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1:45 PM ET, April 26, 2011

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Nielsen Wire:
U.S. Smartphone Market: Who's the Most Wanted?  —  Things change quickly in the U.S. smartphone market.  —  According to The Nielsen Company's monthly surveys of U.S. mobile consumers from July-September 2010, consumers planning on getting a new smartphone had a very clear preference: A third (33%) wanted an Apple iPhone.
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Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Android Passes iPhone as Most Desired Smartphone. Barely
Discussion: PC World and 9 to 5 Mac
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Facebook Launches “Social Deals” To Challenge Groupon & LivingSocial  —  After several months of anticipation Facebook is launching its second deals program: Social Deals.  The new effort more closely resembles Groupon-style daily deals, with several twists.
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Emily C White / Facebook Blog:
Deals: Better with Friends  —  A few months ago we launched Check-In Deals, to help you get special offers when you check in at local businesses from your mobile.  Today we're going a step further and testing a new feature to help you find fun experiences to share with your favorite people: Deals on Facebook.
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Facebook Is Latest Rival to Groupon and LivingSocial
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple's ‘iPhone 6’ to employ Sharp's next-gen p-Si LCDs in spring 2012  —  Apple has reportedly selected Sharp to create next-generation low-temperature poly-silicon LCD displays, which will allow a thinner and lighter design for the anticipated sixth-generation iPhone in 2012.
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 …
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Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Microsoft collects locations of Windows phone users  —  Like Apple and Google, Microsoft collects records of the physical locations of customers who use its mobile operating system.  —  Windows Phone 7, supported by manufacturers including Dell, HTC, LG, Nokia, and Samsung …
Discussion: Guardian, Fast Company, BGR and TechEye
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Sony S1 and S2 dual-screen Honeycomb tablets get official  —  Sony's hosting a press event in Tokyo today where it just made it's first announcement: a pair of Android 3.0 tablets.  The first is the S1 media tablet with a curved top much like a folded magazine and both front- and rear-facing cameras.
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Ian Sherr / Digits:
Sony Shuts Down PlayStation Network Indefinitely  —  Internet gamers were frustrated last week when Sony shut down its PlayStation Network.  Now, they might have reason to be worried. … On Monday, the Japanese electronics giant said it is keeping its PlayStation Network videogame service …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Social Network Pioneer Friendster To Erase All User Photos, Blogs And More On May 31  —  Before MySpace and Facebook, there was Friendster, a pioneering social networking website for consumers.  First launched in 2002, Friendster attracted tens of millions of users over the years …
Richard Barley / The TweetDeck Blog:
The Dark App Rises: New iPhone TweetDeck Is Here  —  You all enjoyed the trailer, but now the year's biggest blockbuster has arrived at last. iPhone TweetDeck v2.0 is here!  —  In Hollywood they would call it a “re-imagining” - keep the essence of the original, but bring it bang up to date with a new team …
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 …
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Twitter Looks to Rebuild its Mobile Experience, Hints at New Developer Opportunities  —  After spending much of the last year working to improve overall reliability, Twitter's vice president of engineering says the company intends to put a lot of effort in the coming months into improving its mobile experience.
Discussion: SAI
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:   Twitter: Yes, Jack Dorsey is leading product “full-time”
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Amazon.com tries to toss Apple ‘app store’ trademark suit, cites Steve Jobs in its own defense  —  Amazon.com today responded in court to Apple's lawsuit over the name of its Android Appstore — calling the iPhone maker's claim to the “App Store” trademark baseless, and pointing to a statement …
Lisa M. Krieger / Mercury News:
SETI Institute to shut down alien-seeking radio dishes  —  If E.T. phones Earth, he'll get a “disconnect” signal.  —  Lacking the money to pay its operating expenses, Mountain View's SETI Institute has pulled the plug on the renowned Allen Telescope Array, a field of radio dishes …
Lauren Goode / Digits:
Yelp Plans to Go Public, Despite Booming Private Market  —  Yelp Inc., the consumer-reviews website, is declining to seek another round of financing and instead has its sights set on going public, the start-up's chief executive officer, Jeremy Stoppelman, said in an interview.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Analyst: 25,000 to 120,000 Xooms sold.  Motorola Mobility'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 …
Eric Chu / Android Developers Blog:
Merchant Sales Reports on Android Market  —  As part of our ongoing efforts to provide better tools to help you manage your business, we are introducing merchant sales reporting on Android Market.  Developers now have convenient access to monthly reports that detail the financial performance …
Discussion: eWeek
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Apple Battles “Mother of All Backlogs” With $11 Billion in Purchase Commitments  —  Apple may not have any particular plans for its cash abundance beyond the preservation of capital, but it's not letting the $65.8 billion it had on hand at the end of the first quarter burn a hole in its pocket, either.
Discussion: TiPb
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
How Google Killed GDrive and Spiked Its Skype Acquisition  —  This weekend I spent some time reading Steven Levy's “In the Plex,” an account of the history of Google based on Levy's deep embedding within the company (see Kara's video interview with Levy from last week).
Discussion: BoomTown, SAI and Gizmodo
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 …
Discussion: TechSpot and 9 to 5 Mac
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Android Momentum Plateaus, Says New Developer Report  —  Momentum surrounding the Android mobile platform has reached a plateau, with developers now refocusing their efforts on building apps for Apple devices.  This somewhat surprising conclusion is just one of many new trends spotted …
Bloomberg:
Golden Gate Capital to Buy Lawson Software for $2 Billion  —  Lawson Software Inc., a maker of programs that help run businesses, agreed to sell itself to private-equity firm Golden Gate Capital Corp. and Infor for about $2 billion.  —  Stockholders of Lawson will receive $11.25 a share in cash, according to a statement today.
 
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