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David W. Martin / Mac|Life:
Apple Reveals New Service for Authors to Sell Their Books Directly in the iBookstore  —  Are you a budding author?  The next Stephen King?  Or an author currently looking to cut out the middle man as you rollout your own books?  It looks like your time has come — Apple has released information on self-publishing for the iBookstore!
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David Gewirtz / ZDNet:
iTunes won't let you publish books if you write software  —  Apple today finally opened up the iBooks store for smaller publishers.  And I hit a snag.  —  Here's a quick bit of background.  I've written and published 40 incredibly simplistic apps on the iTunes store.
Susan Wojcicki / The Official Google Blog:
We've officially acquired AdMob!  —  Last Friday, we said that mobile advertising was moving fast.  So are we!  Today, we closed our acquisition of AdMob.  Omar Hamoui has built a great team and great products at AdMob and we're thrilled to officially welcome them to Google.
Telegraph:
iPad arrives in London after fans queue overnight at Apple store  —  British technology fans finally got their hands on the Apple iPad today, after many queued overnight to ensure they made their purchase before the limited stocks ran out.  —  The queues began extending down Regent Street …
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Chris Davies / SlashGear:
UK iBookstore shelves filled for iPad readers
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Lists Top 1,000 Sites On The Web & Then Lets You Advertise On Them  —  The Google AdWords blog announced new features for Google Ad Planner and AdWords content network today.  —  The big news is that Google publicly released a list of the top 1,000 sites by unique users as measured by Ad Planner.
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
Google's Latest Launch: Its Own Trading Floor  —  The search giant is hiring Wall Street vets to manage a $26.5 billion pile of cash  —  Last fall, some unusual job listings began cropping up on Google's (GOOG) website.  Amid the requests for programmers and engineers were postings for bond traders and portfolio analysts.
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Vanessa Fox / Search Engine Land:
Google Confirms “Mayday” Update Impacts Long Tail Traffic  —  Google made between 350 and 550 changes in its organic search algorithms in 2009.  This is one of the reasons I recommend that site owners not get too fixated on specific ranking factors.  If you tie construction of your site …
Daisuke Wakabayashi / Wall Street Journal:
Japan's iPad Frenzy Signals Sea Change  —  TOKYO—The debut of Apple Inc.'s iPad tablet computer in Japan is generating a level of hype and excitement rarely seen these days for a new electronics product in this gadget-loving nation, underscoring the paucity of buzz-worthy, homegrown devices.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: Twitter's Director Of Search Is Out As Product Is Restructured  —  In July of last year, Twitter Search usage was exploding.  As such, Twitter hired a new high-profile engineer, Doug Cook, to take over as the new “Director of Search.”  Cook has now left the company, we've learned.
Discussion: VentureBeat and paidContent
Olga Kharif / Bloomberg:
Microsoft May Cut Zune Music Price to Contend With Apple, Online Services  —  Microsoft Corp., the world's largest software maker, may cut the monthly fee it charges for streaming music on its Zune portable player, senior product manager Terry Farrell said in an interview.
John Cook / TechFlash:
Microsoft officially releases Tag, its mobile barcode technology  —  Microsoft Tag, a mobile barcoding service that the company first talked about 18 months ago, is getting its official launch today.  To date, Microsoft says that more than one billion Tags have been created …
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
AT&T exec: 4 out of 10 of our iPhone sales to enterprises  —  AT&T's Ron Spears, CEO of the telecom company's Business Solutions unit, said Apple's iPhone has plenty of traction in the enterprise and in some cases is replacing a laptop purchase.  —  Spears' comments, made at the Barclays …
M. Daou / MobileTechWorld:
Microsoft: 30 Million Windows Phone 7 devices will be sold by the end of 2011  —  During yesterday's ReMIX Microsoft showed an interesting slide that didn't go unoticed by me ( you can see it above).  According to IDC predictions 30Million Windows Phone 7 devices will be sold by the end …
Benjamin Rubenstein / AndroidGuys:
EVO's Qik Video Chat to Cost an Extra $5 a Month... Seriously?  —  According to a source of ours inside Sprint, the EVO 4G's $10 premium cost doesn't seem to cover the Qik video chat capabilities, as previously thought.  As you can see in the screenshot below, the service will be cost a $4.99 premium, payable via PayPal.
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Netflix: The Future Is Streaming  —  Netflix expects its DVD-by-mail business to peak in 2013, at which point it believes its Watch Instantly streaming service will be driving its growth.  That's the gist of a slideshow posted on the company's jobs site that details its plans to transform itself …
Serkan Toto / CrunchGear:
AirSwing: Toshiba's gesture-based UI system in action (video)  —  Natural user interfaces using gestures aren't really new, but AirSwing, a technology developed by Toshiba, offers something unique: it neither requires expensive hardware nor substantial CPU resources to work.
Discussion: SlashGear, Engadget and Hack a Day
Alex Kennberg / Google Mobile Blog:
Google Buzz for mobile now available on more devices  —  Back in February, we launched Google Buzz for mobile, a tool to start interesting conversations when you are out and about.  One of the most popular ways to access Google Buzz for mobile is through the web application (by going to buzz.google.com in your phone's browser).
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Debunk: Steve Ballmer not speaking at WWDC  —  An analyst named Trip Chowdhry at Global Equities Research set off a firestorm of rumors last night after he claimed that Steve Ballmer would appear onstage with Steve Jobs at WWDC for exactly seven minutes to announce Visual Studio development for the iPhone …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
You Can Try Picplz Soon, But Only On Android  —  New online photo and location service Picplz, being developed by imeem execs Dalton Caldwell and Bryan Berg, is still far from being fully baked.  But people who are determined to get an early look at the new service will soon have a way to do so - if they have an Android phone.
Jonathan Standing / Reuters:
Hon Hai to raise China wages after spate of suicides  —  TAIPEI - Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry plans to raise workers' salaries by about 20 percent at its Foxconn unit in China, as it struggles to stop a spate of worker suicides and quell rising public anger.
Ray Padgett / Mashable!:
Why MySpace Can Still Win as a Music Destination  —  Ray Padgett is a freelance music writer whose work has appeared in SPIN, The Celebrity Café and an upcoming Bob Dylan anthology.  He runs the music blog Cover Me.  —  Last October, MySpace reached an all-time low of 50.2 million unique visitors per month.
Discussion: WebProNews
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).
Seth Weintraub / Fortune:
Negroponte: One Laptop Per Child is now a $75 Android Tablet  —  The former head of MIT's Media Lab said the next OLPC device, the XO-3, would be a 9-inch tablet made by Marvell and running Google's Android OS.  —  The first OLPC was an underpowered, ‘designed-by-committee’ laptop that cost at least double of what it was supposed to.
Chris Cameron / ReadWriteWeb:
U.S. Government Taps ChallengePost to Help Launch Open Government Initiatives  —  Early in his administration, President Obama vowed to open up government with more interactive online initiatives like Recovery.gov. Though some called his early efforts a “significant failure,” …
Silicon Alley Insider:
The Half-Life Of A YouTube Video Is 6 Days  —  A video on YouTube gets 50% of its views in the first 6 days it is on the site, according to data from analytics firm TubeMogul.  After 20 days, a YouTube video has had 75% of its total views.  —  That's a really short life span for YouTube videos, and it's probably getting shorter.
 
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Should Open Web Advocates Stay Independent?
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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft's social-networking lab launches new Twitter viewing tool
Michael Comeau / Seeking Alpha:
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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Android 2.2 ‘Froyo’ Review
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Mozilla trying to build VP8 into HTML5 video
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Nick Saint / Silicon Alley Insider:
Oregon Judge Slaps Google With Restraining Order Over Private Wifi Data (GOOG)
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Michael Gartenberg / Macworld:
Opinion: Apple's secret weapon is consumer education
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Facebook Announces Android SDK Beta To Broaden Mobile Support
Ellen Messmer / Computerworld:
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Daniel Jalkut / Red Sweater Blog:
Pain Is A Gift  —  Fans of Apple's iPhone and iPad platforms …
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