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12:05 PM ET, May 10, 2010

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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Is Android Really Outselling Apple?  —  Here's a curveball of a data point: Android is now outselling the iPhone.  —  Really?  Really, says NPD.  —  The consumer research shop says U.S. sales of smartphones using Google's mobile operating system climbed past Apple in the first three months of this year.
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NPD Group:
Android Shakes Up U.S. Smartphone Market  —  First quarter 2010 information from The NPD Group's Mobile Phone Track reveals a shift in the smartphone market, as Android OS edged out Apple's OS for the number-two position behind RIM.
Arn / MacRumors:
Steve Jobs Says Printing “Will Come” for iPad  —  Since Steve Jobs has taken it upon himself to answer customer queries, he becomes a frequently cited source for what Apple is working on.  According to one reader, Steve Jobs replied to an email asking why there are no printing capabilities on the iPad.
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.
Ian Schafer / AdAge:   How Facebook's Geo-Networking Plans Will Change Everything
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.”
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 …
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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.
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.
Julia Ioffe / New Yorker:
ROULETTE RUSSIAN  —  The teen-ager behind Chatroulette.  —  The random encounters of Chatroulette buck a decade-long trend that has made the Internet feel progressively more ordered. … KEYWORDS … Andrey Ternovskiy, an eighteen-year-old high-school dropout from Moscow …
Discussion: MediaMemo, Thanks:atul
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 …
Kat Hannaford / Gizmodo:
Sony Vaio P Is A Worthy Upgrade With Accelerometer, Touchpads and GPS  —  Well, well, well.  If it isn't another attempt by Sony at that ill-conceived “not a netbook, it's an ultraportable!” market.  After rumors, they've done good: inbuilt GPS, inbuilt 3G and an accelerometer.
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 …
Christopher Boyd / Sunbelt Blog:
Javascript code “likes this” on Facebook  —  We're seeing a lot of reports in relation to dubious Facebook pages using Javascript to try and spam anybody who happens to be on your friends list.  Here's a typical example:  —  Should the end-user hit the “Click here” button …
Discussion: The Register and Darknet
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
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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Joseph Plambeck / New York Times:
In Mobile Age, Sound Quality Steps Back
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Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Borders' Kobo eReader available for pre-order, ships June 17th
Discussion: eWeek and TeleRead
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Unified Database Of Places Is Coming Soon. Or Maybe Never.
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Vibration Killing Enterprise Disk Performance?
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Will Cartridges Come Back? Is Disc Media Dead?
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Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
NSFW: Facebook Breached My Privacy, And Other Things That Whiny …
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The Incumbent's Curse: HP
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New Programming Jargon  —  Every field comes up with its own jargon …
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Sorry, But the iPad is Not ‘Killing’ Netbook Sales
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