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2:50 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 …
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  —  Google announced a new look and new features for its flagship product — web search — Wednesday, including an update to its iconic logo.  —  The new version loses much of the 3-D effect of the current version, which uses drop shadowing to appear as if the letters float slightly off the page.
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 …
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:   Facebook patches security hole that exposed users' instant messages
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 …
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 …
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 …
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,” …
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
Intel: Phones with 10 day battery life here by end of year
Discussion:, I4U News and
Dean Hachamovitch / MSDN Blogs:
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.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Microsoft touts new IE9 test, seeks Web standards
Discussion: eWeek and CodenameWindows
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 …
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.
Stuart Green / Christian Science Monitor:
iPhone, Gizmodo, and moral clarity about crime  —  Apple is taking flak for taking a hard line on the prototype iPhone that was obtained by Gizmodo.  But it shouldn't apologize for trying to protect its property.  —  Newark, N.J.  —  For the past couple of weeks, the tech world has been buzzing about the …
Discussion: Daring Fireball
CNET News:
Media want Gizmodo court records in iPhone probe
Discussion: MacNN and Tech Eye
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 …
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 …
Evelyn Rusli / TechCrunch:
Groupon Buys, Opens Silicon Valley Office  —  Groupon, the increasingly popular daily deal site, has purchased mobile development firm and opened up an office in Palo Alto.  The Chicago-based company (which recently snagged a round of funding led by DST with a $1.35 billion valuation) …
Kurt / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Six Things You Need to Know About Facebook Connections  —  “Connections.”  It's an innocent-sounding word.  But it's at the heart of some of the worst of Facebook's recent changes.  —  Facebook first announced Connections a few weeks ago, and EFF quickly wrote at length about the problems they created.
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.
Bill Donahue /
Semper Youngstown Youngstown, Ohio, of all places, is attempting to reinvent itself as a technology center.  —  There are no hotels in Youngstown, Ohio, population 82,000, and there is no real airport, either.  Even before you get there, you have a sense of the place as somehow gutted of commerce.
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.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
News Corp.'s Fabled Subscription Plans a Month Away
Discussion: Company Town and paidContent, Thanks:marcusschuler
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EFF fights Facebook bid to outlaw one-stop social apps
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Ellen pokes fun at Apple... and then apologizes
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