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7:40 AM 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.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Google Music Label Talks “Going Backwards”  —  Google has spent a year trying to build a music service that could compete with Apple's iTunes.  But those efforts seem to have stalled again.  —  Google's negotiations with the big music labels are “broken,” says a source familiar …
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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: Slashdot
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.
Discussion: Mark Evans Tech
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Nicholas Carlson / SAI:   The Truth About Twitter's Troubles
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
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: AppleInsider
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.
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
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
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: 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.
Discussion: MobileCrunch, TUAW and Electronista
Grant Gross / PC World:
White House Releases Trusted Internet ID Plan  —  The U.S. government will coordinate private-sector efforts to create trusted identification systems for the Internet, with the goal of giving consumers and businesses multiple options for authenticating identity online, according to a plan released …
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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
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Updated: Google Video To Delete Uploaded Videos on May 13  —  One of my colleagues in Switzerland just forwarded an email from Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) which includes a very important update regarding the Google Video service.  Two years ago Google announced that they would discontinue support for uploads to Google Video.
Discussion: TechCrunch and @dannysullivan, Thanks:cocaman
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 …
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / Networking Blog:
It's official: Asia's just run out of IPv4 Addresses  —  Well, that was fast.  The Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC) has just released the last block of Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) addresses in its available pool.  We knew this was coming when the Internet Corporation …
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.
Chad Bray / Wall Street Journal:
Poker Websites Targeted in Federal Crackdown  —  NEW YORK—Eleven people, including the founders of three of the largest online poker companies doing business in the U.S., have been charged in the latest crack down on Internet gambling by U.S. authorities.  —  Federal prosecutors …
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Paul Toohey / CourierMail:
Web king's life on the line
Discussion: SAI
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Chatroulette Posts Lawyer's Notes In Privacy Policy For Your Entertainment And Edification  —  Note to startups: Don't publish your lawyer's notes about the various ways you may or may not profit off of user data.  —  Video chat site Chatroulette seems to have just done just that with its privacy policy …
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
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Discussion: PR Newswire, Pulse2 and VentureBeat
Steven Levy / Fortune:
Inside Google's China misfortune
Discussion: SAI
Paul McIntyre / AdNews:
Google: we want iPhone to grow
Electronista:
Android 3.0 tablets allegedly delayed due to low hopes
Peter Farago / Flurry:
Apple and Google Capture U.S. Video Game Market Share in 2010