes of iPhone 4 have continued to mount and related suppliers are not yet ready to shift their production lines for new products …
Andrew Munchbach / BGR:
RIM's Mike Lazaridis halts BBC interview when pressed on India  —  In a recent BBC interview, Research In Motion's CEO Mike Lazaridis was not digging a line of questioning posed about India.  RIM's co-chief, who is usually calm, cool, and collected, became agitated when pressed …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft touts coming Silverlight features and platform support  —  While Silverlight didn't get the leading role in either the day one or day two Mix '11 keynotes (much to the chagrin of some developers), there was some Silverlight news at the Microsoft developer/designer conference.
Discussion: WinBeta and Neowin.net
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Gavin Clarke / The Register:   Microsoft struck by HTML5 commitment phobia
Jon Brodkin / Network World:
Berners-Lee: Web access is a ‘human right’  —  Speaks at MIT symposium marking the university's 150th anniversary  —  Two decades after creating the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee says humans have become so reliant on it that access to the Web should now be considered a basic right.
Discussion: TechSpot
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Nintendo cutting Wii price to $150 on May 15th?  —  Nintendo's miniature white monolith has sold like gangbusters for long enough that we're wary it'll ever get cheap, but a trusted source tells us a price cut is indeed headed our way — and that the Nintendo Wii will cost just $150 starting May 15th.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
After Agreeing To DOJ Settlement, Google Closes $700M Acquisition Of ITA Software  —  Last Friday, the DOJ cleared Google's $700 million acquisition of travel software company ITA.  The DOJ said that if Google complied with a proposed settlement, Google could in fact buy the company.
Discussion: CNET News
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
IAB: Internet Advertising Reached $26 Billion In 2010, Display Grew Twice As Fast As Search  —  The Internet Advertising Bureau released its numbers for 2010 (PDF).  Last year, online advertising in the U.S. grew 15 percent to $26 billion.  After a 3 percent dip in 2009, growth resumed in 2010, hitting a record high.
Levi Pulkkinen / seattlepi.com:
Feds charge Microsoft employee accused of bilking company  —  Federal prosecutors in Seattle have filed wire fraud charges against a Microsoft employee accused of stealing more than $515,000 from the company.  —  Arrested Tuesday morning, Robert D. Curry stands accused of stealing …
Discussion: Inquirer
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Privacy ‘bill of rights’ exempts government agencies  —  news analysis Two U.S. senators introduced sweeping privacy legislation today that they promise will “establish a framework to protect the personal information of all Americans.”  —  There is, however, one feature of the bill (PDF) …
Discussion: eWeek, paidContent and MediaPost
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
Apple Survived '80s Thanks To One Piece of Software, Says Guy Kawasaki  —  SAN FRANCISCO, AD:TECH CONFERENCE: The survival of Apple beyond the 1980s is thanks to one piece of software, says Guy Kawasaki, best-selling author and Apple's former chief evangelist.
Discussion: DisplayBlog
Phil Nickinson / Android Central:
Sprint rolling out carrier billing — charge your Android apps to your Sprint account  —  First T-Mobile, then AT&T, and now Sprint's rolling out the ability to charge Android Market purchases to your Sprint bill.  Simple as that.  Our pal Steve sent us the screen shot you see above, and …
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple assembling small team to build ‘the future of cloud services’  —  Apple is building a small team to write software which will lay the groundwork for the company's future Web services, which it has advertised as “the future” of its cloud-based offerings.
Discussion: BGR, TUAW and MacNN
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
Social-Networking Site Ning: Charging Users Works for Us  —  A year ago this month, social-networking start-up Ning raised eyebrows in Silicon Valley when it decided to phase out free accounts. … The company, which was co-founded by Internet entrepreneur Marc Andreessen …
BBC:
Microsoft launches StreetView rival in Europe  —  Microsoft is taking pictures in conjunction with mapping partner Navteq  —  Microsoft is launching its own version of Google's StreetView - dubbed Streetside - across Europe.  —  Cars fitted with cameras have begun taking pictures around London …
 
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Another Boost for Bing: Microsoft Search Share Up in March, Says comScore
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Mike Isaac / Gadget Lab:
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