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11:35 AM ET, May 20, 2010

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Michael Finney / ABC 7:
Apple reverses its no-cash payment policy for iPads  —  Apple stepped up to the plate Wednesday, responding to a 7 On Your Side report about a woman who tried to buy an iPad using her carefully saved up money, only to be told she could not pay with cash.  The story caused outcry all across …
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Sprint 4G Phone Hits New Speeds, but Battery Lags  —  The major wireless phone companies have begun building out the next generation of cellular phone systems, called 4G, or fourth-generation, networks.  These networks are designed to offer much faster data speeds than the current speediest networks, which are called 3G.
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Nvidia's Android Tablet: Okay, I Could Want This  —  A rounded, plasticky take on the iPad.  That's how Nvidia's latest Android tablet prototype struck me.  It's pretty nice.  But not as nice as the inside.  —  Inside this 8.9-inch tablet, you see, is Nvidia's Tegra 2 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Offers Up A Few More Details About The Chrome Web Store  —  Perhaps the biggest story of day one at Google I/O was the announcement of the Chrome Web Store.  This store is meant to highlight web apps while at the same time, providing a way for developers to better monetize them (if they choose to).
Discussion: Telegraph, Erictric and Gizmodo
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Chris Cameron / ReadWriteWeb:
First Look: TweetDeck Now Supports Foursquare and Buzz [SCREENSHOTS]  —  Popular cross-platform social app TweetDeck is announcing an update to its desktop client this morning which will add Foursquare and Google Buzz to its arsenal of supported streams which already includes Twitter, LinkedIn, MySpace and Facebook.
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Owen Thomas / VentureBeat:
Facebook CEO's latest woe: accusations of securities fraud  —  May has been a bad month for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who just turned 26 last Friday but spent his birthday wrestling with an uproar over Facebook's privacy practices.  The latest unwelcome gift: accusations of securities fraud …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Apple Selling More iPads Than Macs  —  Here's a stunner of a data point: Apple (AAPL) 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 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Netflix Is The Latest To Talk The HTML5 Talk  —  As we all know, the battle between Flash and HTML5 for the future of online video is raging.  But what about that other plugin some sites use for video?  You know, the one made by Microsoft — Silverlight?  A new posting tonight may call …
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Gary C / EuroDroid:
Android 3.0 “Gingerbread” coming in Q4 2010, says WebM media team  —  Crikey, while we're all expecting Google to unleash Android 2.2 on us all later today at its Google I/O 2010 conference, plans are already well underway for a launch of the 3.0 refresh of the mobile OS.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iPad app store goes live internationally  —  Irrespective of Apple policy, we know that many of our readers already purchased a US iPad for use — gasp — outside of the United States.  With favorable exchange rates and an early US launch really, who could blame you?
Maija Palmer / Financial Times:
Google debates face recognition technology  —  Google executives are wrestling over whether to launch controversial facial recognition technology after a barrage of criticism over its privacy policies.  —  Eric Schmidt, chief executive, said a series of public disputes over privacy issues …
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
UK data chief: I don't want to declare war on Google  —  Data protection chief defends ‘proportionate’ response to Street View Wi-Fi affair, as other countries plan investigations  —  The UK's information commissioner says he does not want to “declare war” on Google over its breach …
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Millennial Media: Android Ad Impressions Rise 77 Percent In April, iPhone Sees 8 Percent Drop  —  Mobile ad network Millennial Media, which claims that its mobile advertising network reaches 83 percent of 72 million mobile web users in the U.S., is reporting that Android ad requests grew 77% month over month …
Bloomberg:
YouTube, 450 Websites Blocked in Pakistan as Government Steps Up Crackdown  —  Pakistan, home to the world's second- largest Muslim population, blocked Google Inc.'s YouTube service and more than 450 websites as the government widened a crackdown on Internet material deemed as blasphemous.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Investor Dave McClure: ‘Open is for losers’  —  A group of investors argued heatedly about the value of open versus closed technology on a panel today at Google's I/O conference in San Francisco.  Dave McClure (pictured), who oversees the seed investing program at Founders Fund …
Google Code Blog:
BigQuery and Prediction API: Get more from your data with Google  —  To deliver our services, Google has had to develop sophisticated internal tools to process data more efficiently.  We know that some of these tools could be useful to any developer, so we've been working to create external versions that we can share with the world.
Eliot Van Buskirk / Wired News:
Sneak Peek: The Obama Administration's Redesigned Data.gov  —  One year ago this Friday, United States chief information officer Vivek Kundra launched an ambitious website called Data.gov to make the government's vast stores of data available to the public.  The thinking behind the site then …
Discussion: Fast Company and Epicenter
Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
Google Has A Problem: VP8 Is Not As Good As H.264, On2's Quality Claims Unfounded  —  When On2 announced their VP8 codec in September of 2008, they made some pretty big claims comparing the improved quality of VP8 over H.264.  Specifically, On2 said that VP8, “delivers over 50% bandwidth savings compared …
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The WebM project blog:
Introducing WebM, an open web media project
Chris Pendleton / Bing Maps Blog:
New Bing Map Apps: Gas Prices, Distance Calculator and Parking Finder  —  Let me take you on a little trip.  It's raining in Seattle today (surprise, surprise), so I've decided to head to San Diego for the weekend - the weather should be better there.  First thing I want to do is figure out how far it is from Seattle to San Diego.
IDC:
IDC Forecasts 7.6 Million Media Tablets to be Shipped Worldwide in 2010  —  The nascent market for media tablets, fostered by the launch of Apple's iPad, will be driven by the device's attributes as a content consumption platform and the compelling applications and services that will be created to take advantage of them.
Sean / Inside BlackBerry:
Twitter for BlackBerry Beta Update!  —  I'm happy to tell you that a new version of Twitter® for BlackBerry® Smartphones is coming soon to the BlackBerry App World™ Test Center.  This update should start rolling out tonight and is expected to be completely available by tomorrow evening.
Wall Street Journal:
Amazon Branches Out with Publishing Arm  —  Amazon.com Inc. said it plans to launch a publishing imprint that will produce English-language translations of foreign-language books.  —  The imprint, AmazonCrossing, will acquire rights to books and hire writers to translate them into English …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Watch Out Rivals, With Latitude API Google Starts Taking Location Very Seriously  —  Google Latitude has 3 million active users, but you wouldn't know it by the amount of buzz they get in the location space these days.  (Which is to say, just about none.)  The problem is that Latitude …
Serkan Toto / TechCrunch:
Buy.com Gets Acquired By Japanese E-Commerce Giant Rakuten For $250 Million  —  When I covered Rakuten back in July last year, I called it “the biggest e-commerce site you never heard of”.  And in fact, the eponymous Japanese company behind the B2B2C market place (which is currently used …
Discussion: ZDNet, VentureBeat, Reuters and Asiajin
 
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Attorney General Tom Corbett Subpoenaes Twitter To Identify Anonymous Critics
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Xinhua News Agency:
China issues new rules on Internet map publishing
Discussion: techblog86 and ReadWriteWeb
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Intel sees potential in Apple iPad