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1:55 AM ET, April 28, 2011

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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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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.
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?
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: CenterNetworks and Digital Trends
Frederic Lardinois / NewsGrange:
Delicious Finds a New Home at AVOS, YouTube Founders' New Company
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  —  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.
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
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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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
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: All Facebook and 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
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 …
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.
Ashby Jones / Law Blog:
After AT&T Ruling, Should We Say Goodbye to Consumer Class Actions?  —  Last November, we ginned up this blog post about a Supreme Court case that, were it ruled on in favor of AT&T, could spell the death-knell of consumer class actions.  —  Well, on Wednesday, the Supreme Court rendered …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and DSLreports
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 …
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.
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 …
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: @akumar and @cdixon
 
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Miyoung Kim / Reuters:
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Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Comcast is first with VOD from all four major networks, still negotiating for early release movies
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
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Twitter To Hold Official #Devnest Developer Events
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Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Windows 8′s user account roaming feature revealed
Sean Michael Kerner / Datamation:
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