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9:40 AM ET, May 10, 2010

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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Spotted: Facebook's Check-In Functionality And New “Places” Tab  —  Code doesn't lie.  —  Over the past several weeks, there's been a lot of speculation about Facebook's location functionality.  At least part of that speculation can end now.  We now know what Facebook is planning to launch …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook Confirms Its Location Product  —  As I said earlier tonight, code doesn't lie.  Facebook has now confirmed their location-based feature, which is apparently due to launch shortly if the code found on their touch.facebook.com site is any indication.  Of course, they only confirmed it so they could clarify something else.
Discussion: All Points Blog and Go Rumors
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:   The Unified Database Of Places Is Coming Soon. Or Maybe Never.
Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
Alliance of Wi-Fi and WiGig Standards in 60 GHz  —  Good news for those of us that like harmony in standards-land: The Wi-Fi Alliance and WiGig Alliances have agreed to cooperate on technology for networking in the 60 GHz band.  This is terrific, and not unexpected.
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Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
A faster Wi-Fi format aims to eliminate most wires  —  Ready to cut the cord?  The next generation of Wi-Fi technology could make most wires obsolete.  —  The Wi-Fi Alliance, an organization that certifies wireless industry standards, announced the specification for a new format …
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Facebook Loses Face: Board Member's Account is Breached  —  Yesterday morning, some of the 2,301 Facebook friends of venture capitalist and Facebook board member Jim Breyer received a message from him, through Facebook.  “Would You Like a Facebook Phone Number?” it asked, presenting a link to “see more details and RSVP.”
Discussion: Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim, Thanks:atul
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
New MacBook Air or 27-inch Cinema Display coming this week?  —  Macworld.com.au today predicts a new product release this week based on a “well-placed source familiar with Apple inventory levels and product refreshes.”  This is the same person who was aware of the last round of MacBook Pros.
Taimur Asad / Redmond Pie:
Use iPad with Magic Mouse [Video]  —  If you have been using your iPad on a desk with the official iPad Keyboard Dock accessory, you might have felt the need of having a mouse to control iPad's screen.  This is because it is more convenient to use a pointing device for interacting with a device …
Martyn Williams / Computerworld:
Apple to SIM-lock Japanese iPads  —  IDG News Service - Apple appears to have reversed course in Japan on a key feature of its iPad 3G: It won't offer a version capable of being used with different cellular carriers there.  —  All Japanese models will be SIM-locked to Softbank Mobile …
Frank Zhang / CrunchGear:
Fujitsu to unveil improved color e-paper screen  —  Fujitsu Laboratories announced today that they will be unveiling a new version of their color electronic paper display at the company's Fujitsu Forum exhibition in Tokyo next week.  The new screen is a supposed to be a third brighter …
Clay Dillow / Popular Science:
A Single Molecule Computes Thousands of Times Faster than Your PC  —  A demo of a quantum calculation carried out by Japanese researchers has yielded some pretty mind-blowing results: a single molecule can perform a complex calculation thousands of times faster than a conventional computer.
Japan Today:
Google backed by almost all U.S. publishers on digital bookstore  —  NEW YORK —  U.S. online search giant Google Inc has clinched the support of almost all publishers in the United States for its digital bookstore expected to be launched as early as the end of June, company officials said Sunday.
Discussion: TNW Google
Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
International iPad pre-orders now underway  —  Live in Canada, the UK, Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain or Switzerland and want an iPad?  Then break out your credit card and hit up your country's respective online Apple Store, as online pre-orders for the smash-hit tablet that nobody needs …
MacDailyNews:
Obama: With iPods and iPads, information becomes a distraction; imposes new pressures on democracy  —  Barack Obama lamented Sunday that “with iPads and iPods,” information has become a distraction that is putting new pressures on the U.S.A. and “democracy.”
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