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11:20 PM ET, April 13, 2011

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Myriam Joire / Engadget:
Windows Phone adds multitasking, deeper OS integration, and sensor access to dev platform  —  We knew it was coming, and today at MIX 11, Microsoft showed off its developer platform for the next version of Windows Phone, which developers will be able to get their hands on for free in May.
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Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Microsoft Offers Mea Culpa for Slow Windows Phone Updates, Promises “Mango” Update This Fall  —  Microsoft VP Joe Belfiore kicked off his keynote speech on Wednesday by offering yet another apology for the slowness with which the company has rolled out the first couple of updates for Windows Phone 7.
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft benchmarks Windows Phone browser against iPhone 4 and Android, wins
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
REVEALED: The Real History Of Twitter  —  “Mr. Williams says that all successful businesspeople make enemies along the way.”  - The New York Times, October 30, 2010  —  How Twitter's owners and top executives say Twitter was founded is different than how Twitter was actually founded.
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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.
Evan Williams / @ev:   It's true that @Noah never got enough credit for his early role at Twitter. Also, he came up with the name, which was brilliant.
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
PlayBook: A Tablet With a Case Of Codependency  —  Now entering the tablet wars: the BlackBerry PlayBook, a contender from Research In Motion, maker of the iconic smartphone.  —  Unlike most tablets aiming to take on the iPad juggernaut, the PlayBook, which I've been testing for five days …
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Tim Stevens / Engadget:
BlackBerry PlayBook review  —  The words “play” and “book” are a bit of an odd choice for RIM's latest attempt at consumer relevance, a tablet that, at its core, runs one of the most hardcore and industry-friendly operating systems known to man.  The OS is QNX and the hardware is, of course, the BlackBerry PlayBook.
Bloomberg:
Apple Is Said to Ready White IPhone After 10-Month Wait  —  Apple Inc. will begin selling a white model of the iPhone 4 in the next few weeks after a 10- month delay, according to three people familiar with the plans.  —  The new version will be available from AT&T Inc. and Verizon Wireless …
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Electronista:
White iPhone 4 said to show by the end of April
Discussion: The Next Web and BGR
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!
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.
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:   Does the World Really Need Another Twitter?
Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Adds Do-Not-Track Tool to New Browser  —  Apple Inc. has added a do-not-track privacy tool to a test version of its latest Web browser for keeping customers' online activities from being monitored by marketers.  —  The tool is included within the latest test release of Lion …
Eran Feigenbaum / Google Enterprise Blog:
The truth about Google Apps and FISMA  —  In a breathless blog post, Microsoft recently suggested we intentionally misled the U.S. government over our compliance with the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA).  Microsoft claims we filed a separate FISMA application for Google Apps …
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Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Blog fight: Google calls Microsoft ‘irresponsible’ for calling Google ‘misleading’
Discussion: NBC Bay Area
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Evidence points toward Apple releasing HDTV this year - report  —  Apple could launch an Internet-connected high-definition television set by the end of 2011, entering the lucrative $100 billion LCD TV market, a new report claims.  —  Analyst Brian White with Ticonderoga Securities …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Revenge of the iPad?  PC market tanks in first quarter  —  New numbers this afternoon from the IDC research firm show worldwide PC shipments falling 3.2% during the first quarter — the first year-over-year quarterly decline since the end of the Great Recession.
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.
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: MediaFile, paidContent, SAI and Adotas
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 …
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Gmail gets smarter with recipient suggestions  —  If you've ever been typing an email and after sending it you've realized that you've forgotten someone, you know that sinking feeling.  Worse yet, what if you meant to email Bobbi but emailed Bobby instead?  Awkward...
Discussion: Gmail Blog
Royal Pingdom:
Another sign that Twitter may be scaring developers away  —  Twitter became what it is today largely thanks to a big and very enthusiastic community of third-party developers who built applications on top of the fast-growing service.  There were other factors as well, but few would argue …
John Cook / GeekWire:
Zynga CEO Mark Pincus: ‘We are a confederation of entrepreneurs’  —  Zynga CEO Mark Pincus, left, chats in Seattle with Zynga VP Neil Roseman  —  Zynga's remarkable growth may be tied to hit games such as FarmVille, CityVille and Mafia Wars.  But there's another secret to the company's crazy success …
Discussion: The Seattle Times and eMoney
EE Times:
A5: All Apple, part mystery  —  Apple Inc.'s iPad2 has only been publicly available for about a month.  However, it appears this young device has kept few secrets since we have known there were 21 magnets in the smart cover and saw a die floorplan of the A5 within mere days of its release.
 
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Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
Intel-Based Honeycomb Tablets On The Way This Fall?
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Devin Mullins / The Official Google Blog:
Beefing up goo.gl with new features
Discussion: TechCrunch and Ubergizmo
Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
Amazon, labels to meet for locker talks-sources
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Spotify mulls plan to limit free music
Discussion: Electronista
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook Steals Creative Director From Google
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 Earlier Items: 
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
After Agreeing To DOJ Settlement, Google Closes $700M Acquisition Of ITA Software
Phil Nickinson / Android Central:
Sprint rolling out carrier billing — charge your Android apps to your Sprint account
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Privacy ‘bill of rights’ exempts government agencies
Discussion: eWeek
Jon Brodkin / Network World:
Berners-Lee: Web access is a ‘human right’
Discussion: Examiner, WebProNews and TechSpot
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
VodPod Founders Launch Showyou, A Flipboard-Like Social Video App For iOS
Andrew Munchbach / BGR:
RIM's Mike Lazaridis halts BBC interview when pressed on India
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Nintendo cutting Wii price to $150 on May 15th?
 

 
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