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10:50 AM ET, April 14, 2011

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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.
David Pogue / New York Times:
A BlackBerry Tablet, but Where Are the Apps?  —  Listen, I'll be straight with you.  I realize that tablets are crazy hot right now, that 2011 is the Year of the iPad Clone and that every company and its brother is rushing one to market.  But I'm sorry.  I'm not going to review every …
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
Twitter Turned Down A $10 Billion Offer From Google - Report  —  Fortune's Jessi Hempel says that last fall, Twitter's board turned down a $2 billion offer from Facebook, and a $10 billion offer from Google.  She says Microsoft almost made an offer.  —  If the report is true, we are befuddled.
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Jessi Hempel / Fortune:
Trouble @Twitter  —  Boardroom power plays, disgruntled founders, and CEO switcheroos are clipping the wings of this tech high flier.  —  FORTUNE — In March, shortly after Jack Dorsey went back to work for Twitter, the company he co-founded four years ago, he did a Q&A session …
Bloomberg:
Apple Is Said to Ready Sale of White IPhone After 10-Month Wait  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) 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 …
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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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
In The Post-Client Era, Did Tweetbot Just Swipe Twitter's iPhone Crown?  —  Don't focus on making new Twitter clients.  —  The message has been very clear — well, moderately clear — for weeks now.  If you're a third-party looking to develop in the Twitter ecosystem, you should focus on data or niche experiences.
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Shawn Blanc:
Tweetbot's Got Personality
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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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 …
Chadwick Matlin / Fortune:
The ruthless Rose  —  Kevin Rose, the founder and former CEO of Digg, says he won't spend Milk Inc.'s VC money keeping bad products on life support.  —  FORTUNE — A month ago, Kevin Rose, the founder and former CEO of Digg, built something creepy.  He had been nursing an idea that would test …
IDC:
Global PC Market Contracts in the First Quarter, But Swaths of Growth Remain, According to IDC  —  A myriad of factors contributed to the first contraction in the worldwide PC market since the end of the recent recession.  Global PC shipments declined 3.2% during the first quarter of 2011 …
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Dean Praetorius / The Huffington Post:
Bill Gates Was Puzzled By Gmail, Book Reports  —  Many people love the seemingly infinite amount of space Gmail provides.  —  Bill Gates, at least initially, didn't see the need.  —  In his new book In The Plex, Steven Levy details Bill Gates' reaction to Gmail six months after the service first launched.
Discussion: The Daily Weekly
Devin Mullins / The Official Google Blog:
Beefing up goo.gl with new features  —  Since we launched our URL shortener goo.gl last September, we've been lucky enough to build a thriving and growing community of passionate users who aren't shy about letting us know when something could be better.  We appreciate the feedback …
Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
About That Lawsuit...  The lawsuit filed Tuesday by Jonathan Tasini is so utterly without merit, and has been so thoroughly eviscerated in the media — including being ridiculed as the “dumbest lawsuit ever” — I am hesitant to take any time away from aggregating adorable kitten videos to respond.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Does anyone in Silicon Valley care about Windows anymore?  —  Microsoft is today showing off pieces of the next version of Windows (we're all calling it Windows 8 ) but I'm wondering if anyone cares anymore about Windows in the tech enthusiast space.  —  Why do I say that?
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Android Provides More Eyeballs to Advertisers, While iPhone Offers Most Revenue to App Creators, Study Finds  —  There are many ways of measuring smartphone success and, using almost any metric shows both the iPhone and Android doing pretty darn well.  —  That said, new numbers …
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel: USB 3.0 in 2012 with ‘Thunderbolt’  —  Intel went on the record today saying that its silicon will support USB 3.0 in 2012 and urged developers to target both USB and its new “Thunderbolt” technology.  —  “Intel is going to support USB 3.0 in the 2012 client platform.
Robert Andrews / paidContent:UK:
Spotify Halves Free Allowance Ahead Of U.S. Launch  —  Spotify, which had previously slimmed the amount of music users could play for free, is now making a further curtailment that's aimed at wringing more paid subscriptions...  - Free listening hours will be halved from 20 hours per month to 10 hours.
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.
Jeffrey R. Young / Chronicle of Higher Education:
The Netflix Effect: When Software Suggests Students' Courses  —  When Netflix suggests movies based on how much previous renters liked them, all that's at stake is a night's entertainment.  Now a handful of colleges have begun using similar recommendation systems to help students pick their courses …
Discussion: Fast Company
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Russia's KupiVIP raises record $55M for online shopping club  —  KupiVIP, Russia's first online shopping club with more than 7 million members, has raised $55 million in a record funding.  —  KupiVIP hosts up to 20 private online flash sales every day, much like the Western rival Gilt Groupe.
 
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Kit Eaton / Fast Company:
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Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Adobe to Stream Live Video to the iPad. Yes, the iPad
Discussion: SlashGear and eWeek, Thanks:beet_tv
John Letzing / MarketWatch:
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Stephanie Rosenbloom / New York Times:
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Does the World Really Need Another Twitter?
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