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Wall Street Journal:
Google to Launch Digital Books by Early Summer  —  Google Inc. will begin selling digital books in late June or July, a company representative said Tuesday, setting off a three-way battle between the Internet giant and Amazon.com Inc. and Apple Inc.  —  Chris Palma, Google's manager …
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JR Raphael / PC World:
Google Editions: Bringing E-Books to Your Browser  —  JR Raphael, PC World  —  Google wants to bring your digital book reader into the cloud.  —  The company has just announced plans to launch its own digital bookstore, a Web-based effort called Google Editions.
Mads Ager / Google Chrome Blog:
Pedal to the Chrome metal: Our fastest beta to date for Windows, Mac and Linux  —  Here in Aarhus, Denmark — home of the V8 project, Chrome's JavaScript engine — we've been tuning, testing, and polishing the V8 engine to give Chrome a hefty boost in speed.
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Christian Zibreg / Geek.com:
New Chrome 5 beta: A hefty speed boost, browser sync, built-in Flash plugin, more HTML5  —  Google posted a new Chrome beta this morning.  The release brought new features and Javascript enhancements resulting in a significant speed boost.  The new Chrome beta version number 5..375.29 enables …
Discussion: Lifehacker and ConceivablyTech
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Murdoch: WSJ iPad App Has 64,000 Active Users—And We Keep The Money  —  It's not even a rounding error but one of the numbers Rupert Murdoch seemed to really enjoy tossing out during the News Corp earnings call: more than 64,000 active users for the Wall Street Journal iPad app after its first month.
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Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Steve Jobs' Big New York Times Letdown  —  Users have jeered the New York Times' main iPad app, but the newspaper is listening to one in particular: We hear Steve Jobs is among the app's most vociferous critics and has been shunning it.  —  Jobs clearly wanted to make access to the electronic Times …
Discussion: TUAW
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
iPod widget and orientation lock coming to OS 4  —  Update: It looks like Apple has pulled the update temporarily.  —  A big new feature has been added to the multi-tasking user interface in iPhone OS 4, and that appears to be a widget interface for the iPod app.
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Lili Cheng / TechNet Blogs:
Introducing Spindex - the Latest Exploration From Microsoft's Labs  —  Last fall, with Ray Ozzie's support and sponsorship, we started FUSE Labs, with the mission to work with Microsoft product and research teams to ideate, develop and deliver new social, real-time and media-rich experiences for home and work.
Zach Epstein / Know Your Cell:
Torture test: Is AT&T's unlimited iPad 3G plan truly unlimited?  —  We get acquainted with the iPad Wi-Fi + 3G by hammering AT&T's data network to see if “unlimited” really does mean unlimited … EARLIER: Last week, the drawn-out launch of Apple's first-generation iPad came to a close …
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 …
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Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:   Apple: We Shall Prevail
Twitter Media:
Fresh-baked tweets for your posts  —  Here at Twitter Media, we want to experiment in exactly the same way we're encouraging you to experiment.  We want to implement the things we're recommending that you implement.  And we want to share tools that we develop—even when they're quite simple.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Cooks Up The Blackbird Pie Tool To Bake Tweets Into Your Website
Discussion: Guardian, AfterDawn.com and Widgets Lab
Barry Collins / PC Pro:
Intel shows off first Light Peak laptop  —  Intel has provided the first hands-on demonstration of a laptop running its Light Peak technology, at the company's inaugural European research showcase here in Brussels.  —  Light Peak is an optical interconnect that can transfer data at 10Gbits/sec in both directions.
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Adobe shows off prototype Android tablet running Air and Flash ‘flawlessly’  —  Well, here's something of a surprise.  In addition to demonstrating Flash running on phones like the Nexus One and Palm Pre at the now-happening Web 2.0 Expo, Adobe also has a prototype Android tablet of some sort on hand that …
Rick Boucher:
BOUCHER, STEARNS RELEASE DISCUSSION DRAFT OF PRIVACY LEGISLATION  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representatives Rick Boucher (VA-09), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet, and Cliff Stearns, Ranking Member of the Subcommittee, released a discussion draft …
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Jolie O'Dell / Mashable!:
Google Adds App Store for Analytics  —  Today, Google is giving users even more tools for finding and understanding their web stats.  The company has just announced they're opening a full App Gallery for Google Analytics.  —  Currently, the gallery holds 32 applications, with more on the way.
Discussion: Google Analytics Blog
Ina Fried / Technology News:
Microsoft hitting ‘unsubscribe’ on newsgroups  —  Microsoft said it plans to end support for more than 4,000 old-style newsgroups starting next month, pushing users instead to discussion forums such as those found on the Microsoft Answers, TechNet, and MSDN sites.
Discussion: eWeek
Jolie O'Dell / Mashable!:
AddThis Toolbox Gets the Facebook “Like” Button  —  Social sharing widget-maker AddThis is enabling users to integrate the Facebook “Like” button by adding a single line of code to the AddThis Toolbox.  —  AddThis is now used on 1.2 million websites.  It's a familiar catch-all sharing button …
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.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Court: RapidShare doesn't need to filter user uploads  —  Yesterday, the online storage locker RapidShare announced that it triumphed in its appeal over copyright holders who demanded that the service take more steps to control online infringement.  Because RapidShare does …
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Nielsen Wire:
Facebook and Twitter Post Large Year over Year Gains in Unique Users  —  Compared to user activity on social networking sites last year, Facebook and Twitter posted gains of 69% and 45% respectively in the U.S.  —  Globally, the total minutes spent on social networks monthly saw …
Discussion: Inside Facebook and The Next Web
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
H.264 patents: how much do they really cost?  —  If you've been following the recent controversy over video formats in HTML5, you know that software patents are a key part of Microsoft's decision to adopt the H.264 standard as the native codec to use with HTML5 video in Internet Explorer 9.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Thanks:edbott
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Greylock, Andreessen Horowitz back stealth analytics startup Proferi  —  Proferi, a still-secretive analytics company founded by Greylock entrepreneur-in-residence and former SAP CTO Christian Gheorghe, has raised $2 million from the venture capital firm and Andreessen Horowitz, according to an SEC filing.
Discussion: PE Hub News, silicontap.com and Pulse2
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Clicker Live Shows You What's Playing On The Web Right Now  —  Live video is starting to take off on the Web on livevideo sites such as Livestream, Ustream, and Justin.TV.  And every network TV website also offers live video from time to time.  It's hard to keep up.  What is needed is a TV Guide for live video on the Web.
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple faces patent infringement lawsuit over iPhone  —  Apple is being sued for infringing on a patent held by California-based NetAirus Technologies.  —  Filed in the Central District of California Western Division, NetAirus claims that Apple's iPhone infringes '380 patent.
 
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Brian Prince / eWeek:
Lower Merion Lacked Proper Policies in Webcam Case, Report Says
Discussion: Between the Lines
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Cloud Syncing Startup ZumoDrive Releases New Apps For Android, iPhone And Palm
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
All-Star Team Backs StackOverflow to Go Beyond Programming Questions
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Joe Pompeo / Silicon Alley Insider:
eBay Founder Pierre Omidyar's $20-Per-Month Hawaii News Site Is Live
Discussion: paidContent
Joshua Brustein / Bits:
Ning Planning to Remain Free for Teachers
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Evernote Zooms Past 3 Million Users
Discussion: GottaBeMobile, SlashGear and Mashable!
Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
US Treasury Web sites hacked, serving malware
Mel Beckman / InfoWorld:
Beware the black market rising for IP addresses
Discussion: DSLreports and Tech Eye
Richard Wray / Guardian:
Goodbye petabytes, hello zettabytes
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Internet Explorer Falls Below 60% Market Share
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Google Mail is becoming Gmail in the UK
 

 
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