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10:10 PM ET, May 20, 2010

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Salahuddin Choudhary / The Official Google Blog:
Announcing Google TV: TV meets web.  Web meets TV.  —  If there's one entertainment device that people know and love, it's the television.  In fact, 4 billion people across the world watch TV and the average American spends five hours per day in front of one*.
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Google TV turns on at I/O: runs Android and Flash, partnered with Sony, Logitech, and Intel  —  As expected, Google just announced Google TV at I/O. There's four billion TV viewers worldwide, making it the biggest market in the world, and Google's after it in a big way — it's a $70 billion ad market in the US alone, after all.
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Google Moves to TVs With Help From Intel and Sony  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Google wants to bring the Internet to a part of the home that for the most part it has not yet reached: the television set.  —  At Google's annual I/O conference here on Thursday, the search giant announced that it is leading …
Discussion: PC World and Crave
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
FAQ: What We Know So Far About Google TV
Peter Yared / VentureBeat:
Google TV is Sony's last stand against the Apple juggernaut
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Boxee sees Google TV as complementary in bringing Web to your TV
Discussion: NewTeeVee, Thanks:devindra
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Will You Be Able to Watch Hulu With Google TV?
Discussion: TNW Social Media
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Android 2.2 ‘Froyo’ beta hands-on: Flash 10.1, WiFi hotspots, and some killer benchmark scores  —  Much to our surprise at the time, when Adobe sent us a Flash 10.1-enabled Nexus One for testing, the phone came preloaded with a preview build of Android 2.2 — a.k.a. “Froyo” …
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Android 2.2 Froyo officially announced  —  No huge surprises here, but Google just announced Android 2.2 “Froyo” at I/O, and the big addition is a just-in-time compiler, which brings a 2-5x speed boost to the system.  There are also 20 new enterprise features, including better Exchange integration …
Xavier Ducrohet / Android Developers Blog:
Android 2.2 and developers goodies.  —  Today at Google I/O we announced that Android 2.2 is right around the corner.  This is our seventh platform release since we launched Android 1.0 in September 2008.  We wanted to highlight five areas in particular:
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Now Activating 100,000 Android Devices A Day — 50,000 Android Apps
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Carriers Will Be Able To Decide Which Android Phones Have Tethering …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Um, Did Google Just Quietly Launch A Web-Based iTunes Competitor?  Yep.  —  Today at Google I/O, Vic Gundotra introduced Froyo, aka Android 2.2.  But he also went a bit beyond Froyo.  Coming soon, is a way to download an app through the Android Market over the web — and have it automatically download on your Android devices too.
Discussion: GottaBeMobile and Edible Apple
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google Buys Simplify Media To Power Music Syncing For New iTunes Competitor  —  Google just announced that it bought Simplify Media, a startup that offers software that lets you share your iTunes music across platforms, including the web.  —  The software lets you share your photos …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Apple Selling More iPads Than Macs  —  Here's a stunner of a data point: Apple is selling more than 200,000 iPads per week.  Which means, according to RBC Capital Markets analyst Mike Abramsky, that sales of the company's new device have outpaced those of the Mac in the United States and are closing in on those of the iPhone 3GS.
Paul Betlem / Adobe Flash Player Team Blog:
The Engineering Behind Flash Player 10.1  —  Today represents an exciting milestone for the Flash Platform as we officially launch the public beta release of Flash Player 10.1 on Android-based devices.  The Beta release is now available and as soon as Google releases their update to the Android OS …
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John Herrman / Gizmodo:
Steve Jobs Is Not Impressed With Google's New Video Format  —  Google hopes to sidestep the entire HTML5 video debate with a new, open source, royalty free format called WebM.  But will Apple ever support it?  Judging by to the latest missive from Steve's iPad, things don't look great.
Discussion: Guardian and The Register
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Google's “Royalty-Free” WebM Video May Not Be Royalty-Free For Long
Discussion: PC World and ZDNet, Thanks:rawmeet
Asher Moses / Sydney Morning Herald:
Travellers to be searched for porn  —  Australian customs officers have been given new powers to search incoming travellers' laptops and mobile phones for pornography, a spokeswoman for the Australian sex industry says.  Fiona Patten, president of the Australian Sex Party …
Discussion: Crave and Gizmodo
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook, MySpace Face Privacy Loophole  —  Facebook, MySpace and several other social-networking sites have been sending data to advertising companies that could be used to find consumers' names and other personal details, despite promises they don't share such information without consent.
Discussion: paidContent and MediaPost Raw
Dan Fletcher / Time:
The Facebook Phenomenon: Friends Without Borders  —  Sometime in the next few weeks, Facebook will officially log its 500 millionth active citizen.  If the website were granted terra firma, it would be the world's third largest country by population, two-thirds bigger than the U.S. More than 1 …
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Google Storage for Developers takes on Amazon S3  —  Google has launched a new cloud storage service competing directly with Amazon's S3.  Google Storage for Developers offers scalable, high-bandwidth storage, with an easy-to-use RESTful API.  —  Google Storage will cost 17¢ per gigabyte per month …
Preston Gralla / Computerworld:
Microsoft's Ballmer admits Windows Vista “was just not executed well”  —  Critics for years have lambasted Vista, and now Steve Ballmer has finally admitted that Microsoft made key mistakes in its development of the operating system.  At a keynote speech yesterday at Microsoft's annual CEO Summit …
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple investigating contextual advertisements, coupons on iPhone  —  Future iPhones could present advertisements or discount coupons to users based on their current location or activity, through a variety of methods including RFID, in order to increase the effectiveness of the promotion.
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Hands on with the Kindle reader for Android  —  Amazon recently revealed plans to bring its Kindle e-book application to Google's Android mobile platform.  I got a hands-on demo of the software prototype, which the book vendor brought to Google I/O. Much like the desktop and iPhone versions …
Ian Schafer / AdAge:
Is This the Dawn of the Facebook Credit Economy?  —  What You Need to Know About Social-Media Website's Virtual Currency  —  If you start looking closely, there have been a series of developments that are pointing to Facebook Credits, Facebook's “virtual” currency, becoming something much bigger than what it is today.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
New Functions & Marketing Twist for Apple TV in the Works  —  On May 20, 2010, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals one of the next chapters for Apple TV.  While Apple TV is considered to be a hobby device for Apple, the fact is that they continue to evolve the device in their labs.
Discussion: Fast Company
Thomas Catan / Wall Street Journal:
Bloggers Aim Posts at Antitrust Investigators  —  WASHINGTON—U.S. trustbusters have set their sights on Silicon Valley, with a growing number of investigations targeting possible anticompetitive behavior by technology companies.  Now they are having to deal with an unexpected consequence …
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
HP expands laptop battery recall, again  —  We haven't heard any tales of exploding batteries in quite some time, and we're sure that's in large part thanks to proactive battery recalls like the one HP has been running since about this time last year.  However, it's a little disconcerting that this recall keeps getting expanded.
 
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David Kravets / Threat Level:
Appeals Court Halts ‘Hot News’ Publishing Order
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Jeremy Kirk / Computerworld:
Oracle to acquire database security firm Secerno
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Foursquare Now Adding 15,000 Users Per Day
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Evan Osnos / Letter from China:
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