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6:35 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.
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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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Microsoft's Joe Belfiore confirms: Skype coming to Windows Phone 7 ‘this fall’  —  You heard right — Skype just went from “nowhere near” Windows Phone 7, to “on the roadmap,” to “definitely coming this fall.”  That last tidbit is courtesy of Microsoft's own Joe Belfiore, stating that …
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Microsoft Offers Mea Culpa for Slow Windows Phone Updates, Promises “Mango” Update This Fall
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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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 …
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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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 …
Robert Andrews / paidContent:UK:
Spotify Halves Free In Europe Ahead Of U.S. Launch  —  Spotify, which had previously slimmed the amount of music users could play for free, is now making a further, bigger curtailment that's aimed at wringing more paid subscriptions...  - Free listening hours will be halved from 20 hours per month to 10 hours.
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.
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IDC:
Global PC Market Contracts in the First Quarter, But Swaths of Growth Remain, According to IDC
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?
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: Techie Buzz, SAI and NBC Bay Area
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 …
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 …
Stephanie Rosenbloom / New York Times:
Would You Sign My Kindle?  —  SITTING at a table in a Barnes & Noble in St. Petersburg, Fla., T. J. Waters was signing copies of his book “Hyperformance” when a fan standing in line with the eBook version walked up and said, “It's too bad you can't sign my Kindle.”
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.
 
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Dean Praetorius / The Huffington Post:
Bill Gates Was Puzzled By Gmail, Book Reports
Discussion: Gizmodo Australia
John Letzing / MarketWatch:
S.F. draws Twitter, Zynga to tax ‘council’
Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
About That Lawsuit...  The lawsuit filed Tuesday by Jonathan Tasini …
Christopher Trout / Engadget:
Motorola to begin beta testing rugged Android tablet, steps up enterprise efforts
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Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
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John Cook / GeekWire:
Zynga CEO Mark Pincus: ‘We are a confederation of entrepreneurs’
Discussion: eMoney and The Seattle Times
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Bored Meeting? Not This Time!
Discussion: MediaFile, paidContent, SAI and Adotas
Jon Brodkin / Network World:
Berners-Lee: Web access is a ‘human right’
Discussion: Examiner and WebProNews
Derek Kessler / PreCentral.net:
Preview: webOS 3.0 Beta 1 emulator leak [Exclusive]
Mark Milian / CNN:
Leading app maker said to be planning Twitter competitor