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5:00 PM ET, April 20, 2011

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Alasdair Allan / O'Reilly Radar:
Got an iPhone or 3G iPad?  Apple is recording your moves  —  Today at Where 2.0 Pete Warden and I will announce the discovery that your iPhone, and your 3G iPad, is regularly recording the position of your device into a hidden file.  Ever since iOS 4 arrived, your device has been storing a long list of locations and time stamps.
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Charles Arthur / Guardian:
iPhone keeps record of everywhere you go  —  Privacy fears raised as researchers reveal file on iPhone that stores location coordinates and timestamps of owner's movements  —  Security researchers have discovered that Apple's iPhone keeps track of where you go - and saves every detail …
Amazon.com:
Amazon to Launch Library Lending for Kindle Books  —  Customers will be able to borrow Kindle books from over 11,000 local libraries to read on Kindle and free Kindle reading apps  —  Whispersyncing of notes, highlights and last page read to work for Kindle library books
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Christian Zibreg / 9 to 5 Mac:
You'll be able to borrow Kindle books from 11,000 libraries, says Amazon  —  Amazon just announced a new library lending feature for digital Kindle books.  The official press release says customers will be able to borrow Kindle books from over 11,000 local libraries in the United States …
Apple:
Apple Reports Second Quarter Results  —  Record March Quarter Drives 83 Percent Revenue Growth, 95 Percent Profit Growth  —  Record iPhone Sales Grow 113 Percent  —  Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2011 second quarter ended March 26, 2011.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Apple Earnings Q2 '11: $24.67B Revenue; 3.76M Macs, 18.65M iPhones, 4.69M iPads Sold  —  It's that special time of the season, when Apple fans and investors alike get to gloat over just how much money the tech giant in Cupertino is raking in: Quarterly Earnings.
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
LIVE: Apple Earnings Analysis
Discussion: TheStreet.com, Fortune, MediaFile, SAI and TUAW
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
eBay Acquires Location-Based Media And Advertising Company WHERE  —  eBay has acquired location-based media company Where.com, the ecommerce giant tells us.  Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed and the acquisition is expected to close during the second quarter of 2011.
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Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Local, Mobile Ambitions Driving eBay's Purchase of Where
Discussion: ClickZ
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
The Yahoo Search Revenue Disaster  —  Yesterday, Yahoo reported a second quarter of massive declines in its search revenue.  Yahoo blamed the “headwind” of paying its partner Microsoft 12% of Yahoo's net search revenues.  Yahoo also said Microsoft's ads are underperforming.
Discussion: SAI, LiveSide.net and GeekWire
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft-Yahoo collaboration hits a snag; Microsoft adCenter shortcomings cited  —  During Yahoo's Q1 FY2011 earnings call with analysts, CEO Carol Bartz said that technical issues with Microsoft's adCenter platform were largely to blame for a shortfall in revenue that was expected from the Microsoft-Yahoo search alliance.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Google launches Earth Builder, aims at geospatial software market  —  Google is going after the enterprise geospatial market with a planned launch of Earth Builder, a tool that allows companies to overlay data on Google Earth and Google Maps.  —  With the move, Earth Builder will compete with geospatial desktop software.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
AT&T takes Verizon's best punch well; adds postpaid subs, activates 3.6 million iPhones  —  Worries about Verizon's iPhone hitting AT&T's financial results appear to be overblown.  AT&T topped Wall Street estimates for the first quarter and even added postpaid subscribers contrary to analyst projections.
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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
AT&T iPhone activations up 33%, unaffected by Verizon, but 3G tablets prove weak
Discussion: Computerworld and AT&T
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
News.Me, Social News Service, Debuts for iPad  —  News.me, the long-awaited social news service developed in collaboration with Betaworks, a technology incubator, and The New York Times Company, is ready for its debut.  —  News.me is a newsfeed that uses artificial intelligence to monitor …
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
iMac supplies tighten ahead of forthcoming refresh  —  A good indication that an Apple product refresh is coming soon is when the respective product's supplies begin tightening up.  Most recently, this process happened with the iPad prior to the iPad 2 launch and with the MacBook Pro prior …
Discussion: I4U News, Thanks:aaron_nussbaum
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Twitter deals with noisy users by hiding tweets  —  Ever been annoyed by someone tweeting far too much and spamming up your timeline?  If the screenshot below is anything to go by, users of Twitter's website may not have to worry too much about that any more.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Qwiki's Mapolicious iPad App Hits iTunes  —  A couple weeks ago, Qwiki CEO Doug Imbruce came by my office to talk about his new iPad app (watch video below), but he wasn't quite ready to show it.  This morning it finally hit iTunes, where you can download it for free.
Kelvin Soh / Reuters:
Apple to begin shipping new iPhone in September  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc suppliers will begin production of its next-generation iPhone in July this year, with the finished product likely to begin shipping in September, three people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.
Brad Sams / Neowin.net:
Twitter launches new landing page  —  It doesn't matter if you love or loathe Twitter, but the service is popular and is growing by leaps and bounds.  It wasn't long ago that Twitter unveiled a new landing page but quickly pulled it after users were facing many issues with the popular platform.
Discussion: @ev and TechSpot
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google, Microsoft, LinkedIn, AmEx And Others Offer Over $400M In Value To Startup America  —  Unveiled at the end of January, the Startup America Partnership has just announced a slew of new company commitments, in conjunction with President Obama's Town Hall meeting at Facebook today.
BBC:
Intel says it will run Google's Android on tablets  —  Google debuted Android 3.0, dubbed Honeycomb, in February  —  Intel, the world's largest chipmaker, has confirmed it will run tablets with Google's mobile operating system.  —  Chief executive Paul Otellini confirmed it had received …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft-backed CPTN alters Novell patent acquisition terms to appease antitrust authorities  —  Microsoft and other members of the CPTN Holdings group that is attempting to acquire more than 800 Novell patents are altering their original agreements to head off potential antitrust concerns …
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Wins iPhone 4 and Key RFID Transponder Display Patents  —  The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 18 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today.  In our first of two reports today we cover design wins for Apple's 2007 iPod touch and iPhone 4 in addition to covering Apple TV and a key RFID patent.
Discussion: AppleInsider, Electronista and Engadget
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Check In App Loopt Introduces Loopt Qs, Location Based Q&A Polls  —  Loopt, a location-based checkins app along the lines of Foursquare, is announcing the launch of Loopt Qs today at Where 2.0 Conference.  —  Loopt Qs are “micro reviews” or polls that the Loopt community team will create around a place …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, VentureBeat, SAI and Mashable!
 
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Andrew Munchbach / BGR:
Verizon's Samsung Fascinate fitted with Froyo
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Report: government cyberattacks against own citizens intensifying
Mike Zapler / Reuters:
Jon Leibowitz: Google should step up on privacy
Discussion: Computerworld
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
T-Mobile G-Slate and Sidekick 4G now on sale, Android overload imminent
Discussion: PC World, IntoMobile, eWeek, BGR and I4U News
Riley McDermid / VentureBeat:
Smartphone “spam blocker” Mr. Number hits 2 millionth user and debuts new apps
Discussion: Mobilized
Tania Branigan / Guardian:
Facebook may ‘block content’ claim as speculation grows over entry into China
 Earlier Items: 
Christopher Trout / Engadget:
Official White House Android app attempts to quash OS inequality
Jonathan Vatner / New York Times:
Manhattan's Tech Start-Ups Settle in the Flatiron District and Chelsea
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Byliner Launches With A Splash, Aims To Disrupt Long-Form Journalism
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
More Windows 8 leaks reveal cloud syncing
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Who's Suing Who? A Cheat Sheet to the Mobile Patent Mess
Colleen Taylor / GigaOM:
RockMelt Goes Mobile With iPhone Offering
Allen Huang / The Official Google Blog:
Google Toolbar 7—cleaner, fresher and faster