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4:45 PM ET, April 17, 2011

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Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Google Holds Out Against ‘Do Not Track’ Flag  —  And then there was Chrome.  —  Apple made it clear this week that the next version of its Safari browser — which will ship with the upcoming version of Mac OS — will include the ability for users to tell websites not to track them …
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Dustin Karnes / Talk Android:
Google now allows you to opt out of ad targeting via the Android Market  —  Are you a huge privacy aficionado?  Sure you are - and that's precisely why this latest news will excite you.  Google is now, after an update to the Android Market, allowing you to opt-out of the targeted AdMob advertising system.
Chris Dixon / cdixon.org:
Apple and the TV industry  —  The TV industry is a major segment of the consumer electronics industry and Apple is the leading consumer electronics company in the world.  Thus far Apple has entered the TV market with a stand-alone device - Apple TV.  There has been speculation …
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MG Siegler / parislemon:
On Apple's Must-See TV  —  All of the reasons Marco Arment lists as to why Apple won't build an actual television are good ones.  But they're also all good reasons why the market badly needs to be disrupted — and is ripe for it.  —  The argument that televisions are “an extremely competitive …
Marco Arment / Marco.org:   The often-rumored Apple HDTV
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Random Facebook User's Question Gets Four Million Votes  —  Facebook recently redesigned its Questions feature to be more simple and viral.  It seems to be working-maybe too well.  A single question by a random Facebook user accumulated four million votes in the last two weeks after it spread far beyond her friend group.
Discussion: The Noisy Channel
Mike Elgan / Computerworld:
Snooping: It's not a crime, it's a feature  —  New apps hijack the microphone in your cell phone to listen in on your life  —  Computerworld - Cellphone users say they want more privacy, and app makers are listening.  —  No, they're not listening to user requests.
Discussion: I4U News
Daniel Cawrey / thechromesource:
Chrome OS Release Coming Soon?  Stable Channel Now Available  —  Just like the Chrome browser, it has long been Google's goal for Chrome OS to have a Stable, Beta and Dev channel for feature iteration.  In a move that signifies a closer move to a Chrome OS release, there now is a Stable Channel.
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Speculation on an Amazon iPad competitor  —  I'd bet on Amazon releasing a true tablet, competing more directly with the iPad than the Kindle currently does, in the possibly-near future.  Andy Ihnatko nailed it last month: … I don't know why it has taken most of us this long to figure this out, but it makes a lot of sense.
Discussion: Business Wire and Snarkmarket
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Cutting That Cord  —  A Cursory High-Level Overview of the Current Status of Cloud-Based Syncing and iOS Devices  —  After Apple's iPad 2 introduction event last month, I ran into Josh Topolsky, and, of course, we talked about what we thought of it.  Topolsky made an interesting observation …
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple switches from Toshiba to speedier Samsung SSDs for new MacBook Air shipments  —  Toshiba MacBook Air “blade” SSD - iFixit  —  Anandtech notices that Apple's newer MacBook Air shipments appear to contain Samsung-built SSDs versus Toshiba ones that originally shipped in the MacBook Air.
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Panda Update: Google Lowers The Boom On eHow.com  —  After escaping damage in the first rollout of Google's Farmer/Panda update, Demand Media's eHow.com was reportedly not as fortunate in this week's expansion.  —  Sistrix, one of the companies that's been tracking the impact of Google's changes …
 
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