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10:45 AM ET, May 4, 2010

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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.
Bloomberg:
Apple Developer Policy Is Said to Prompt U.S. Antitrust Complaint by Adobe  —  U.S. antitrust enforcers are considering an investigation of Apple Inc. following a complaint from Adobe Systems Inc., according to people familiar with the matter.  —  Adobe says Apple is stifling competition …
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
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.
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.
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
YouTube Developing Self-Serve Rental Model  —  YouTube engineers are working on a self-service method that will give moviemakers the ability to upload and provide their streaming content for rent, Hunter Walk, who heads product management at YouTube, told MediaPost.
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
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
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 …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Apax Partners buys stake in security company Sophos for $400M  —  Private equity firm Apax Partners is buying a 70 percent stake in security firm Sophos for more than $400 million plus debt assumption.  The deal values Sophos at $830 million.  —  Boston-based Sophos is No. 3 in the security …
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Rochelle Garner / Bloomberg:   Apax Partners to Buy Majority Stake in Security Software Maker Sophos
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: CNET News and 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.
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
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
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 …
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
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
 
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Offerpal Media launches a virtual money war with Facebook
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Topix Gets Local With Twitter and Social With Facebook
TJ Luoma / TUAW:
iPad pulls Fraser Speirs back in to iPhone OS development
Discussion: Fraser Speirs
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
Dropbox for iPad Available
Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
Lawmakers Draft Web-Ad Privacy Safeguards
Discussion: ClickZ and ReadWriteWeb
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Update on Digg's Short URL Service
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Leslie Grandy / mocoNews:
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
ABC iPad App Update With 3G Video Streaming Now Available (DIS, AAPL)
 

 
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