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1:25 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.
Discussion: Reuters and Computerworld
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
DOJ, FTC decline comment on Apple antitrust report  —  New York Post cites source claiming agencies may probe rival dev tools ban  —  Computerworld - The Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) both declined comment today on a report that the agencies may investigate Apple …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and BetaNews
Josh Kosman / New York Post:
An antitrust app  —  After years of being the little guy …
Apple:
Apple Sells One Million iPads  —  Apple® today announced that it sold its one millionth iPad™ on Friday, just 28 days after its introduction on April 3. iPad users have already downloaded over 12 million apps from the App Store and over 1.5 million ebooks from the new iBookstore.
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple On Track For $1 Billion Of iPad Revenue IN ITS FIRST QUARTER (AAPL)
Discussion: eWeek, GartenBlog, AccMan Pro and Guardian
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Twitter ‘Embed This Tweet’ Feature Coming Tomorrow, Here's What It Looks Like  —  Twitter hints that you'll be able to embed a Tweet the same way you can embed a YouTube video, starting tomorrow.  —  In a blog post called “Tweets are the new quotes,” Twitter acknowledges that news organizations …
Discussion: Shelly Palmer, Go Rumors and The Social
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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 …
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Hi, Seattle  —  On June 11, 2005 TechCrunch was born.  Over the last five years the blog has grown from a simple hobby to a fast growing small business with twenty or so employees and one heck of a team of writers, engineers, sales people, event specialists and a burgeoning video team.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Ventures Invests in Mobile Payments Startup Corduro  —  Google is investing in mobile payments startup through Corduro through Google Ventures.  It looks like its site has just gone up, and is still pretty much a placeholder with a lot of dummy text.
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 …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, App Advice and iPad Blog, Thanks:viticci
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
EXCLUSIVE: Sony atracTable to take on Microsoft Surface from June  —  Sony is about to take on the?  Microsoft Surface?with a new offering of their own that is due out in June.  —  The atracTable, first seen and demoed at Vision 2009 in Stuttgart last year, will be released at the beginning of June according to the company behind it.
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.
Discussion: Go Rumors
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 …
Matt Mullenweg:
Twitter API  —  I think the opportunity has passed for the Twitter API to become a lingua franca for the real-time web.  WordPress.com, Tumblr, Typepad, SocialCast, and Status.net all added support for the API in a way to make it as easy as possible for Twitter client developers — all they had to do was change the endpoint.
Discussion: Scripting News
Keval Desai / Digg Blog:
Update on Digg's Short URL Service  —  Hi All, A few weeks ago we announced the sunsetting of the Digg iFrame Toolbar.  As part of this, we are also making a change to a related feature - the ability to generate a Digg short URL from any URL on the web.  —  As of May 17th, 2010 …
Discussion: Soshable
TJ Luoma / TUAW:
iPad pulls Fraser Speirs back in to iPhone OS development  —  When I saw Mac developer Fraser Speirs' Twitter post linking to a blog entry titled “Back In” I knew what it was about: the App Store.  —  Back in September 2008, Fraser announced he was ceasing new iPhone OS development in a widely-linked post titled “App Store: I'm out”.
Discussion: Fraser Speirs
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
Alexia Tsotsis / The Snitch:
You Can't Digg on Digg.  Attack at Fault?  —  Anyone trying to use the Potrero Hill-based social news aggregation site Digg.com today ran into some issues with Digging and submitting stories.  —  Basically you couldn't use Digg for a several hour stretch: Attempts at “Digging” …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Close Encounters of the Regulatory Kind: Google-AdMob Brace for the Worst  —  While executives at both AdMob and Google are pulling out all the stops to convince federal government regulators otherwise, multiple sources close to the situation said that the pair now expect the Federal Trade Commission …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
ABC iPad App Update With 3G Video Streaming Now Available (DIS, AAPL)  —  Update: The new ABC app supporting video streaming over 3G is available for download.  —  Earlier: Good news, iPad 3G owners: ABC's iPad app will support 3G video streaming in a new update to the app, according to a person familiar with the matter.
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 …
Rochelle Garner / Bloomberg:
Apax Partners to Buy Majority Stake in Security Software Maker Sophos  —  Apax Partners LLP agreed to pay about $400 million and take on some debt for a 70 percent stake in security-software maker Sophos Plc.  The deal values closely held Sophos at $830 million, including equity and debt.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Topix Gets Local With Twitter and Social With Facebook  —  Topix.com has rolled out a suite of new enhancements, including a Twitter feature that sends local news to users based on their location, the integration of Facebook's social plugins on topic pages, and a doubling of the amount …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Nearly 5 Years Later, Gmail Set For A UK Comeback  —  Since October 19, 2005, Gmail has been known as “Google Mail” in the UK.  The means that everyone who signed up since that point was forced to use the cumbersome @googlemail.com address rather than a @gmail.com one.  But soon, Gmail is going on a UK comeback tour.
Discussion: Gmail Blog and Erictric
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
How to Jailbreak the iPad  —  The long-awaited iPad/iPhone jailbreak has finally arrived, allowing anyone with an iPhone, iPod Touch or even the brand-new Apple iPad running the newest versions of the iPhone Operating System the ability to unlock their device and install unapproved, third-party applications.
 
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Android OS Distribution Chart Updated, Inches Slowly In Right Direction
Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
Lawmakers Draft Web-Ad Privacy Safeguards
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
The Twitter Search Revolution: Popular & Promoted Tweets Mature The Service
Discussion: Web 2.0 Expo Blog
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
Discussion: Electronista
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Former Microsoft Deal Guy Bruce Jaffe Lands at IPO Candidate Glam
Discussion: TechFlash, TechCrunch and paidContent
Joab Jackson / InfoWorld:
Novell and Red Hat prevail in user-interface patent case
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Ben Patterson / Yahoo! News:
Palm Pre, Pixi selling for a song in wake of HP-Palm merger news
Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Google Increases Display Advertisers on YouTube by 10-Fold in Past Year
Connie Guglielmo / Bloomberg:
Apple Steps Up Pace of Acquisitions in Race With Google to Buy Startups
Discussion: AppleInsider, MacRumors and parislemon
Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
BIS 2-way Gmail sync goes live
Discussion: Fortune, Erictric and Lifehacker
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
FCC Chairman Genachowski expected to leave broadband services deregulated
 

 
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