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10:05 AM ET, April 27, 2011

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Apple:
Apple Q&A on Location Data  —  Apple would like to respond to the questions we have recently received about the gathering and use of location information by our devices.  —  1. Why is Apple tracking the location of my iPhone?  —  Apple is not tracking the location of your iPhone.
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AppleInsider:
Apple issues statement on iOS location controversy, says fix is coming  —  Apple on Wednesday responded to growing concern over a bug in the iOS mobile operating system that powers the iPhone and iPad, informing customers that it is not tracking them and revealing that it will address the issue with a forthcoming software update.
Discussion: SAI, Gizmodo and The Cell Phone Junkie
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI:
Apple Hints That It Will Release Turn-By-Turn Navigation On The iPhone
Discussion: Engadget
Patrick Seybold / PlayStation Blog:
Update on PlayStation Network and Qriocity  —  Thank you for your patience while we work to resolve the current outage of PlayStation Network & Qriocity services.  We are currently working to send a similar message to the one below via email to all of our registered account holders regarding …
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Brian Crecente / Kotaku:   Sony Comes Clean: PlayStation Network Hackers Have Stolen Personal Data
Apple:
White iPhone Arrives Tomorrow  —  Apple® today announced that the white iPhone® 4 will be available beginning tomorrow.  White iPhone 4 models will be available from Apple's online store (www.apple.com), at Apple's retail stores, AT&T and Verizon Wireless stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Nokia To Cut 4,000 Jobs Worldwide, Transfer 3,000 Symbian Jobs To Accenture  —  It was inevitable.  Nokia this morning announced plans to ‘align its global workforce and consolidate site operations’.  That means significant layoffs and reorganizations across the board, of course, so here are the details:
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Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Memo gives full details of Nokia staff cull and closures  —  7,000 axed, many closures in Elopocalypse  —  Exclusive Nokia announced the largest cuts in the company's history today, with significant cuts in the UK and globally.  —  Seven thousand jobs will go across the board …
Discussion: Nokia
Cade Metz / The Register:
Amazon: Some data won't be recovered after cloud outage  —  Post mortem wait  —  Amazon says that about 0.07 per cent of the EBS storage volumes in the East Region of its infrastructure cloud are not “fully recoverable” following the extended outage that hit the service last Thursday.
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Slate:   Will Amazon's recent server failures slow the rise of cloud computing?
Apple:
iPad 2 Arrives in Japan, Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore & Eight Other Countries This Week  —  Apple® today announced that iPad® 2, the second-generation of its breakthrough post-PC device, will arrive in Japan on Thursday, April 28 and Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore and eight additional countries on Friday …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Realtime Search Quietly Adds Quora, Gowalla, Others  —  Google Realtime Search is nothing new.  For months it has existed as its own area within the search engine's navigation to search for things happening in realtime.  But up until now, that has meant mainly Twitter (thanks to Google's data deal with that company).
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Quora
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Milk Completes $1.5 Million Angel Round, Packed with Valley Names  —  Kevin Rose has completed a hefty $1.5 million angel round for his new mobile development lab, which we first reported in March, Milk.  Rose went for the more-is-more approach, pulling in a wide-syndicate of Valley elites, including TechCrunch's Michael Arrington.
Dai Pham / Google Mobile Ads Blog:
Smartphone user study shows mobile movement under way  —  71% of smartphone users search because of an ad they've seen either online or offline; 82% of smartphone users notice mobile ads, 74% of smartphone shoppers make a purchase as a result of using their smartphones to help with shopping …
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google: 50 Percent Of Those Exposed To Mobile Ads Took Action
Discussion: Electronista and WebProNews
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Expect Apple to charge for music cloud  —  Apple could offer a cloud music service for free initially, but consumers are eventually going to have to pay for access, sources said.  More  — Share  —  2 HOURS AGO  —  A back-to-the-future tube amplifier?  —  ANALYSIS Steve Guttenberg
Frederic Lardinois / NewsGrange:
Google Apps Gets $5 Monthly Plans, Makes Business With 10+ Users Pay  —  Earlier today, Google announced some changes to its Google Apps accounts.  First the bad news: business with more than 10 users now have to sign up for a paid Google Apps for Business account when they sign up for a new account …
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo Mulls Spin-off for Hadoop Software Unit  —  Yahoo Inc., which generates $6 billion in annual revenue by selling online ads, is considering a new strategy to exploit what analysts say could be another billion-dollar business: Hadoop.  —  Over the past six years, the Internet pioneer helped …
Signal vs. Noise:
Exit interview: Jaiku's Jyri Engeström  —  “Jaiku was not much more than a year old when we were acquired.  It was like hitching a ride on a firecracker!” says Jyri Engeström, co-founder of Jaiku.  —  “I poured my heart and soul into designing the service with our small team,” …
Discussion: @loic
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
AOL's Patch Adding 8,000 Bloggers in ‘Full-On Course Correction’  —  Ah, memories.  Image via Wikipedia  —  Arianna Huffington must not be taking that class action lawsuit against her too seriously.  Not only is AOL's new content chief not cutting down on the use of unpaid bloggers, she's doubling down — literally.
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
DirecTV Real Interested In Netflix, Contemplates Launching A Competitor  —  DirecTV (DTV) hit up some of their customers today with a web survey.  A very interesting web survey.  As it's nearly all about Netflix (NFLX) - usage patterns, both physical discs and online streaming.
Discussion: DSLreports, GigaOM and Engadget
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
RIM Acquires Social Calendaring Application Tungle.Me  —  RIM has picked up another company today—social calendaring application Tungle.Me.  The startup taps into your social graph and simplifies the process of finding and connecting with friends and colleagues.
Discussion: Tungle.me and SAI
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
CenturyLink acquires Savvis in $2.5 billion deal; Cloud, hosting consolidation continues  —  Data center hosting and cloud computing providers continue to be gobbled up.  —  CenturyLink said Wednesday that it will acquire Savvis, a hosting and cloud computing provider with big established …
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Launches Three New Sponsored Stories Types for Pages, Apps, and Websites  —  Facebook has just launched three new types of Sponsored Stories — the ad unit it launched in January that turns user activity into ads shown to their friends.  The new types expand the kinds of user activity …
Glenn Peoples / Billboard.Biz:
Netflix: A Subscription Model the Music Business Should Aspire To  —  If the record industry wants music subscription services to become mainstream products, it should pay close attention to the factors behind growth at Netflix.  In the first quarter of 2011, the online video rental service …
Discussion: blackrimglasses.com
Sharon Waxman / The Wrap:
Why Fox, Paramount, Disney Are Holding Out on the YouTube Deal  —  A divide has opened among Hollywood's major studios over whether to join YouTube's initiative to rent movies on demand - which is holding up the launch of the service, TheWrap has learned.  —  Fox and Paramount have both confirmed …
SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
CHART OF THE DAY: Surprise!  Microsoft Has Sold 3 Times As Many Windows 7 Licenses As All Apple Products Combined  —  Apple has been turning in hot quarter after hot quarter, blowing away expectations.  Apple's mobile operating system, iOS, the platform underlying iPhones, iPods, and iPads, seems to be taking over the world.
Discussion: thechromesource
Mike Isaac / Epicenter:
Qik Bridges Android-iPhone Gap With Cross-Platform Video Chat  —  A sampling of Qik's mobile interface.  Photo courtesy Qik  —  Today's mobile landscape is clearly divided on strict party lines: the iPhone camp vs. and Android adopters who eschew Apple's closed, walled-garden atmosphere …
 
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Don Reisinger / CNET News:
Nielsen: Desire for iPhone slips as Android gains
Discussion: CNN and Inquirer
Sam Gustin / Epicenter:
Wired.com Q&A: New MIT Media Lab Director Joichi Ito on ‘Context and Connection’
Chris Ziegler / This is my next:
AT&T and T-Mobile USA: the case against a merger
Discussion: Boing Boing and BGR
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Detainees' Lawyers Can't Click on Leaked Documents
Anton Troianovski / Wall Street Journal:
Silicon Valley Office Market Booms
Discussion: @amir_efrati
Matt Burns / CrunchGear:
Exclusive: The Pioneer AppRadio Will Put The Look Of iOS On Your Dash
Discussion: Electronista, SlashGear and MacStories
 Earlier Items: 
Bonnie Eslinger / Mercury News:
Facebook's plans for Menlo Park HQ: 9,400 workers in next 6 years
Jason Calacanis / Launch:
L016: Facebook Sandbagging, 2011 Revs Really $12B Not $4B
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Associated Press:
Google replants its garage roots in tech workshops
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
Ex-Facebook CFO, Khosla VC Gideon Yu Goes To...The San Francisco 49ers
Nicholas Jackson / The Atlantic Online:
Last Typewriter Factory in the World Shuts Its Doors
Amazon.com:
Amazon.com Announces First Quarter Sales up 38% to $9.86 Billion; Introduced Kindle with Special Offers for $114
Jason Kottke / kottke.org:
How to beat Apple  —  In the near term, companies making iPhone …