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12:35 PM 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.
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI:
Apple Hints That It Will Release Turn-By-Turn Navigation On The iPhone  —  Apple's lengthy response to the whole location tracking scandal includes this nugget:  —  Apple is now collecting anonymous traffic data to build a crowd-sourced traffic database with the goal of providing iPhone users …
Discussion: MacRumors, 9 to 5 Mac and Engadget
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.
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Finally: white iPhone 4 arrives April 28 on AT&T and Verizon
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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Fahmida Y. Rashid / eWeek:
Sony PlayStation Network Data Breach Compromises 77 Million User Accounts
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
Discussion: Nokia and OStatic blogs
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 …
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Verizon's LTE network takes the night off, leaves a bunch of Thunderbolt users bewildered  —  Is your fancy new phone lacking that certain extra G that makes it special?  Worry not, it's not just your device, Verizon's entire LTE network seems to be having problems as outages have been reported from across the US.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Visa Makes A Strategic Investment In Disruptive Mobile Payments Startup Square  —  There is no doubt that mobile payments company Square is on a roll.  The company just landed a lucrative deal selling its credit card readers in Apple's retail stores and is growing at a fast clip.
Discussion: Bits, eMoney and L.A. Times Tech Blog
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.
Discussion: Fast Company
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Slate:   Will Amazon's recent server failures slow the rise of cloud computing?
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).
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.
John Cook / GeekWire:
Jeff Bezos to shareholders: ‘Invention is in our DNA’  —  It's been a tough few days for Amazon.com.  The Seattle online retailer took a PR beating after a massive outage at Amazon Web Services, then on Tuesday the company's stock plunged after posting weaker profits than projections.
Discussion: SAI and All Things Distributed
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.
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 …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Expect Apple to charge for music cloud  —  Don't expect Apple's cloud-music service to come free of charge, at least not forever.  Music industry insiders told me that Apple has indicated it could offer the service free of charge initially but that company will eventually require a fee.
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: CNET News, ITworld.com and DSLreports
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 …
Discussion: SAI, Softpedia News and The Next Web
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.
Discussion: VentureBeat and SAI
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Viewdle Ready With Social Camera, an Android App That Never Forgets a Face  —  Viewdle still has big dreams when it comes to the potential for augmented reality.  However, the company is opting to start small with its first app.  —  Dubbed Social Camera, the Android app aims to do one key thing …
John Cook / GeekWire:
SignalSet lands $6M, looks to quickly switch mobile devices between GSM and CDMA networks  —  No matter what carrier you choose, wireless coverage oftentimes is spotty.  But imagine if you could overlay the coverage of Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile into one uber-network of sorts?
Discussion: VentureBeat and TechFlash
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google: 50 Percent Of Those Exposed To Mobile Ads Took Action  —  Google today released findings of a smartphone-user study that the company did with Ipsos OTX at the end of 2010.  The sample consisted of 5,000 US adults who owned a smartphone and accessed the mobile internet.
Discussion: Electronista
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Groklaw:
Barnes & Noble Charges Microsoft with Misusing Patents to Further an Anticompetive Scheme Against Android
Discussion: Inquirer and TechEye
Francis Tan / The Next Web:
80% of Android phones in China will have its default search set to Baidu
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Launches Three New Sponsored Stories Types for Pages, Apps, and Websites
Don Reisinger / CNET News:
Nielsen: Desire for iPhone slips as Android gains
Sam Gustin / Epicenter:
Wired.com Q&A: New MIT Media Lab Director Joichi Ito on ‘Context and Connection’
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AT&T and T-Mobile USA: the case against a merger
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Glenn Peoples / Billboard.Biz:
Netflix: A Subscription Model the Music Business Should Aspire To
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Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
AOL's Patch Adding 8,000 Bloggers in ‘Full-On Course Correction’
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Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo Mulls Spin-off for Hadoop Software Unit
Discussion: SAI and Softpedia News