Glass Backing Next iPhone 4 Controversy?

In a provocative essay, Ryan Block at gdgt asserts Apple is aware that the glass backing of the iPhone 4 is "another design flaw." The problem seems to be that the glass back is easily scratched in certain circumstances. Even if true, this is hardly "Antennagate."…

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Sponsor post: Your Killer App Could Win $100,000 From PayPal

PayPal is giving away $160,000 USD in prizes to the most innovative apps to use the PayPal X Platform, judging based on app innovation and business potential, with additional awards honoring innovation in use of the eBay Developer API, integration with Yahoo and cross-border payment systems.…

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Create Freshbooks Invoices in Salesforce

Online invoicing service FreshBooks today announced a new integration with Salesforce, enabling Salesforce users to automatically bill through FreshBooks without leaving the Saleforce interface. The integration is made possible through the use of a third-party app, DataSynch OnDemand for FreshBooks & Salesforce by Pervasive Software.…

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Analyzing Apple’s Boilerplate

A boilerplate is a flexible term used to describe many different things, but Apple's boilerplate is those lines of text that you see at the bottom of each of all its press releases, and it has remained largely unchanged for the past few years.…

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Zencoder Excited About Open Source VP8

Cloud encoding service provider Zencoder wants to support VP8 as soon as absolutely possible, and the company is excited about Google's plans to open source the video codec at this week's Google i/O developer conference in San Francisco. However, don't count H.264 out just yet.…

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Roku Adds UFC Channel to Sports Lineup

Roku is boosting the amount of sports content it carries through a multiyear deal with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) that adds live pay-per-view events and archived matches to its broadband set-top box. It's the third major sports deal for the set-top box maker.…

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A letter published in the journal Science and signed by 255 members of the National Academy of Sciences criticizes some politicians for “McCarthy-like threats of criminal prosecution against our colleagues on the basis of innuendo and guilt by association.” -- NYT's Dot Earth…

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"Volkswagen announced the electric Golf yesterday...but for whatever reason didn’t release a pic of the car until today. Turns out it looks just like a regular Golf." -- Wired's Autopia…

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BP's oil spill could take three months to stop, costing the company at least $2 billion and possibly more than $8 billion to cover cleanup and damages. The company earned $17 billion in net income last year. -- Greenwire via NYT…

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Climate Bill Next in Line: "Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has closed the door on the possibility of moving immigration reform before a comprehensive energy and climate bill." -- The Hill…

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"Siemens Energy, a unit of German industrial giant Siemens AG (SI), said Wednesday that it has signed a $15 million contract with a unit of Hawaiian Electric Industries Inc. (HE) to build a "smart grid" system in Honolulu." -- Dow Jones Newswires…

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Where to Watch Facebook’s f8 Live Online

Starting with Mark Zuckerberg's keynote at 10 a.m. PDT/1 p.m. EDT, Facebook will launch f8 Live, which will stream all sessions from the conference live on the Interwebz, along with a number of interactive features that are designed to let those who can't attend feel like they are a part of the action.…

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Several sources say Senators John Kerry, Lindsey Graham and Joseph Lieberman will unveil their compromise climate proposal on April 26. The "definitive date shows the senators are coming close to finalizing their package." -- WaPo's Post Carbon…

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Winners of this year's Millennium Technology Prize include the inventor of "a variety of solar cells that perform artificial photosynthesis using dyes," meant to be "cheaper and easier to make and use than their silicon-based counterparts." -- Ars Technica…

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"A document accidentally left on a European hotel computer and passed to the Guardian," indicates U.S. negotiators intend to push the Copenhagen accord "through the UN process as a single 'take it or leave it' text." -- UK Guardian via Dot Earth…

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Meet the Energy Geeks: Here's a glimpse of what seven ARPA-E winners are up to. They're some of "the nation's most visionary energy innovators -- thrill-seeking, over-achieving uber-geeks from start-up companies and universities across America." -- Grist…

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