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12:05 PM ET, April 16, 2011

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Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Still need an iPad 2?  Head to Best Buy on Sunday, Sunday, Sunday  —  Well now, this is interesting.  We've been hearing a lot of chatter about Best Buy and the iPad 2, rumors that the company was sitting on a giant pile of tablets ahead of some great event.
Glyn Moody / open:
Why Google Should Buy the Music Industry  —  Rumours about Google's music service have been swirling for a while now, but they certainly seem to be reaching a new stage with stories like this: … When there are rumours that you're about to give up on a project, you know it must be real.
Discussion: Beyond Search and Slashdot
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Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Adobe throws in towel, adopts HTTP Live Streaming for iOS  —  Adobe previewed some new streaming video capabilities of its Flash Media Server at the 2011 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) trade show, including new compatibility with iOS devices like the iPad.
Discussion: Appletell and AppleInsider
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Photo tour of Facebook's new datacenter  —  Today I was very fortunate to have gotten a tour of Facebook's new datacenter up in Prineville, Oregon (map).  This datacenter is the most energy efficient in the world and only a handful of press got a look.  We'll have a video up after editing it …
Discussion: Associated Press and Silicon Forest, Thanks:scobleizer
Henry Blodget / SAI:
GOOGLE'S LARRY PAGE DOES EXACTLY THE RIGHT THING: Says “Whatever” To Wall Street  —  In some people's minds, Google's Larry Page just committed the cardinal sin: He offended Wall Street.  —  Wall Street has reacted to the first quarter in the Page regime by tossing the stock overboard.
Discussion: SAI, eWeek and The Business Insider
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
White iPhone 4 shows up in Verizon's inventory  —  It's real this time.  After several false hopes along the way, Apple will finally release the white iPhone 4 very soon.  We've been expecting an AT&T version since summer 2010 and reports of a Verizon version of the white model being in the works emerged earlier this week.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter's Phantom Punch  —  Yesterday, the story on everyone's mind in the tech world was the turmoil at Twitter.  Led by the Fortune cover story written by Jessi Hempel, if you read it, you might think the sky is falling on Chicken Little.  Not surprisingly, Twitter responded — sort of.
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Nicholas Carlson / SAI:   The Truth About Twitter's Troubles
The White House:
Administration Releases Strategy to Protect Online Consumers and Support Innovation and Fact Sheet on National Strategy for Trusted Indentities in Cyberspace  —  WASHINGTON, DC - Today, the Obama Administration released the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) …
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Fred Vogelstein / Wired:
The Android Explosion: How Google's Freewheeling Ecosytem Threatens the iPhone  —  ndy Rubin needed a hit.  It was January 2009, three years since Google had bought the company he cofounded, a little startup called Android.  —  Rubin had created a slick operating system for mobile phones …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, @johnacook and @bill_gross
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
LivingSocial Financials Exposed: $2.9 Billion Valuation, $50 Million In Revenue Per Month  —  There's nothing like full disclosure during the negotiating process in an acquisition deal.  LivingSocial acquired SocialMedia for just $3 million in stock, we reported earlier today.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   LivingSocial Acquires SocialMedia For $3 Million
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Kills Tags In Favor Of Boost  —  Google is killing Tags, an advertising product for local businesses which allowed them to enhance their Google Maps or Places listings.  For a flat $25 monthly fee, local merchants could make their their natural listings stand out a bit with a yellow tag …
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
The Betrayal of Bnter  —  We filmed this week's Ask a VC on Tuesday, and I started out by asking Bijan Sabet of Spark Capital about the danger of venture capitalists investing in competitors.  There was no ulterior motive on my part.  It's just a question I've seen coming up increasingly …
Discussion: Pulse2 and Learn to Duck
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Windows 8: Portable Workspace allows you to run Windows from a USB device … An early copy of Windows 8 leaked to the Internet this week and enthusiasts have been digging their way through the various new bits in Microsoft's next-generation operating system.
Nick Bilton / Bits:
iPad Resellers Now Camp Overnight at Apple Stores  —  On Wednesday morning I stopped by the SoHo Apple store in New York City to purchase an iPad for a family member.  As I had anticipated, a store clerk said they were out of stock and recommended that I check back the following morning.
Discussion: MacNN and Electricpig.co.uk
Reuters:
UAE to curb BlackBerry usage for individuals: report  —  (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates will stop individuals and small businesses accessing the most private data services offered by BlackBerry, a newspaper said, but email and web access will not be disrupted, said the government.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Shawn Fanning And Sean Parker Are Back With An Ambitious New Project; Investors Abound  —  Longtime collaborators Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker are back together working on an ambitious new project, we've learned.  —  In 1999, Fanning and Parker introduced the world to Napster.
A. Ananthalakshmi / Reuters:
Chinese Facebook, Renren, shoots for U.S. IPO  —  (Reuters) - China's largest social network, Renren, filed for a U.S. initial public offering to raise up to $573.1 million, the first of a clutch of Facebook clones hoping to boost their profile with an American listing.
 
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Jason Subler / Reuters:
China to give “strategic” support to microchip sector: Xinhua
Discussion: Xinhua News Agency
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Updated: Google Video To Delete Uploaded Videos on May 13
Discussion: TechCrunch and @dannysullivan, Thanks:cocaman
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Chatroulette Posts Lawyer's Notes In Privacy Policy For Your Entertainment And Edification
Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
Cisco Displays New Cloud Data Center, Touts Efficiency
 Earlier Items: 
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Intros New Privacy Controls For Mobile Consumers
Discussion: Electronista
Brett Wiltshire / Blogger Buzz:
An important note about legacy accounts
Discussion: Softpedia News and BloggingPro
Chris Richardson / WebProNews:
Oracle Turns OpenOffice Into A Community-Based Project
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, The Register and PC World
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Online Education Startup Instructure Raises $8M From Eric Schmidt's Tomorrow Ventures, Tim Draper
Discussion: Pulse2, PR Newswire and VentureBeat
Chad Bray / Wall Street Journal:
Poker Websites Targeted in Federal Crackdown