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9:55 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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Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Q&A: Jobs and Apple Execs on Tracking Down the Facts About iPhones and Location  —  Although Apple was silent for several days after researchers raised issues about location information being stored on the iPhone, that wasn't because it was ignoring the issue.
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Apple's Jobs and Schiller On Why Making the White iPhone Was So Darn Tough  —  It turns out that white is a whole lot harder than black, at least when it comes to making iPhones.  —  Although Apple announced plans for both a black and a white iPhone 4 last year, the company was forced …
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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.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Finally: white iPhone 4 arrives April 28 on AT&T and Verizon
Discussion: PC World and Inquirer
Reuben Kan / Google Mobile Blog:
Introducing the new Google Docs app for Android  —  Increasingly, people are using mobile phones to access information — from email to web browsing to editing documents.  Part of getting work done on the go is being able to easily access, edit and share content, which is why we're happy to announce the new Google Docs app for Android.
Yahoo / Yodel Anecdotal:
YouTube Founders Acquire Delicious from Yahoo!  —  Today YouTube founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen announced they have acquired the Delicious technology from Yahoo!.  They plan to continue the service that users have come to know and love and make the site even easier and more fun to save …
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Can Delicious Solve Our Information Discovery Problem?
Discussion: Digital Trends
Dan Goodin / The Register:
PlayStation Network credit cards protected by encryption  —  User passwords?  Not so much  —  All credit card information stored on Sony's PlayStation Network was encrypted, the company said one day after warning users their user names, passwords, birth dates and home addresses were stolen in a security breach.
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Reuters:
Exclusive: Facebook investors look for exits  —  (Reuters) - A group of Facebook shareholders is seeking to offload $1 billion worth of shares on the secondary market, a sale that would value the company at more than $70 billion, according to five sources with direct knowledge of the situation.
Discussion: paidContent
Sinead Carew / Reuters:
Verizon racing to fix high-speed network outage  —  (Reuters) - Verizon Wireless was scrambling on Wednesday to resolve an outage of its highest-speed U.S. wireless network, on which the top U.S. cellular carrier is relying to drive future growth.  —  The venture of Verizon Communications …
Chris Nova / TG Daily:
PepsiCo introduces Social Vending System technology  —  Today PepsiCo announced the launch of a Social Vending System.  It's part of the company's commitment to developing “smart” equipment.  —  The Social Vending System is a high-tech networked unit that has full touch screen interactive …
Discussion: PepsiCo, Mashable! and Reuters
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
An Update To My Investment Policy  —  Before TechCrunch I was an occasional angel investor, going back to the mid 1990s.  I've also made investments since TechCrunch, in companies like Dogster, DanceJam, Seesmic and Daylife.  Some people have seen this as a conflict of interest, which it of course is.
Discussion: SAI, @benparr, SAI, @baznet, @semilshah and @timdl
Josh Estelle / Google Chrome Blog:
Everybody's talking (and translating) with Chrome  —  Today, we're excited to make a nifty feature widely available in today's new Chrome stable release: speech input through HTML.  —  Curious about how speech input can be used in real life?  Here's one example: Using Chrome …
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple now field-testing iOS 5 with App Store applications  —  App Store developer FutureTap just revealed that they have received their first crash report from an iOS 5 device.  This means that Apple is currently field-testing their next-generation mobile operating system that runs on the iPhone …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Barnes & Noble says Microsoft is attacking Android with its patent-infringement claims  —  Barnes & Noble has filed its response to Microsoft's claim from earlier this year that the Android-based Nook e-reader violates Microsoft patents — complete with allegations around Microsoft's tactics …
Paul McDougall InformationWeek / InformationWeek:
U.S. OKs Expiration of Microsoft Antitrust Deal  —  At court hearing, DOJ and state attorneys pass on their last chance to challenge May 12 deadline.  —  Attorneys for the Department of Justice and several states told a judge on Wednesday that they would not raise any objections …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
T-Mobile: $1,000 Says Your iPhone's Slower Than Our Galaxy  —  T-Mobile says the Galaxy S 4G is faster than the iPhone and it's willing to pay $1,000 to anyone who can prove it wrong.  —  From Friday through Sunday, the carrier is calling on Seattle-area iPhone owners to bring their handsets …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
eBay Beats The Street; Revenue Up 16 Percent To $2.5B; Net Income Up 12 Percent  —  eBay just reported first quarter earnings today posting revenue of $2.5 billion, an increase of 16% from the same period of 2010. eBay's net income on a GAAP basis of $475.9 million, or $0.36 per diluted share …
Adrianne Jeffries / Betabeat:
Tumblr Gave Danah Boyd's Username to a Marketing Company  —  Tumblr just messed with the wrong 43,913 Twitter follower-ed blogger.  Microsoft researcher Danah Boyd just posted an open letter to Tumblr, which abruptly moved her blog to a new address and gave her old handle, zephoria.tumblr.com, to a social media consulting company.
Discussion: danah boyd
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
TomTom user data sold to Dutch police, used to determine ideal locations for speed traps  —  We like it when the accumulated speed data from GPS devices helps us avoid traffic incidents and school zones.  As it turns out, though, there are some other uses for the same stats.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Facebook Acq-hires Data Organization Startup Daytum  —  Facebook has just made a talent acquisition out of Daytum, a two-person New York-based data collection and organization startup.  Founders Ryan Case and Nicholas Felton will be joining the product design team at Facebook.  —  From the Daytum blog:
Sean Michael Kerner / Datamation:
Novell Sale to Attachmate Completed  —  Today is the last day that Novell (NASDAQ:NOVL) will exist as a publicly traded company.  Trading in Novell's stock will cease at the close of business, as the company is taken private.  —  Novell is being acquired by privately held Attachmate in a deal that closes today.
 
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John Cook / GeekWire:
Jeff Bezos to shareholders: ‘Invention is in our DNA’
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