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1:40 PM ET, May 7, 2010

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Apple:
iPad Available in Nine More Countries on May 28  —  Apple® today announced that iPad™ will be available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK on Friday, May 28.  Customers can pre-order all iPad models from Apple's online store in all nine countries beginning on Monday, May 10.
Nokia:
Nokia sues Apple in Wisconsin for infringement of Nokia patents  —  Espoo, Finland - Nokia announced that it has today filed a complaint against Apple with the Federal District Court in the Western District of Wisconsin, alleging that Apple iPhone and iPad 3G products infringe five important Nokia patents.
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Nokia sues Apple again, says the iPad 3G infringes five patents  —  Looks like settlement negotiations in the various Nokia / Apple patent lawsuits aren't going too well — Espoo's just hit Cupertino with a second federal patent lawsuit, this time alleging the iPad 3G and iPhone infringe five patents related …
Discussion: CNET News, ZDNet, Law Blog, Erictric and Pulse2
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Are You Ready, Foursquare?  Here Comes Facebook.  —  Okay, Dennis Crowley: Hope you've figured out the whole take-Yahoo's-money-or-not thing.  Because here comes Facebook.  —  The social network is finally ready to start rolling out its location service this month and has linked up with McDonalds …
Discussion: Fast Company
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Nick Saint / Silicon Alley Insider:   Everybody Is Wrong About Facebook's Foursquare-Killer
Emily Bryson York / AdAge:
McDonald's to Use Facebook's Upcoming Location Feature
David Wang / PC World:
Android Now Running On iPhone 3G  —  After just a couple more weeks of work, we've made tremendous progress and brought Android to the iPhone 3G.  Although this port is slightly more rough than the previous Android on first-generation iPhone port, this marks an important milestone …
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Needs To Fix Its App Store Spam Problem (AAPL)  —  Even with Apple's ham-fisted control over the App Store, it's still filled with spammy applications, notes Marco Arment, the developer behind the popular “Instapaper” app.  —  Case in point: Marco wanted to download a popular game called “Angry Birds” (iTunes Link).
Discussion: Marco.org
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Marco Arment / Marco.org:
That's a problem.  —  I went to buy Angry Birds on Topherchris …
Discussion: Daring Fireball, Thanks:atul
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Now Borders Has A Kindle, Too: Here's The $150 ‘Kobo’ (BGP, AMZN, AAPL)  —  If black-and-white “e-ink” e-readers have any chance to compete with more sophisticated tablets like Apple's iPad, they had better be cheap.  —  And that's the best feature of Borders' new Kindle clone: At $150, “Kobo” is by far the cheapest of the bunch.
Bing / Search Blog:
Shop and Share with Bing  —  A lot of us don't shop alone.  Going to the mall is often a social thing, so why should shopping online be any different?  75% of shoppers seek advice from others even when shopping online and now Bing shoppers can too!  In the last announcement we refreshed …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Tim O'Reilly: Steve Jobs Is Trying To Build A Fundamental Challenge To The Web  —  This morning during his keynote talk at Web 2.0 Expo, Tim O'Reilly took a look at the State of the Internet Operating System — a term he uses to describe the intertwined web services like search, the social graph …
Discussion: Connecting the Dots and ZDNet, Thanks:bobcaswell
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
AT&T Palm Pre Plus and 3G MicroCell available nationwide on May 16 (update: not quite nationwide)  —  You've waited long enough AT&T customers.  So long that the Palm Pre is now the Palm Pre Plus and Palm, well, isn't even Palm anymore.  But you just never mind all that …
Chuck Hollis / Chuck's Blog:
What iPads Did To My Family  —  This one is most definitely off-topic, but you might find it interesting.  —  Last Sunday, I broke down and bought a non-3G iPad.  I just was too damn curious.  Walked into the Apple Store, played with it for 5 minutes, gave them my credit card, and walked out 15 minutes later.
Discussion: THINQ.co.uk and TUAW
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
What Happens When You Deactivate Your Facebook Account  —  Facebook is a big part of millions and millions of peoples' lives, but what happens when you pull the plug?  Last night I met a man who walked to the edge of the cliff and nearly deactivated his Facebook account.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Latitude Has 3 Million Active Users, Check-Ins Likely On The Way  —  “Hey Foursquare and MyTown, suck it.”  —  Okay, Google's Steve Lee didn't actually say that during the location panel at the Web 2.0 Expo today, but he may as well have.  While Foursquare may have just crossed 1 million users …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
The Relationship Between Facebook and Privacy: It's Really Complicated  —  The tension between Facebook and its users — and governments, and advocacy groups — over privacy is one of the biggest thorns in the company's side right now, as it tries to balance the demands of the network …
Discussion: All Facebook, Computerworld, epic.org and CloudAve, Thanks:klippe
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Sharon Gaudin / Computerworld:   Q&A: Facebook users aren't outraged over privacy issues
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
iPhone and Android Fueling Worldwide Smartphone Growth  —  Sales of smartphones grew 56.7 percent in the first quarter of this year, according to new figures from IDC, far outpacing the 21.7 percent growth of the overall mobile market.  Handset makers Apple and Motorola exhibited the largest growth …
Duncan Geere / Pocket-lint:
Jimmy Wales plans Wikipedia porn purge  —  “Images that are of little or no educational value” to be excised  —  Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has waded into a minor row brewing on the site over whether pornographic content should be hosted on Wikimedia Commons - the place where all Wikipedia images are hosted.
Discussion: p2pnet and Slashdot
Jared Friedman / The Scribd Blog:
The Future of Reading is Open  —  Today, Scribd is changing the way you read documents online.  Over the next few weeks and months, Scribd will convert our entire content corpus — tens of millions of documents, books and presentations — into native HTML5 web pages so that we can offer the best online reading experience.
Tim Bray / ongoing:
Private APIs  —  I wrote a post in the Android-Developer blog today cautioning about the use of Content Providers that aren't part of the published Android API.  John Gruber pounced, deducing that, contrary to our stated policy, this constituted evidence of “private APIs”.  Let me explain exactly what's going on here.
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
CBS Will Have Full Slate of Web Video on the iPad  —  CBS might be the most aggressive in its plans to enable viewers to watch web video on the iPad, but so far, that doesn't amount to much.  The broadcaster has a limited number of promotional clips that are viewable on the tablet device, along with one full-length episode of Survivor.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Bla1ze / CrackBerry.com blogs:
The BlackBerry Tablet - What We Know And What We Don't  —  To tablet or not to tablet... that is the question!  —  Alright, since the issue of the BlackBerry tablet seems to not be going away any time soon, we decided we'd summarize and share what information we know and what information …
Discussion: Yahoo! News
 
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Ian Bogost:
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Steve Cheney / steve's blog:
Apple and Controlling the Platform
Discussion: Digital Daily, Thanks:atul
Dale Ford / iSuppli:
Semiconductor Industry Set For Highest Annual Growth in 10 Years
Discussion: eWeek and Digital Daily
BBC:
Decision urged on porn web domain
Discussion: AppScout, GeekSugar, PC World and TG Daily
 Earlier Items: 
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Kindle 2.5 hands on: social networks, passwords, and more
Discussion: Engadget
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Judge forces more delays in unsealing of iPhone raid documents
Discussion: CNET News, AppleInsider and The Snitch
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Samsung No. 1 Among U.S. Mobile Phone Makers, Apple No.6
Tim Bray / ongoing:
HTML5 and the Web  —  I am an unabashed partisan of the Web …
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog
Ginny Hung / Y! Mobile Blog:
Apple iPad User Analysis
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Web Struggling To Keep Up With The Stock Market Crash/Bounce