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12:50 PM ET, May 27, 2010


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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Will Steve Ballmer Show Up At The WWDC Keynote?  —  So, maybe there could be a surprise or two at the Apple (AAPL) Worldwide Developers Conference, after all.  Trip Chowdhry, an analyst with tiny Global Equities Research, contends that 7 minutes of the June 7 keynote by Apple CEO Steve Jobs …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Is Silverlight for iPhone finally on its way?  —  Developers are abuzz over a Wall Street analyst's claim that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer may make an appearance at the upcoming Apple World Wide Developers Conference in early June.  The speculation centers around talk that Ballmer himself …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Jonny Evans / Computerworld:
Apple makes iPhone dev deal — with Microsoft?  —  I just love the politics of these claims, if they (unlikely as it seems) turn out fact, not fiction.  —  A report this morning claims Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer will share the spotlight with Apple CEO Steve Jobs at Apple's forthcoming …
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:   Will Ballmer appear at Steve Jobs keynote? Probably not
New York Times:
Apple and Microsoft's Tug of War  —  Apple, the maker of iPods, iPhones and iPads, shot past Microsoft on May 26, 2010, supplanting the computer software giant as the world's most valuable technology company.  This changing of the guard caps one of the most stunning turnarounds in business history for Apple …
New York Times:
Apple Passes Microsoft as No. 1 in Tech
Chris Davies / Android Community:
Acer Stream gets official: AMOLED, 1GHz and HDMI [Video]  —  Acer have officially unveiled the Acer Stream, the company's latest Android smartphone.  Running Android 2.1 Eclair on a 1Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, the Stream has a 3.7-inch WVGA AMOLED touchscreen, HSDPA, Bluetooth and WiFi b/g/n.
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Acer's 6-inch LumiRead to offer Barnes and Noble ebooks, ISBN scanner  —  In another reversal of plans, Acer has just announced its first e-reader device.  The LumiRead will participate in the initiative for keeping you constantly in the Acer loop, while also offering WiFi in launch devices and 3G further down the line.
Megan Ko / PC World:
Acer Makes Handheld Push With New E-reader, Android Tablet
Discussion: Computerworld, GigaOM and Engadget
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Exclusive: Palm Loses Mobile Design Guru Matias Duarte to Google  —  Looks like Palm is suffering a bit of post-acquisition talent drain.  —  Mobile user interface master Matias Duarte has left Palm and evidently hired on at the most obvious of places: Google (GOOG).
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Drill (Down), Baby, Drill: Facebook's New “Simple” Privacy Settings Still Pretty Complex  —  Today, Facebook announced new simplified privacy controls designed to ease a settings overload problem that it admitted has challenged its users.  Did it succeed?  I'd give it an A for effort but a C …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Check-Ins, Geo-Fences, And The Future Of Privacy
Discussion: Techie Buzz, Thanks:atul
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:   Facebook Emails Advertisers to Reassure Them About the Latest Privacy Changes
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Our trust relationship with Facebook: complicated
Discussion: BaltTech, Silicon Alley Insider and ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:atul
Olivia / YouTube Blog:
Google Moderator on YouTube enables real-time feedback from your audience  —  YouTube is about starting a conversation.  Every day, hundreds of millions of videos spark dialogues on everything from the future of the African continent, to what should be done about the oil spill, to the best slam dunk of all time.
Matt Burns / CrunchGear:
B&N launches a Nook iPad app  —  If you've been waiting to get the Nook experience on your iPad, your wait is over.  Barnes&Noble just announced the availability of their Nook app, available free from the App Store.  —  Nook is behind in the race to ereader hegemony so they've decided …
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Slap for Apple  —  Adobe's Flash video software has become a flashpoint in negotiations between Apple CEO Steve Jobs and Big Media.  —  On a day when Apple execs probably cheered the fact the company had surpassed Microsoft as the world's most valuable tech company, Jobs was grappling …
Discussion: MacRumors and MacStories
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:   NBC, Time Warner Tell Apple They're Sticking with Flash
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Andreessen Horowitz Makes Strategic Investment In Mobile Payments Platform Boku  —  Recently-launched mobile payments startup, Boku, has announced that they have received a strategic investment from VC firm Andreessen Horowitz.  Boku has declined to reveal the funding amount from this round …
Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
Google Balks at Turning Over Data to Regulators  —  BERLIN — Google on Thursday balked at requests from regulators in Germany and Hong Kong to surrender fragments of Internet data and e-mails it had improperly collected from unsecured home wireless networks, saying it needed time to resolve legal issues.
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Reshare: Google Buzz Gets a Retweet Button  —  Google Buzz just got a new feature that is very similar to Twitter's retweet functionality.  Over the course of the day, Google will roll out a reshare button for Buzz, that will allow you to easily share interesting posts you find on Buzz with your followers there.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
And The Winner Of TechCrunch Disrupt Is... Soluto!  —  It's that time.  After seeing 20 startups plus two audience choices present at TechCrunch Disrupt, last night, that list was whittled down to five finalists: Betterment, MOVIECLIPS, Publish2, Soluto And UJAM.  And now it's time to announce a winner.
Ragavan / The Mozilla Blog:
Firefox Home Coming Soon to the iPhone  —  We have been working on an application for the iPhone based on the Firefox Sync (formerly Weave Sync) technology.  The app is called Firefox Home, and it gives iPhone users instant access to their Firefox browsing history, bookmarks and the set of tabs from their most recent browser session.
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