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10:40 AM ET, May 12, 2010

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BBC:
Microsoft Office 2010 takes aim at Google Docs  —  Microsoft is preparing to launch its latest weapon in its ongoing battle with Google.  —  The software giant will launch its flagship product Office 2010 to businesses on 12 May.  —  The latest version of the software has a free online component - called Office Web Apps.
Discussion: Telegraph, ZDNet and T3.com News
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Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft Predicts Fastest-Ever Adoption of New Office Software  —  Microsoft Corp. expects customers to adopt the new version of Office at the fastest pace in the software's 20-year history, helping reverse a sales slump and fend off competition from Google Inc.'s Web-based programs.
Discussion: CNET News and Fudzilla
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Forrester: Google still a distant Office competitor  —  For all the noise about — and from — Google giving Microsoft a run for its money in the office/productivity market, the reality is rather different, according to Forrester Research.  —  New Forrester data, released on May 11 …
Jeff Bertolucci / PC World:
Google: Skip Office 2010, Use Docs Instead  —  As Microsoft prepares to launch Office 2010, the latest version of its venerable productivity suite, Google is persuading longtime Office users to ditch Redmond's apps and upgrade to Google Docs instead.  —  A pitch posted Tuesday …
Discussion: The Register and ZDNet
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Next generation iPhone unscrewed from Vietnam (update: video!)  —  The kids at Taoviet have really outdone themselves.  From the looks of these images, the Vietnamese site has nabbed an honest to goodness 4th generation iPhone — a 16GB model to be exact.  It's clearly pre-production judging …
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Fourth generation iPhone teardown reveals A4 microprocessor  —  See the marking on that chip with the Apple logo.  No, not the “N90” codename indicating that it's from Apple's next generation GSM iPhone, the other text.  If we're not mistaken then we're seeing “339S0084” on that chip from today's fourth-generation iPhone teardown.
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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Matthew Miller / ZDNet:
Will HTC make the rumored Verizon Android tablet?
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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?
Discussion: SlashGear
Gmail Blog:
Drag images into messages  —  Recently, we launched a feature that allows you to drag an attachment from your computer right onto Gmail.  —  I've always been a fan of the inserting image lab, so I naturally wondered if it would be possible to combine the two.
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
Discussion: Computerworld and ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:atul
Artem Russakovskii / Android Police:
EXCLUSIVE: AndroidPolice.com's Nexus One Is Running Android 2.2 Froyo.  How Fast Is It Compared To 2.1?  Oh, Only About 450% Faster  —  Folks, we have a Nexus One.  We also have Froyo.  In fact, we have the two mixed together in the most delicious frozen-yogurty Android 2.2 kind of way you can imagine.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Digg's Biggest Problem Is Its Users And Their Constant Opinions On Things  —  There's a saying I love: “a camel is a horse designed by committee.”  A variation is “a volvo is a porsche designed by committee.”  Some of the best product advice I've ever heard goes something like “damn what the users want, charge towards your dream.”
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
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 …
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
Discussion: TechCrunch and CloudAve, Thanks:atul
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
Valve / Steam:
Steam For Mac Launch Details Revealed  —  May 11, 2010 - Valve announced that Steam will launch on the Mac platform this Wednesday, May 12.  —  On subsequent Wednesdays, additional collections of Mac titles will become available, each designed to highlight specific functionalities of Steam on the Mac.
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.
Discussion: Download Squad and Softpedia News
Cade Metz / The Register:
Yahoo! to open source floating Google-Amazon crossbreed  —  Our cloud is your cloud  —  Early next year, Yahoo! intends to open source its internal “cloud serving” platform, described as something halfway between Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud and Google's App Engine.
Discussion: Network World
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).
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
 
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
With smarter chips, TVs and other gadgets have become computers
Discussion: CNET News and Tech Eye
Lee Fang / Think Progress:
Telecoms' Secret Plan To Attack Net Neutrality: Target Video Gamers …
Discussion: Boing Boing, Thanks:victorzapanta
Jeff Whatcott / Brightcove Blog:
Solving the Online Video Monetization Puzzle
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Amazon Spying On Your Ebook Highlighting
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Makes Ad Inroads
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
Service for Private Google Searches Shuts Down
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Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Protect Yourself Against Facebook's New Hacker Path
Discussion: WebProNews
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
HP App Lets You Pin Any Webpage to a Location
Discussion: Google Maps Mania, Thanks:hpnews
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
Discussion: PC World, LiewCF.com, Ars Technica and ZDNet
Ryan Stewart:
Examples of Flash Content Running on Android