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1:05 PM ET, April 18, 2011

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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 …
Larry Fitzgibbon / 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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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
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.
Kim-Mai Cutler / Inside Mobile Apps:
Apple May Have Tweaked App Store Ranking Algorithm, Making Downloads Matter Less  —  It looks like Apple made a number of changes to the app store's ranking system last week, adding in new weights on top of download numbers to determine top apps, according to conversations we've …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, GigaOM, Gizmodo and MacStories
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 …
Seth Schiesel / New York Times:
Busy Job of Judging Video-Game Content to Be Ceded to Machines  —  The little E's, T's and M's that appear on the covers of video games get there the old-fashioned way: People working for the Entertainment Software Rating Board look at the games, decide how gory, sexy or potty-mouthed they are …
Discussion: Yahoo! News and Blue's News
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
Dropbox 1.4 Brings Tabs Back, Direct Uploads from Other Apps  —  A major update to the official Dropbox app for iOS was released night in the App Store, and it adds important new functionalities to the uploading aspect of the app.  Originally released last May on the iPad …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
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 …
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Samsung promises a dual-core 2GHz smartphone ‘by next year’  —  Are you ready for a scorching-fast future?  Samsung sure is, as today the Maeli Business Newspaper reports “a high-ranking” company official has disclosed Samsung's intention to deliver a dual-core smartphone that runs at 2GHz.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Another One Bites The Dust: Yahoo To Kill Buzz On April 21  —  We knew this was coming, but Yahoo has announcedthat it will not longer support Yahoo Buzz, its a Digg-like product where users can rank stories from publishers.  —  According to a message on the Buzz website: Yahoo! Buzz will be discontinued as of April 21, 2011.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
What Happens To Your Email Address If It Is Stolen?  —  Over the past few months, many high-profile companies have had their customer details compromised by attackers, targeting the third-party marketing firms that hold email addresses and many other personal details.
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 …
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.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
White iPhone 4 Now available for order on 3 UK, delivers on April 20th  —  The mythical white iPhone 4 is now available for order on the 3 UK store.  The phone is available for the standard subsidized price of £159 for the 32GB version.  —  The white iPhone 4 has been a topic …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and SlashGear
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft vs. i4i at U.S. Supreme Court: Future of patent law at stake  —  Microsoft and i4i L.P., a small Canadian tech company, will square off this morning in oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court — the climax in a 4-year-old patent-infringement battle between the companies.
Discussion: BBC
 
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple Q2 2011 earnings preview
Discussion: Apple and TUAW, Thanks:philiped
San Francisco Chronicle:
Internet freedom declining as use grows
Louis Gray:
Foursquare Day 2011: 3M+ Checkins, The Most Ever
Discussion: The Next Web and @dens
Daniel Tunkelang / The Noisy Channel:
Identifying Influencers on Twitter
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: 
Electronista:
Samsung may sell hard drive business in wake of iPad
Mercury News:
SV150 see most profitable year in history
Discussion: VentureBeat
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
iPhone 4 About To Be Flickr's Top Camera. Point & Shoots? Pretty Much The Opposite.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Cutting That Cord  —  A Cursory High-Level Overview …
Discussion: TUAW and Network World
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Google Holds Out Against ‘Do Not Track’ Flag
Discussion: Talk Android