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5:25 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.
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Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Toys R' Us to start selling 16 GB and 32 GB WiFi iPad 2s, Smart Covers tomorrow - Sunday, April 17  —  Following the rumors that Apple will expand their iPad 2 retail presence to Toys R' Us, we have been told that the rumors are true and that Toys R' Us will begin selling the iPad 2 tomorrow.
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.
Alyson Shontell / SAI:
The 11 Techstars NYC Startups You Need To Know About  —  This morning, we sat among 750 VCs and entrepreneurs and watched eleven promising startups present.  —  Each was selected from a pool of 600 applicants, making Techstars NYC harder to get into than Harvard or Yale.
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
Frank Michlick / Domain Name News:
.XXX Goes Live in the Root Servers  —  Earlier today IANA added the .XXX Top Level Domain to the root nameservers.  While the registry operator Afilias is still in their setup process for ICM registry, the zone is currently propagating.  While a number of registrars have already …
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
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.
Max Read / Gawker:
What Happened to Encyclopedia Dramatica?  —  Unofficial 4chan wiki Encyclopedia Dramatica, the user-authored repository of memes, racism and homophobia, is no more.  It's been replaced by OhInternet, a much cleaner site with much less offensive content.  We asked its founder: Is ED preparing to sell out?
Discussion: The Inquisitr and Geekosystem
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.
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: TUAW, TiPb, Appletell and AppleInsider
 
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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
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter's Phantom Punch
Discussion: Mark Evans Tech, Biz Stone and SAI
 Earlier Items: 
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
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Why Google Should Buy the Music Industry
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
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Nick Bilton / Bits:
iPad Resellers Now Camp Overnight at Apple Stores
Discussion: MacNN and Electricpig.co.uk
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
The Betrayal of Bnter  —  We filmed this week's Ask a VC on Tuesday …
Discussion: Pulse2 and Learn to Duck