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9:20 PM ET, April 18, 2011

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Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Twitter Tries to Widen Appeal to More Users  —  Twitter Inc. is in advanced talks to buy TweetDeck Inc. for around $50 million, people familiar with the matter said.  —  TweetDeck is one of the add-on programs that help Twitter users view and manage short messages carried by the service, which are known as tweets.
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Is there a bidding war over TweetDeck?  —  A report Monday in The Wall Street Journal claimed that Twitter is in “advanced talks” to acquire TweetDeck, a Twitter desktop client preferred by many of the social-media service's most active users, for about $50 million.
Discussion: Guardian and broadstuff
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:   Why Twitter Would Be Smart to Buy Tweetdeck
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Apple Files Patent Suit Against Samsung Over Galaxy Line of Phones and Tablets  —  In the latest intellectual property suit to hit the smartphone industry, Apple is suing Samsung, alleging the Galaxy line of phones and tablets infringe on a number of the company's patents and trademarks.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Apple sues Samsung over Galaxy line: Co-opetition implodes
Discussion: Hardware 2.0 Blog
Steve Kovach / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
DROPBOX: We'll Turn Your Files Over To The Government If They Ask Us To  —  This is nothing groundbreaking, but Dropbox has updated its security Terms of Service to say that if the government asks, they will have to decrpyt user's files and turn them over.  —  That's standard practice …
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JP Mangalindan / Fortune:
Dropbox: 25 million users and counting  —  The popular start-up says it grew more than 500% in 15 months.  How's that for viral effectiveness?  —  FORTUNE — As many in Silicon Valley know, very few start-ups succeed, and even if they do, even fewer stumble upon the kind of growth Dropbox has in such little time.
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
Dropbox 1.4 Brings Tabs Back, Direct Uploads from Other Apps
Eric Bennett / Bing:
Capture and Share Panoramas Anywhere You Go with the Photosynth App  —  What does a beautiful mountain pass, your favorite coffee shop, and your blossoming backyard garden all have in common?  They're all places you would love to capture and share, but a single photograph just won't do.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Mass production of Apple's A5-, Qualcomm-powered iPhone 5 rumored for Sept.  —  Apple's iPhone 5 will feature “slight modifications” from its predecessor, including an 8 megapixel rear camera and a Qualcomm baseband for both GSM and CDMA models, and will go into production in September, a new report claims.
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Most iPhone 5 Refinements Will Be Under the Hood
Discussion: Digital Trends and Apple Bitch
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
ITC Staff Recommends Siding With Nokia, HTC in Apple Case  —  HTC Corp. and Nokia Oyj shouldn't be found liable of infringing Apple Inc.'s patents, the staff of the U.S. International Trade Commission recommended.  —  A staff lawyer, Erin Joffre, disclosed the position at the start …
Tricia Duryee / eMoney:
Wal-Mart Acquires Kosmix to Move Into Social and Mobile  —  Wal-Mart is buying Kosmix, a Mountain View, Calif.-based company that has built a social media platform that organizes content by topic.  —  The company did not disclose terms of the agreement, but said the acquisition would be instrumental …
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:   Exclusive: Wal-Mart Paid $300 Million-Plus for Kosmix
David / TmoNews:
T-Mobile Officially Announces G-Slate Release For April 20th  —  After what seems like an unnecessarily long wait T-Mobile has finally gone and announced the arrival of the T-Mobile G-Slate for April 20th.  While we've speculated this for quite some time as all signs pointed to a release …
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 …
CBS News:
A billionaire bachelor's playground  —  Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen gives “60 Minutes” a tour of his estate, yacht, space rocket, and, yes — his very own submarine What would you do if you suddenly became a billionaire with the means to indulge your every whim, no matter how extreme?
Dylan Byers / Adweek:
NYC's Top VC Fred Wilson Is Rich . . . and Grumpy  —  Last November, Fred Wilson had the privilege of sharing a stage with John Doerr, the wealthiest venture capitalist in the world, a man Amazon's Jeff Bezos once called the “center of gravity in the Internet.”
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Real Estate Listings Site Zillow Files For $51.75 Million IPO  —  As expected, real estate listings and search site Zillow has just filed its S-1, which indicates that the company will be pursuing a public offering.  Zillow wants to raise $51.75 million in the offering, according to the SEC filing.
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.
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Tricia Duryee / eMoney:
Groupon Acquires iFund-Backed Pelago; Founder to Head Up Product Development  —  Groupon has acquired Pelago, the makers of a mobile application called Whrrl that allows people to check in to locations and discover new restaurants and local businesses.  As part of the acquisition …
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Next Up for Netflix: Family Plans  —  Netflix will introduce additional streaming plans later this year that will offer the ability to stream to multiple devices simultaneously, according to a FAQ for investors published on the company's website.  Details are still to be determined …
Joshua Topolsky / This is my next:
HP, here's how you can win in mobile  —  On Sunday, PreCentral published an interesting rumor piece based on a leaked slide from HP.  According to the story, the company has plans to include a “music syncing solution” with the forthcoming TouchPad tablet that will allow users to remotely store …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Could Office 15's ‘Moorea’ bring back elements of Microsoft ‘Courier’?  —  New screen shots, allegedly from an internal milestone build of Office 15, show that Microsoft is making good on hints to add a new application to its next version of its Office suite, which is expected to ship around 2013.
Simon Owens / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The layered look: How Google News is integrating the social web  —  While many have been closely following the news of new social network projects from Google — whether it's Google Wave, Google Buzz, or a rumored project reportedly called Google Me — the search giant has been rolling …
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 …
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
Verizon ends termination fees for DSL, simplifies plans  —  Verizon is eliminating early termination fees for its DSL service as the company also simplifies its plans for broadband customers.  —  The company on Monday announced that it would now offer just two tiers of DSL service: basic and enhanced.
Discussion: Verizon, DSLreports and Telecompetitor
 
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AppleInsider:
New MacBook Pros push Apple's US sales up 47% year over year in March
Discussion: Electronista, Fortune and SAI
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
TI aims to bring wireless charging to more devices with smallest receiver chip to date
Rebekah Heacock / ONI:
Ugandan Government Asks ISPs to Block Facebook, Twitter
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Video Delivery Firm Envivio Files To Raise Up To $69 Million In IPO
Chris Thompson / About Foursquare:
Foursquare takes a page from the Color playbook and shows photos by friends you checked in with
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Foursquare Blog
Wolfram:
Wolfram|Alpha and DuckDuckGo Partner on API Binding and Search Integration
 Earlier Items: 
Ralph Jennings / PC World:
Google Rebuts Anti-competition Claim in South Korea
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Winklevoss Twins Ask for New Hearing in Facebook Case
Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
Patent that took down Barnes and Noble's Nook revealed
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple Q2 2011 earnings preview
Discussion: Apple, I4U News and TUAW, Thanks:philiped
Seth Schiesel / New York Times:
Busy Job of Judging Video-Game Content to Be Ceded to Machines