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3:15 PM ET, May 25, 2010

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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Confirmed: Apple's next iPhone will have video chat, feature to be shown in ads directed by Sam Mendes  —  Well this can't be tremendously surprising.  Apparently American Beauty director Sam Mendes is in the process of putting together a series of commercials for Apple's next iPhone …
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Bach, Allard leaving Microsoft in big shift for consumer business  —  Robbie Bach and J Allard, founding fathers of Microsoft's Entertainment & Devices Division, are leaving the company as part of a broader restructuring that will give CEO Steve Ballmer more direct oversight …
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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Beyond Bach's departure: What else changed today at Microsoft?  —  Most Microsoft watchers are focused on the depatures of President Robbie Bach and Chief Experience Officer J Allard that were announced on May 25 by CEO Steve Ballmer as part of a big reorg at Microsoft.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Shaking Up Entertainment Group In Attempt To Catch Apple And Google
Brian Rakowski / Google Chrome Blog:
A new Chrome stable release: Welcome, Mac and Linux!  —  In our most recent beta release, we fired up all engines to bring to life our fastest version of Chrome to date.  —  Today, we're bringing all this beta goodness to the stable channel so that it's available to all Chrome users.
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Chris Cameron / ReadWriteWeb:
Chrome Brings Stability, Syncing and HTML5 Across All Platforms
Kat Hannaford / Gizmodo:
Motorola Droid Shadow Found In Gym  —  The story goes that this phone was left in a corporate Verizon gym in Washington, but before it was remotely locked the finder saw a text message confirming it was “unreleased”.  What is it?  Why, the Motorola Droid Shadow.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
New “Drastically Simplified” Facebook Privacy Controls Start Rolling Out Tomorrow  —  On stage today at TechCrunch Disrupt in New York City, Facebook's vice president of product Chris Cox announced that starting tomorrow, Facebook will be rolling out “drastically simplified” and improved privacy controls.
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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Paul Miller / Engadget:
iPhone 3G missing a ‘select’ button on Apple Store, might not be long for this earth
Discussion: MobileCrunch and EverythingiCafe
Boy Genius Report:
Apple discontinuing Apple iPhone 3G 8GB?
Lionel Menchaca / Dell Community:
Dell Streak: The versatile 5-inch Android tablet  —  I'm pumped to finally get a chance to blog about the upcoming Dell Streak tablet device.  Since we first previewed the Dell Streak at CES 2010, it's been making waves in the blogosphere ever since.  The 5-inch tablet will launch …
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Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Dell Streak official: exclusive to O2 UK in early June  —  Let's all feign surprise now, as Dell has just gone official with its worst kept, though perhaps sexiest, secret ever.  The former Mini 5 has been christened the Streak and is launching at the beginning of next month.
Google Analytics Blog:
Greater choice and transparency for Google Analytics  —  Many website owners use Google Analytics and other web analytics tools to make business-critical decisions about how to improve their websites by understanding how users engage with their webpages.  We've worked hard to make Google Analytics …
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Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Google rolls out browser add-on to allow users to block analytics software
Discussion: Techie Buzz
Cade Metz / The Register:
Google's encrypted search casts shadow on web analytics
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
The new Hotmail gives Gmail a run for its money. … - Hitchens: How Kim Jong-il Blackmails the West Into Supporting His Evil Regime- Why Aren't Jewish Groups in Virginia Protesting the Appointment of Fred Malek?  - Maybe Psychiatric Hospitals Should Separate Male and Female Patients …
Discussion: Venture Chronicles
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Nick Saint / Silicon Alley Insider:
Mayor Bloomberg Announces First Investment By NYC-Sponsored Venture Fund: MyCityWay  —  Speaking at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference, Mayor Michael Bloomberg just announced that the city-sponsored NYC Entrepreneurial Fund has made its first investment, $300,000 of a $500,000 seed round in local search startup MyCityWay.
Discussion: ZDNet and Beet.TV
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Android Has Won — Time for Chrome OS to Move Along?  —  Google with its annual developer conference, Google I/O, dominated the technology conversation last week.  Whether it was taking jabs at Apple, launching a competitor to H.264 video technology or simply offering its own version of Amazon S3 …
Discussion: ZDNet and GottaBeMobile
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 …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Phase One Acquires Microsoft's Expression Media Product  —  Digital photography company Phase One, which offers in open-platform based medium format camera systems and solutions, is taking over Microsoft's Expression Media product.  —  The acquisition of the product is an extension …
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 …
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.
Lewis DVorkin / The Copy Box:
About those M&A rumors: Forbes to acquire True/Slant  —  For me, True/Slant began a long time ago.  —  It didn't have a name when I scribbled the beginnings of an idea on a calendar page during an interminable flight from Washington to New York.  There was a vision, though …
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Google offered Viacom $592 million for content  —  Not long after Google acquired YouTube, the search engine offered $500 million in guaranteed revenue if Viacom, parent company of MTV Networks, Comedy Central and Paramount Pictures, licensed its TV shows and films to YouTube, records show.
Discussion: VentureBeat and PlagiarismToday
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.
 
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Associated Press:
Amazon CEO: Color Kindle ‘still a long way out’
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Karl Bode / DSLreports:
T-Mobile Lights Up More Cities With HSPA+ …
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
AOL's Armstrong: Bebo deal ‘really fell apart’
Discussion: TechCrunch, paidContent and ZDNet
Scott Coleman / Official google.org Blog:
Largest supplier of energy monitors now compatible with Google PowerMeter
Jeff Bercovici / DailyFinance:
Will the New York Times' Pay Wall Chase Away Bloggers?
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Sony teams up with HBO to release TV shows for PlayStation Network
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Hulu on Android Foreshadows Google TV War
Discussion: Lifehacker
Matt Jones / Facebook:
Protecting Privacy with Referrers