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2:25 PM ET, May 11, 2010

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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 …
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Android market share over iPhone not as impressive as it looks  —  When news broke on Monday that Android had taken over the second spot from Apple's iPhone OS, I thought the Internet was going to blow itself to pieces.  But there is more to the numbers than a simple boost in Android sales and Apple agrees.
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Chauncey Dupree / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple responds to Android sales numbers
Discussion: ZDNet and Fortune
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
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Rumor: Landor Associates working on upcoming iPhone campaign for Verizon  —  The rumor mill is churning about a company called Landor Associates “working on an advertising campaign” for Verizon for the upcoming iPhone (you know, the one that the police knocked down Jason Chen's door down to get generally more information about?).
Matthew Glotzbach / Google Enterprise Blog:
Upgrade here  —  This week Microsoft will take its Office 2010 suite out of beta.  If you're considering upgrading Office with Office, we'd encourage you to consider an alternative: upgrading Office with Google Docs.  If you choose this path, upgrade means what it's supposed to mean …
Discussion: ZDNet, TechFlash and Fortune
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Nick Saint / Silicon Alley Insider:   Google To Businesses: Don't Upgrade To Office 2010 Tomorrow!  (GOOG, MSFT)
Justin Jed / Bing:
Updated Bing App For Windows Phone  —  We're happy to announce two new features to the Bing app for Windows phones.  The first is a redesign to the home page.  We changed the navigation to give people faster access to common searches, such as Movies and Traffic.
Discussion: mocoNews, BetaNews, LiveSide.net and ZDNet
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Bing Adds Voice-Guided Turn-by-Turn Navigation To Windows Mobile App
Discussion: MobileCrunch
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.
Arn / MacRumors:
iPad Wi-Fi Issues to be Addressed in Software Update  —  Apple recently updated a support document detailing current solutions to Wi-Fi connectivity issues surrounding the iPad.  There have been several distinct Wi-Fi issues reported on various discussion forums.
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.)
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.
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” …
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.
Connie Guglielmo / Bloomberg:
Apple's Jobs ‘Fully Operational’ One Year After Transplant  —  Apple Inc.'s Steve Jobs, a year after getting a liver transplant that saved his life, is back at work full tilt, overseeing product development, leading a campaign against Adobe Systems Inc.'s Flash and endorsing a California law that promotes organ donations.
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.
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 …
Stuart J. Johnston / Datamation:
SharePoint Could Drive Enterprises' Office 2010 Plans  —  Microsoft will launch Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 on Wednesday in what the company says is a major part of the biggest wave of enterprise products that it has released so far.  —  However, key to volume purchasers making …
Discussion: CNET News, internetnews.com and ZDNet
foursquare:
We've just made the “Places” screen smarter!  —  We've made some changes in the way we list venues in the “Places” screen of our mobile apps and API.  The problem with smart phones is that they're good - but not great - at knowing exactly where you are.  Also, there might be a lot …
Discussion: TechCrunch, The Next Web and Mashable!
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 …
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 the start-up's press release so aptly says …
 
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Michelle Chen / Google Mobile Blog:
Google Maps for Android Gets Biking Directions, Navigation Shortcut …
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
NYU Launching a Seed Fund For Univ Startups; Hires MD to Run It
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Guardian
Andrew Kippen / Boxee Blog:
One Step Closer to Boxee Payments with Vindicia
Matthew Miller / ZDNet:
Nokia announces reorganization of devices and services business
Discussion: CNET News, IntoMobile and Digital Daily
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / ZDNet:
New attack bypasses EVERY Windows security product
Anna Leach / Shiny Shiny:
Apple's no-nipples policy means fashion mags are censoring their iPad editions
 Earlier Items: 
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Office 2010: Microsoft to charge PC makers less for preloading more
Discussion: Download Squad and Neowin.net
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Web 3.0, The Movie [Video]
Discussion: Mashable!, Thanks:crashbit
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Bezos And Mohr Davidow Back Stealthy Paperless Billing Startup Doxo
Discussion: ZDNet
Greg Sterling / Screenwerk:
The DealMap: ‘CityGrid for Local Deals’
Discussion: Bits, Search Engine Land and VentureBeat, Thanks:atul
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Lenovo launches series of newfangled desktops, laptops and netbooks
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
It's hip to be square (and Android 2.1-powered): Meet the Motorola Flipout
 

 
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