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11:10 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
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Facebook Is Latest Rival to Groupon and LivingSocial  —  Facebook said late Monday that it would introduce Deals, an effort by the social networking giant to tap into the consumer frenzy over online discounts.  With Deals, which had long been expected, Facebook is entering a crowded market led …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Looks Like Facebook Deals Is Being Unveiled Tonight With Credits And Partners In Tow  —  Whoops.  —  Looks like The New York Times has a little embargo breaking situation on their hands.  (Which we love — chaos!)  They've just put up a story with the URL: http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and @fredericl
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.
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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 …
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.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Acquires TalkBin, A Feedback Platform For Businesses That's Only Five Months Old  —  It's been a good day for Y Combinator.  Hot on the heels of news that YC portfolio company Wufoo landed a $35 million exit, YC alum TalkBin has just announced that it's been acquired by Google …
Discussion: NetworkEffect
Sharon Waxman / The Wrap:
EXCLUSIVE: YouTube Finally Goes Hollywood With New Movies on Demand Service  —  YouTube will imminently launch a movie-on-demand service charging users to stream movies off the world's largest video sharing site, TheWrap has learned.  —  The new service means a full-bore challenge …
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
Arn / MacRumors:
Next MacBook Pro to Get New Case Design  —  MacRumors has heard reliable confirmation that the next revision of Apple's MacBook Pro line will utilize a new case design for the first time in several years.  —  The possibility of a new case design was first revealed by iLounge in February …
Discussion: AppleInsider, 9 to 5 Mac, Crave and TUAW
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 …
Dan DeFelippi / Razor Fast:
Dropbox Attempts To Kill Open Source Project  —  Yesterday morning I woke up much earlier than I wanted.  Instead of lying in bed, wishing I was asleep, I decided to get up and check out Hacker News.  Better to waste my time reading industry news than lying around.
Discussion: Network World
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Analyst: 15,000 to 120,000 Xooms sold.  Motorola's survival at risk  —  Rather than try to out-innovate Apple, he says, it should sue its Android competitors  —  There's some pretty blunt language in the latest note to clients from Global Equities' Trip Chowdry, who may have been spending …
Discussion: brian s hall and MobileBurn.com
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 …
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 …
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Microsoft Reveals its Specialty Servers, Racks  —  The design concept for the Microsoft servers that power its global cloud computing platform.  Click for a larger version of the image.  —  REDMOND, Wash. - As it seeks to slash power usage across its global cloud computing platform …
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 …
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.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
White iPhone “Mystique” Will Drive Sales  —  Nearly a year after it was promised, the white iPhone 4, that rarest of handsets, is finally headed to market, perhaps as soon as this week.  Will its arrival have any material impact on sales?  —  Analysts seem to think it will …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
David Kravets / Threat Level:
FBI Raids Apartment of Alleged King's Speech Uploader  —  The FBI has raided the Los Angeles apartment of a Screen Actors Guild member the bureau believes was first to upload the Oscar-winning movie The King's Speech as well as Black Swan, and other in-theater-only films to the Pirate Bay in January …
 
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Frederic Lardinois / NewsGrange:
Google Launches Instant Previews for Ads
Miguel Helft / Bits:
News Aggregator Zite Wants to Play Nice With Publishers
Discussion: paidContent and Zite - Blog
Ingrid Lunden / mocoNews:
Bobsled Goes Off The Tracks: T-Mobile Suspends Its Facebook Voice Service
Discussion: BGR, TmoNews, IntoMobile and Engadget
Eric Savitz / The Tech Trade:
Microsoft Reportedly To Sell Ciao Comparison Shopping Business
Discussion: LiveSide.net and SAI
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Abandons their Efforts to Secure the “POD” Trademark
Discussion: TUAW, MacStories and Unwired Loop
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Google Not Serious About Online Gaming? This Job Offer Suggests Otherwise
Discussion: SAI
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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
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Beyond the browser: Microsoft's ‘C3’ next-gen platform for HTML-based applications
Discussion: WinBeta
John Cook / GeekWire:
Ex-Microsoft and Yahoo research guru Gary Flake starts stealthy Clipboard
Discussion: TechCrunch and TechFlash, Thanks:toddbishop
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Nintendo confirms Wii replacement in 2012; Preview at E3 2011