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3:50 PM ET, April 23, 2011

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Michael Eisen / it is NOT junk:
Amazon's $23,698,655.93 book about flies  —  A few weeks ago a postdoc in my lab logged on to Amazon to buy the lab an extra copy of Peter Lawrence's The Making of a Fly - a classic work in developmental biology that we - and most other Drosophila developmental biologists - consult regularly.
Mickeypapillon / The Cell Phone Junkie:
iPhone 5 will be CDMA + GSM, iPhone 6 to include LTE with Qualcomm MDM9615  —  During its earnings call this week, Apple CFO Tim Cook answered questions about the future of LTE in the Cupertino company's devices.  Cook said: … So looking at the next generation of hardware …
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Joshua Topolsky / This is my next Podcast:
Is this what the iPhone 5 will look like?  —  There's no shortage …
Amanda Green / Hunch Blog:
Mac vs. PC: A Hunch Rematch  —  Our latest data project was to analyze how self-described Mac and PC people are different.  The infographic below, designed by the talented folks at Column Five Media, breaks it down.  Keep reading after the Infographic for more background and analysis …
Scott Lowe / IGN:
Project Cafe: The Tech Behind Nintendo's Next Console  —  New pricing, hardware, design, and release information uncovered.  —  More details of Nintendo's forthcoming console, codenamed Project Cafe aka Wii 2, have been revealed to IGN, including the system's estimated pricing, release …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Cloud computing market: $241 billion in 2020  —  The global cloud computing market will grow from a $40.7 billion in 2011 to $241 billion in 2020, according to Forrester Research.  —  On the way to all of this growth are a few notable nuggets from the report.
Discussion: Digits and Forrester Research
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
The Terrifying Tale Of FarmVille Billionaire Mark Pincus's Alleged Stripper Stalker  —  In February, Zynga CEO and founder Mark Pincus filed for a restraining order against Vera Svenchina, an amateur filmmaker and former stripper from Russia.  —  In a declaration to a court in San Francisco …
Discussion: Mercury News, Reuters and NBC Bay Area
Gadget Lab:
Why You Should Care About the iPhone Location-Tracking Issue  —  An unencrypted file stored in iPhones and iPads records a user's location data.  An open source application was used to plot the location data from an iPhone belonging to a Wired.com reporter.
Thanks:mj_isaac
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Matthew Lewis / Reuters:
Wal-Mart tests online grocery delivery in California  —  (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc has begun testing an online grocery delivery service in San Jose, California, a company spokesman said on Saturday.  —  The world's biggest retailer had been rumored to be considering dipping its toe …
John Brownlee / Cult of Mac:
Universal iPhone Unlocking Service CutYourSim Goes Dark... And Apple Might Be Behind It [Exclusive]  —  A unique service offering to unlock any GSM iPhone, no jailbreaks required, has suddenly shut down, leaving many customers awaiting refunds.  Increased scrutiny from Apple may very well be responsible …
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Firefox 4 Hits 100 Million Downloads After A Month  —  Mozilla released its new Firefox 4 exactly a month ago today and within a day it had more than twice as many downloads as Internet Explorer 9 after its launch.  Some where around midnight tonight the browser build will hit 100 million downloads …
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Windows 7 at 18 Months  —  18 months ago to this day was when we launched Windows 7 and with that we've hit another important milestone: we are pleased to announce that Windows 7 has sold more than 350 million licenses.  The momentum we've seen and continue to see with Windows 7 is incredible.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Sony confirms external attack brought down PlayStation Network  —  Sony acknowledged today that its PlayStation Network online entertainment service was brought down by an external intrusion, according to a blog post this evening.  —  The network has 70 million registered users …
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Conde Nast Taps Brakes on Efforts to Build iPad Editions for All its Magazines  —  Company Still Committed, but Why Rush for More iPad Editions Before Pubs Can Find Big Audiences?  —  Conde Nast is tapping the brakes on its drive to deliver iPad editions of all its magazines …
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Foursquare Seeks New Round At $500 Million Valuation  —  Foursquare is looking to raise between $20 million and $40 million this summer, at a valuation of $500 million, the Wall Street Journal reports today.  —  Founder Dennis Crowley has been out in California lately …
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Spencer E. Ante / Wall Street Journal:
Foursquare Seeks New Fund Raising
 
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Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Climbs Toward 700 Million Users Worldwide, With Steady Growth in the US
Discussion: msnbc.com
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
ValueClick To Acquire Mobile Ad Network Greystripe
Discussion: paidContent and VentureBeat
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Vayable Is A Marketplace For Unique Travel Experiences
J. Nicholas Hoover / InformationWeek:
NSA Building $896.5 Million Supercomputing Center
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 Earlier Items: 
Ben Fritz / Los Angeles Times:
Netflix's days without competition may be numbered
Discussion: MediaMemo
Mark Dochtermann / YouTube Blog:
An update on Google Video - Finding an easier way to migrate Google Video content to YouTube
Discussion: TDW Geeks
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Will Yahoo Be In Play Again? Here's a Few Scenarios (That Could Be More Than Just Scenarios)
Discussion: SAI and The Microsoft Blog