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Noah Robischon / Fast Company:
Square Brings Credit Card Swiping to the Mobile Masses, Starting Today  —  Now that Square is publicly available for iPhone and Android OS, with millions of card readers being shipped free-of-charge, Jack Dorsey tells Fast Company how his business model will disrupt the way you pay.
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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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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?
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” …
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
Paul Thurrott / SuperSite for Windows:
Windows Phone 7: Near-Final Screenshots  —  This week, a ROM image of a near-final (RC1 escrow) version of Windows Phone 7 leaked online, providing us with a near-final look at Microsoft's next smart phone operating system.  (It's an unlocked version of the April CTP, for those who are curious.)
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 …
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.
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 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Web 3.0, The Movie [Video]  —  So much stuff.  That's the general theme of a new short film, Web 3.0, by Kate Ray, a Journalism/Psychology major at NYU.  —  The 15-minute film (embedded below) is a pretty good general overview of the semantic web.  That is, turning all of the data on the web …
Discussion: Mashable!, Thanks:crashbit
Taylor Wimberly / Android and Me:
Android 2.2 desktop spied on Nexus One  —  Adobe evangelist Ryan Stewart has taunted us before and he is back again with a new YouTube video.  In his latest upload, Ryan is showing off the latest version of Flash 10.1 on his Nexus One.  Adobe gave all their employees Android phones …
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.
Discussion: ZDNet
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.
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: Bits, VentureBeat and Search Engine Land, Thanks:atul
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Swipely Nabs $7.5 Million in Series A Funding for Social Spending (and to Attack Blippy!)  —  Oh, joy, more venture bucks for more socializing of credit card information.  —  Today, it is Swipely's turn to grab the spotlight in the ever-crowded space to, as its press release so aptly says, “turn purchases into conversations.”
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
4Mbps broadband for all to cost $23 billion, won't use fiber  —  The FCC has set a 4Mbps download target for universal US broadband—but how to get those (modest) speeds to underserved areas?  According to a new report (PDF) from the Commission, we can forget about fiber—it costs too much.
Discussion: Digital Society
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Office 2010: Microsoft to charge PC makers less for preloading more  —  Microsoft is planning to charge PC makers $2 per copy for Office Starter 2010 if they also agree to preload the Bing Bar and Windows Live Essentials, according to information shared with me by a Microsoft reseller.
Discussion: Download Squad
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Microsoft confirms Natal launch in October (video)  —  We've heard it before, now Microsoft's Syed Bilal Tariq is repeating the October launch date for Natal.  Speaking to GamerTagRadio, Microsoft's marketing manager for Saudi Arabia says that the Natal launch, … So there you have it.
 
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Vantrix raises $14M to cut costs of delivering mobile video
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Jaikumar Vijayan / Computerworld:
Heartland breach expenses pegged at $140M — so far
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
New Flash DRM Comes With Output Control
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Begins Testing ‘Offers’ Payment Option Beyond Games
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Fragmenting Linux is not the way to beat Apple
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Researcher reveals Safari zero-day bug
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John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
The iAd: Steve Jobs Regifts The Mobile Marketing Experience
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