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11:40 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?
Patrick Seybold / PlayStation Blog:
Q&A #1 for PlayStation Network and Qriocity Services  —  First off, we want to again thank you for your patience.  We know that the PlayStation Network and Qriocity outage has been frustrating for you.  We know you are upset, and so we are taking steps to make our services safer and more secure than ever before.
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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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Chris Davies / SlashGear:
White iPhone 4 hands-on [Video]  —  It's been a long time since our first hands-on play with the white iPhone 4: all the way back at WWDC 2010, in fact, when the fourth-gen smartphone was brand spanking new and sparkling under Apple's halogens.  That triumphant launch paved the way for the black handset …
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple rumored to have cut CDMA iPhone 4 orders by half as sales slow  —  Sales of Apple's CDMA-based iPhone, which made its debut on Verizon earlier this year, have reportedly eased considerably following initial pent-up demand, prompting the company to halve its production of the device for the remainder of 2010.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Netflix Is Killing BitTorrent in The US  —  Something's not right in the United States.  Increasingly people start to pay for Netflix subscriptions so they can stream movies on demand.  In the States Netflix nearly doubled the number of new subscribers in the first quarter of 2010, from 1.7 to 3.3 million.
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 …
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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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: TechNet Blogs and LiveSide.net
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.
Richard Lai / Engadget:
Verizon freezes Droid Charge launch indefinitely, blaming ‘unexpected delays’ (update: LTE back)  —  Can't say we're surprised by this, but turns out Verizon's decided to delay the launch of its Samsung Droid Charge — originally scheduled for today — at the very last minute.
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 …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Sprint's weathers iPhone onslaught well in first quarter  —  Sprint delivered better-than-expected first quarter results as the company added 1.1 million total wireless subscribers, improved its postpaid churn and topped revenue expectations.  —  The No. 3 wireless carrier reported a net loss …
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 and Android Community
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
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
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Holding Companies Accountable for Privacy Breaches  —  It's become almost a weekly occurrence: Another online company letting customers personal and private information leak because of an Internet breach.  —  Sometimes this sensitive data is stolen by hackers who gain access through holes …
Discussion: WebProNews
Charles Hamilton / GigaOM:
First Look: Google Docs App for Android  —  My company has been using Google Apps for a few years now; it provides a simple way to collaborate on documents and spreadsheets, and it's easy to share documents with clients.  Google has now released a Google Docs app for Android to complement the web app.
Discussion: Softpedia News
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Lisa Tsai / DigiTimes:
Three Foxconn employees charged for leaking iPad 2 design, says report  —  Three employees from Taiwan-based Foxconn Electronics' (Hon Hai Precision Industry's) plants in Shenzhen, China, have been charged with leaking iPad 2's design to outside accessory companies in China, according to a Chinese-language sznews.com 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.
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
 
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Tom Simonite / Technology Review:
App-Specific Processors to Fight Dark Silicon
Discussion: Gizmodo
Peter Eckersley / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Why We Need An Open Wireless Movement
Cade Metz / The Register:
Amazon fine print limits potential credits for cloud outage
Discussion: SAI
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteMobile:
Appia Announces Pay-Per-Downloads for Developers
Discussion: My Opera, IntoMobile and TechCrunch
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 and TechSpot
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Comcast is first with VOD from all four major networks, still negotiating for early release movies
Discussion: Comcast Voices and GigaOM
 Earlier Items: 
Spencer Ackerman / Danger Room:
First Look: Inside the Army's App Store for War
Discussion: TUAW
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Live internet video will get its big test with the royal wedding
Ashby Jones / Law Blog:
After AT&T Ruling, Should We Say Goodbye to Consumer Class Actions?
Discussion: PhoneNews.com