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12:25 AM ET, April 20, 2011

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Nilay Patel / This is my next:
Apple sues Samsung: a complete lawsuit analysis  —  Apple sued Samsung yesterday, the latest in a long line of IP lawsuits against Android device manufacturers.  (See: Apple v. HTC, Apple v. Motorola, Microsoft v. Motorola, Microsoft v. Barnes & Noble.)  The case is remarkable for several reasons …
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Andy M. Zaky / Fortune:
Why Apple shares are dirt cheap  —  Ahead of Apple's earnings, the numbers tell it all: If shares don't soar after its quarterly report, it will likely trade at valuation levels not seen since the depths of the financial crisis, making it the cheapest large-cap tech stock.  —  By Andy M. Zaky, contributor
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iFixit:
Blackberry PlayBook Teardown  —  Step 1 — Blackberry PlayBook Teardown Blackberry's new PlayBook has hit the market with a name containing both entertainment and literary promise.  Such a bold name instills in us feelings similar to those felt by preteen girls minutes before a Justin Bieber concert.
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Adam Zeis / CrackBerry.com blogs:
BlackBerry Bridge not available on AT&T... AT&T Blocking It Due to Free Tethering via BlackBerry Bridge?!
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
BlackBerry PlayBook now on sale in the US and Canada, starting at $500 with 16GB of storage
Dan Anderson / T-Mobile Blog:
Bobsled by T-Mobile: Providing Free, One-Touch Calling Within Facebook  —  Have you ever been chatting with a friend on Facebook only to realize it would be nice to actually hear the person's voice?  You're not alone.  A recent survey found that 88% of Facebook users want voice chat capabilities within the site.
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Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Eric Schmidt Just Got A Huge Salary Hike  —  When Eric Schmidt was the CEO of Google, he earned a salary of $1 per year, just like the two cofounders Larry Page and Sergey Brin.  —  But according to a recent Google SEC filing, that changed on April 4 when Page took over.
Discussion: Digits, Bits, mocoNews, Pulse2 and @swiftstories
Jacques Hebert / YouTube Blog:
Mmm mmm good - YouTube videos now served in WebM  —  If you travel abroad frequently, you know that charging your electronic devices is not always an easy task.  Power adapters for cellphones and computers don't always fit into local power outlets, meaning you have to pack converters.
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Google's Co-Founder Doesn't Want You to Know About His Facebook Account  —  Google and Facebook are fierce rivals, and spar over advertising, access to private information, and talented engineers.  Given the two companies' obvious mutual obsession, why is Google co-founder Sergey Brin so secretive about having a Facebook account?
Aatekah Mir / Digits:
A Look at iPad Users: Apple Still Trouncing Android  —  Google Inc.'s Android might be the most popular smartphone platform, but if you add other mobile devices like tablets to the mix, Apple Inc.'s iOS beats Android in the U.S. by a wide margin — 59% to be exact.
Discussion: Gizmodo, TechCrunch, BGR and MobileBurn.com
Allen Huang / The Official Google Blog:
Google Toolbar 7—cleaner, fresher and faster  —  Today we're bringing the speed of Google Instant to the latest version of Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer.  We're also introducing a fresh, clean look that personalizes Toolbar with the tools you use most.  —  Toolbar Instant
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Apple Reportedly Rejecting Apps With Pay-Per-Install Campaigns  —  Apple isn't just tweaking its App Store rankings to include more than download numbers and possibly lessening the impact of incentivized pay-per-install marketing campaigns.  It's actually banning apps that use pay-per-install …
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Michelle Quinn / The Politico:
Are Barack Obama, Facebook getting too friendly?  —  SAN FRANCISCO — President Barack Obama and Facebook both have a lot to gain when he holds a town hall meeting at the company's Palo Alto headquarters Wednesday.  —  Obama can burnish his high-tech, “win the future” image by tying himself to Facebook ahead of the 2012 campaign.
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Mike Swift / Mercury News:
Obama turns Facebook Live into a political stage
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo's First-Quarter Earnings: The Revenue Growth Drought Continues Due to MicroHoo Search Fall-Off  —  Yahoo announced its first-quarter earnings today, showing a continued worrisome revenue growth stall that its CEO Carol Bartz still has not fixed.  —  Yahoo reported revenues of $1.06 billion …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
SAY Media Acquires Dogster (And Has More Acquisitions In The Works)  —  Just six months after its creation, SAY Media is already going to the dogs: it's acquired Dogster, a web community for dog-owners that draws around 2 million unique visitors a month.  It's a move that sounds confusing at first …
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Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
SAY Media, The New Company That Used To Be VideoEgg And Six Apart, Is About To Announce Its First Acquisition
Discussion: paidContent
Scott Austin / Venture Capital Dispatch:
A Look At The Venture-Backed IPO Pipeline  —  Zipcar Inc. stepped on the pedal last week with its IPO, a promising start to a quarter that is expected to produce a string of offerings after many venture capital-backed companies waited for their 2010 financial results to be audited.
Colleen Taylor / GigaOM:
RockMelt Goes Mobile with iPhone Offering  —  RockMelt, the Mountain View, Calif.-based startup, is set to launch a mobile version of its browser with built-in social features.  RockMelt's move into mobile this week comes just one month after the public debut of its desktop browser.
Jon Brodkin / Network World:
Microsoft turns the table on Google, discloses Chrome security bugs  —  Microsoft finds HTML5 and sandboxing holes in Chrome  —  Google has a habit of telling the world when it finds a security problem in Microsoft software.  The officials in Redmond like to wring their hands and complain …
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple ends MobileMe and iWork $30 rebate programs ahead of rumored refreshes  —  A source within Apple has provided us with an internal memo announcing the end of Apple's long-running rebate programs for both the MobileMe service and Apple's iWork productivity suite of applications.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
E la Carte: Table-Top Computers Bring Restaurants To The Future (With Bonus Trivia!)  —  When you stop and think about it, the restaurant song-and-dance routine we've all memorized is a bit strange: we take our seats, wait, order some drinks, wait, order some food (and some smalltalk with the waiter) …
Discussion: GigaOM, VentureBeat, Xconomy and Mashable!, Thanks:rajatsuri
Danielle Kucera / Business Week:
Tablet Market May Surge to $49 Billion  —  Demand for Apple iPads and other devices that bridge the gap between smartphones and laptops may surge by 2015, from close to zero last year, Strategy Analytics says  —  Apple (AAPL) and other electronics makers will generate $49 billion in sales …
Discussion: Reuters and eWeek
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Music Gaming Startup JamLegend Acqhired By Zynga  —  Earlier today we wrote about music games startup JamLegend joining the deadpool.  JamLegend aimed to compete against biggies Rock Band and Guitar Hero and was shut down today after three years so the team could “move on to new ventures.”
Discussion: Inside Social Games
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
uTorrent 3.0 Adds Ratings, Comments and Streaming  —  uTorrent for Windows saw its first public release in September 2005 and soon became the most widely used BitTorrent application.  Today close to 100 million users worldwide use the client regularly and this number continues to rise.
Thanks:alliewag
Andrew Phelps / Nieman Journalism Lab:
How URL spoofing can put libelous words into news orgs' mouths  —  You really have to question everything you see on the web, even the supposedly sacrosanct URL.  (That ubiquitous initialism stands for “uniform resource locator,” as in, one locator for every resource on the Internet.)
Grant Gross / PC World:
FTC Takes Action Against ‘fake’ News Sites  —  Several websites apparently featuring news reports that show the weight-loss benefits of acai berry products aren't what they appear to be, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the Illinois Attorney General's Office said Tuesday.
 
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Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Is Going To Own The Exploding Tablet Market For Years — Goldman
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Total shipments of new Apple TV top 2 million, 820K sold last quarter - report
Discussion: T3.com News
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Trademark filing, domain names suggest Toshiba's tablet might be named ‘Thrive’
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Sonos For Android Is Here, Devices Now Support Airplay
Hayley Tsukayama / Washington Post:
Facebook rolls out new security features, answers Sophos letter
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Intel Q1 Blows Away Estimates; Q2 View Beats; Stock Up 6%
 Earlier Items: 
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
HTML5 Calendar Data Sharing Standard Released as 1.0 by W3C
Tricia Duryee / eMoney:
Kobo Closes Book on $50 Million Round to Fuel International Growth
Discussion: VentureBeat, Pulse2, GeekWire and Digits
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
White iPhone 4 used to demo new multitasking, Spotlight search in ‘test version’ of iOS? (video)
Monica Langley / Wall Street Journal:
In Silicon Valley, Investors Are Jockeying Like It's 1999
Discussion: Deal Journal and Inc.com