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Was the iPad 2 design leaked? Seems like there’s some good evidence to that fact. Elsewhere, Microsoft wants to capitalize on the success of iOS and Verizon takes its first step in admitting smartphones have a problem. I now pronounce these the remainders for Friday, April 29, 2011.

Three Foxconn employees charged for leaking iPad 2 design, says report (DigiTimes)

Sometimes those rumored Apple product leaks are real, it seems. Three employees from Foxconn’s Shenzhen, China plant have been accused of leaking the iPad 2’s design to companies looking to build cases for the device. The clue that led the authorities to unravel the matter? The existence of several Chinese companies selling iPad 2 cases before the iPad came out. Never trust the black market, folks.

Microsoft posts iPhone to Windows Phone 7 app migration tool (Electronista)

That’s right, iOS developers: with just a little help from Microsoft, you can turn your gorgeous, painstakingly-created iPhone app into an ugly, minimally functional Windows Phone 7 app. At least you can make back the extra time outlay by adding a market with upwards of [some unreleased number] of users!

Verizon Plans To Put Location-Tracking Warning Sticker on Phones (Forbes)

Now that this past week’s location logging controversy seems to have died down a bit, it’s time to gauge the fallout. Verizon has announced that it will begin plastering warning labels on its phones, spelling out the handsets’ ability to determine your location. Missing from those labels, however, will be any mention of how Big Brother will use that information to create a totalitarian state. (I mean, it’s a pretty small label.)

Product News:

ADmitMac v5.2 and DAVE v8.2 - Thursby Software has updated its Mac-Windows integration, management, and security tools to version 5.2 and 8.2 respectively. The new versions focus on changes that accommodate network functionality related to workflows for popular applications like Final Cut Pro, Adobe Creative Suite, and Microsoft Office. Prices vary depending on license number and support agreements.

DataMan Pro 4.0 for iPhone - Version 4.0 of XVision's data-plan monitoring utility for iPhone adds the ability to export your usage statistics as a CSV file via iTunes, view your data as charts on your iPhone, and features an improved user interface. $2.

HoudahSpot 3.3 - The latest update to Houdah's Spotlight-enhancement utility for the Mac brings an option hide the query pane, providing more room to show search results. It can also be configured to hide the query pane automatically. $30.

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