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4:15 PM ET, April 22, 2011

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Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Why and How Apple Is Collecting Your iPhone Location Data  —  iPhone and iPad customers were spooked Wednesday to find out that their devices have recorded a detailed history of their geographical locations for the past year in an unprotected file.  But it turns out that Apple already explained …
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Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Google: Of Course Our Location-based Services Require Your Location Info  —  Google responded to concerns over how its Android operating system uses location information by noting that data is essential to certain services, such as customized mapping and providing information on nearby services.
Wall Street Journal:
Apple, Google Collect User Data
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
Discussion: SAI and @sacca
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Google talks to Spotify to power music service  —  Rather than launch it's own digital music service, Google is considering whether to partner with an existing service, including Spotify, to power Google Music.  —  According to a source with knowledge of the talks, Google has told the labels …
Alex Williams / ReadWriteWeb:
Amazon Web Services Starting to Come Back Online but Problems Persist & Questions Arise  —  Amazon Web Services disruption issues are now into their 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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Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Offers An Unusual Glimpse Inside One Of Its Data Centers  —  Google posted a video tour of one of its data centers today, highlighting some of the steps it takes to keep data secure and maintain reliability.  —  Google has been notoriously tight-lipped about its data centers …
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
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple to begin production of Thunderbolt MacBook Airs next month  —  Apple next month will reportedly begin manufacturing the first updates to its rejuvenated MacBook Air line as the company looks to maintain the impressive sales momentum generated by the ultra-thin notebooks and limit …
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
AT&T Admits It Can't Handle The iPhone  —  In a new filing explaining why it wants to buy T-Mobile, AT&T essentially admits that its network wasn't ready for the iPhone, and won't be able to handle new smartphones and tablets as they come on board.  —  The filing says:
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 …
Patrick Anderson / Gametime IP:
Google Sued Over Daily Deal Business Venture  —  Google's interest in the “daily deal” business was demonstrated by their $6 Billion dollar offer to acquire Groupon (leading to a ridiculously overrated valuation of the latter's patent portfolio).  Of course, Groupon spurned this offer, opting for an IPO instead.
Discussion: @cdixon, Epicenter, Yipit Blog and Techdirt
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Google Updates Its Management Page...By Taking Almost Everybody Off It  —  We'd chided Google recently for its out-of-date management page, given the departures and promotions since Larry Page took back the CEO title on April 4.  Now the company has, indeed, updated its management page...by taking almost everybody off of it.
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft bashes Google Docs offering with Office 365 comparison … Microsoft launched its Office 365 public beta earlier this week and has now taken the chance to demonstrate it against Google Docs.  —  The software giant has created a mini-site to compare the Word Web App vs Google Docs.
Discussion: Network World and Neowin.net, Thanks:tomwarren
Todd Haselton / BGR:
Sprint's Google Voice integration now live  —  Despite leaked information that Sprint and Google would launch Google Voice integration services on April 26th, multiple sources have confirmed that the service is already being rolled out to users.  Sprint and Google announced the partnership last month …
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
A Disaster In The Making?  Sony's PlayStation Network Suffers Prolonged Global Outage  —  Sony's PlayStation Network, its online service for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable consoles, suffered from a major outage today, which remains ongoing.  According to Sony's blog …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Google's Data Shows Hollywood's Headache: Netflix Searches Booming, DVDs Fading Away  —  Here's a very nice explanation of why Hollywood is so freaked out about Netflix: A chart that shows Web searches for the movie rental service booming, while queries for “DVD” are plummeting.
Discussion: WebProNews
 
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Exclusive: White iPhone 4 lands at Vodafone UK
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Alexandra Stevenson / beyondbrics:
Google's China market share: declining
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft: 350 million licenses of Windows 7 sold in 18 months
Fred / A VC:
comScore Total Universe Report
Discussion: comScore, Inc. and MediaPost
Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
A Clash Over the Airwaves  —  LAS VEGAS — Dropped calls.
Discussion: textually.org and MediaPost
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook's iPhone and Android Apps Let You Find Friends From Your Phone Book, Grow the Site
Discussion: TiPb and Gadgetell
 Earlier Items: 
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Facts Should Be Free: SimpleGeo Puts 20 Million Places in the Public Domain
Marshall Heyman / Heard & Seen:
Re-Tweeting (Not-So) Humble Promoters
Discussion: Techland
George Winslow / Broadcasting & Cable:
Verizon Selects Level 3 for 4G LTE Rollout
Romil Patel / Venture Level:
Why Groupon Sucks For Merchants and LivingSocial Doesn't
Discussion: NewsGrange and WebProNews