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8:30 PM ET, April 16, 2011

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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Square's Disruptive Payment Service About To Get A Huge Retail Boost From Apple  —  Mobile payments company Square has landed a big coup—sales placement on Apple's online store.  And we've just confirmed with Square that the startup has a deal for in-store sales as well.
Discussion: @tristanwalker and TUAW
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.
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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.
Joe Mullin / paidContent:
Righthaven's Secret Contract Revealed: Will Its Strategy Collapse?  —  Angered at Righthaven's behavior, a Las Vegas federal judge unsealed the company's heretofore confidential agreement with the Las Vegas Review-Journal late on Friday.  The contract reveals that the controversial copyright …
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Steve Green / Las Vegas Sun Blogs:
After Righthaven defies judge, observers question company's motives
Discussion: Ars Technica, paidContent and Techdirt
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Blames The iPad For Killing Jobs  —  Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL), who admits to owning an iPad, blames the Apple Inc. product for “eliminating thousands of American jobs.”  —  “A few short weeks ago I came to the House floor after having purchased an iPad …
Discussion: GeekWire, TUAW and MacDailyNews
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Real Reason Mike McCue Needs $50 Million: Google Is Building A Flipboard Killer  —  When news came out the other day that Flipboard just raised another $50 million at a $200 million valuation for its iPad news reading app, I gave CEO Mike McCue a hard time on Twitter and here on TechCrunch.
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.
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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.
 
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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
 Earlier Items: 
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter's Phantom Punch
Discussion: Mark Evans Tech, Biz Stone and SAI
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Chatroulette Posts Lawyer's Notes In Privacy Policy For Your Entertainment And Edification
Glyn Moody / open:
Why Google Should Buy the Music Industry
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Windows 8: Portable Workspace allows you to run Windows from a USB device