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7:15 AM ET, April 19, 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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Mrinal Desai / TechCrunch:
Five Reasons Why Twitter Will Kill TweetDeck  —  Editor's note: The following guest post is written by Mrinal Desai, co-founder of CrossLoop and addappt.  You can follow him on Twitter.  —  On reading today's report by the Wall Street Journal that Twitter is in talks to buy TweetDeck …
Discussion: Mashable! and @owenthomas
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: TechCrunch, broadstuff, BGR and VentureBeat
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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Agence France Presse:
Samsung vows counter-action over Apple patent suit  —  SEOUL — Samsung Electronics said Tuesday it would take counter-action against Apple after the US firm filed suit alleging that the South Korean giant copied its smartphones and tablet computers.  —  Apple's lawsuit claims Samsung's mobile phones …
Discussion: Engadget and SlashGear
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Apple sues Samsung over Galaxy line: Co-opetition implodes
Miguel de Icaza:
Dropbox Lack of Security  —  I am a fan of Dropbox.  It is a great tool, a great product, and clearly they have a passionate team over at Dropbox building the product.  —  Dropbox recently announced an update to its security terms of service in which they announced that they would provide …
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Steve Kovach / Tools:
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 …
Discussion: ZDNet
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 …
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Tim Stevens / Engadget:
T-Mobile G-Slate review  —  The tablet wars are building, petty disputes that will soon lead to bloodshed.  Products will be launched into battle only to be gunned down straight out of their boxes, crying for their fabricators as bigger, faster, better slates step over the stricken chassis …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Wal-Mart Paid $300 Million-Plus for Kosmix  —  According to sources close to the situation, Wal-Mart Stores paid just over $300 million for Kosmix.  —  The six-year-old Mountain View, Calif.-based company-which has built a social media platform that organizes content by topic …
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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.
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Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Microsoft releases Photosynth app for iOS, again leaves Windows Phone outside
Paul Geller / Digital Music News:
Get Ready: Grooveshark Promises a Fight to the Finish...  The following is an open letter to the music industry from Grooveshark, shared exclusively with Digital Music News.  The letter was prompted by the recent removal of the Grooveshark app from the Android Market, though it also addresses broader concerns and challenges.
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Electronista:
Grooveshark skirts Android Market ban with unofficial app
Discussion: Lifehacker
The Official Google Blog:
Add your local knowledge to the map with Google Map Maker for the United States  —  [Cross-posted from the Google Lat Long Blog]  —  Before Google Map Maker—a product that enables people to add to and update the map for locations around the world—only 15 percent of the world's population …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Samsung Inks $1.375 Billion Deal With Seagate On HDD Operations And More  —  Samsung and Seagate this morning announced a broad ‘strategic alignment’ in a move to expand their existing relationship and more effectively counter competitor Western Digital.  —  The most important elements …
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
A Myspace Founder Builds Again, Buying Game Companies  —  Just days after the online game company MindJolt moved into its Los Angeles headquarters in March 2010, rain started to pour through the ceiling.  —  Christopher T. DeWolfe, the chief executive, and his small team …
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Chris DeWolfe's MindJolt Expands Gaming Empire; Buys SGN And Hallpass Media
Discussion: eMoney
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Nokia launches Ovi Maps 3D beta, challenges Google Earth as your virtual tour guide of choice  —  Still searching for today's internet time sink?  Then look no further than Nokia's just launched beta version of Ovi Maps 3D.  Thanks to a little help from Navteq's maps and some software wizardry …
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 …
Bloomberg:
Apple Asks Judge to Dismiss Lawsuit Alleging ITunes Downloading Monopoly  —  A federal judge was asked by Apple Inc. (AAPL) to dismiss a consumer antitrust lawsuit claiming the company limited choice by linking iPod music downloading to its iTunes music store.
SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
THE TRUTH ABOUT SMARTPHONES: Our Exclusive Survey On iPhone vs Android  —  Recent news that Android has blasted past the iPhone in smartphone market share triggered a huge brawl among fans in both camps about whether the numbers were accurate and which platform would reign supreme.
Discussion: IntoMobile
Irina Slutsky / AdAge:
Facebook to Ad Agencies: Let's Be ‘in a Relationship’  —  Social Network Rolls Out Community Site Aimed at Creatives  —  Facebook today launched a stand-alone community site (facebook-studio.com) where ad agency creatives can share ideas, comment on campaigns and learn what it takes to create a successful page for a brand.
Discussion: Pulse2 and Marketing Pilgrim
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Netflix posts ‘buy’ button but not doing the selling  —  Netflix posted a buy button to the lower right corner of ‘Little Fockers’ movie page (arrow inserted by CNET).  —  A month after Hollywood studio executives said that Netflix had declined to post “Buy” buttons on its site, the video-rental service has done just that.
Discussion: Hacking NetFlix and FierceIPTV
 
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Francis Tan / The Next Web:
Tencent launches Facebook Connect clone called QQ Login
Discussion: Penn Olson
Naked Security / Sophos:
An open letter to Facebook about safety and privacy
Jerry Hildenbrand / Android Central:
First look at the OGT Tablet — the world's thinnest Android tablet
Discussion: CrunchGear
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Streaming growing, but consumers still love DVDs
Discussion: Electronista
AppleInsider:
New MacBook Pros push Apple's US sales up 47% year over year in March
Discussion: Electronista, Fortune and SAI
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Next Up for Netflix: Family Plans
Discussion: VentureBeat
 Earlier Items: 
Chris Thompson / About Foursquare:
Foursquare takes a page from the Color playbook and shows photos by friends you checked in with
Dylan Byers / Adweek:
NYC's Top VC Fred Wilson Is Rich . . . and Grumpy
Simon Owens / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The layered look: How Google News is integrating the social web
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Mass production of Apple's A5-, Qualcomm-powered iPhone 5 rumored for Sept.