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7:50 AM ET, April 18, 2011

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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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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 …
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
The often-rumored Apple HDTV
Discussion: Fast Company and The Next Web
MG Siegler / parislemon:   On Apple's Must-See TV
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
Discussion: Voice on the Web
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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Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Demand Media Downplays Impact Of Latest Google Changes
Discussion: Betabeat and SISTRIX Toolbox
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.
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.
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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Electronista:
Samsung may sell hard drive business in wake of iPad  —  A source claimed Sunday night that Samsung was looking to sell off its hard drive business.  The Korean company had set a target price of $1.5 billion but was eager enough to sell it for under $1 billion if it couldn't fetch the intended target.
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 …
Haaretz:
Iranian Military Official: Siemens helped U.S. and Israel in Cyber Attack on Nuclear Program  —  Head of Iran's civilian defense says German company, Siemens, must share the blame for the Stuxnet virus attack; virus targeted control systems run with Siemens software.
 
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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
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White iPhone 4 to Launch on April 26th?
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SV150 see most profitable year in history
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Cutting That Cord  —  A Cursory High-Level Overview …
Discussion: Network World
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Random Facebook User's Question Gets Four Million Votes
Discussion: @joshconstine
Daniel Cawrey / thechromesource:
Chrome OS Release Coming Soon? Stable Channel Now Available
Discussion: Inquirer and Telegraph
Mike Elgan / Computerworld:
Snooping: It's not a crime, it's a feature
Discussion: I4U News