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3:20 PM 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?
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Why Instapaper Free is taking an extended vacation  —  Last fall, I conducted an experiment: I quietly removed Instapaper Free from the App Store1 for three days, leaving only the full, $4.99 Instapaper app.  Not only did sales increase incrementally, but nobody seemed to notice.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Anyone Can Take Down Facebook Pages with a Fake Email Address  —  Something strange has been happening to several popular Facebook pages in recent weeks: they've disappeared.  According to the affected page owners, they're victims of bogus DMCA claims.  The DMCA, or Digital Millennium Copyright Act …
Discussion: Neowin.net and The Tech Herald …, Thanks:redmondpie
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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Facebook shoots first, ignores questions later; account lock-out attack works (Update VII)  —  Got enemies on Facebook?  Facebook is so eager to protect copyright that the mere accusation of copyright infringement is enough to get an account locked.  Ars found this out the hard way Thursday morning …
Discussion: Redmond Pie and The Next Web, Thanks:clint
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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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Godspeed on That Investing Thing, Yertle-But I Still Have Some Questions for Your Boss, Arianna  —  Would it surprise you to know that BoomTown doesn't really care or not anymore if TechCrunch editor Michael Arrington sidelines as a blogger while he makes investments in tech companies his tech news site covers.
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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.
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.
Richard Lai / Engadget:
Verizon freezes Droid Charge launch indefinitely, blaming ‘unexpected delays’ (update)  —  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.
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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.
Gabe Rivera / Techmeme News:
Billboards suck.  Promote your company's jobs on Techmeme!  —  As you might have noticed, a hiring boom is underway in tech, leading to ballooning salaries, aggressive recruiting tactics, and finally, billboards.  [1, 2] Yes, billboards along Bay Area highways now pitch jobs to the small fraction …
Discussion: @fredericl
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple is Designing a Great New Fitness Center App  —  On April 28, 2011, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals various aspects of a newly advanced Fitness Center App that they've been working on for some time now.
Fred / A VC:
Finding And Buying A Domain Name  —  I believe that a good domain name is an important success factor in building and launching consumer web services.  It's not in my top ten but it could be.  It's certainly something we think about a lot when making investments and working with companies post investment.
Discussion: @llsethj
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.
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 …
Peter Eckersley / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Why We Need An Open Wireless Movement  —  If you sometimes find yourself needing an open wireless network in order to check your email from a car, a street corner, or a park, you may have noticed that they're getting harder to find.  —  Stories like the one over the weekend about a bunch …
Discussion: Computerworld
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 …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple took 74% of tablet market in Q1  —  Counting the iPad, its PC sales grew 187.9% year over year, according to Canalys  —  Click to enlarge.  Source: Canalys  —  “Canalys today announced that the PC market grew 7% in Q1 2011, as the pad market, led by Apple's iPad, continued to bolster growth.”
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 …
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, Edible Apple and MacNN
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
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook's Cut From Deal Partners: Nothing  —  Many have been wondering what cut Facebook is taking from partners through their new deals product.  According to our sources, Facebook is currently charging their partners nothing to participate in the new deals program.
Thanks:allnick
 
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Tricia Duryee / eMoney:
Gilt Groupe Competitor ideeli Raises $40 Million in Capital
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Yahoo! Mail is down for many [Updated]
Discussion: GigaOM, Between the Lines Blog and @yahoo, Thanks:krynsky
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
What's Really Going On With Facebook's China Plans
Discussion: SAI, Gawker, DigiCha and Adotas
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Spiceworks Picks Up $25M to Build Facebook for IT
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Russian Search Giant Yandex Seeks To Raise Up To $1 Billion In IPO
Ingrid Lunden / mocoNews:
NPD: iPhone 4 Is Currently The Best-Sellng Device In The U.S.
Tom Simonite / Technology Review:
App-Specific Processors to Fight Dark Silicon
Discussion: Gizmodo
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Holding Companies Accountable for Privacy Breaches
Discussion: WebProNews
 Earlier Items: 
Charles Hamilton / GigaOM:
First Look: Google Docs App for Android
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteMobile:
Appia Announces Pay-Per-Downloads for Developers
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Spencer Ackerman / Danger Room:
First Look: Inside the Army's App Store for War
Discussion: Engadget
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Honeycomb Tablet Has 4G and 3-D But Is No iPad