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12:25 PM ET, April 22, 2011

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Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
Facebook Employee Accused Of Goldman-Related Insider Trading Got A Raw Deal  —  Earlier this month, TechCrunch reported that Facebook fired a corporate development manager named Michael Brown because he bought Facebook shares on a secondary market, violating the company's insider trading rules.
Discussion: StartupMuse
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Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Ron Conway Threatened To Ruin Ex-Twitter Employees' Careers If They Didn't Sell Him Stock  —  Two high profile Silicon Valley angel investors are locked in a heated battle over shares of Twitter, Brad Stone at BusinessWeek reports.  —  Both Ron Conway and Chris Sacca have raised large funds …
Discussion: The Business Insider
Brad Stone / Business Week:
Silicon Valley Cashes Out Selling Private Shares  —  SecondMarket and its ilk allow investors and employees—including Facebook's—to convert pre-IPO shares into millions.  But is it healthy for startups?  —  Vince Thompson doesn't appear in any accounts of Facebook's early years.
Discussion: SAI and @sacca
Wall Street Journal:
Apple, Google Collect User Data  —  Apple Inc.'s iPhones and Google Inc.'s Android smartphones regularly transmit their locations back to Apple and Google, respectively, according to data and documents analyzed by The Wall Street Journal—intensifying concerns over privacy and the widening trade in personal data.
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Pete Warden / O'Reilly Radar:
iPhone tracking: The day after  —  I don't think either of us were expecting to see this story strike such a nerve.  There's been some amazing detective work from researchers across the web, and so here's a selection of the most interesting immediate reactions.
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Apple location tracker file: Congressman asks Steve Jobs to explain by May 12
Alex Williams / ReadWriteWeb:
Amazon Web Services Starting to Come Back Online but Problems Persist and Questions Unfold  —  Amazon Web Services disruption issues are now in a second day as engineers work to get the last of the availability zones restored.  —  Meanwhile, the customers affected spent the day talking …
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Miyoung Kim / Reuters:
Samsung countersues Apple over iPhone, iPad  —  (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co has filed patent lawsuits against Apple over the U.S. firm's iPhone and iPad in a tit-for-tat case after Apple claimed Samsung's smartphones and tablets “slavishly” copied its products.
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Jun Yang / Bloomberg:
Samsung Counter Sues Apple as Patent Dispute Deepens
Discussion: GigaOM
Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
Exclusive: Apple to beat Google on cloud music storage: sources  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Apple Inc has completed work on an online music storage service and is set to launch it ahead of Google Inc, whose own music efforts have stalled, according to several people familiar with both companies' plans.
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Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
A Clash Over the Airwaves  —  LAS VEGAS — Dropped calls.  Maps that take eons to load.  Echoing voices on a mobile phone.  And, as iPhone users know, the dreaded “Cannot Open Page.”  —  Those annoyances are likely to get worse, as airwaves that carry cellphone signals and wireless Internet connections grow ever more crowded.
Discussion: textually.org
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Facts Should Be Free: SimpleGeo Puts 20 Million Places in the Public Domain  —  If this week's Where 2.0 conference is proof of anything, it's that developers are excited about creating location aware mobile apps.  One of the biggest barriers to creating a place-aware app, however, is getting the ball rolling - you need place data.
Discussion: Softpedia News and SimpleGeo
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple floats iPhone ‘4S’ with A5 chip to select developers to prepare for next-gen iPhone  —  The iPad 2′s A5 processor not only is a speedy, dual-core chip, but also works to provide nine times the gaming performance of its predecessor, A4.  So, what's Apple to do for their best-selling gaming phone?
Romil Patel / Venture Level:
Why Groupon Sucks For Merchants and LivingSocial Doesn't  —  It doesn't matter whether you like Groupon or LivingSocial as a consumer or not, because this post is discussing why Groupon is like dealing with a child, for merchants.  As many of you know, I own a few QSR (quick service restaurant) outlets.
Discussion: NewsGrange
Lucian Cionca / Google News Blog:
Automatic Personalization and Recommended Sections in Google News  —  Last summer we redesigned Google News with new personalization features that let you tell us which subjects and sources you'd like to see more or less often.  Starting today — if you're logged in — you may also find stories based …
Marshall Heyman / Heard & Seen:
Re-Tweeting (Not-So) Humble Promoters  —  Whether we like it or not, and especially on social media, we're all self-promoters, broadcasting even our quasi-achievements to every friend and follower.  In response, Harris Wittels, a standup comedian and a writer on the NBC series “Parks and Recreation …
Spencer Ackerman / Danger Room:
Army Picks Android to Power Its First Smartphone  —  For the Army, Droid does, all right.  —  The Army wants every soldier to carry a smartphone to stay networked.  It doesn't yet have a program for that, having spent the last year working through the implications of what it might mean …
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook's iPhone and Android Apps Let You Find Friends From Your Phone Book, Grow the Site  —  Facebook for iPhone 3.4.1 released yesterday and Facebook for Android 1.5.3 released Monday both now allows users to “Find Friends” from their device's contacts list and send them friend requests or invites to the site.
Discussion: TiPb
 
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Todd Haselton / BGR:
Sprint's Google Voice integration now live
Discussion: Electronista
Fred / A VC:
comScore Total Universe Report
Discussion: comScore, Inc. and MediaPost
George Winslow / Broadcasting & Cable:
Verizon Selects Level 3 for 4G LTE Rollout
Jon Swartz / USA Today:
Obama attends private fundraiser in Silicon Valley
Ryan Spoon:
Twitter Promotes Mobile Apps & SMS To Logged-Out Users. Smart.
Discussion: WebProNews and The Next Web
 Earlier Items: 
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Japanese Company GREE Buys Mobile Social Gaming Platform OpenFeint For $104 Million In Cash
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Invents New Peer-to-Peer Sharing Technology that Utilizes Unique Magnetic Compass …
Discussion: SlashGear, Neowin.net, TUAW and 9 to 5 Mac
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Celebrates the Like Button's 1st Birthday By Showing Off Its Footprint
Nilay Patel / This is my next:
AT&T files T-Mobile merger documentation with the FCC — the highlights
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google Allows You To Subscribe To Offers In Portland, New York City, San Francisco