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2:10 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.
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
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: TiPb, Appletell and AppleInsider
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.
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.
Steve Green / Las Vegas Sun Blogs:
After Righthaven defies judge, observers question company's motives  —  Some Righthaven LLC watchers are wondering if the Las Vegas company is plotting to have the judge handling all of its Colorado copyright lawsuits disqualified from presiding over those cases.
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.
Evan Blass / pocketnow.com:
HTC Preparing 16-Megapixel Windows Phone 7?  (Video)  —  HTC is working on a Windows Phone 7 model with an unprecedented 16-megapixel camera, according to the ad embedded below.  Such a handset would double the pixel count of the company's highest-resolution devices, which currently top out at eight megapixels.
Discussion: WMPoweruser.com and WPCentral.com
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 …
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, SAI and Biz Stone
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
 
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Jason Subler / Reuters:
China to give “strategic” support to microchip sector: Xinhua
Discussion: Xinhua News Agency
The White House:
Administration Releases Strategy to Protect Online Consumers and Support Innovation and Fact Sheet …
A. Ananthalakshmi / Reuters:
Chinese Facebook, Renren, shoots for U.S. IPO
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Chatroulette Posts Lawyer's Notes In Privacy Policy For Your Entertainment And Edification
Nick Bilton / Bits:
iPad Resellers Now Camp Overnight at Apple Stores
Discussion: MacNN and Electricpig.co.uk
 Earlier Items: 
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
The Betrayal of Bnter  —  We filmed this week's Ask a VC on Tuesday …
Discussion: Pulse2 and Learn to Duck
Bloomberg:
RIM Said Weighing Bid to Top Google Offer for Nortel Patents
Discussion: AppleInsider and CNET News
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Intros New Privacy Controls For Mobile Consumers
Discussion: Electronista