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6:50 PM ET, May 5, 2010

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Marissa Mayer / The Official Google Blog:
A spring metamorphosis — Google's new look  —  Using Google today, you may have noticed that something feels slightly different — the look and feel of our search results have changed!  Today's metamorphosis responds to the increasing richness of the web and the increasing power of search …
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Google Mobile Blog:
Google's new look for mobile  —  When it comes to mobile search, we strive to not only give you the same comprehensiveness and relevance as when searching with Google on your computer, but also a consistent look, feel, and overall user experience.  So today, as we roll out a new look …
Brad Stone / Bits:
Google Gives Its Search Results a Facelift  —  Google is making some very noticeable changes to its familiar search results pages, rolling out the changes gradually on Tuesday and Wednesday.  —  The search giant is adding a new left-handed navigation panel to most results pages …
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:   Google Refreshes, Flattens Logo
Helen Walters / Business Week:   How Google Got its New Look
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch Europe:
Video: Major Facebook security hole lets you view your friends' live chats  —  You've got to hand it to Facebook.  They certainly know how to do security — not.  —  Today I was tipped off that there is a major security flaw in the social networking site that, with just a few mouse clicks …
Arn / MacRumors:
Next iPhone to Record 1280x720 HD Video?  —  One of the many new features provided to developers in iPhone OS 4 are new APIs that give developers full access to Video capture data.  This could open the door to some interesting apps including Video Capture/Editing and more robust Augmented Reality apps …
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Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
Hot new features uncovered in iPhone OS 4.0 beta 3  —  Here's the thing... We just installed the newly released iPhone OS 4.0 beta 3 and found quite a few changes.  There are a lot of minor things like how the background of the multitasking interface matches the background in the iPad's browser …
Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
FCC to Overhaul Regulation of Internet Lines  —  WASHINGTON-Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski has decided to reregulate Internet lines to protect net neutrality, siding with consumer groups and Internet companies worried that Internet providers have too much power.
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:   FCC to re-regulate internet in order to enforce net neutrality
Max / Zendomax:
Android Multi-Touch Tablet Prototype Hands-on Review!  [Web 2.0 Expo]  —  Today, I was at the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco as soon as it was open (as I blogged about it several hours before).  Upon walking around the exhibit floor, I quickly found Adobe.  —  Oddly, they were displaying …
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Electronista:
Adobe shows off Android tablets running Flash and Air  —  While Adobe does not have any Apple products on the show floor at the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco, the company is showing off prototypes of upcoming Android-based tablets.  The Google Android Tablet, even in a pre-release form …
Dean Hachamovitch / IEBlog:
HTML5 and Same Markup: Second IE9 Platform Preview Available for Developers  —  When we started planning IE9, we recognized the need for a better feedback loop with developers.  The developer community was clear that they wanted pre-release builds of the browser platform in a consistent rhythm, with a good feedback mechanism.
CNET News:
Court fight brews over media request to unseal iPhone records  —  An attorney for the 21-year old Silicon Valley resident who found what appears to be Apple's prototype iPhone in a bar is expected to oppose a request by CNET and other media organizations to unseal court records relating to the investigation.
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Stuart Green / Christian Science Monitor:   iPhone, Gizmodo, and moral clarity about crime
Los Angeles Times:   IPhone raid puts high-tech enforcement squad in spotlight
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Exclusive: Gmail Ditched By Major University  —  IT executives at the school say Google's commitment to privacy and security doesn't meet their standards.  —  In a blow to Google's efforts to establish itself as a major player in enterprise software, a leading public university has ended …
Discussion: CloudAve and Geek.com
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch: We're Going To Make The Best Tools In The World For HTML5  —  One of of today's keynote speakers at the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco is Adobe exec Kevin Lynch, who serves as the company's CTO and SVP, Experience & Technology Organization.
Robert Reich:
Apple Isn't the Problem.  Wall Street's Big Banks are the Problem.  —  Why is the Federal Trade Commission threatening Apple with a possible lawsuit for abusing its economic power, but not even raising an eyebrow about the huge and growing economic (and political) muscle of JP Morgan Chase …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
AT&T dropping more calls than ever  —  Three times as many as Verizon, according to a consumer survey released Tuesday  —  Click to enlarge.  Source: ChangeWave Research  —  AT&T (T) announced in January that it was spending $2 billion this year to improve its much maligned cellular network.
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
HP Slate killed?  Not so fast  —  Despite glaring headlines last week that the Hewlett-Packard Windows 7-based Slate was canceled, it may not be that cut and dried, according to analysts.  —  In this HP Slate promotional video made back in January, HP VP Phil McKinney says the Slate running Windows 7 is a “real product.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Scribd CTO: “We Are Scrapping Flash And Betting The Company On HTML5″ (Exclusive Screenshots)  —  Adobe's much-beleaguered Flash is about to take another hit and online documents are finally going to join the Web on a more equal footing.  Today, most documents (PDFs, Word docs …
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Chad Berndtson / ChannelWeb:
Skype Promises Super-Cheap Subscriptions, Group Video Chat  —  Skype Wednesday confirmed new monthly call subscription plans that, according to Skype, bring down the costs of Skype-enabled Internet calls even further.  In addition, according to one report, Skype has a long-sought group video chat function …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
There Goes The Neighborhood: Facebook To Open Seattle Office  —  There I was thinking I was such a trendsetter by moving to Seattle.  But apparently other people had the same idea, because Facebook is opening an office up here, too.  A handful of engineers, led by Ari Steinberg …
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel launches chip for smartphones, tablets  —  Intel on Tuesday announced its long-awaited Atom chip for smartphones and tablets, a crowded market populated by a host of formidable rivals—unlike the PC market where it dominates.  —  Previously known by the code name “Moorestown,” …
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Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
Intel: Phones with 10 day battery life here by end of year
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Microsoft Kin One and Two review  —  Make no mistake: the Kin One and Two are coming into the world as the black sheep of the phone industry, and Microsoft would have it no other way.  Straddling the fence somewhere between a dedicated smartphone and high-spec featurephone …
Evelyn Rusli / TechCrunch:
Groupon Buys Mob.ly, Opens Silicon Valley Office  —  Groupon, the increasingly popular daily deal site, has purchased mobile development firm Mob.ly for an undisclosed amount and opened up an office in Palo Alto.  The Chicago-based company (which recently snagged a round of funding led by DST …
 
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SanDisk official Xbox 360 USB stick on sale today
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China Approves WAPI iPhone
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AT&T Settles Lawsuit Over Slow DSL Speeds …
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Nudge, nudge! Facebook wants to be your homepage
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RIM Chokes on its iPad Killer
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