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Electronista:
Apple may change iPhone SDK to avoid antitrust case  —  Apple could avoid a possible FTC antitrust investigation by changing the terms of the iPhone 4.0 SDK, insiders said Monday night.  The FTC would supposedly leave Apple alone if it let developers write iPhone apps using other tools, such as Adobe's Flash CS5 or MonoTouch.
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Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
Q&A: Potential Inquiries Into Apple's Rules  —  The Federal Trade Commission and Justice Department are looking at recent changes Apple made to its agreement with developers who make applications on its devices, with an eye toward a possible antitrust investigation, the Journal reported Monday.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
DOJ, FTC decline comment on Apple antitrust report
Twitter Media:
Tweets are the new quotes  —  Have you ever been quoted in a news article or blog post?  If so, you know it can be a strange experience: you recognize your words, but they never sound quite right.  It's the peril of transcription.  —  That's just one of a couple reasons we like ReadWriteWeb's approach …
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Twitter ‘Embed This Tweet’ Feature Coming Tomorrow, Here's What It Looks Like
ConceivablyTech:
Internet Explorer Falls Below 60% Market Share  —  Microsoft's Internet Explorer dropped to a historic market share low in April, according to Net Applications.  The company estimated IE's market share at 59.95% in April, which is about the range that was reached by Internet Explorer 4 more than 11 years ago in early 1999.
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Chrome again beats Firefox in browser gain race  —  Grabs almost all the share that Internet Explorer loses  —  Computerworld - Chrome was the only browser to gain significant usage share last month, and again trounced rival open-source Firefox.  —  By the end of April …
Gmail Blog:
Google Mail is becoming Gmail in the UK  —  As a Brit, my friends and family often tell me they're miffed that they get an @googlemail.com address instead of @gmail.com.  Today I have good news for them: Google Mail is soon becoming Gmail again in the UK.  —  If you already have a Google email account …
Richard Wray / Guardian:
Goodbye petabytes, hello zettabytes  —  • Massive figure equal to a million million gigabytes  —  • Planet's digital content grew by 62% last year  —  Every man, woman and child on the planet using micro-blogging site Twitter for a century.  For many people that may sound …
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge
Aza Raskin / Aza on Design:
Solving the Alt-Tab Problem  —  Switching between applications, windows, and tabs is a fundamental action of modern computers.  As people browse the web, we know that an average user will switch tabs more times in a day than they click on a link.  Think about that.
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Clustrix Builds the Webscale Holy Grail: A Database That Scales  —  Clustrix, a Y Combinator graduate from 2006, launched today with the claim that it's built a transaction database with MySQL-like functionality and reliability that can scale to billions of entries.
Discussion: Clustrix, TechFlash and VentureBeat
AppleInsider:
AT&T's international data plans for iPad start at $25 for 20MB  —  AT&T has released official pricing for international data plans for the iPad, which come in at the same wallet-crunching prices as those offered for the iPhone — $200 for approximately 30 minutes of YouTube streaming.
Rsarvis / The Wertago Blog:
Ignorance and Hubris at the FTC...  It appears the FTC staff is poised to recommend blocking the Google AdMob acquisition.  We had the opportunity to discuss the deal with some members of the FTC staff last week by phone.  We're a bit surprised the staff is close to making a recommendation …
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Apps on Wheels: Developing Mobile Apps that Work at 70 MPH  —  When we talk about mobile apps today, chances are that we are mostly talking about apps for cell phones and - maybe - tablets.  The latest trend in mobile apps, however, is apps for cars.  One of the companies leading this trend …
Discussion: Between the Lines, Thanks:fredericl
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Songwriters: piracy “dwarfs bank robbery,” FBI must act  —  The Songwriters Guild of America has a message for the government: start prosecuting file-sharers, both criminally and civilly, because file-sharing is much worse than bank robbery.  —  “There are numerous economic crimes of much lesser magnitude …
Discussion: Music Ally and ZeroPaid.com
Owen Fletcher / PC World:
Apple Tweaks Wi-Fi in IPhone to Use China Protocol  —  Apple appears to have tweaked its iPhone to support a Chinese security protocol for wireless networks, as companies increasingly adopt Chinese government-backed technologies to break into the country's huge market.
Max Chafkin / Inc.com:
The Oracle of Silicon Valley  —  “Can I jump in here?”  —  Tim O'Reilly tentatively lifts a finger and then lurches toward a microphone, brushing past a line of besuited men and women that includes Gavin Newsom, the mayor of San Francisco; Vivek Kundra, the White House chief information officer …
Discussion: Venture Capital Dispatch, Thanks:atul
Yochay Kiriaty / The Windows Blog:
Understanding Microsoft Push Notifications for Windows Phones  —  The concept of push notifications (PN) is not new and is used by others in the industry.  With that said, the Microsoft PN (MPN) service includes a cool twist that gives developers the power to create the impression …
Thanks:rawmeet
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Gates: Microsoft still likes tablets; pen-based computing isn't dead  —  Say this for Bill Gates: He stands behind his favorite trends, even when they haven't turned out to be much in the way of trends.  —  Appearing with Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway lieutenant Charlie Munger …
Jeremy Liew / TechCrunch:
We Estimate Zynga Revenues Around $270M In 2009 And $240M In 2010 YTD  —  This is a guest post by Jeremy Liew, a managing director at Lightspeed Venture Partners where he invests in the internet and mobile sectors.  His investments include Flixster, Living Social, Playdom, Rockyou and Shoedazzle.
Discussion: SecondShares
Mel Beckman / InfoWorld:
Beware the black market rising for IP addresses  —  Organizations slow to adopt IPv6 take heed: Surging requests for IPv4 addresses are quickly drying up the available store, raising the specter of an IPv4 black market that could dramatically increase the cost of obtaining a presence on today's Internet.
Discussion: Tech Eye
Will Smit / Google Enterprise Blog:
New reset cookie functionality on Google Apps  —  Google Apps provides businesses with seamless, secure access to information regardless of device.  You can check your email or consult your calendar, sites, and documents from any web-enabled device anywhere in the world with an Internet connection.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Macworld
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Offerpal Media launches a virtual money war with Facebook  —  Offerpal Media is launching a universal virtual currency for games today as part of an effort to expand its reach and revenues in the social game industry.  —  Gamers will be able to earn Offerpal's Game Points virtual currency …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Meet Google's Secret Time Machine Investment  —  Google Ventures, the search giant's VC arm, is celebrating its one-year anniversary with some show and tell: The previously secretive investment group now has a website that discloses who works there, and what they're investing in.
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
Dropbox for iPad Available  —  Dropbox has just updated its official iPhone client to include support for the iPad.  It's available for free here.  Check out the screenshots after the break, and expect a review later today.  The new version takes advantage of the iPad's portrait …
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
T-Mobile's myTouch 3G Slide: A QWERTY Slider for Work or Home  —  T-Mobile USA today introduced the myTouch 3G Slide, a Google Android 2.1 handset with a slide-out QWERTY keypad and a unique Genius button for voice-activated functions.  Also new to this handset are myModes and the Faves Gallery …
 
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
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TJ Luoma / TUAW:
iPad pulls Fraser Speirs back in to iPhone OS development
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Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
Lawmakers Draft Web-Ad Privacy Safeguards
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and ClickZ
Keval Desai / Digg Blog:
Update on Digg's Short URL Service
Discussion: Mashable! and Soshable
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Congress May Finally Be Allowed To Use Skype To Talk To Constituents
Leslie Grandy / mocoNews:
Why Google's Open Handset Alliance Has Been A Disappointment
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