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AppleInsider:
Apple's iPhone 4.0 software to deliver multitasking support  —  Apple this summer will go a long way towards silencing critics and catering to one of the most prevalent demands of its iPhone user base, when it introduces a multitasking solution through the handset's 4. software update …
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Motorola partners with Microsoft, will use Bing search and maps on Chinese Android phones  —  Uh, whoa.  When we heard Google's threatened pullout of China had prompted Motorola to seek out an alternative search provider for its China-bound handsets, we can't say we were expecting a partnership with Microsoft to result.
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Kathy Van Buskirk / PR Newswire:
Motorola Announces Alliance with Microsoft for Search and Maps Services; Launching on New Smart Phones in China  —  Services to provide additional choice to consumers on Motorola devices powered by Android  —  Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) today announced a global alliance with Microsoft Corp. …
John Cook / TechFlash:
Mexico's Carlos Slim knocks Bill Gates off his top billionaire perch  —  Bill Gates is no longer the world's richest man.  The Microsoft co-founder was knocked out of the top slot in Forbes annual ranking of the top billionaires.  —  So who is the richest?
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Mark Ward / BBC:
Hard drive evolution could hit XP  —  Hard drives are about to undergo one of the biggest format shifts in 30 years.  —  By early 2011 all hard drives will use an “advanced format” that changes how they go about saving the data people store on them.  —  The move to the advanced format …
Official Google Reader Blog:
And now for something completely different  —  Since I've been working on Google Reader, I've told a lot of my friends about how great it is.  And while some of them try Reader and find it really useful, many of them aren't interested in taking the time to get Reader set up.
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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Reader Play: Google Reader's New Fast Flip Style Interface
Discussion: Google Labs and PalmAddicts
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Opera Mini 5 Beta Now Available For Android  —  Sure, Opera Mini may (or may not) already be the most popular mobile browser in the world — but why stop there?  Following up on the Android release of Opera Mobile 4 just over a year ago, Opera has just launched Opera Mini 5 for Android into public beta.
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Sean Ludwig / PC Magazine:   Hands On with Opera Mini for Android
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
Facebook Threatens to Sue Daily Mail Over Sex Predator Claims  —  According to the Guardian and Global Dashboard, Facebook has threatened to sue Daily Mail over an article which wrongfully claimed Facebook makes it easy for older sex predators to approach and seduce minors.
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Ed Hunsinger / Laughing Squid:
Chatroulette Map: Not So Anonymous Anymore  —  Whenever people mention the random webcam site, Chatroulette, it inevitably leads to talk of how there are certain less-than-desirable webcam chat partners on the service.  Some would wager that the guise of anonymity on Chatroulette helps these users feel a bit safer when baring it all.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why Digg Digs Cassandra  —  Digg, the San Francisco-based social media company, is dropping MySQL and instead betting its future on Cassandra, an open-source data store.  It's just the latest sign of the growing popularity of the software, which was developed (and open sourced) by Facebook to search through its inbox.
Discussion: What is Digg?
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
JooJoo revamps interface ahead of launch, adds local video playback — and changes color  —  The JooJoo tablet's launch date might have been pushed back a month while Fusion Garage sorts out issues with the capacitive touchscreen, but it looks like the extra time has given the company a chance …
Kevin Rose / Telegraph:
Kevin Rose: ‘My Foursquare data will tell my life story’  —  Foursquare is reaching a tipping point, says Kevin Rose, co-founder of Digg and Foursquare investor  —  “Foursquare felt very much like Twitter did a few years ago.  When people think of Twitter, they think it's this great new start-up that launched six months ago.
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Sony Motion Controller is Called PlayStation Move, Launches Fall 2010  —  Sony's finally put a name to their motion controller, and it's called PlayStation Move.  Live Updating  —  Sony will have multiple packages.  A standalone Move controller, or a package with PlayStation Eye + Move + a game, or an entire console solution.
Louis Gray:
Brazen Careerist Adds Future-Focused Social Resumes  —  For most of us, resumes are updated with great irregularity - usually just before leaving one job, and just after arriving at another.  These resumes also are much more focused on our pasts than our future - highlighting previous jobs and degrees …
Discussion: Stay N' Alive and The Next Web, Thanks:atul
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
Kindle for Android Finally Coming Soon?  —  We already know that Dell's Mini 5 handheld runs the Google Android operating system.  We've seen the custom interface and lovely 800 x 480 resolution of the 5″ display.  And based on FCC testing, it's a safe bet that the device will support …
BBC:
Pink Floyd win EMI court ruling  —  Pink Floyd tracks may be removed from digital music services like iTunes after a High Court ruling went against record label EMI.  —  The band's latest record deal, signed before services like iTunes appeared, said their songs must not be sold individually without their permission.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Why AOL May Just Abandon Bebo Rather Than Sell It  —  Newly independent Aol is still struggling with the fate of Bebo, the social network they acquired for $850 million in 2008.  —  No one argues that Aol underpaid for Bebo.  And the social network has fallen from 22 million monthly unique visitors …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Secret Lives Of Objects: StickyBits Turn Barcodes Into Personal Message Boards  —  Every place and object in the world has a secret past: who lived there, who passed by, who touched it.  The secret lives of objects are filled with such details.  If only you could make them talk.
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Verizon promises first 4G handset for next summer, foretells end of unlimited data plans  —  Alright, you ultrafast mobile broadband zealots, whip out your calendars and draw a big red tick around the middle of 2011.  Verizon's CTO Anthony Melone has identified next summer as the carrier's release window …
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
It's Time to Declare War Against Apple's Censorship  —  The App Store censorship horse may have been beaten to death, but mainstream German media—whose iPhone applications have been censored by Apple because of its content—are not surrendering.  I'm glad.  In fact, I hope they win this war.
Thanks:atul
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Big Media or Big SEO Spammers?  —  Faced with declining revenues and increasingly dismal prospects, some mainstream media outlets are adopting questionable tactics, specifically dead-end web pages stuffed with outbound links and pay-per-click ads.  A liberally funded LA startup is only too quick to help them.
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog
Felix Salmon:
Why did Nick Denton truncate Gawker's RSS feeds?  —  Yesterday, Gawker Media truncated its RSS feeds, and former Gawker editorial honcho Lockhart Steele immediately tweeted that “the only thing that excited me about Gawker's RSS truncation was picturing @felixsalmon's head explode when he heard the news”.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
You Ask, Jimmy Wales Answers: A Crowdsourced Interview With Mr. Wikipedia  —  Jimmy Wales's Wikipedia relies almost entirely on free contributions from its users to create a mammoth Web encyclopedia.  —  Could an enterprising/lazy blogger use the same technique to interview Wales?
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
LivingSocial raises $25M for group buying, Facebook apps  —  Hardly a week goes by where we don't receive a company pitch from a hopeful startup trying to crash the group deals scene.  And for good reason, since venture capital firms seem happy to throw cash at well-executed takes on the business model.
 
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