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6:07 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.
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
It Would Be Kind of Stunning if Android Phones Weren't Outselling iPhones  —  Retail research kingpin the NPD Group is reporting that Android-based phones are now outselling iPhones.  Or at least they did last quarter in terms of unit sales in the U.S. according to NPD's study …
Discussion: BetaNews
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Why U.S. Android Handset Sales Are Outpacing the iPhone  —  More handsets sold in the U.S. during the first quarter of 2010 were running atop Google's Android than Apple's iPhone operating system, according to the latest findings of The NPD Group.  Android smartphones accounted for 28 percent of sales …
Discussion: AndroidGuys and Switched
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
The Real Story Behind Twitter's Ridiculous Follow Bug  —  For a while today, Twitter would let you force anyone to follow you.  It was a hilariously simple trick, and equally bizarre.  Even better?  This bug was discovered by accident, by a Turkish Twitter user.  Here's what happened.
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Twitter Status:
Follow bug discovered, remedied.  —  We identified and resolved a bug that permitted a user to “force” other users to follow them.  We're now working to rollback all abuse of the bug that took place.  Follower/following numbers are currently at 0; we're aware and this too should shortly be resolved.
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
Sprint Won't Sell the Nexus One  —  First, Verizon changed their mind about the Google Phone after releasing the similar HTC Incredible.  Now Sprint, weeks before the release of the Evo 4G, has done the same.  And with that, the CDMA Nexus One is all but dead.
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.
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Google Seeks to Hire “Head of Social”  —  Google says it's willing to accept its shortcomings on the social web and bring in a “Head of Social” to set it on the right course.  The company has hired an executive recruiter to fill the position, and is currently in the process of casting its net as widely as possible.
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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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
The Wi-Fi Juggernaut Rolls on, Crushing Startups
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 …
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple's ‘iWork’ iPad Apps Will Generate Almost As Much Revenue As Google Docs (AAPL, MSFT, GOOG)  —  Apple's iPad office apps — Pages, Keynote, and Numbers — have consistently been among the most popular iPad apps since the tablet launched last month.  —  The “iWork” apps are already …
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.”
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Confirmed: Apple and AT&T signed five-year iPhone exclusivity deal — but is it still valid?  —  The term of Apple and AT&T's iPhone exclusivity deal has long been a mystery — although USA Today reported a five-year arrangement when the original iPhone came out in 2007 …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
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.
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
Discussion: WebProNews
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.
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Skype ‘to offer adverts’ to keep service free  —  Josh Silverman, the chief executive of Skype, the popular internet telephone service, is “seriously considering” launching third party advertising on the service, The Telegraph can reveal.  —  Silverman, who says the company's mission statement is to be …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft Office 2010 enterprise pricing: You win some, you lose some  —  Microsoft's launch of Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 is on May 12, with the main event happening in New York City.  Starting that day, business users will be able to get their hands on Microsoft's latest version of its Office client and server products.
Discussion: Computerworld
Andy Fixmer / Bloomberg:
CBS's Showtime Said to Test Putting Shows Online  —  CBS Corp.'s Showtime is developing an online video service for subscribers, according to a person with knowledge of the plans, joining rival cable channels that are seeking to reach customers away from TV sets.
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Engadget
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.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Growing On Google, People Asking “How Do I Delete My Facebook Account”  —  When working on a presentation about search today, I did a “how do I” search on Google to see what was suggested as topics.  To my surprise, “How do I delete my Facebook account” was one of the top choices:  —  Is this new?
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
 
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Kate Kaye / ClickZ:
Citysearch Plans Reputation Management Product
Discussion: Screenwerk
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Pre Plus comes to AT&T on May 16, $149.99 with free Touchstone
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Demdex raises $6M to build publishers' audience data
Discussion: AdExchanger.com and TechCrunch
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Aruba buys Azalea Networks for industrial mesh wireless in $40M deal
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
Christopher Boyd / Sunbelt Blog:
Javascript code “likes this” on Facebook
Discussion: The Register and Darknet
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Unified Database Of Places Is Coming Soon. Or Maybe Never.
Timothy / Slashdot:
Vibration Killing Enterprise Disk Performance?
Discussion: Gizmodo
Frank Zhang / CrunchGear:
Fujitsu to unveil improved color e-paper screen
Discussion: Pocket-lint and GottaBeMobile
John R. Quain / New York Times:
Will the Internet Kill Traditional Car Radio?
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