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11:50 AM ET, April 19, 2011

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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 …
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Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google Map Maker Now Open To US Users
Agence France Presse:
Samsung vows counter-action over Apple patent suit  —  SEOUL (AFP) - 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 …
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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.
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
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
BlackBerry PlayBook now on sale in the US and Canada, starting at $500 with 16GB of storage  —  Today is the day in BlackBerry land.  The wait for a dual-core device with an up-to-date operating system and that stylized BB logo is now over, and a vast array of stores in the US and Canada are now ready to sell you your PlayBook.
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Vlad Savov / Engadget:
HBO Go app set to stream its way to iPhones, iPads and Android devices  —  Are you familiar with the HBO Go online streaming service that lets subscribers catch up on HBO's award-winning and ass-kicking TV content?  Well, 'appy news for you, dear reader, for it's about to hit smartphones and tablets early next month.
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
White iPhone 4 used to demo new multitasking, Spotlight search in ‘test version’ of iOS? (video)  —  We've just laid eyes on a video from the prolific leaksters over at Tinhte, who claim they not only have a white iPhone 4 from Apple, but it's one with a “test version” of iOS that nobody else has yet seen.
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 …
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David / TmoNews:
T-Mobile Officially Announces G-Slate Release For April 20th
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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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
Discussion: PC World, Pocket-lint, ZDNet and @mathewi
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.
Monica Langley / Wall Street Journal:
In Silicon Valley, Investors Are Jockeying Like It's 1999  —  MENLO PARK, Calif.—Travis Kalanick is the founder of a start-up that lets people order up a car service from a cellphone.  Recently, the 34-year-old found himself in the driver's seat.  —  Several major venture-capital firms were vying to fund Uber, his fledgling company.
Discussion: Deal Journal
Martin LaMonica / CNET News:
Google plants $100 million in giant wind farm  —  The Shepherds Flat wind farm is expected to be fully operational in 2012 and supply 235,000 average U.S. homes.  —  Google today said that it will invest about $100 million in the very large Shepherd's Flat wind project in Oregon …
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.
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 …
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 …
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Verizon: More breaches but less data lost.  Huh?!  —  Verizon's Data Breach Investigations Report for last year is a bit of a head scratcher.  It shows that while the number of data breaches from cyber attacks rose, the amount of compromised records lost has fallen.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Samsung Inks $1.375 Billion Deal With Seagate On HDD Operations Sale 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.
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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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Andreessen Horowitz Leads $1.75M Round In Freebie Marketplace Listia
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Serkan Toto / CrunchGear:
Hitachi Announces First USB 3.0 External Drives, Bundled With Personal Cloud Space
Technology Review:
You Are the Ad  —  Facebook has emerged from a privacy scandal …
Bloomberg:
Apple Said to Add Foxconn's Chimei as Supplier of Parts for IPad
Francis Tan / The Next Web:
Tencent launches Facebook Connect clone called QQ Login
Matt Hickey / CNET News:
GeoHot gives leftover legal funds to EFF, mocks Sony
Discussion: Techdirt and The Register
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Netflix posts ‘buy’ button but not doing the selling
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Naked Security / Sophos:
An open letter to Facebook about safety and privacy
Irina Slutsky / AdAge:
Facebook to Ad Agencies: Let's Be ‘in a Relationship’
Discussion: Pulse2 and Marketing Pilgrim
Jerry Hildenbrand / Android Central:
First look at the OGT Tablet — the world's thinnest Android tablet
Discussion: GottaBeMobile
SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
THE TRUTH ABOUT SMARTPHONES: Our Exclusive Survey On iPhone vs Android
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Streaming growing, but consumers still love DVDs
Discussion: Electronista
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Next Up for Netflix: Family Plans
Discussion: CNET News, VentureBeat and Techland