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5:10 PM ET, April 18, 2011

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Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Twitter in Talks to Buy TweetDeck  —  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.
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: PC Magazine and Apple Bitch
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Apple Files Patent Suit Against Samsung Over Galaxy Line of Phones and Tablets  —  In the latest 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.
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.
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Federico Viticci / MacStories:
Dropbox 1.4 Brings Tabs Back, Direct Uploads from Other Apps
Discussion: SlashGear, TUAW and 9 to 5 Mac
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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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?
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.
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 …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, Electronista and iLounge
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Testing Google's Panda algorithm: CNET analysis  —  Google's sweeping changes to Web site rankings have roiled the Web industry, including the company's announcement last week that its algorithms now incorporate more “user feedback signals.”  —  The reason Google made such a dramatic change …
Discussion: Techie Buzz
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Larry Fitzgibbon / Demand Media:
Another Statement About Search Engine Algorithm Changes
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.
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 …
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.
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James Vicini / Reuters:   Supreme Court hears Microsoft appeal on i4i patent
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple Q2 2011 earnings preview  —  Fortune's final poll of Apple analysts — professional and amateur  —  Here are the final estimates — barring last-minute revisions — along with each analyst's rank, where available, in last quarter's earnings smackdown.
Discussion: Apple, I4U News and TUAW, Thanks:philiped
The Register:
Yahoo! jacks data retention from 90 days to 18 months  —  Extra-private!  Super-transparent!  —  Yahoo! is jacking up the amount of time it holds onto its log file data by a factor of six to 18 months.  —  The move, on the face of it, sets the firm on a collision course with the EU …
 
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Ralph Jennings / PC World:
Google Rebuts Anti-competition Claim in South Korea
Discussion: WebProNews
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
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
White iPhone 4 Now available for order on 3 UK, delivers on April 20th
San Francisco Chronicle:
Internet freedom declining as use grows
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Samsung promises a dual-core 2GHz smartphone ‘by next year’
 Earlier Items: 
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
What Happens To Your Email Address If It Is Stolen?
Louis Gray:
Foursquare Day 2011: 3M+ Checkins, The Most Ever
Discussion: WebProNews and @dens
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
Discussion: MediaPost
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Saying Apple Will Never Do Something: Always Dangerous
 

 
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Brian Steinberg / Variety:
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