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Mike Beltzner / beltzner:
Firefox 4: fast, powerful, and empowering  —  Today, I presented an early product plan for Firefox 4 to the Mozilla community (live, over the web!) to share our vision for the next version of Firefox, and what projects are underway to realize it.  Then I invited everyone to get involved …
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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Mozilla's Plans for Firefox 4: Faster, Sleeker Interface & Better Privacy Controls  —  Mozilla plans to release Firefox 4 by the end of this year.  Mike Beltzner, Mozilla's Director of Firefox, detailed the organizations' plans for the next generation of the popular browser in a presentation on Air Mozilla earlier today.
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 …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Long, Complicated Tale Of AT&T's Exclusive (And Elusive) iPhone Agreement
Discussion: ZDNet and mocoNews
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Twitter to Launch Twitter Business Center [SCREENSHOTS]  —  We have confirmed with Twitter that beta testing of its new business features, dubbed the “Twitter Business Center,” has begun.  —  According to the company, “only a handful of accounts have these features presently,” but it will expand on a gradual business to more accounts.
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.
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Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:   No Google Nexus One for Sprint. So What?
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
The Real Story Behind Twitter's Ridiculous Follow Bug  —  For a while today, a Twitter bug let anyone force anyone to follow their accounts.  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.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Square's iPhone App Hits The App Store  —  A month after the iPad app launched, Square's iPhone app is now generally available to users in the App Store.  You can download the free app here.  —  Founded by Jack Dorsey, Square was unveiled last December as an innovative way to let people quickly …
Discussion: App Advice, Fast Company and 9 to 5 Mac
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
How to Save the News  —  Plummeting newspaper circulation, disappearing classified ads, “unbundling” of content—the list of what's killing journalism is long.  But high on that list, many would say, is Google, the biggest unbundler of them all.  Now, having helped break the news business …
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Google's Secret Plan to Save Newspapers: Sell More Expensive Ads  —  Google isn't killing newspapers, says The Atlantic's James Fallows.  In fact, it's trying to save them.  —  I'm with Fallows on the first point.  Not convinced at all about the second one, but Fallows is …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
April Search Numbers Out!  Yahoo Gains Share Because Of New Slideshow Tool (YHOO, GOOG, MSFT)  —  April's comScore search numbers were released tonight.  —  At first glance, Yahoo appears to be the big winner at Google's expense.  But that's mostly because of a new “slideshow” …
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
It's hip to be square (and Android 2.1-powered): Meet the Motorola Flipout  —  Square phones, man.  Call me old fashioned, but I just don't get it.  Nokia did it with the Twist, LG did it with the LG Lotus and Lotus Elite, and now Motorola appears to be giving it a go — but unlike the rest of the lot …
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.
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Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
It Would Be Kind of Stunning if Android Phones Weren't Outselling iPhones
Discussion: AndroidGuys, ZDNet, Switched, GigaOM and BetaNews
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Is Android Really Outselling Apple?
Matt Legend Gemmell:
iPad Multi-Touch  —  A friend of mine recently asked how many simultaneous touch events the iPad supported; I wasn't sure, so I promised to write some code to conduct an experiment and find the answer.  I got around to doing so, and the answer is: eleven.  —  I'm sure you can imagine …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Yelp Security Hole Puts Facebook User Data At Risk, Underscores Problems With ‘Instant Personalization’  —  As if Facebook's Instant Personalization needed another knock against it, tonight comes news of a security issue that makes the feature even more unnerving.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Lenovo launches series of newfangled desktops, laptops and netbooks  —  Computer maker Lenovo is launching today a number of new desktop and laptop computers based on the newest Intel and Advanced Micro Devices microprocessors.  The designs have a lot of variety to them and would be unrecognizable from just a few years ago.
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.
Sam Diaz / ZDNet:
Was Apple right?  Adobe Flash crashes twice during mobile demo  —  Nothing sucks more than being on stage in front of a bunch of techies and having your demo crash on you twice.  Actually, the only way that sucks more is if you're Adobe and it's Flash that's crashing on a mobile device …
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Heroku Raises $10M for Its Ruby Platform  —  Heroku, a platform provider built on top of Amazon's EC2 compute infrastructure, has raised $10 million in its second round of funding, bringing its total investment to $15 million.  In the last six months, the Heroku platform …
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Fragmenting Linux is not the way to beat Apple  —  commentary  —  In an attempt to copycat Apple's hardware-plus-software vertical approach to the mobile market, the Linux industry is fragmenting fast and risks undermining its best chance for beating the iPhone.
Greg Sterling / Screenwerk:
The DealMap: ‘CityGrid for Local Deals’  —  The friendly folks behind unassuming local-semantic search site Center'd have just launched what is probably the definitive local deal site on the Internet, The Dealmap.  I wrote about it in a preliminary way in March after a brief discussion with Center'd CEO Jennifer Dulski.
Discussion: Search Engine Land, VentureBeat and Bits, Thanks:atul
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Bezos And Mohr Davidow Back Stealthy Paperless Billing Startup Doxo  —  Paperless billing is the digital future that never quite fully arrives.  Even among people who otherwise embrace the digital lifestyle, and pay their bills electronically, many find it difficult to give up on the paper statement.
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
The iAd: Steve Jobs Regifts The Mobile Marketing Experience  —  We're used to buzz around Apple, and in particular, we're quite used to buzz about how Apple goes to market.  CEO Steve Jobs is widely considered the greatest marketer alive, and nearly every marketer I've worked …
Discussion: FM Blog and MacDailyNews, Thanks:atul
Jakob Nielsen / Alertbox:
iPad Usability: First Findings From User Testing  —  Summary: iPad apps are inconsistent and have low feature discoverability, with frequent user errors due to accidental gestures.  An overly strong print metaphor and weird interaction styles cause further usability problems.
 
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Jaikumar Vijayan / Computerworld:
Heartland breach expenses pegged at $140M — so far
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Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
New Flash DRM Comes With Output Control
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Begins Testing ‘Offers’ Payment Option Beyond Games
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Researcher reveals Safari zero-day bug
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“Smart” Tabletop Game Company Sifteo Raises $9 Million
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New hard drive write method packs in one terabit per inch
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