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4:20 AM ET, May 12, 2010

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Niraj Sheth / Wall Street Journal:
Verizon, Google Developing iPad Rival  —  Verizon Wireless is working with Google Inc. on a tablet computer, the carrier's chief executive, Lowell McAdam, said Tuesday, as the company endeavors to catch up with iPad host AT&T Inc. in devices that connect to wireless networks.
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Bloomberg:
Verizon in Talks With Google About an iPad Rival  —  Verizon Wireless, the largest U.S. mobile carrier, is in talks with Google Inc. to develop a tablet computer that would rival Apple Inc.'s iPad.  —  The computer will run on Google's Android operating system, Marquett Smith …
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Early adopters, rejoice: AT&T begins rolling back upgrade eligibility dates for the next iPhone  —  Okay, I've got big news.  Really - you're going to want to sit down for this one.  Ready?  Apple.. is going to release a new iPhone this year.  Probably next month.  —  Why is your jaw not dropping?
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Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
How Much are iPhone 3GS Owners Going to Pay For the Next iPhone?  —  When the iPhone 3GS went on sale last June, AT&T told folks who'd bought subsidized iPhone 3Gs a year previously that they didn't qualify to buy a 3GS at the full subsidy.  Seemed reasonable enough to me.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Mozilla CEO John Lilly to Step Down and Head to Greylock (Plus Departure Email!)  —  John Lilly, the well-regarded CEO of Mozilla, is preparing to give up his post at the open-source software nonprofit foundation, which is also a for-profit start-up.
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Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Mozilla CEO John Lilly speaks about his future and the future of Firefox
Discussion: Associated Press
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Jason Calacanis To Speak At TechCrunch Disrupt, And He Wants To Buy You A Ticket  —  We have parted ways with our long time TechCrunch50 business partner, Mahalo CEO Jason Calacanis.  Sometimes, having more than one bull in the china shop can get a little messy.
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Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal:
TechCrunch50 off as founders part ways
Discussion: VentureBeat
New York Times:
Facebook Executive Answers Reader Questions  —  Last week we asked readers to submit questions about Facebook and its approach to privacy, which Elliot Schrage, vice president for public policy at the company, had agreed to answer.  —  We sifted through roughly 300 questions left by readers …
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Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Analysis: Some Facebook Privacy Issues Are Real, Some Are Not
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 …
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Jeff Bertolucci / PC World:
Google: Skip Office 2010, Use Docs Instead
Discussion: Gmail Blog and eWeek
Michelle Chen / Google Mobile Blog:
Google Maps for Android Gets Biking Directions, Navigation Shortcut, Sharing, and More  —  Starting today, Google Maps for mobile has a few new ways to help you and your friends quickly get to where you're going whether you're on 4 wheels or 2 (or maybe even 3).
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
The Big Game, Zuckerberg and Overplaying your Hand  —  Important TechCrunch50 Message: At the bottom  —  Rights: Please do not post on the web (it's dead)  —  Last Wednesday, 10AM, Las Vegas.  —  The South Point Hotel and Casino, a couple of miles off the strip.  The
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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.
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.
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Makes Ad Inroads  —  Facebook Inc. is catching up to rivals Yahoo Inc. and Microsoft Corp. in selling display ads.  —  In the first quarter, Facebook pulled ahead of Yahoo for the first time and delivered more banner ads to its U.S. users than any other Web publisher, according to market-research firm comScore Inc.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Amazon Spying On Your Ebook Highlighting  —  There have already been plenty of questions over who “owns” the ebooks you've bought, with stories of remotely deactivated books and remotely deactivated features — neither of which happens when you have a real physical book.
Johnathan Nightingale / Mozilla Security Blog:
Plugin Check for Everyone  —  It's been a few months since I wrote about the work our plugin check team has been doing, but there are a couple of pretty excellent pieces of news I'd like to share, most notably: the Mozilla plugin check now works for users of other browsers as well.  —  Plugin Check: A Refresher
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Is Google Getting Back Into The Gaming Business?  —  Google has tended to stay away from the gaming world for the most part.  The search giant did have Lively, a browser-based virtual world that could be embedded into other websites, but that was deadpooled in 2008.
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
Service for Private Google Searches Shuts Down  —  A service that allowed users to search Google without having their queries tracked has shut down after Google changed the site that the service was using to get results, the service said Tuesday.  —  But Google said the site was never intended …
Discussion: The Register and CenterNetworks
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Hearing on Gizmodo iPhone warrant scheduled  —  Chief deputy district attorney Stephen Wagstaffe, shown in his office in Redwood City, Calif., says the reasons given to search a Gizmodo editor's home should remain under seal.  —  A judge in Silicon Valley will hear arguments later this week …
Discussion: PC World, MacNN and Macsimum News
Jim Dwyer / New York Times:
Creating a Network Like Facebook, Only Private  —  How angry is the world at Facebook for devouring every morsel of personal information we are willing to feed it?  —  A few months back, four geeky college students, living on pizza in a computer lab downtown on Mercer Street …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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.
Lee Fang / Think Progress:
Telecoms' Secret Plan To Attack Net Neutrality: Target Video Gamers And Stoke Fear Of Chinese Censorship  —  Net neutrality, a guiding principle for preserving a free and fair Internet, means that Internet service providers are not allowed to discriminate based on content for its customers.
Discussion: Boing Boing, Thanks:victorzapanta
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
HP App Lets You Pin Any Webpage to a Location  —  I'm standing outside a beautiful old building, rich with hidden history.  I pull out my phone, expose my location and am shown the online content voted most relevant for that particular spot.  Maybe it's a Wikipedia entry, maybe it's public records …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Blippy Swipes Back At Swipely With API Announcement  —  Today, a new service named Swipely launched with $8.5 million in funding to make everyday purchases more social.  This, of course, is a direct competitor to Blippy, the controversial service which lets you share purchases (and purchase prices).
Brad Stone / New York Times:
F.T.C.'s Review of Google-AdMob Deal Gets More Time  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Google may have gotten some help from rival Apple in its attempt to acquire the mobile advertising start-up AdMob.  —  The Federal Trade Commission got a two-week extension from Google and AdMob for its review …
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 …
Discussion: New York Magazine
Ryan Stewart:
Examples of Flash Content Running on Android  —  On Friday I gave the Keynote at Flash Camp Seattle and as part of that keynote I tried to show off Flash Player 10.1 running on Nexus One.  Unfortunately the demo didn't go well and it got some attention around the web.
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Delivery Agent Acquires Media Firm The Band To Enable Cross Platform E-Commerce
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Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Protect Yourself Against Facebook's New Hacker Path
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Marc Flores / LAPTOP Mag:
Verizon Tests LTE in Boston, Wows Coffee Shop Customers
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Mozilla's Firefox 4 vision looks a lot like Google Chrome
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Facebook Fights for Facebook.me Domain Name
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Twitter In-Stream Ad Network Ad.ly Raises $5 Million, Recruits News Corp Exec As CEO
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Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / ZDNet:
New attack bypasses EVERY Windows security product
Stuart J. Johnston / Datamation:
SharePoint Could Drive Enterprises' Office 2010 Plans
Discussion: CNET News
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Patent office upholds i4i claims against Microsoft
Anna Leach / Shiny Shiny:
Apple's no-nipples policy means fashion mags are censoring their iPad editions
Discussion: NBC Bay Area and Gizmodo
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