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10:00 PM ET, May 27, 2010

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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.
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Larry Dignan / ZDNet:   Game on: Google closes AdMob purchase just in time for Apple's iAds
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 …
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 …
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Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:   NBC, Time Warner Tell Apple They're Sticking with Flash
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).
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.
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: 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.
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.
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Nick Barber / PC World:
OLPC's Negroponte Says XO-3 Prototype Tablet Coming in 2010
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.
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Nick Saint / Silicon Alley Insider:
Oregon Judge Slaps Google With Restraining Order Over Private Wifi Data (GOOG)
Discussion: Digital Trends and TG Daily
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 …
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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!
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 clear.fi initiative for keeping you constantly in the Acer loop, while also offering WiFi in launch devices and 3G further down the line.
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Chris Davies / Android Community:
Acer Stream gets official: AMOLED, 1GHz and HDMI [Video]
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).
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Olivia Ma / 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.
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.
Discussion: Fortune, MacDailyNews and TUAW
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
iPhone vulnerability leaves your data wide open, even when using a PIN  —  if you feel like going through the process of typing in your PIN every time you unlock your iPhone is worth it thanks to the unconquerable security it implies, you might want to read this report from Bernd Marienfeldt about the chosen one's security model.
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 …
Michael Comeau / Seeking Alpha:
Does the World Really Need Yahoo Anymore?  —  Yahoo (YHOO) has had an interesting week as far as weeks for Yahoo! go.  CEO Carol Bartz dropped in for a disastrous interview at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference on Tuesday before rebounding back to par in a relatively tame analyst day on Wednesday.
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Android 2.2 ‘Froyo’ Review  —  If you consider where Android was when it started versus how far it's advanced in 18 months with Android 2.2, you might get brain freeze.  —  Android 2.2—aka Froyo—is the most usable, polished iteration of Android yet.  But more importantly …
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Anonymous Mobile Social Network Gets Venture Backing  —  BlockChalk, the anonymous location-based social networking service, just announcedthat it is now a venture-backed startup.  BlockChalk's investors include Battery Ventures, Mitch Kapor, Harrison Metal, Founder Collective, Joshua Schachter …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Verizon looking at non-unlimited plans for 4G data, will use LTE for voice by 2012  —  We'd not-so-secretly hoped that carriers would be looking to dispense with those troublesome 5GB caps on so-called “unlimited” 3G data plans, but there's a big problem with that: spectrum is still limited …
 
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Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
Google's Latest Launch: Its Own Trading Floor
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The Half-Life Of A YouTube Video Is 6 Days
Ana Yang Muller / Facebook Blog:
Understanding Your Privacy Controls on Facebook
Discussion: Gadgetwise and PC World
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Mozilla trying to build VP8 into HTML5 video
Discussion: Techie Buzz and Webmonkey
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Exclusive: Firefox by the Numbers - Users, Usage & Downloads
Discussion: internetnews.com and Inc.com
Michael Gartenberg / Macworld:
Opinion: Apple's secret weapon is consumer education
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 Earlier Items: 
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Standalone e-readers doomed after 2013, report says
Discussion: Sony, ReadWriteWeb and Computerworld
Electronista:
Wired mag on iPad pushes 24,000 downloads in one day
Daniel Jalkut / Red Sweater Blog:
Pain Is A Gift  —  Fans of Apple's iPhone and iPad platforms …