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4:05 PM ET, April 30, 2011

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Marco Arment / Marco.org:
What Safari's “Reading List” in Lion means for Instapaper  —  Mac Rumors reports on a new Safari feature in Lion called Reading List: … I've known about this for a little while (I'm not privy to the Lion betas since I only have the iOS developer membership, but friends have told me), and I'm not worried about it.
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Arn / MacRumors:
Apple's Upcoming ‘Reading List’ for Safari to Compete with Instapaper and ReadItLater  —  Apple is working on a new feature for Safari in Apple's Mac OS X Lion that will bring a different kind of bookmarking functionality to the browser.  Apple calls it “Reading List” and is meant to offer users a way to save pages for later reading.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
The Pitfall Of Twitter's ‘Promoted Trends’ #RoyalWedding  —  Twitter recently upped its rates on Twitter Promoted Trends from $60K-$70K to between $100K-$120K which means the demand for the unique form of advertising is certainly there.  But what are brands getting in return?
Brian Barrett / Gizmodo:
Google's Secret Class System  —  Life in the Googleplex has a fairy tale allure: gourmet food!  Ski trips!  Giant dessert statues popping up out of nowhere every six months!  And if working for the company seems like some alternaworld fantasy dreamscape, well, it kind of is.  Just not, it turns out, for everyone.
Kellex / Droid Life:
Is Wireless Tether About to Get the Android Axe?  Carriers Finally Starting to Block it?  —  If you aren't sure what that picture is saying, let me attempt to break it down for you.  After receiving a tip that Verizon may be blocking Wireless Tether from the market, I decided to do a little digging on the variety of devices I own.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
How Many Mulligans Does Color Get?  —  WARNING: mixed sports metaphors ahead.  —  How many do-overs does a startup get before users give up on it for good?  As far as I can remember, the answer is zero.  I can't think of an example where a startup launched into the wild, flailed badly …
Discussion: Telegraph
Yoko Kubota / Reuters:
Sony's No.2 Hirai to brief media Sunday on data theft  —  (Reuters) - Sony Corp's No.2 Kazuo Hirai will brief media on Sunday about a huge security breach of its PlayStation Network, the first time an executive of the Japanese electronics giant will publicly address the case, which could prompt global legal actions.
Discussion: VentureBeat, VG247, Joystiq and I4U News
Amy Harmon / New York Times:
Memories Lost to a Whirlwind Alight on Facebook to Be Claimed  —  The tornado that killed Emily Washburn's grandfather this week also destroyed his Mississippi home, leaving his family with nothing to remember him by — until a picture of him holding the dog he loved surfaced on Facebook …
J. David Goodman / New York Times:
Trying to Stir Up a Popular Protest in China, From a Bedroom in Manhattan  —  From a pair of computer screens in a lime green bedroom in Upper Manhattan, a 27-year-old man from China is working to bring about a popular uprising.  —  Two months after calls shot across the Web for a Tunisian …
Spencer Ackerman / Wired.com:
Unfollowed: How a (Possible) Social Network Spy Came Undone  —  It started out with a leggy, bikini-clad avatar.  She said she was a missile expert — the “1st Lady of Missiles,” in fact — but sometimes suggested she worked with the CIA.  With multiple Twitter and Facebook accounts …
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Will Reveal A Revamped Version Of Google TV Soon  —  The first version of Google TV may be a dud, but the company is working on the next version and could show it off at its I/O conference next month.  —  An industry source says the next version of Google TV has a lot more potential than today's version for three main reasons:
Michael Geist Blog:
Wikileaks Cables Show Massive U.S. Effort to Establish Canadian DMCA  —  Wikileaks has released dozens of new U.S. cables that demonstrate years of behind the scenes lobbying by U.S. government officials to pressure Canada into implementing a Canadian DMCA.  The cables include confirmation …
Discussion: ZeroPaid.com and Techdirt
 
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Jeff Hecht / New Scientist:
Ultrafast fibre optics set new speed record
Discussion: GigaOM
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Lawsuits Filed Against Twitter, Facebook & MySpace For Confirming That A User No Longer Wanted Text Messages
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Yahoo CEO's pay package falls 75 pct to $11.9M
Discussion: SAI
 Earlier Items: 
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
When Will Microsoft's Internet Bloodbath End?
Cory Hicks / The Netflix Tech Blog:
Lessons Netflix Learned from the AWS Outage
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Ars Technica
Bloomberg:
FTC Said to Contact Companies About Google Investigation
Discussion: Electronista and Reuters
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Jack Dorsey Shares Some Big Square Numbers: 341,688 Readers Shipped, $137M Total Flow
Discussion: SAI, Mashable! and @jack