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9:20 AM ET, April 28, 2011

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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Apple May Have Snapped Up iCloud.com  —  What will be the name of Apple's cloud-based music service?  No one knows.  However, a tipster of mine says that it might be iCloud.  Why?  Because the Cupertino-based computing giant is rumored to be a likely buyer of the domain iCloud.com.
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Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:   Apple scoops up iCloud.com domain for $4.5m ahead of new cloud-based service launch?
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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Dan Goodin / The Register:
TomTom sorry for giving customer driving data to cops  —  ‘Anonymous’ info used to set speed traps  —  Navigation device maker TomTom has apologized for supplying driving data collected from customers to police to use in catching speeding motorists.  —  The data, including historical speed …
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Tim Stevens / Engadget:
TomTom user data sold to Dutch police, used to determine ideal locations for speed traps
Discussion: Inquirer
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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Patrick Seybold / PlayStation Blog:
Q&A #1 for PlayStation Network and Qriocity Services
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Big Tech Blog Says It Has Big Conflicts  —  TechCrunch's editor has a mounting conflict of interest problem, a problem that will inevitably alter the tech blog's coverage.  But don't take our word for it—that's what TechCrunch says.  —  “I'll be a direct or indirect investor in a lot …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
An Update To My Investment Policy
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple now field-testing iOS 5 with App Store applications (update: AT&T, too)  —  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 …
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.
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Charles Hamilton / GigaOM:
First Look: Google Docs App for Android
Discussion: Softpedia News and Techie Buzz
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
There Are Now More Free Apps For Android Than For The iPhone: Distimo  —  App store analytics provider Distimo today published its latest report, once again zooming in on the pricing of mobile applications across a variety of platforms.  We got an exclusive early look at the new report.
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.
Quentin Hardy / At Your Servers:
Bing Maps Aerial Victory  —  Massive points to Microsoft on this one.  —  Over the past three years, Microsoft has created a uniform, detailed map of the Continental United States and 17 countries in Western and Central Europe.  The results are spectacular - a single view of about 7 million square miles …
Discussion: LiveSide.net
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Honeycomb Tablet Has 4G and 3-D But Is No iPad  —  For the many companies designing tablets based on Google's Android operating system to compete with Apple's dominant iPad, there are twin challenges.  The obvious one is to convince consumers to buy something other than the iPad 2.
Discussion: SAI
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?
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: SAI and paidContent
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
An Apple VP's $13.7 million payday  —  The head of hardware engineering sold 99% of his beneficially owned shares on Monday  —  Steve Jobs may be content to let his 5,546,451 shares of Apple (AAPL) rise and fall with the vagaries of the stock market, but some of his executive staff are a bit more attentive to their holdings.
Discussion: AppleInsider, MacNN and CNET News
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 …
Cade Metz / The Register:
Amazon fine print limits potential credits for cloud outage  —  Rackspace CTO talks EC2 failure  —  Amazon's EC2 contract promises its infrastructure cloud will provide 99.95 per cent “uptime” over the course of a year.  But that doesn't mean the company will dish out credits in the wake …
Discussion: SAI
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Appia Announces Pay-Per-Downloads for Developers  —  Apple recently took actions to dissuade developers from participating in incentivized install programs, meaning programs that encouraged consumers to download new apps in return for virtual goods and other bonuses which could be used in mobile gaming and other apps.
Discussion: IntoMobile and TechCrunch
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Greplin: 1.5 Billion Documents Indexed, Six Engineers  —  Late last year we first mentioned Y Combinator startup Greplin - it's a startup that indexes your social stuff in the cloud, making all your Facebook, Gmail.  LinkedIn, Google Calendar, Evernote, Twitter, Dropbox and just about everything else searchable.
Discussion: @cdixon and @akumar
 
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Nick Bilton / Bits:
Holding Companies Accountable for Privacy Breaches
Ari Levy / Bloomberg:
Facebook Backer Accel Targets Mobile After Social-Media Investing Spree
JC Fletcher / Joystiq:
Hulu Plus available on Xbox April 29
Discussion: ITworld.com, TechSpot and VentureBeat
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Comcast is first with VOD from all four major networks, still negotiating for early release movies
Discussion: Comcast Voices and GigaOM
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Live internet video will get its big test with the royal wedding
Discussion: App Advice, Wall Street Journal and SAI
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Cooney / Network World:
DOJ report critical of FBI ability to fight national cyber intrusions
Sean Michael Kerner / Datamation:
Novell Sale to Attachmate Completed