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Dick Costolo / Twitter Blog:
The Twitter Platform  —  Enduring Value  —  When we discuss the future of Twitter, we focus on the mechanisms through which we can build a platform of enduring value.  The three mechanisms most important to building such a platform are architecting for extensibility, providing a robust API …
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Twitter's Free Love Era Comes to an End: Time for Developers and Publishers to Pay Up  —  Twitter isn't just booting other ad networks out of its stream.  It now plans to tax some start-ups and publishers that are making money from the service.  —  That's a pretty significant change for the company …
Discussion: Twitter Developers
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
FAQ: Twitter's New Rules On Third-Party Ads
Discussion: The Next Web, Mashable! and TweetUp Blog, Thanks:atul
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Twitter Demands A Cut Of All Ads Sold Around Twitter API
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Chavon Sutton / CNNMoney.com:
Wal-Mart slashes iPhone price to $97  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, plans to slash the price of Apple's 16GB 3GS iPhone to $97 beginning Tuesday.  —  Apple (AAPL, Fortune 500) is widely expected to unveil a brand-new iPhone next month …
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Boy Genius Report:
Apple discontinuing Apple iPhone 3G 8GB?  —  A move that is sure to surprise few, we suppose.  We've heard that Apple has stopped shipping iPhone 3G 8GB units to AT&T stores and orders are not being placed for the device.  Could this mean we might see the iPhone 3GS drop to $99 and make way for a new model?
Tony Wright / RescueTime Blog:
The Tragic Cost of Google Pac-Man - 4.82 million hours  —  When Google launched its Pac-Man logo on Friday, we immediately heard amused groans in our tweet-streams.  “Well, so much for my morning,” said one.  “Google's Pac Man logo just ruined millions of dollars in productivity today, nationwide,” said another.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Carol Bartz To Michael Arrington: “F*ck Off!”  —  Well, that just happened.  —  Today at TechCrunch Disrupt in New York City, Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz took the stage for a fireside chat with our own Michael Arrington.  It took about 15 minutes, but Mike got her to tell him to “f**k off.”
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Yahoo's New Core Competency Seems to Be Outsourcing to Others
Discussion: Daily Patricia, Thanks:mathewi
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Bartz: “Google Is 90% Search, That's A Fact” - Except It's Not
Discussion: TechCrunch
Yahoo!:
Yahoo! Acquires Koprol; Extends Social and Mobile Strategy With Location-Based Community  —  Expands Offerings in Rapidly Growing Emerging Markets  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif. & JAKARTA, Indonesia, May 25, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) today announced the acquisition of Koprol.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
To Top Off A Busy Day, Yahoo Acquires Foursquare — Well, The Asian Foursquare  —  Yahoo has had a busy day.  Not only did they announce a new cross-branding deal with Nokia, and struck a partnership with Match.com, and had their CEO spar onstage with Mike, but they apparently made an acquisition too.
Matt Jones / Facebook:
Protecting Privacy with Referrers  —  Late last week, we quickly fixed an issue after being contacted by a Wall Street Journal reporter regarding an unintentional oversight in the data shared with our advertisers by your browser when you click some ads on Facebook.
Discussion: The Next Web
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Shaking Up Entertainment Group In Desperate Attempt To Catch Apple And Google  —  Microsoft's XBox is holding its own, but otherwise the company is just falling farther and farther behind Apple and Google (mostly Apple) in the battle for mobile gadgets and devices and consumers' hearts and minds.
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
Fake BP Twitter Account Draws Followers With Oil-Spill Satire  —  A Twitter user with an account dubbed BPGlobalPR is posting satirical entries about the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico — and already has more than twice as many followers as BP America's actual account.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Hulu on Android Foreshadows Google TV War  —  Hulu videos can be viewed on any Android phone with Android 2.2 and Flash 10.1, Absolutely Android reported this weekend.  Hulu blocks mobile phones for licensing reasons, but the trick to get them to play on Android handsets is actually pretty simple …
Discussion: Engadget, Mashable! and Fortune
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Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Boxee CEO: Google TV is ‘a Great Opportunity’
Discussion: eHomeUpgrade
Neal Mohan / Inside AdSense:
The AdSense revenue share  —  Today, in the spirit of greater transparency with AdSense publishers, we're sharing the revenue shares for our two main AdSense products — AdSense for content and AdSense for search.  —  As you may already know, AdSense is comprised of several products.
Steve Gottwals / Adobe Reader Blog:
Introducing Adobe Reader for Android  —  On the heels of some cool Adobe news last week at Google I/O (The Engineering Behind Flash Player 10.1, Available Now: Developer Prerelease of AIR for Android and Flash Player 10.1 on Google TV), I am very pleased to announce that Adobe Reader for Android is available today in the Android Market.
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
Facebook Doesn't Adhere to Its Stated ‘Principles’  —  Facebook has faced backlashes before, but this time feels different.  Despite amassing an empire of nearly 500 million users, the company is in the midst of a public relations fiasco, with users, tech columnists and even the FTC slamming CEO Mark Zuckerberg for privacy violations.
Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
AT&T agrees to provide unlocks for all devices minus iPhone  —  Thanks to a settlement of a pre-trial class action lawsuit, AT&T today agreed that it will provide unlocks to pre- and post-paid customers provided a specific set of criteria are met.  Pre-paid customers must provide proof …
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
With Bandwidth Demand Booming, a New Kind of Optical Network Is Born  —  Allied Fiber said today it's begun construction of a nationwide wholesale fiber network that will span 11,548 miles.  The New York-based company will build out the network in six phases, linking undersea cable landing points …
Aza Raskin / Aza on Design:
A New Type of Phishing Attack  —  The web is a generative and wild place.  Sometimes I think I missed my calling; being devious is so much fun.  Too bad my parents brought me up with scruples.  —  Most phishing attacks depend on an original deception.  If you detect that you are at the wrong URL …
Discussion: Krebs on Security and The Next Web, Thanks:atul
W.J. Hennigan / Los Angeles Times:
GPS is getting an $8-billion upgrade  —  Improvements, including the replacement of satellites, aim to make the system more reliable, more widespread and much more accurate.  —  Without it, ATMs would stop spitting out cash, Wall Street could blunder billions of dollars in stock trades and clueless drivers would get lost.
Discussion: Switched, Gizmodo, The Praized Blog and GottaBeMobile, Thanks:atul
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Google: The Next 6 Months of Android Will “Blow Your Mind”  —  Android 2.2 is out, and it's pretty nice!  But what's next for Android?  A better keyboard?  More sexy?  And how exactly does Google decide what goes into each version of Android anyway?  Let's ask Lead Android Andy Rubin.
Kathryn Koegel / AdAge:
Memo to Steve Jobs: the IAd Is No Miracle Worker  —  Why Apple Should Rethink Its Strategy in Deploying Mobile Ads Into the Marketplace  —  A veil of silence hangs over the advertising industry, as thick and unattractive as Scarlett O'Hara's post-war recycled drape dress.
Discussion: eWeek and FM Blog
J. Alex Halderman / Freedom to Tinker blogs:
School's Laptop Spying Software Exploitable from Anywhere  —  This post is by Jay Novak, Jon Stribley, and J. Alex Halderman.  —  Absolute Manage is a remote administration program that allows sysadmins to supervise and maintain client computers over the Internet.
Brandon Miniman / pocketnow.com:
Video: Android 2.2 (Froyo) Web Browser Speed Test and Comparison  —  According to Google, the web browser in Froyo beats every other mobile browser available right now.  That's a lofty claim, and in this video, we put Froyo up against Safari on the iPhone and Opera Mobile 10 on the HD2.  The results?
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Web Browsing Performance on Android 2.2 Hampered by Flash Compatibility [Updated]
 
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Scott Karp / Publish2 Blog:
The New Associated Press for the 21st Century
Discussion: TechCrunch and VentureBeat
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Ustream Lauches Pro Live Streaming Division
Discussion: The Ustream.TV Blog
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
China's Flood of iPad Flankers
Discussion: Bloomberg
Tim Bradshaw / blogs.ft.com:
Behind the Times' new paywall
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
U.S. CyberCom launches with first commander
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BitTorrent Open Sources ‘Improved’ BitTorrent Protocol
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteStart:
New Type of Database Gets High-Profile Funding
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
The List Of Startups Launching At TechCrunch Disrupt
Discussion: FluidDB and NYConvergence
Jean-Christophe Cimetiere / MSDN Blogs:
Two open source projects to facilitate interoperability with Outlook .pst data files
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Why can Soluto do what Microsoft can't? …
Discussion: TechCrunch and building43
Ari Levy / Bloomberg:
Tech Startups Go Lean as Software, Storage Costs Drop
Discussion: Communications …
Robin Harris / StorageMojo:
Seagate gets hybrid SSD/HDD right
Discussion: PC World and Computerworld
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
MySpace's First Corporate Amputation
Discussion: paidContent and The Next Web
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
17 Percent of Verizon Customers Would Upgrade to iPhone
 

 
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