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10:25 AM ET, April 18, 2011

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Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
What on Earth Happened to BlackBerry?  —  Research in Motion's new tablet is a misguided mess.  —  First, a confession: I haven't used the BlackBerry PlayBook yet.  The seven-inch tablet computer is scheduled to go on sale next week, and I hope to get my hands on one soon.  This, then, is not a product review.
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Omar El Akkad / Globe and Mail:
RIM makes a play for its future
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Saying Apple Will Never Do Something: Always Dangerous  —  For years, there's been a persistent, as-yet-unrealized rumor that Apple will start making HDTVs.  Received wisdom, however, has generally argued that it's not going to happen.  TVs are too commoditized; TVs would have to come in too many sizes …
Discussion: parislemon
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Elsa Wenzel / PC World:
Microsoft Office 365 Beta Opens for Business: What's Inside  —  Now anyone can try Office 365, Microsoft's cloud productivity package for businesses.  The service opened Sunday night for beta testing, coming a step closer to its final launch, which will occur sometime later this year.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Dropbox Hits 25 Millions Users, 200 Million Files Per Day  —  Dropbox will announce a number of milestones on Monday morning, we've learned.  The file backup and sharing service was founded in 2007 by Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi.  It was in one of the early Y Combinator classes …
Discussion: Digital Trends
Demand Media:
Another Statement About Search Engine Algorithm Changes  —  It's hard to imagine a company more focused on the connection between consumers and content than Demand Media.  That point of connection gives us the opportunity to inform, engage and serve the consumer.  And it's where trusted relationships start.
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Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Analysis: Google's Page and Wall Street: Who needs who?  —  (Reuters) - It took fewer than 400 words for freshman Google Inc CEO Larry Page to set the tone for a strained relationship with Wall Street that could haunt him for years.  —  The 38-year-old tech visionary …
BBC:
Internet mistake reveals UK nuclear submarine secrets  —  The document assessed the options for power reactors for a new generation of submarines  —  The Ministry of Defence has admitted that secret information about the UK's nuclear powered submarines was made available on the internet by mistake.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
iPhone 4 About To Be Flickr's Top Camera.  Point & Shoots?  Pretty Much The Opposite.  —  What's the most popular camera used in terms of pictures taken that are uploaded to Flickr?  Right now, it's the Nikon D90.  But in about a month or so, it will be Apple's iPhone 4.
Electronista:
HP's TouchPad cloud music, video plans leak in presentation  —  HP's intention to build a webOS cloud media locker, and possibly beat Apple and Google to the feature, was given more definitive support late Friday after a leaked presentation.  A pair of slides describing the TouchPad reportedly showed …
Daniel Tunkelang / The Noisy Channel:
Identifying Influencers on Twitter  —  One of the perks of working at LinkedIn is being surrounded by intellectually curious colleagues.  I recently joined a reading group and signed up to lead our discussion of a WSDM 2011 paper on “Identifying ‘Influencers’ on Twitter” by Eytan Bakshy, Jake Hofman, Winter Mason, and Duncan Watts.
Louis Gray:
Foursquare Day 2011: 3M+ Checkins, The Most Ever  —  Saturday April 16th was not just officially recognized as “Foursquare Day” by fourteen different cities this year, including the company's home base of New York City, but it also marked the busiest day the service has ever recorded …
Discussion: The Next Web and @dens
Derek Kessler / PreCentral.net:
Veer launch party scheduled for May 2; Update: AT&T confirmed?  —  We've been hearing “spring,” “soon,” and most recently “very soon” with regards to when the minuscule HP Veer smartphone is supposed to launch.  Of course, all this vagueness means little without a concrete date …
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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Matt Brian / The Next Web:
What Happens To Your Email Address If It Is Stolen?
Seth Schiesel / New York Times:
Busy Job of Judging Video-Game Content to Be Ceded to Machines
New York Times:
Retailers Retool Sites to Ease Mobile Shopping
Laura Northrup / The Consumerist:
Comcast's Xfinity Extreme 105: Pay More To Reach Download Cap Even Faster
Discussion: PC World
 Earlier Items: 
Arn / MacRumors:
White iPhone 4 to Launch on April 26th?
Mercury News:
SV150 see most profitable year in history
Discussion: VentureBeat
Haaretz:
Iranian Military Official: Siemens helped U.S. and Israel in Cyber Attack on Nuclear Program
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Cutting That Cord  —  A Cursory High-Level Overview …
Discussion: TUAW and Network World
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Random Facebook User's Question Gets Four Million Votes
Discussion: SAI and @joshconstine