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The federal government takes an interest in Apple Stores, FaceTime is up to some shenanigans, and Apple just ordered the equivalent of 500 pizzas of storage. The remainders for Wednesday, April 6, 2011 want just the facts, ma’am.

Burglars target Apple Stores (USA Today)

Given the rash of burglaries and attempted burglaries at Apple Stores around the country, the FBI will assist other law enforcement agencies in an ongoing investigation. That also means that, while most of the cases have been smash-and-grab jobs, if the thieves start walking through walls or morphing into ooze, the right folks will already be on the scene.

FaceTime shows random, old pictures when initiating a call (Apple)

Some iOS device users are noting that FaceTime will occasionally show the wrong image when starting up—and sometimes it appears to be an image that was captured at a time that FaceTime wasn’t even being used. The call is coming from inside your phone! Get out of your phone!

Apple Wins Patent for All-New Hybrid DisplayPort/USB 3.0 Connector (Patently Apple)

Wondering if Apple’s new Thunderbolt technology will eventually make its way to iOS devices? An Apple patent unearthed by one site shows a hybrid USB 3.0/DisplayPort connector that could fit in an iPhone or iPad—and, the thinking goes, since DisplayPort is part of Thunderbolt it could incorporate the high-speed peripheral technology as well. Great, fine, whatever. Call me when it can digitally transmit cookies and we’ll talk.

Apple Ordered 12PB (!) of Storage on Isilon’s Systems (—motto: “We’ll tell you where to put these newsletters!”—reports that Apple has ordered 12 petabytes (that’s around 12,000TB) of storage from Isilon Systems. Rumors abound as to what Apple might want with all this storage—MobileMe cloud storage? Streaming media?—but we think it’s pretty darn obvious: they’re going to fill Scott Forstall’s office entirely with hard drives. Best workplace prank ever.

Google pops little ‘Tilt’ Easter Egg into our iOS search (9 to 5 Mac)

Got your iPhone or iPod touch handy? Google ‘tilt’ from the search bar for a special treat. Now enjoy as you waste the rest of your day trying to figure out what else you can make it do.

Product News:

Conversions for Cooking 2.0 - Version 2.0 of Gormaya's cooking conversion app adds tables for Imperial units, allows you to input data for conversion, and brings full support for iOS 4.3. $2.

Off Remote 3.0 - Hobbyist Software has updated its Mac remote control app to version 3.0, adding the ability to schedule shutdowns, updated translations, and bug fixes. $3.

QuickerTek Carry Handle - The accessory maker is bring back compatible versions of its carrying handles for the first- and second-generation of 15-inch MacBook Pros. $80.

Silent Film Director 2.0 - This video-editing and effects app by MacPhun hits version 2.0, bringing a new name, performance improvements, a new user interface, new sharing options, support for iTunes file-sharing, and more. $1, for a limited time.

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