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7:05 PM ET, April 25, 2011

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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Steve Jobs on iOS Location Issue: 'We Don't Track Anyone'  —  There has obviously been a lot of discussion about last week's disclosure that iOS devices are maintaining an easily-accessible database tracking the movements of users dating back to the introduction of iOS 4 a year ago.
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Andrew Harris / Bloomberg:
Apple, Google Privacy Meeting Sought by Illinois Attorney General Madigan
Discussion: Ars Technica, CNET News and Mobilized
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Moves Fast — Real Fast — To Scoop Up IntoNow For $20 - $30 Million  —  This past January, upon seeing a demo of IntoNow, we noted that the media check-in game just changed.  Apparently, Yahoo agreed — they've just acquired the company for something in the range of $20 to $30 million, sources with knowledge of the deal tell us.
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Yahoo acquires TV check-in app IntoNow
Discussion: The Next Web
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Launches ‘Send’ Button For More Selective Sharing, Announces 50 Million ‘Groups’  —  Facebook's increasingly ubiquitous ‘Like’ button is getting a new friend: the Send button.  Click on a webpage that has the Send button integrated, and you'll be prompted to share …
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Elliot Lynde / Facebook Blog:
Sharing with Small Groups  —  It's always been easy to share with all your friends on Facebook, but until we introduced Groups last October, there wasn't a simple way to share with just a few people.  Much of what we share in our daily lives is only meaningful to smaller groups of people, like our family, roommates, or co-workers.
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Netflix Now Officially Bigger Than Comcast  —  Netflix continued to post impressive quarterly financial numbers, ending the first quarter 2011 as the largest subscription video service in North America.  —  In the first quarter, Netflix added 3.6 million subscribers, ending the period with more than 23.6 million subscribers in total.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Netflix Earnings Up 88 Percent, Adds 3.6 Million Subscribers  —  Netflix just released its first quarter earnings.  Earnings per share were $1.11, up 88 percent (3 cents above the consensus estimate of $1.08).  Revenues came in at $719 million.  And Netflix added 3.3 million U.S. subscribers …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
SurveyMonkey Buys Online Forms Start-Up Wufoo for $35 Million  —  SurveyMonkey, the quiet but profitable and fast-growing Web survey company, is buying online forms start-up Wufoo.  —  While the terms of the transaction for the Tampa, Fla.-based Infinity Box-makers of Wufoo-were not disclosed …
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Wufoo:
Holy Donkey Kong! SurveyMonkey Acquires Wufoo!
Discussion: ReadWriteBiz
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
With Update, Barnes & Noble's Nook Color Gets More Tablet-Like  —  Starting on Monday, Barnes & Noble is delivering a promised software update for the Nook Color that will further tilt the device from being a multi-purpose e-reader into a full-fledged Android tablet.
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Rachel King / The Toybox Blog:
Barnes & Noble treats Nook Color to Froyo; unveils Nook Apps
Adrianne Jeffries / Betabeat:
This Is Why Your Tumblr's Down  —  Welcome to Davidville!  Turbulence at Tumblr Tests Tempers As Start-Up Scales Success  —  It was the last Thursday of October, and David Karp, the brown-haired, pale blue-eyed 24-year old founder of Tumblr, was chatting with his long-time mentor Fred Seibert …
John Markoff / New York Times:
Joichi Ito to Be Named Head of M.I.T. Media Lab  —  For centuries diplomas have been synonymous with the nation's universities.  —  That makes the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's decision to name a 44-year old Japanese venture capitalist who attended, but did not graduate …
Discussion: @kevinmarks, @dangillmor, @mathewi and Boing Boing, Thanks:ilamont
Joanna Stern / This is my next:
Exclusive: Lenovo 7-inch Honeycomb tablet coming later this year  —  Sure, we know all about Lenovo's ThinkPad Tablet (or Think Slate) now, but it appears there's yet another Honeycomb tablet in store from the Chinese computer manufacturer.  Included in the rather hefty PowerPoint deck we got …
Ramin Mostafavi / Reuters:
Iran says it has detected second cyber attack  —  (Reuters) - Iran has been targeted by a second computer virus in a “cyber war” waged by its enemies, its commander of civil defense said on Monday.  —  Gholamreza Jalali told the semi-official Mehr news agency that the new virus, called “Stars,” was being investigated by experts.
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Google Traffic to Demand Media Sites Down 40 Percent  —  Are the halcyon days of content farming over?  Image by The Library of Congress via Flickr  —  Here's some plain, easy-to-understand proof that Google's recent algorithm overhaul is doing exactly what it was meant to do …
Ben Worthen / Wall Street Journal:
Michael Dell Looks Beyond PC Business  —  Michael Dell doesn't want to talk about personal computers anymore.  —  As Dell Inc.'s chief executive works to turn around the once high-flying PC maker, he has bet on diversifying away from the company's best-known product.
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Zach Epstein / BGR:
Possible iPhone 5 pictures revealed  —  Gadget enthusiast blog M.I.C. Gadget has posted images of what it claims may be Apple's next iPhone.  The site itself seems skeptical as to the authenticity of the images — and we are as well — but they reveal what appears to be a thinner iPhone model …
Arik Hesseldahl / NewEnterprise:
Oracle Co-President Safra Catz Adds CFO Duties as Jeff Epstein Leaves  —  Software giant Oracle said that co-President Safra Catz will take over as chief financial officer following the resignation of Jeff Epstein, who had reported directly to Catz.  This will be her second stint as Oracle's CFO.
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple delays iMac orders ahead of next week's refresh with Thunderbolt I/O and Sandy Bridge processors  —  All current signs point to an iMac refresh sometime next week.  The rumors started a few weeks ago when an unsourced report claimed that refreshed iMacs are en route to the United States for a late April or early May launch.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Abandons their Efforts to Secure the “POD” Trademark  —  This morning, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office published Apple's official notice of abandonment of the “POD” trademark.  After seven long years of attempting to appease the authorities with several changes, Apple has decided to drop the trademark.
Discussion: TUAW and MacStories
John Cook / GeekWire:
Ex-Microsoft and Yahoo research guru Gary Flake starts stealthy Clipboard  —  Gary Flake, a former technical fellow at Microsoft who up until last fall ran the company's Live Labs research group, has emerged at the helm of a new Bellevue startup company called Clipboard.
Discussion: TechFlash and TechCrunch, Thanks:toddbishop
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Nintendo confirms Wii replacement in 2012; Preview at E3 2011  —  Nintendo has announced [pdf link] it will release its next games console, the successor to the Wii, in 2012, with the first preview of the new hardware at E3 2011 in early June.  Confirmed in a new investor note, the unnamed console …
Don MacAskill / SmugMug's Don MacAskill:
How SmugMug survived the Amazonpocalypse  —  tl;dr: Amazon had a major outage last week, which took down some popular websites.  Despite using a lot of Amazon services, SmugMug didn't go down because we spread across availability zones and designed for failure to begin with, among other things.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Amazon Web Services outage: ‘Detailed post mortem’ coming
 
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Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Microsoft Reveals its Specialty Servers, Racks
Eric Savitz / The Tech Trade:
Microsoft Reportedly To Sell Ciao Comparison Shopping Business
Discussion: LiveSide.net and SAI
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Google Not Serious About Online Gaming? This Job Offer Suggests Otherwise
Discussion: SAI
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
The Travel Channel Invests $7.5 Million in Oyster.com
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
Venture Capital Firm Greycroft Partners Expands Team
Discussion: Adotas and MediaMemo
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google Takes Overstock.com Out Of The Penalty Box Over Gaming Search Results
Discussion: PR Newswire, WebProNews and Adotas
 Earlier Items: 
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Beyond the browser: Microsoft's ‘C3’ next-gen platform for HTML-based applications
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
RealNetworks plans new ‘Rinse’ clean-up tool for iTunes
Robert Lee Hotz / Wall Street Journal:
The Really Smart Phone  —  Researchers are harvesting a wealth …
Discussion: IntoMobile